Fondly called Manju didi by her industry colleagues, Manju Singh, a noted actor, and producer, passed away on Thursday morning. She passed away at 10 am at her residence in Mumbai. She was 73. A stroke is cited to be the reason for her death.
Her last rites will be performed on Saturday as the family members are waiting for her granddaughter to arrive from New York. Manju is survived by her daughter Suparna, Shalini, and a son, Gautam. Manju started her career as a TV producer in 1983 with a Show theme. She did anchoring in the kids’ show “Khel Khilone” which was among the longest-running shows of Doordarshan at that time. She conducted this show for seven years.
Not only that, but she produced several memorable programs like “Ek Kahani”, “Swaraj”, and “Adhikari”. Manju always emphasized social and cultural issues in her shows. Her talent was recognized by filmmaker Hrishikesh Mukherjee who gave her a role in Golmaal.
More About Actress Manju Singh
Manju Singh played the role of the sister of Anmol Palekar in the movie Golmaal in 1979. Manju appeared in Hanky Panky (1979), Ladies Tailor (1981), and Screen Two(1985) as well. She spent almost 25 years in the Television Industry.
She was the first female producer who produced a serial based on literary short stories in Doordarshan. Every serial of hers communicated a message to society. She was nominated as a Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) member in 2015.
Award-winning lyricist and screenwriter Swanand Kirkire wrote a heartfelt note on Twitter that Manju Singh is no more. It was Manju who brought him to Delhi to write her show Swaraj for Doordarshan. He shared that she made many wonderful shows like Ek Kahani, Show theme, etc.
He added, Golmaal ki Ratna Hamari Pyari Manju ji, how can you forget your love, Goodbye. Swanand Kirkira worked with Manu Singh in the Doordarshan show Swaraj. The family of Manju Singh shared the news of her death with a note that states, “With profound grief, we inform you about the sad demise of Manju Singh
. Manju lived a beautiful and inspiring life, devoted to he family and her craft. From “Manju didi” to “Manju Nani”, she will be missed by all”.