Gopala Ratnam Subramaniam

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Gopala Ratnam Subramaniam

Born: 2 June 1956

  • He commonly known by his screen name Mani Ratnam, is an Indian film director, screenwriter, and producer who predominantly works in Tamil cinema.
  • In 2002, the Government of India honoured him with the Padma Shri, acknowledging his contributions to film.
  • Despite being born into a film family, he did not develop any interest in 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 film Pallavi 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).
  • He is well known for his “Terrorism trilogy” consisting of Roja (1992), Bombay (1995), and Dil Se.. (1998).
  • He is married to actress Suhasini and has a son with her.
  • He has won several film awards and nominations including six National Film Awards, six Filmfare Awards South and three Bollywood Filmfare Awards.
  • The Government of India honoured Mani with Padma Shri in 2002.
  • He has won several National Film Awards, Filmfare Awards, Filmfare Awards South and state awards.
  • Apart from these awards, many of his films have been screened at various film festivals and have won numerous accolades. Geethanjali, directed by him won the Golden Lotus Award for Best Popular Film at the 37th National Film Awards.
  • Other films like Mouna Ragam, Anjali, and Kannathil Muthamittal have won the Best Regional Film awards at the National Film Awards.
  • Two of his films, Roja and Bombay have won the Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration.
  • The former was also nominated for Best Film category at the 18th Moscow International Film Festival.

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