Mani Ratnam, the renowned director of Indian cinema, turned 65-year-old on Wednesday. Entering the movie industry with his famous 1983 Kannada film ‘Pallavi Anu Pallavi’ featuring Anil Kapoor and Lakshmi, the director has worked in various South Indian film industries as well as Hindi films. Currently, he is working on an upcoming web series titled ‘Navasara’.
On his birthday, below listed are a few of Mani Ratnam’s acclaimed films:
Mouna Ragam (1986): Revolving around a woman and her conflict-ridden relationship with her father as well as her husband, ‘Mouna Ragam’ portrays the protagonist, played by actor Revathi, forced into an arranged marriage, mourning at the same time the death of her former lover.
Nayakan (1987): A Tamil crime film written and directed by Mani Ratnam, ‘Nayakan’ displays Kamal Hassan in the titular role, portraying mafia gang leader, Velu Nayakkar. A huge success at the time, the movie bagged three awards in the 1987 National Film Awards, providing a boost for Kamal Hassan, as well. A year later, it was remade in Bollywood as ‘Dayavan’.
Thalapathi (1991): Featuring southern cinema giants Rajinikanth and Mammothy in leading roles, the film narrates the tale of a slum dweller forging close friendship with a don, only to be obstructed by a district collector who tries to stop the duo.
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Roja (1992): An all-time hit that catapulted Mani Ratnam to new heights, Roja, a romantic thriller, was a huge hit in theatres after it release and displays a village girl, played by actor Madhoo Shah, trying to rescue her husband from militants in Jammu and Kashmir. The film acquired several national awards, including Best Music Director (A R Rahman), and Best Lyricist (Vairamuthu).
Bombay (1995): ‘Bombay’ is based on the 1992-1993 Bombay riots occurring after the demolition of the Babri Masjid. It also brought in thematic components such inter-religious marriage and the idea of patriotism. It received two Filmfare Awards.
Kannathil Muthamittal (2002): A Tamil film that bases itself on both themes of family and war, ‘Kannathil Muthamittal’ shows an adopted child’s emotional need for its mother, while the latter is recruited as a fighter for the LTTE in the Sri Lankan Civil War. Crticially acclaimed, the film won six national awards and stars Ranganathan Madhavan, Simran, Keerthana Parthiepan etc.