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Mani Ratnam is an Indian filmmaker deeply rooted to mainstream Indian cinema. His all films have garnered commercial success. This great filmmaker successfully combined features of both art and commercial cinema, an early example of this was ‘Roja’( a love story that gets lost in country’s terrorism issues), which was both a commercial and critical success. It paved the way for a new wave in Indian cinema too. Man Ratnam became thus one of India’s most successful filmmakers, who also reflected the changing middle-class-ethos (Alaipayuthey).

He also built plots on revenge attitude in Thalapathi movie or even matched a suitable tale of a gangster lord in the slums of Bombay Click to look into! >> Read More... ( Nayakan). Though he got noticed from ‘ Mouna Ragam Mouna Ragam is a Tamil soap opera which is a dubbe >> Read More... ’ (a smooth and tender love story), but it was with ‘ Anjali Indian top model and Telugu and Tamil star Anjali >> Read More... ’ that Mani Ratnam found his voice. ‘Anjali’ dealt with the story of a dying mentally disabled child and won the film many national awards. It was an entry in Oscar. Thus, critics felt that Mani Ratnam has arrived.

Afterward, he dealt another serious issue in ‘Bombay’ which dealt with a sensitive subject like Bombay riots after Babri Masjid demolition. Through this film, Mani reflected the changing middle-class ethos and carved a middle path between the extravagance of mainstream cinema and the stark realism of art cinema. He actually wanted to integrate art and commercial cinema through his story, plot, camera techniques, screenplay, and direction. His films like Roja, Bombay, Anjali, Nayakan, Thalapathi did gain him international fame too.

He was soon considered to be one of the most prolific filmmakers in South East Asia. His films also carried the rising costs involved in film production and the commercialization of the films (Thalapathi, Nayakan, Dil Se) that put a positive impact on box office. The fact was that the investment returns were guaranteed in every film that he made despite the fact even the piracy factor could not bring any fatal threat to any of his films. Mani Ratnam was a business management graduate that no way could make his career in filmmaking. But his hidden talents had to get exposed, and he did reign an imperious presence in the celluloid.

Though critics rate ‘Nayakan’ as his best, many felt ‘Thalapathi’ had a unique subject as it dealt with colors of justice. During his early days in his career, he formed a team with B. Lenin (editor), Thotta Tharani (production designer) and Ilaiyaraaja (music composer) and made few movies. He continued with Ilaiyaraaja till Nayagan. Later, the rapport of Mani Ratnam, PC Sreeram and A R Rahman and Thota Tharani In days of 1960’s and 1970’s set designs had playe >> Read More... stood out in making many fantastic films which were a milestone in Indian cinema. Whether it is the screenplay, art direction, editing, dialogues, music, background score, technical collaborations, Mani strengthened every aspect in his filmmaking. His Hindi films like Yuva, Raavan and Guru too dealt with social issues and had Abhishek Bachchan Abhishek Bachchan, or Abhishek Srivastava, is a ve >> Read More... in a lead role.

Mani Ratnam handled screenplay for a majority of his films he also collaborated with cinematographers like Rajiv Menon Rajiv Menon is one of the most acknowledged, talen >> Read More... , Sreeram, Santosh Sivan Santosh Sivan (born 8 February 1964) is a film dir >> Read More... and Ravi K Chandran. The editor for all his films till date is Sreekar Prasad. The director was honored with Padma Shri in 2002. Two films ‘Roja’ and ‘Bombay’ got Nargis Dutt Nargis Dutt was indeed the first lady of Indian sc >> Read More... award. Other films like Mouna Ragam, Anjali, and Kannathil Muthamittal Kannathil Muthamittal is a 270-episode Tamil langu >> Read More... received best regional cinema award at the National Film Awards The National Film Awards gets presented every year >> Read More... . His films were screened in International Film Festivals too. The filmmaker was born on 2 June 1956 in Madurai. He is married to renowned actress Suhasisini and the couple is blessed with a boy Nandan.

Mani Ratnam's Family Tree (Infographic Family Tree)


Born: 24 April 1990

Age Now 34

Rachitha Mahalakshmi - (TV-Actress)

Born: 24 April 1934

Lived For 80 Years

Jayakanthan - (Writer)

Born: 24 April 1977

Age Now 47

Muthukumar - (Supporting Actor)

Born: 24 April 1981

Age Now 43

Sricharan Rangarajan - (Movie Actor)

Born: 24 April 1937

Lived For 79 Years

Soolamangalam Jayalakshmi - (Musician)


Born: 23 April 1984

Age Now 40

Gayathri Raguram - (Movie Actress)

Born: 23 April 1991

Age Now 33

Mithun - (Movie Actor)