B’Day Special: Mani Ratnam

Superstar director who changed the face of Tamil cinema with his vision, celebrates his birthday today. Since his debut with Malayalam film Unaru, Mani Ratnam have been delivering one masterpiece after the other and went to become one of the best south Indian directors. The range of films, his artistic vision, collaboration with A.R Rahman, and ability to bring out the best performance from actors, makes him admirable and worthy of the tag. Here are my  favorite Mani Ratnam films:

  1. Bombay (1995)

A film that talks about patriotism and unity. One of the most effective films that deals with communal violence and it’s impact on humanity. My favorite performance of Manisha Koirala and Nasser.




2.Roja (1995)

An all time great cult classic about a woman who goes at all odds to rescue her husband who is kidnapped by Pakistani militants. Several moments send chills down the spine and tears to one’s eyes. Watch it to winess spectacular performances from Madhubala and Pankaj Kapoor, awesome soundtrack by A.R Rahman and haunting climax.




3.Kannathil Muthamittal (2002)

One of the best films ever made in Tamil industry, especially because of the anonymity of what could happen to the mother daughter relationship, as the Sri Lanka- LTTE war was becoming intense. Mani Ratnam brought out the best performance from debutant P.S Keerthana thus giving her a national award, the cast includes R Madhavan, Simran, Prakash Raj, Nandita Das. Spectacular film with apt 3 act struture.




4.Alaipayuthey (2000)

Mani Ratnam’s masterpiece with peculiar flashback struture and intense performances, notably R Madhavan’s. Many memorable moments in addition to the melodies composed by A.R Rahman.




5. Thalapathi (1991)

Rajinikant’s best performance and awesome collaboration with Mammootty. The movie is loosely based on Karna’s story in Mahabharata. It is a haunting film about relationships, commitment, friendship and loyalty.




6. Guru (2007)

An inspiring film based on the life of Reliance Industries founder, Dhirubhai Ambani. Ensemble cast includes Abhishek Bachchan, Aiswarya Rai, R Madhavan, Vidya Balan and Mithun Chakraborthy.




7. Dil Se (1998)

I remember watching this film when I was just 7 years old. I still haven’t forgotten what the initial expirience was like. The movie remains with you long after you have watched it. Although the climax is very disturbing, the movie shows a powerful message against violence against women and about how women were dragged into terrorism. Priety Zinta makes an adorable debut, A.R Rahman always adds his cents to every Mani Ratnam film with haunting scores.




Happy Birthday Mani Ratnam!





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