Mani Ratnam, Film Director
• Original Name – Gopala Ratnam
• Birth Date- 2-June'1958
• Birth Place – Madurai, Tamil Nadu
• Profession– Director, Producer
• Spouse – Suhasini
• Children – Son Nandhan
• Production company - Madras Talkies
Education Background of Mani Ratnam
Mani Ratnam completed his schooling in Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School in Chennai. He had completed his UG in Commerce at Vivekananda College which is affiliated to University of Madras. He did his MBA in Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies in Mumbai.
Film Carrier of Mani Ratnam
Mani Ratnam entered into film Industry with his elder brother G.Venkateswarn's help. Mani Ratnam debut movie is Pallavi Anu Pallavi which is a Kannada Movie with Anil Kapoor as lead role in the year of 1983. His debut movie Pallavi deals with a young man's loves with elder women. Unfortunately it didn't do well in box office. In the year of 1984, he directed his second movie Unaru which is a Malayalam with Mohanlal as lead. Third film of Mani Ratnam is Pagal Nilavu with Murali and Revathy in lead Roles. All the above three films didn't do well in Box office.
In the year of 1985, Mani Ratnam directed his next film Idhaya Kovil with Mohan, Radha, Ambika in lead Roles. Mani Rathnam movie Idhaya koil film did well in Box Office, but not much. Fifth film of Mani Ratnam is Mouna Ragam with Mohan and Revathy. Mani rathnam movie Mouna raagam was released in the year of 1986. Ilaiyaraaja did Music and P.C.Sriram did cinematography. Mani rathnam's Mouna raagam done very well in box office and gave good name to Mani Ratnam. Mouna Raagam is a milestone film in Mani Ratnam's carrier. Music of Mouna Raagam was big among the audiences.
Sixth Film of Mani Ratnam is Naayagan with Kamal Hassan. Mani Rathnam's Naayagan film is based on the real life story of Varadarajan Mudaliar, underworld king in mumbai. This became great success in Mani Ratnam's carrier. Naayagan was listed in All Time 100 greatest film of TIME Magazine.
Seventh Film of Mani Ratnam is Agni Natchatrram with Prabhu, Karthick, Amala and Nirosha in lead roles. Agni natchatram film did well in box office and Mani Ratnam got appreciation for new techniques in camera frameworks.
Geethanjali and Anjali are eighth and ninth film of Mani Ratnam. In 1991, he directed Thalapathy with Rajini and Mamooty. This story is based on the Mahabharatham. Rajini and Mamooty characters are like Karnan and Thuriyodhanan. This film was very well received by audience.
Eleventh Movie of Mani Ratnam is Roja. Roja is like a epic in Tamil film history. In Roja, Mani Ratnam broke his assosiation with Ilaiyaraaja and introduced AR Rehman as Music director. Mani Rathnam's Roja film deals with terrorism in Kashmir. Arvind Samy and Madhubala was in lead role.Later Roja was dubbed into Hindi, Telugu and other regional languages of India.
In 1995, Mani Ratnam directed the movie Bombay with Arvind Samy and Manisha in lead roles. Mani rathnam's Bombay film is based on the Hindu-Muslim riots in mumbai during 1993.
In 1997, Mani Ratnam directed the movie Iruvar which based on the Tamil Nadu politicians MGR, Karunanidhi and Jayalalitha. Mohanlal, Prakash Raj and Ishwarya Rai in lead roles. Iruvar is Ishwarya Rai's debut movie.
In 1998, Mani Ratnam's Hindi debut movie was with Shah Rukh Khan in the movie of Dilse. Preeti Zinda made her debut in Dilse.
In 2000, Mani Ratnam returned back to Tamil film Alaipayuthey with Madhavan and Shalini in lead roles. Alaipayuthey is the debut movie of Madhavan.
In 2002, Mani Ratnam directed Kannathil Muthamittal with Madhavan and Simran in lead role. This film is based on Sri Lankan Tamil's life. Kannathil Muthamittal won Six National Film Awards. After that he directed Yuva, Auyutha Ezhuthu, Guru, Raavan and Raavanan.
Awards won by Mani Ratnam
• 1986 – National Film Award for Best Film in Tamil
• 1989 – Geethanjali won National Film Award for Best Popular Film
• 1990 - Anjali won National Film Award for Best Film in Tamil
• 1992 – Roja won National Film Award for Best Film on National Integration, Filmfare South Award for Best Film and Best Director, Tamil Nadu Film State Award for Best Director.
• 1995 – Bombay won National Film Award for Best Film on National Integration.
• 1997 – Iruvar won Filmfare South Award for Best Film.
• 2002 – Kannathil Muthamittal won National Film Award for Best Film in Tamil, Filmfare South Award for Best Film and Best Director, Tamil Nadu Film State Award for Best Director
• 2007 – Guru won Filmfare Hindi Best Director, Filmfare Hindi Best Movie