Mani Ratnam

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Date of Birth : 1956
Height : NA

Mini Biography :
The man who revolutionized Tamil-language cinema, Mani Ratnam is the biggest director in south India and one of the most respected directors in all of India. Each of his films contain its own unique style, with beautifully photographed songs and unique back-lighting. However, his films contain substance as well as style–Ratnam has dealt with a wide variety of topics, from the classic Indian love story to political thrillers.

He was born in Madras in 1956. Filmmaking was in his blood; he was the son of film producer ‘Venus Gopalratnam’ and his brother was G. Venkateswaran, a film distributor turned producer. Ironically, however, he studied at Madras University and received a management degree at the Mumbai Bajaj Institute, and had initially started out as a management consultant. His first film, Pallavi Anu Pallavi (1983), starring Anil Kapoor, didn’t make many waves, although it won the State Award from Karnataka that year, but even though he made two films in Tamil and one in Malayalam, nothing worked for him until he broke through with Mouna Ragam (1986).

Starring Revathi, the film told the tale of a woman who, although forced into an arranged marriage, chooses to maintain a platonic relationship with her husband. The film was noted for its sophisticated approach and execution of an extremely sensitive topic


Filmography :

As Director :

  1. Lajjo (2008) (announced) (attached)
  2. Guru (2007)
  3. Ayitha Ezhuthu (2004)
  4. Yuva (2004)
  5. Kannathil Muthamittal (2002)
  6. Alai Payuthey (2000)
  7. Kelviyin Nayagan (2000)
  8. Dil Se.. (1998)
  9. Iruvar (1997)
  10. Bumbai (1995)
  11. Thiruda Thiruda (1993)
  12. Roja (1992)
  13. Thalapathi (1991)
  14. Anjali (1990)
  15. Gitanjali (1989)
  16. Agni Nakshatram (1988)
  17. Nayakan (1987)
  18. Mouna Ragam (1986)
  19. Idaya Kovil (1985)
  20. Pagal Nilavu (1985)
  21. Unaroo (1984)
  22. Pallavi Anu Pallavi (1983)

As Writer :

  1. Lajjo (2008) (announced)
  2. Guru (2007) (story and screenplay)
  3. Ayitha Ezhuthu (2004)
  4. Yuva (2004) (screenplay)
  5. Saathiya (2002) (screenplay) (story)
  6. Kannathil Muthamittal (2002) (screenplay) (story)
  7. Alai Payuthey (2000) (dialogue) (screenplay) (story)
  8. Dil Se.. (1998) (screenplay) (story)
  9. Iruvar (1997) (screenplay) (story)
  10. Indira (Priyanka) (1996) (screenplay)
  11. Bumbai (1995) (screenplay) (story)
  12. Gaayam (1993) (screenplay) (story)
  13. Thiruda Thiruda (1993)
  14. Roja (1992)
  15. Thalapathi (1991) (screenplay) (story)
  16. Anjali (1990)
  17. Gitanjali (1989)
  18. Agni Nakshatram (1988)
  19. Nayakan (1987)
  20. Mouna Ragam (1986)
  21. Pagal Nilavu (1985)
  22. Pallavi Anu Pallavi (1983)

As Producer :

  1. Guru (2007) (producer)
  2. Thambi (2005) (producer)
  3. Ayitha Ezhuthu (2004) (producer)
  4. Yuva (2004) (producer)
  5. Saathiya (2002) (producer)
  6. Kannathil Muthamittal (2002) (producer)
  7. Dum Dum Dum (2001) (producer)
  8. Dil Se.. (1998) (executive producer)
  9. Iruvar (1997) (producer)
  10. Nerukku Ner (1997) (producer)
  11. Indira (Priyanka) (1996) (producer)
  12. Bumbai (1995) (producer)
  13. Aasai (1995) (producer)
  14. Thiruda Thiruda (1993) (producer)
  15. Roja (1992) (producer)
  16. Nayakan (1987) (producer)
Nomination And Awards
Berlin International Film Festival
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
1999 Won Netpac Award – Special Mention for: Dil Se.. (1998)

Filmfare Awards
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2005 Won Filmfare Award Best Screenplay
for: Yuva (2004)

2003 Won Filmfare Award Best Screenplay
for: Saathiya (2002)

1996 Won Filmfare Award Best Film – Critics
for: Bumbai (1995)

Jerusalem Film Festival
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2003 Won In Spirit for Freedom Award Best Feature
for: Kannathil Muthamittal (2002)

Los Angeles Indian Film Festival
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2003 Won Audience Award Best Feature Film
for: Kannathil Muthamittal (2002)

Moscow International Film Festival
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
1993 Nominated Golden St. George for: Roja (1992)

National Film Awards, India
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2003 Won Silver Lotus Award Best Regional Film (Tamil)
for: Kannathil Muthamittal (2002)

RiverRun International Film Festival
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2004 Won Audience Choice Award Narrative Competition
for: Kannathil Muthamittal (2002)

Screen Weekly Awards
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2005 Nominated Screen Best Director
for: Yuva (2004)

Best Screenplay
for: Yuva (2004)

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