Madhu Mantena Varma is an Indian film producer and entrepreneur involved in the production and distribution of films across Bollywood, Telugu cinema, and Bengali cinema. In 2008, he co-produced Ghajini (2008) which was the highest grossing Indian film for that year. Since then Madhu has produced films such as the trilingual sleeper-hit Rakht Charitra (2010), the political thriller Rann (2010) screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, and the Bengali hit Autograph.
Madhu co-founded Phantom Films with Anurag Kashyap, Vikas Bahl and Vikramaditya Motwane, which went on to deliver works such as Lootera (2013), Queen (2014) which won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi for that year, Hasee Toh Phasee (2014), and the Neo-Noir films, Bombay Velvet (2015), Ugly (2015) screened in the Directors' Fortnight section at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, and the New York Indian Film Festival, and Masaan screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival winning two awards, and the National Film Award. The 2016 film Raman Raghav 2.0 was screened at the Cannes Directors' Fortnight.
Madhu Mantena co-founded an advertisement production company known as Offroad Films which produces ad films. He made it to the Limca Book of Records for theatrically releasing seven films, produced by him, within a time span of 50 days. This is the maximum number of release in different languages by one producer in the shortest time. Four of the films were released within a short span of eight days. He also ran Ram Gopal Varma's production house Factory.
Born in: Hyderabad, India