Birthday: 02-07-1956
Age: 63
Star sign: Leo

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( Nayakan). Though he got noticed from ‘ Mouna Ragam’ (a smooth and tender love story), but it was with ‘ Anjali’ 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 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 in a lead role.

Mani Ratnam handled screenplay for a majority of his films he also collaborated with cinematographers like Rajiv Menon, Sreeram, Santosh Sivan 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 award. Other films like Mouna Ragam, Anjali, and Kannathil Muthamittal received best regional cinema award at the National Film Awards. 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.

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M. Saravanan

M. Saravanan is a budding Director in the field of Cinema. Saravanan grew up in the district of Namakkal, Tamil Nadu. He started his career in Kollywood by stepping into the shoes of Assistant Director under the remarkable Director A.R. Murugadoss. He debuted as a Director through the Telugu Film "Ganesh". The flick had Actor Ram in the lead and was, unfortunately, a flop movie. He then got an opportunity to direct a Tamil movie. He made Engeyum Eppodhum, which was an outstanding movie. Jai, Ananya, Anjali, and Sharvanand played the lead roles in the film. The movie was produced under Saravanan’s mentor A.R. Murugadoss in alliance with Fox Star Studios. The film had a powerful message and was taken exceptionally well. Slowly, word of mouth spread and theaters became housefull. The movie fetched the Director an Award from the Human Rights Organization for making a film with a message that utmost needed in this period. The movie dealt with a road accident. The Director’s next venture was in the year 2013. He made the film "Ivan Vera Mathiri" starring Vikram Prabhu. The movie was a sleeper hit. His next flick Valiyavan happened in the year 2015 with Jai and Andrea playing the lead roles. Unfortunately, the movie did not do well. Saravanan began his career in Kannada Film Industry through the film Endendu Ninagagi, in which he took care of the Screenplay. He debuted as the Director in Kannada Industry by making the movie Chakravyuha, in the year 2015. He doubles as the dialogue writer in all his movies. Saravanan was awarded the Edison Best Debut Director Award for his first movie "Engeyum Eppodhum", in the year 2012. Saravanan had told in an interview that he will soon be getting married to his relative.

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V Prabhakar

V. Prabhakar is a writer in the South Indian Film Industry. He was born in Tamil Nadu. V. Prabhakar mainly writes dialogues for South films. His main area of work is in Tamil and Telugu films. He made his debut as a dialogue writer through the 2006 film Style. The film was in the Telugu language. This movie was based on a talented young dancer who was involved in a fierce competition with another champion dancer, but unfortunately she damaged her leg in an accident. The story is whether she will be able to regain her lost confidence or not. It was a very good movie with spicy dialogues. His second movie was Pokkiri in the year 2007. This was his debut in Tamil Cinema as a dialogue writer. Before Prabhakar got into this profession of dialogue writing, he aspired to be a film director. He has also directed a Kannada film named Vajra. The film was released in the year 1998. The film did not receive any positive response from the audience and so the failure damped all his confidence as a director. He decided to leave the profession and be a dialogue writer. Pokkiri was one of the best films that he has worked in as a dialogue writer. The dialogues were very well written and suited the actor who was acting. His next film as a dialogue writer came after four years of working in Pokkiri. He took this gap because he wanted to write more exciting and spicy dialogues and he could not get any suitable film to apply those. In 2011, he was the dialogue writer in the Tamil film Sattapadi Kutram. The dialogues of the hero were highly praised, and the film succeeded in the box office as well. Next, after a gap of about three years, he returned as the dialogue writer of the Tamil film Pagadai Pagadai. The film was released in 2014 and was a blockbuster. He was again not seen working in any film for three years. He is presently working as a dialogue writer in a Tamil film. The name of the film is Vaigai Express. The film is about to release after a few weeks from now. V. Prabhakar is a demanding dialogue writer, but he does not work in all the films. He works only where he finds it suitable. V. Prabhakar currently resides in Chennai. He is planning to return as a director in the industry very soon.

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