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Mani Ratnam:A Legend In His Own Right

      Ace Director Mani Ratnam is one of the most popular directors in south india who revolutionized Indian Cinema.Many actors feel privileged to work with this Legendry director.Mani Ratnam has the distinction of making successful films in Tamil,Telugu,Kannada,Malyalam and Hindi. He was responsible for the Globalization of South Indian Cinema.Most of his films explore a variety of subjects which are capable of connecting with a global audience,this is the reason why his regional films were dubbed or remade into other Indian languages as well.A Mani Ratnam’s film is a Genre by itself and the impact of these films are beyond any box-office  collections.His stylish yet graceful picturization of songs were trademark of all his films.His rapport  with Music Maestro Ilayaraja and Cinematographer P.C.Sriram created many sensational and unforgettable hits.He is also the Godfather of Academy Award winner A.R.Rahaman.During a time when most other directors opted for shooting their films and songs abroad,Mani Ratnam captured the chemistry between his lead pairs in beautiful Indian locations and made even the people of abroad appreciate it.
      Mani Ratnam made his directorial debut in 1983 with Pallavi Anu Pallavi (Kannada) and later on made films like Unaru(malyalam) and Pagal Nilavu(Tamil).These films failed badly at the box office and Mani Ratnam had to wait for success.He got his first major breakthrough with Mouna Ragam(1986) which was a roaring success and received the National Award for best feature film in Tamil.His next film Nayakudu(1987) based on a real life Bombay don Varada starred Kamal Hassan was a huge success and responsible in making Mani Ratnam a Brand name in Indian Film Industry and earned multiple National awards.Nayakudu was listed in Time Magazine’s “All Time 100 Greatest Films”.His next film Agni Natchathiram(1988) was a milestone in Indian Cinematography . Geetanjali(1989) was his straight telugu film starring Nagarjuna earned critical acclaim as well as commercial success and its soundtrack by Ilayaraja is a cult classic.Geetanjali received the National Award  for Best Popular film Providing Wholesome Entertainment.
       In 1990 he made Anjali whose story was based on an dying autistic child and the mental trauma faced by her family and once again earned a national award for best Tamil feature film.In the following year he made Dalapathi(1991) with a theme based on the friendship between Karna and Duryodhana in the hindu epic Mahabharata.This film starred south Indian superstars Rajnikanth ,Mammootty and Aravinda Swamy in key roles.The soundtrack by Ilayaraja was a major success and the song “Chilakama Chitikeyanga” was voted 4th in BBC international pole’s “Top Ten Popular songs in the world”.His next few films Roja(1992) ,Bombay(1995) and Dilse(1998) were based on the theme of human relations amidst Terrorism & Politics earned critical acclaim and multiple National awards.The soundtrack of Roja featured in TIME Magazine’s “10 best sound tracks of all time”.He also also made “Iddharu” in 1997 based on Tamil Nadu’s Dravidian politics which once again received many awards.In 2002 Mani Ratnam’s film “Amrutha” based on a story of a girl during the period of Sri-Lankan Civil War went on to win Six National film awards.Saakhi(2002) was written by Mani Ratnam and is till date known for the romance and chemistry between the lead pair.In the coming years he went on to make Yuva(2004) and Guru(2007) which earned good commercial success and awards.His last outing “Raavan” in 2010 is his first commercial failure after establishing himself as an ace director of Indian Cinema.
        Mani Ratnam,who is an inspiration for many established and wannabe film makers of this country celebrates his 55th Birth Anniversary today.May this Legend Live Long and Inspire many more people to follow their dreams.

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