Mani Ratnam born as Gopala Ratnam Subramaniam is an Indian filmmaker and who brought the Tamil cinema into new dimensions. His movies are always filled with soothing music and visual beauty. He entered the film industry through a Kannada film “Pallavi Anu Pallavi,” which was an average grosser at the box office. After his debut, he was offered many films from Tamil and Malayalam film industries. “Mounaragam” in the year 1986 brought him top level recognition and also won the best National Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil at the 24th National film Awards.
Mani Ratnam only direct Telugu film till date is “Geethanjali.” This movie won him the National Film Award for Best Popular Film in the year 1990. Post the success of “Geethanjali,” he had delivered a different genre of movies like “Dalapathi,” “Anjali,” “Roja,” “Bombay,” “Sakhi,” “Yuva” and “Ok Bangaram.” In a career spanning over 3 decades, he has won a myriad of awards for his exemplary work in the Indian cinema. We are giving you a brief description of few amazing and inspiring movies of him.
1. Mouna Ragam – 1986
“Mouna Ragam” is a Tamil romantic drama and was dubbed into Telugu with the same title. This film was a box office success and a major breakthrough in Mani Ratnam’s career. The film stars Mohan and Revathi in the lead roles. The plot is a story of a woman who already had a boyfriend is convinced into arranged marriage with someone. she cannot accept as her husband. Over a year they live together each other and then she realizes that she has fallen in love with him.
2. Nayakan – 1987
“Nayakan” is a crime drama starring Kamal Haasan and was dubbed into Telugu as “Nayakudu.” The story is based on a real life Bombay underworld don and sympathetically depicts the struggle of South Indians living in that place.
3. Geethanjali – 1989
It was the first direct Telugu film of Mani Ratnam and the story is an elusive concept of the two individuals who suffer from terminal diseases fall in love with each other.
4. Anjali – 1990
The story of an autistic child wasn’t just a mere commercial success but critics too.
5. Thalapathi – 1991
“Thalapathi” is a crime drama where Rajinikanth, Mammootty and Shobana are in the lead roles. It was dubbed and released in Telugu as “Dalapathi.” The story of the film is based on the friendship between Karna and Duryodhana of the Hindu epic, Mahabharata.
6. Roja – 1992
Roja, a patriotic drama, and fight against the terrorism which marked the debut of music director A.R. Rahman.
7. Alaipayuthey – 2000
“Alaipayuthey” was dubbed into Telugu as “Sakhi.” It is a romantic drama, starring Madhavan and Shalini in the lead roles. The film speaks about the tensions of married life and maturing love.
8. OK Kadhal Kanmani – 2015
It is a romantic film, starring Dulquer Salmaan and Nithya Menen in the lead roles. The film portraying a young couple in a live-in relationship in Mumbai. At the same time, the movie was released in Telugu as “Ok Bangaram” which turned out to be a success at the box office.
Which one of these is your favorite film?