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In a star crazy industry, Manirathnam is the man who created a niche for himself by brining a fresh approach to direction. He has the distinction of working with senior actors and yet his films are remembered as Mani films. His greatest asset is the intimacy he creates between the audience and the film. His brand of filmmaking is widely aped by others with limited success. His films have finesse and quality. Be it in Kollywood, Tollywood or Bollywood, his name denotes class unmatched by any other. Top stars vie to work with him. He made his debut in Kannada but his widely acknowledged first film is Pagal Nilavu in Tamil. He has made films of different genres like underworld action (Nayagan), marital discord (Mouna Ragam), pathos (Thalapathi) and romance (Alai Payudhe). Socially relevant themes in Bombay and Uyire were neatly handled. Hailing from a family with a long association in cinema, Mani has had no mentor. He is a self-taught director.
What makes him click: He has an uncanny knack of identifying an appealing theme. He puts together a film, which exactly matches the viewer’s perspective. His ability to get the best work out of his creative team makes him successful. He has been around for nearly twenty years and yet escaped being typecast. He mixes entertainment elements only as much that the content is not diluted. Talented technicians and excellent production values are his hallmarks.

Movie on the anvil: Bilingual Guru with Abhishek Bachchan, Aiswarya Rai, Madhavan and Vidya Balan in the lead

You could rope him in: Mani produces his own movies and directs them. For outside production houses, it is reported that he would command not less than Rs. 6 crores.
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