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Personality this week : Mani Rathnam

Name : Mani Rathnam

Birth date: June 2, 1956

Birth place: Madurai, Tamil Nadu

Father’s Name: Late Sri Venus Gopal Ratnam (Film Distibutor)

Siblings: 1) Mr.G.Srinivasan (Film Producer)
             2) Late Sri G.Venkatewaran (Film Producer)


Spouse: Mrs. Suhasini ManiRatnam (Actress and Director)

Profession: Film Director, Writer & Producer

Educational Qualification: MBA from the Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management

First Movie: Pallavi Anu Pallavi (Kannada, 1983)

First Tamil Movie: Pagal Nilavu (1985)

Last Tamil Movie (till date): Ayudha Eluthu

Total films undertaken: 19 (1 Kannada, 1 Malayalam, 1 Telugu, 2 Hindi, 14 Tamil)

Honors Received: 1) Nayagan, listed in of the 100 movies of TIME magazine
2) Kannathil Muthmital bagged 5 national awards
3) Dil Se, first Hindi movie released in London and many………

Mani Ratnam, as the name says the Precious stone to the Indian Film Industry. He needs no introduction; all of us must have heard his name. He consistently chooses contemporary, pragmatic themes and complex plots as his story base line. His movies have got a national appeal. Each and every single frame in his movie articulates about the perfection.

The fascinating thing about Mani is that he has neither worked as an assistant director nor trained from a Film institute. He was working as a consultant after his graduation and then entered the film industry with no experience. Now, persons are waiting to get an opportunity to work with this gentle man.

The special thing in Mani’s movies is the importance he gives to cinematography and lighting. Starting from his first he has worked with first class cinematographers. Balu Mahendra handled the camera for his first venture. Till date he has worked with P.C.Sriram, Santhosh Sivan, Ravi.K.Chandran, Rajiv Menon, Manikandan and all such experts are now making colours in the Indian cinema.

He also concentrates on art direction and music to the same extent of cinematography. The slum which appears in Nayagan film is set made in Chennai by Thotta Dharani. You believe it or not the apartment that occurs in Anjali film is also a set by Thotta Dharani. The music director A.R.Rehman who is now making glimpses all over the world was introduced by Mani in the film Roja.

Mani has worked with all leading actors starting from Rajini, Kamal, Mamooty, Aravind Swamy, Shah Rukh Khan, Ajay Devgan, Abhishek Bachaan and his films are outspoken. Mani, A.R.Rehman, Vairamuthu trio has been such a long journey and always the songs of his movies are simply superb.

In a latest interview, he was asked whether he is satisfied with any movie, he replied “No! Might be my next movie”. What to say about him still more! Such a magnanimous personality. We are fortunate enough to have such a director from our soil.


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