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Mani Ratnam

Biography

Perhaps one of the most prominent directors in Indian movie theater. He was known for award-winning movies like Mouna Ragam, Geethanjali, and Roja. He proved helpful being a administration consultant before getting into the film sector. His 1987 film Nayagan became among simply three Indian movies to appear promptly magazine’s 2005 All-Time 100 Most significant Films list. His two brothers G. Venkateswaran and G. Srinivasan had been both film companies. He and fellow Indian movie director P. Bharathiraja both gained the Tamil Nadu Condition Film Award for Greatest Director.

Quick Facts


Full Name Mani Ratnam
Date Of Birth June 2, 1956
Place Of Birth India
Profession Director
Education Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies
Nationality Indian
Spouse Suhasini Maniratnam, Suhasini Maniratnam
Children Nandan Maniratnam
Parents Ratnam Iyer
Siblings G. Venkateswaran, G. Srinivasan, Sethu Sriram, Sharda Ratnam
Awards Padma Shri, Filmfare Award for Best Director – Tamil, National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil, Chevalier Sivaji Ganesan Award for Excellence in Indian Cinema, Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration, National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment, Filmfare Award for Best Screenplay, Filmfare Award for Best Director – Telugu, Filmfare Critics Award for Best Film, Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker Award, Nandi Award for Best Story Writer
Nominations Filmfare Award for Best Film, Filmfare Award for Best Director, Vijay Award for Favourite Director, Filmfare Award for Best Story, IIFA Award for Best Story, IIFA Award for Best Director, Zee Cine Award for Best Director, Guild Award for Best Screenplay, Guild Award for Best Director
Movies Kaatru Veliyidai, Bombay, Roja, Guru, O Kadhal Kanmani, Thalapathi, Dil Se, Nayakan, Kannathil Muthamittal, Mouna Ragam, Alai Payuthey, Iruvar, Raavan, Kadal, Anjali, Raavanan, Ayitha Ezhuthu, Yuva, Ok Jaanu, Thiruda Thiruda, Geethanjali, Pallavi Anu Pallavi, Saathiya, Agni Natchathiram, Idaya Kovil, Pagal Nilavu, Aasai, Unaru, Nerrukku Ner, Dumm Dumm Dumm, Indira, Kshatriyan, Five Star, Gaayam, Taj Mahal, Dasarathan, Thambi, Dayavan, Annavru, Kasak, Chandrodaya, Bloody Paki, The Other Side of Bollywood, Anuraga Sangamam
Star Sign Gemini

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#Fact
1Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. [2004]
2Most of his films have been seen in both North and South India. Up to 2000, his films were dubbed in Hindi; Alai Payuthey (2000) was remade as Saathiya (2002) and Yuva (2004) was remade as Ayitha Ezhutu (2004).
3He made his first movie 'Pallavi Anu Pallavi'(Kannada: 1983) without first hand experience in movie making. He approched Balu Mahendra (cinematographer, Pallavi Anu Pallavi), who was a big name in film industry and asked him to be the cinematographer for the movie. Balu asked if Mani had experience in movie making or attended a formal course in movie making or was present at a film shoot. For all the above Mani's answer was a simple 'No'! But Balu was convinced by the story and went on to make the movie which won the state award from Karnatak that year!
4Brother of producer 'G. Srinivasan', producer 'G. Venkateswaranan' and producer Sethu Sriram.
5Son of veteran film distributor 'Venus Ratnam'
6Studied in Vidya Mandir School, Chennai
7Is a vegetarian
8Every film he has delivered has been either extremely successful commercially or critically acclaimed. Has a penchant for making films with a well-defined theme and backdrop, but also excels at light hearted movies.
9He has rarely shot in foreign locales. Most movies of his has been made within India. This, at a time when Directors need the lamest excuse to fly to USA, Europe or Australia to shoot just a song or two. Only Guru was shot in Turkey and Istanbul.


Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Kaatru Veliyidai2017filming
OK Jaanu2017story and screenplay
OK Kanmani2015
Kadal2013
Raavan2010screenplay
Raavanan2010story
Guru2007screenplay
Ayitha Ezhuthu2004
Yuva2004screenplay
Saathiya2002story & screenplay
Kannathil Muthamittal2002screenplay / story
Alai Payuthey2000dialogue / screenplay / story
Dil Se..1998story and screenplay
Iruvar1997screenplay / story
Indira (Priyanka)1996screenplay
Bumbai1995screenplay / story
Thiruda Thiruda1994
Gaayam1993screenplay / story
Roja1992
Thalapathi1991screenplay / story
Anjali1990screenplay - as Mani Rathnam / story - as Mani Rathnam
Kshatriyan1990writer
Gitanjali1989story & screenplay
Agni Natchathiram1988writer
Nayakan1987
Mouna Ragam1986
Pagal Nilavu1985
Pallavi Anu Pallavi1983writer

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Kaatru Veliyidai2017filming
OK Kanmani2015
Kadal2013
Raavan2010
Raavanan2010
Guru2007
Ayitha Ezhuthu2004
Yuva2004
Kannathil Muthamittal2002
Alai Payuthey2000
Dil Se..1998
Iruvar1997
Bumbai1995
Thiruda Thiruda1994
Roja1992
Thalapathi1991
Anjali1990as Mani Rathnam
Gitanjali1989
Agni Natchathiram1988
Nayakan1987
Mouna Ragam1986
Idaya Kovil1985
Pagal Nilavu1985
Unaroo1984
Pallavi Anu Pallavi1983

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
OK Jaanu2017producer
OK Kanmani2015producer
Kadal2013producer
Raavan2010producer
Raavanan2010producer
Guru2007producer
Thambi2005producer
Ayitha Ezhuthu2004producer
Yuva2004producer
Five Star2002producer
Kannathil Muthamittal2002producer
Dum Dum Dum2001producer
Dil Se..1998executive producer
Iruvar1997producer
Nerukku Ner1997producer
Indira (Priyanka)1996producer
Aasai1995producer
Bumbai1995producer
Thiruda Thiruda1994producer
Roja1992producer
Kshatriyan1990producer
Nayakan1987producer

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
OK Kanmani2015lyricist

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
OK Kanmani2015writer: "Kaara Attakkaara", "Mental Manadhil Male", "Mental Manadhil Female"

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Maqbool2003special thanks
Taj Mahal1999special thanks
Fire1996acknowledgment: "Bombay Theme" and "Ek Ho Gaye Hum Aur Tum" courtesy of

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Shades of Grey: The Cinema of K. BalachanderDocumentary announcedHimself
Jai Ho2014/IIDocumentaryHimself
Guru World Premiere in Toronto2007TV MovieHimself
And the Show Goes on: Indian Chapter1996TV Movie documentaryHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Jeena Isi Ka Naam Hai2002TV SeriesHimself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2007Popular AwardAnnual Central European Bollywood Awards, IndiaBest ScriptGuru (2007)
2005Filmfare AwardFilmfare AwardsBest ScreenplayYuva (2004)
2004Audience Choice AwardRiverRun International Film FestivalNarrative CompetitionKannathil Muthamittal (2002)
2003Filmfare AwardFilmfare AwardsBest ScreenplaySaathiya (2002)
2003Filmfare Award - Tamil Film IndustryFilmfare Awards SouthBest DirectorKannathil Muthamittal (2002)
2003In Spirit for Freedom AwardJerusalem Film FestivalBest FeatureKannathil Muthamittal (2002)
2003Audience AwardLos Angeles Indian Film FestivalBest Feature FilmKannathil Muthamittal (2002)
2003Silver Lotus AwardNational Film Awards, IndiaBest Regional Film (Tamil)Kannathil Muthamittal (2002)
2002Cinema Express Award - Tamil Film IndustryCinema Express Awards, INBest FilmKannathil Muthamittal (2002)
2002Creative AwardTamil Nadu State Film Awards, IndiaBest DirectorKannathil Muthamittal (2002)
1999Netpac AwardBerlin International Film FestivalDil Se.. (1998)
1998Filmfare Award - Tamil Film IndustryFilmfare Awards SouthBest FilmIruvar (1997)
1996Filmfare AwardFilmfare AwardsBest Film - CriticsBumbai (1995)
1996Filmfare Award - Tamil Film IndustryFilmfare Awards SouthBest DirectorBumbai (1995)
1996Silver Lotus AwardNational Film Awards, IndiaBest Feature Film on National IntegrationBumbai (1995)· S. Sriram
1995Cinema Express Award - Tamil Film IndustryCinema Express Awards, INBest FilmBumbai (1995)
1993Silver Lotus AwardNational Film Awards, IndiaBest Feature Film on National IntegrationRoja (1992)
1992Filmfare Award - Tamil Film IndustryFilmfare Awards SouthBest DirectorThalapathi (1991)
1992Creative AwardTamil Nadu State Film Awards, IndiaBest FilmRoja (1992)
1992Creative AwardTamil Nadu State Film Awards, IndiaBest DirectorRoja (1992)
1991Silver Lotus AwardNational Film Awards, IndiaBest Feature Film in TamilAnjali (1990)
1990Cinema Express Award - Tamil Film IndustryCinema Express Awards, INBest FilmAnjali (1990)· G. Venkateswaran
1988Cinema Express Award - Tamil Film IndustryCinema Express Awards, INBest FilmAgni Natchathiram (1988)· G. Venkateswaran
1987Filmfare Award - Tamil Film IndustryFilmfare Awards SouthBest DirectorMouna Ragam (1986)
1987Silver Lotus AwardNational Film Awards, IndiaBest Feature Film in TamilMouna Ragam (1986)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016Filmfare Award - Tamil Film IndustryFilmfare Awards SouthBest FilmOK Kanmani (2015)
2016Filmfare Award - Tamil Film IndustryFilmfare Awards SouthBest DirectorOK Kanmani (2015)
2016SIIMA - TamilSouth Indian International Movie AwardsBest DirectorOK Kanmani (2015)
2008Apsara AwardApsara Film Producers Guild AwardsBest FilmGuru (2007)· G. Srinivasan
2008Apsara AwardApsara Film Producers Guild AwardsBest DirectorGuru (2007)
2008Popular AwardAwards of the International Indian Film AcademyBest DirectorGuru (2007)
2008Award for Technical ExcellenceAwards of the International Indian Film AcademyBest StoryGuru (2007)
2008Popular AwardAwards of the International Indian Film AcademyBest PictureGuru (2007)· G. Srinivasan
2008Filmfare AwardFilmfare AwardsBest FilmGuru (2007)
2008Filmfare AwardFilmfare AwardsBest DirectorGuru (2007)
2005ScreenScreen Weekly AwardsBest DirectorYuva (2004)
2005ScreenScreen Weekly AwardsBest ScreenplayYuva (2004)
2003Best Indian FilmBombay International Film FestivalKannathil Muthamittal (2002)
1993Golden St. GeorgeMoscow International Film FestivalRoja (1992)

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2002Creative AwardTamil Nadu State Film Awards, IndiaBest FilmKannathil Muthamittal (2002)

3rd place awards

3rd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1988Creative AwardTamil Nadu State Film Awards, IndiaBest FilmAgni Natchathiram (1988)· G. Venkateswaran


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#Trademark
1Often picturises critical moments in Rain or in a train
2Uses music by A. R. Rahman since giving him his debut venture in _Roja (1992)_qv.

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