[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Filmmaking was in his blood as he was the son of film producer ‘Venus Gopalratnam’ and his brother G. Venkateswaran, a film distributor turned producer. Mani Ratnam grew up watching the films of K. Balachander, Guru Dutt, and Sivaji Ganesan and greatly influenced by the film-making styles of Akira Kurosawa, Martin Scorsese, Ingmar Bergman and J. Mahendran.
Padma Shri Gopala Ratnam Subramaniam, commonly known by his screen name ‘Mani Ratnam’, is an Indian film director, screenwriter, and producer who revolutionized Tamil-language cinema. He is the biggest and one of the most respected directors in Indian film industry. Each of his films contains its own unique style with beautifully photographed songs. However, his films contain substance as well as distinctive style, Mani Ratnam has dealt with a wide variety of topics, from the classic
Indian love story to political thrillers.
Although his first film, ‘Pallavi Anu Pallavi’ in Kannada, starring Anil Kapoor was an average grosser at the box-office, the film fetched Mani Ratnam ‘The Best Screenplay Award’ from Karnataka State Government for the year 1983. Even though he made two films in Tamil and one in Malayalam, nothing worked for him until he broke through with ‘Mouna Ragam’ (1986) in Tamil and was a big hit in Telugu as well.
Later on, huge success of movies like ‘Nayagan’ and ‘Agni Natchathiram’ brought him a recognition as the leading director at National level. His first and only Telugu direct movie ‘Geetanjali’ was a touching love story and then ‘Anjali’ had been chosen by India to be sent to the Oscars for Best Foreign Language Film. He made an underworld themed film ‘Thalapathi’ which was an adaption of the great epic of Mahabharata.
Roja (1992) enforced Ratnam as a director of style and substance all over India as well as proving a highly auspicious debut for the now-acclaimed music director A.R. Rahman, whom Ratnam had discovered. It was a patriotic love story set against the backdrop of Kashmiri terrorism, the film was dubbed in many other languages and became a huge national success. His next film ‘Thiruda Thiruda’ scripted by Ram Gopal Varma was a moderate hit, but he bounced back with ‘Bombay’, a movie with politically charged romance. He again teamed up with Ram Gopal Varma as the writer for the Telugu film ‘Gaayam’ which was a big hit. Continuing his political obsession, Ratnam made ‘Iruvar’ in Tamil. His debut in Hindi with ‘Dil Se’, gained mass appeal
and gave Rahman his next Filmfare Award for Best Music Direction and was also screened at many International Film Festivals.
He returned to familiar ground with ‘Alai Payuthey’ a romantic drama and his subsequent film ‘Kannathil Muthamittal’ was critically acclaimed and commercially successful, winning six National Film Awards, Filmfare Award for Best Direction in Tamil and many more awards. Once again Ratnam proved himself as one of the greatest storytellers in Indian Cinema.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”193299″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]’Yuva’ is his second Bollywood project and then continued with ‘Guru’ and made a bilingual ‘Raavan’ in Hindi and Tamil, then it was dubbed into Telugu titled ‘Villain. His next film, ‘Kadal’ was released worldwide, bagged mixed reviews from critics and became a box office failure and suffered huge losses, but his most recent film ‘O Kadhal Kanmani’ made at a small budget achieved commercial success.
As we had reported earlier, director Mani Ratnam’s next Tamil film will have Karthi and Sai Pallavi of ‘Premam’ fame in the lead roles. Double Oscar-winning composer A R Rahman will compose the music to prove once again Mani Ratnam and ARR are a fantastic team.
If we observe, every film delivered by him has been either extremely successful commercially or critically acclaimed. He has a strong tendency for making films with a well-defined theme and backdrop, but also exceptionally good at light hearted movies.
As a real worthy to be called as ‘The man who revolutionized Indian cinema’, the great Mani Ratnam who directed incredible films turn 61 today and thetelugufilmnagar.com wishes Mani Ratnam a Very Happy Birthday..[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_video link=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FnAajDubISs”][/vc_column][/vc_row]