The latest to do so is Kannan, who is directing
Jayam Kondaan. This young director was working
with director Manobala on a project that featured
Suhasini Mani Ratnam. Taking note of Kannan’s
enthusiasm, Suhasini introduced him to husband
Mani Ratnam, who promptly took him in as his assistant.
Kannan was overwhelmed by this gesture and willingly
joined his idol.
Kannan had worked with Mani Ratnam on several
projects after that and had earned Mani’s
confidence as his trusted protégé.
He also narrated a script he had developed, to
his mentor. Impressed by it, Mani recommended
him to producer T.G. Thiagarajan of Sathya Jyothi
films requesting them to take a look at the script.
This rare gesture of Mani Ratnam comes in for
a special mention, as he had never recommended
anyone except actor Siddharth, his former assistant,
whom he recommended to director Shankar to be
cast in his film, Boys.