One cannot miss talking about ace filmmaker Mani Ratnam when talking about Indian cinema courtesy his films like Anjali, Thalapathi, Nayakan, Roja, Bombay, Yuva and many others. The genius filmmaker Mani Ratnam redefined the levels of film-making with his subtle and yet intense narration, which had the viewers awestruck many a times. Not many know that, his first film as a director is in Kannada, and not in Tamil, titled Pallavi Anu Pallavi. The film did not fare well though but did not stop this genius filmmaker from chasing his dreams. He then made his first Tamil film in 1985 titled Pagal Nilavu which was an average outing. It was his 1986 release Mouna Ragam that brought him to the forefront of Tamil cinema. Mouna Ragam redefined the way Tamil cinema was viewed at and put Mani Ratnam at the top of the list.
Mani Ratnam celebrates his birthday today, June 2, and the most celebrated filmmaker of South Indian cinema has been receiving wishes from fans all around the world. And on his birthday today, we take a look at few of his films that make him the most celebrated filmmaker of South Indian cinema:
Considered to be a masterpipece from Mani Ratnam, Anjali is a film about a mentally disabled child of Raghuvaran and Revathy. The drama throughout the film kept the audience gripped to the narration.
Starring Kamal Haasan in the lead role, Nayakan portrayed the struggles faced by South Indians living in Bombay. Nayakan is considered to be one of the best films in Kamal Haasan’s career.
Mani Ratnam brought two Super Stars, Rajinikanth and Mammootty, in this film and it turned out to be a blockbuster hit. A political crime-drama, Thalapathi is still considered one of the biggest multi-starrers in South Indian cinema.
Another masterpiece from the genius, the story of Bombay dealt with the riots the happened in Bombay in 1993 and how that impacted the lives of many back then.
Mani Ratnam roped in R. Madhavan for this romantic drama who was a new face then. Madhavan today is one of the top actors in Indian cinema because of his adaptability and the actor credits the success to his mentor Mani Ratnam.
Iruvar was one of the biggest hits in the career of Mohanlal and Prakash Raj. Based on a political drama, Iruvar was the debut movie for Aishwarya Rai in Tamil movies.
Aayutha Ezuthu, also made in Hindi as Yuva, revolved around politics and students. Mani Ratnam once had said that he was inspired to write Aayutha Ezuthu after he learnt about the killing of a student in Osmania University, Hyderabad because of his political aspirations.
Roja was one of the biggest hits in Mani Ratnam’s career and made him a popular name in Bollywood too. Set in the backdrop of terrorism, Roja laid the path for the careers of many actors including Arvind Swamy, Madhoo and Pankaj Kapoor.
Mani Ratnam is currently working on a multi-starrer film Chekka Chivantha Vaanam which stars Jyothika, Simbu, Vijay Sethupathi, Arvind Swami, Aishwarya Rajesh and Aditi Rao Hydari in lead roles. Fans of South Indian cinema are much excited about this project and are eagerly waiting for it.