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Mani ratnam's 10 biggest contributions
Mani’s movies have been always acclaimed for their technical finesse and cinematography in all his movies has been path breaking, to say the least.

P C Sriram

P C Sriram, known to Industry circles as PC, began his association with Mani with the film Mouna Ragam and immediately was noticed for his use of natural lighting and tones to blend with the moods of the characters. This association got stronger with films like Nayagan, which won him the National Award for his work behind the lens, later followed by Agni Natchathiram, Thiruda Thiruda and Alaipayuthey.

Santosh Sivan

For the Rajinikanth-Mammooty starrer Thalapathy, Mani sought the services of the then up and coming cinematographer Santosh Sivan, whose work in this film was noticed all over the country and their association continued in several projects like Roja, Iruvar and Dil Se.

Rajeev Menon

Renowned Ad filmmaker Rajeev Menon got his break into films when Mani invited him to work in the film Bombay. His picture post card visuals in the film were appreciated by critics across the country. Mani’s last venture Guru was handled by Rajeev.

Ravi K Chandran

Mani then went on to work with Ravi K Chandran, who was an already famous cinematographer for his work in films like Kandukondain Kandukondain and Dil Chahta Hai, in his critically acclaimed Kannathil Muthamittal and then his bi-lingual Ayutha Ezhuthu (Yuva in Hindi). Both these films brought a different flavor to Ravi’s visuals.


Not many would have guessed that it was Mani who gave this late cinematographer a break by giving him the opportunity to shoot the stills for Bombay. The shots of Arvind Swamy and Manisha Koirala with the Gateway of India as the backdrop still remains etched in people’s minds. He had already worked as a cinematographer in a few films but acceded to Mani sir’s request purely out of fascination for the director.

It wouldn’t be an understatement to say that Mani clearly brought out the best from each of these great lens-men.
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