Manish Borundia

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Manish Borundia
Other namesAkash
Years active1999–present

Manish Borundia is an Indian film actor who has appeared in lead and supporting roles in Tamil, Telugu, Hindi and Kannada films.

Career[edit | edit source]

Born and brought up in Chennai, Manish began a modelling career while managing his father's business and regularly appeared in commercials and music videos. He became acquainted with Ajith Kumar during their time as models, and often visited the actor during his film shoots.[1] Ajith requested Manish to play a minor acting role in Amarkalam (1999) after the original actor did not turn up, and thus Manish made his first on-screen appearance. In the early 2000s, Manish continued to portray supporting roles in Tamil films, often as the lead actor's friends, and notably appeared in S. J. Surya's Kushi (2000), Saran's Parthen Rasithen (2000), Gautham Menon's Minnale (2001) and Jeeva's 12B (2001).[1][2][3][4][5]

Manish then signed on to appear in the lead role of P. C. Sreeram's Vaanam Vasappadum (2004) and was attached to the project for six months, before being dropped due to his strong Hindi accent. The role was eventually taken by Karthik Kumar. Manish starred in his first lead role through the Kannada film Jootata (2005), appearing alongside Dhyan and Richa Pallod. For the project, he took up the stage name of Akash, though the film did not perform well commercially and received negative reviews from critics.[6] His second Kannada film, Nannusire, also under performed commercially but Manish's role was described as "short, sweet and attractive."[7] He also portrayed a character in Arjun's Tamil film, Madrasi (2006). As his acting career failed to take off, Manish took up a job in Hong Kong before moving to Bengaluru to continue looking after his family's jewellery business.[1]

In 2019, he made a comeback through Jagan Shakti's Hindi drama film Mission Mangal, based on the life of scientists at the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) who contributed to the Mars Orbiter Mission. Featuring among an ensemble cast including Akshay Kumar and Vidya Balan, Manish appeared in a supporting role of an ISRO employee.[1][8]

Filmography[edit | edit source]

Year Film Role Language Notes
1999 Amarkalam Kidnapped man Tamil
2000 Kushi Shiva's friend Tamil
Parthen Rasithen Sarika's brother Tamil
2001 Minnale Manish Tamil
12B Tamil
2005 Jootata Kannada
2006 Madrasi Tamil
2008 Nannusire Kannada
2019 Mission Mangal Kaushal Saini Hindi

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Ajith sir introduced me to the movies: Manish Borundia | Tamil Movie News - Times of India". 8 September 2019. Retrieved 10 November 2019.
  2. "Rendezvous with Manish Borundia | Nameeta Renchi". 22 January 2018. Retrieved 10 November 2019.
  3. "This handsome actor thanks Ajith Kumar for introducing him into acting - Mission Mangal- Ajithkumar- Amarkalam- Manish Borundia". Retrieved 10 November 2019.
  4. "Manish admires actors like Kamal Haasan and Ananth Nag - Times of India". The Times of India.
  5. "Manish: Waiting for good news - Times of India". The Times of India.
  6. "Jootata review. Jootata Kannada movie review, story, rating".
  7. "Nannusire review. Nannusire Kannada movie review, story, rating".
  8. "Bengaluru-based actor Manish Borundia bags a role in Mission Mangal | Kannada Movie News - Times of India". 7 January 2019. Retrieved 10 November 2019.