Gopala Ratnam Subramaniam ( Known as Mani Ratnam born 2 June 1956) is an Indian film director, screenwriter, and producer who predominantly works in Tamil cinema. The Government of India honoured him with the Padma Shri, acknowledging his contributions to film in 2002.
Despite being born into a film family, Mani Ratnam did not develop any interest towards films when he was young. Upon completion of his post graduation in management, he started his career as a consultant. He entered the film industry through the 1983 Kannada filmPallavi Anu Pallavi. The failure of his subsequent films would mean that he was left with fewer offers. However, his fifth directorial outing, Mouna Ragam (1986), established him as a leading filmmaker in Tamil cinema. He followed that with Nayakan (1987). Mani Ratnam is well known for his “Terrorism trilogy” consisting of Roja (1992), Bombay (1995), and Dil Se.. (1998).
He has won several film awards, including six National Film Awards, six Filmfare Awards South and three Bollywood Filmfare Awards.
Mani Ratnam is married to Tamil actress Suhasini. Both first met in 1988 and got married the same year. The couple have a son Nandhan (born 1992). The family resides in Alwarpet, Chennai, where he runs his production company, Madras Talkies.
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