He was born on 15th March in Kottayam district of Kerala in Ezhava family. His parents are Jayan and V. K. Sarojini. His father is a Carnatic musician and his mother is a teacher. He has a brother Biju. He had his primary education from St. Joseph Convent UPS Kottayam and Sacred Heart Mount High School and preuniversity degree from Government College, Nattakam (Kottayam). Then he joined at Southern Film Institute, Trivandrum to learn acting but discontinued later. Manoj married film actress Urvashi on 26th February 1999 which ended in divorce in late 2008. They have a daughter Tejalakshmi born in November 1999. Later he married Asha on 3 March 2011, and they have a son Amrit born on 30 December 2012. His debut film was Mamalakalkappurathu by Ali Akbar and this was never released. Then his next film Perunthachan by M. T. Vasudevan Nair was a success. He acted along with Mammooty and Rajnikanth in the film Dhalapathi.
Some of the films that he has acted include Thooval Kattu, Nirakazhcha, 24 Hours, Ekadashy, Kayam, Dhrona 2010, Chattambinadu, Winter, Madhyavenal, Villu, Souryam, Oru Pennum Randaanum, Crazy Gopalan, Jubilee, Naalu Pennungal, Ekantham, Time, Sudesi, Thiruttu Payale, Smart City, Photographer, Aanai, Udayon, Jana, Vishwa Thulasi, Vajram, Veede, Thirumalai, etc. Some of the serials that he has acted are Vaitharani, Kumilakal, Samaganam and Devamanohari Nee.
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