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Happy Birthday : Mani Ratnam [ 02 June ]

02 June 2012 ::  Mani Ratnam (Gopala Ratnam Subramaniam ) was born on 2 June 1956. He is an Indian film director, screenwriter and producer, predominantly working in Tamil cinema, based in Chennai, India.He made his directorial debut with the Kannada film Pallavi Anu Pallavi in 1983, and followed this with the Malayalam film Unaru (1984) and the Tamil film Pagal Nilavu (1985). Ratnam came into prominence after Mouna Ragam (1986), a film about the friction between a newly–wed couple. He made his Telugu debut with the National Film Award winning Geethanjali (1989), which was critically acclaimed and a major commercial success. Ratnam is also known for his “Terrorism trilogy” consisting of Roja (1992), Bombay (1995) and Dil Se.. (1998). He is widely regarded as one of the leading directors in Indian cinema. Ratnam is widely credited with having revolutionised the Tamil film industry and altering the profile of Indian cinema.

Mani Ratnam was born in Madurai, Tamil Nadu. His birth name is Gopala Ratnam Subramaniam. His father, Ratnam Iyer, was a film producer who worked under the banner of production company, Venus Pictures. Ratnam grew up in Chennai, doing his schooling there completed his graduation with a degree in commerce from Madras University, Chennai  and then obtained an MBA from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, after which he worked as a management consultant before becoming a filmmaker.

Ratnam had two brothers—G. Venkateswaran and G. Srinivasan—both of them film producers. In 1988 Ratnam married Suhasini, the niece of Kamal Haasan and daughter of Charuhasan. Suhasini is a National Award-winning actress and a well-known filmmaker as well. They have a son named Nandhan. Charuhasan, his father-in-law, is a National Award-winning actor. Ratnam lives in Alwarpet, Chennai, where he runs Madras Talkies, his production company.

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