He is is a visible grasp – every thing you’ve gotten imagined comes alive in essentially the most lovely method in his films! Every of his films has a singular affiliation as every of them paint a distinct image. He is the genius storyteller who gave romance an unconventional twist. Love was atypical when it got here to ‘this filmmaker’. Unsurprisingly many filmmakers – Guatham Menon, Shaad Ali have been impressed by his work. To suppose, he had no real interest in the movie making subject as soon as upon a time. Boy are we glad, he had a change of thoughts. We’re speaking in regards to the esteemed, the unconventional, the eccentric – Mani Ratnam sir.
At the moment on his birthday, we need to re-live all these recollections he gave us by means of his movies – Roja, Bombay, Alaipayuthe to call a number of. We now have listed 11 of his movies that followers can always remember. Apparently, he not solely gave us nice movies but additionally found actors, we’re grateful for right this moment. Verify all of them out right here.
Suppose Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, however extra life like in method and the place Salman Khan’s character is lifeless. Mouna Ragam exhibits Mani Ratnam’s good dealing with of relationships when circumstances play the villain. A lady (an outstanding Revathi) is married to a businessman (Mohan), although she nonetheless hasn’t gotten over the demise of her lover (Karthik). Although her husband is keen to overlook her previous and wait patiently for her to return to him, she insists that they will by no means lead a contented life. How they cope with their relationship forward is what the film is all about. Stuffed with some good performances and helped by a nuanced screenplay, Mani Ratnam made a correct mark as a grasp director right here. Mouna Ragam additionally acquired a bland remake in Rishi Kapoor and Neelam-starrer Kasak, that exhibits what occurs while you take the contact of a grasp director from a plot.
It’s very unusual that Kamal Haasan by no means labored with Mani Ratnam after Nayagan, as a result of the film was an absolute masterclass relating to making a gangster drama. Nayagan is India’s reply to The Godfather, and has Kamal Haasan ship considered one of his most interesting performances, because the film exhibits his arc from being a reluctant slumlord to an getting old, repentant don. The film gained him his second Nationwide Award for the Finest Actor, whereas TIME has chosen Nayagan in its “All-Time 100 Finest Movies”. Once more, this was remade into Bollywood as Dayavan, which is just price remembering for that awkward, lingering kiss between Vinod Khanna and Madhuri Dixit.
Whereas Nayagan is certainly a masterpiece of a film, I’ve a private gentle nook for this gangster drama, made by Mani Ratnam. Deriving inspiration from the legendary friendship between Duryodhana and Karna from Mahabharata, Thalapathi narrates the story of friendship between a robust don (Mammootty) and his right-hand man (Rajinikanth), even when their reign is nearly threatened by the appearance of an trustworthy Collector (Arvind Swamy). Particularly when he occurs to be Rajinikanth’s step-brother, although the previous is just not conscious of this. The film has some intense moments of thrills and emotional drama, and depends on the highly effective performances from Mammootty and Rajinikanth. This needs to be my favorite gangster drama of all time
Although Mani Ratnam was at all times appeared as a superb director down South, it was Roja that made him well-known throughout India. Roja was additionally his first film to be dubbed into a number of languages. Sensitively packaging a love story with terrorism disaster, Rojagets excessive marks on narration, technical values and performances (particularly from Pankaj Kapur because the icy terrorist head). Roja additionally marks the debut of AR Rahman as a music composer and you continue to love his gems from the film like Chinna Chinna Aasai, Rukamani Rukamani, Pudu Vellai Mazhai and others.
Roja was the primary of his political trilogy, and after a misfire in Thiruda Thiruda (the place he tried a heist thriller with little success), he returned again to the trilogy with Bombay. And what a film it turned out to be! Launched at a time when India was nonetheless reeling from the miserable aftermath of the Babri Masjid riots, Mani Ratnam confirmed he had the heart to deal with such a delicate concern with out exploiting the milieu. Although it was fairly controversial throughout its launch, folks started to understand that Bombay was not about riots; it was extra about love and communal concord, one thing that the nation wanted that second. Plus, AR Rahman continued his terrific type spinning out good songs like Humma Humma, Uyire and so on.
Iruvar was a uncommon flop in Mani Ratnam’s blistering profession (adopted by one other in Dil Se…) within the ’90s. However industrial failure is an injustice to this gem of a film that could be a good view of friendship and relationships set in opposition to the backdrop of political motion. A fictionalised account of the political foray of late MGR, late Jayalalithaa and M Karunanidhi, it has an ensemble forged in Mohanlal, Prakash Raj (successful a Nationwide Award right here), Aishwarya Rai Bachchan (in her debut film), Tabu and Gauthami. The film’s heavy-handed political themes, and the controversies surrounding the plot, might have resulted within the film not working on the field workplace, but it surely stays the most effective made political dramas in India.
After some heavy dosage films, Mani Ratnam determined to go just a little mild by making this romantic entertainer, that marked the large display screen lead debut of R Madhavan and endeared Shalini to Tamil audiences. However I could be fallacious in calling Alaipayuthey as a light-weight entertainer. Certain the romance between the leads is cute, and we cheer for them after they rebels in opposition to their dad and mom, elope and get married. Most films finish right here, however not this one. Mani Ratnam pulls the rug out from our comfy toes, and exhibits us that life is just not a mattress stuffed with roses even when you find yourself marrying your soul mate. Guess, that’s why we by no means wished to have a sequel to DDLJ!
It’s a disgrace that this well-written, well-directed household drama has not been profitable as Bombay and Roja. Kannathil Muthammital is about how a household helps their adopted daughter discover her actual dad and mom and the way that search leads them to LTT-ridden Jaffna. R Madhavan and Simran, who play the adoptive dad and mom, ship terrific efficiency, but it surely’s the kid actress, P. S. Keerthana, who’s the life and soul of the film. Stuffed with heart-wrenching moments, the film will depart you teary-eyed by the point the top credit begin rolling.
One other Mani Ratnam (really two) film that has aged nicely with time, although the Bollywood model had a lukewarm response when it launched on the field workplace. This was the primary time he tried to make a film in two languages, with an almost completely different set of actors for each Hindi and Tamil variations, and likewise try a multi-thread narrative a la Amores Perros. The try labored positive, as Mani Ratnam meshes ganster style, pupil politics, and youthful romance in an interesting method, and likewise extracted positive efficiency from his forged.
This was an Abhishek Bachchan film as a lot because it was a Mani Ratnam film. Guru was Abhishek’s most interesting efficiency, one thing he had a tough job to match as much as, whereas Mani Ratnam tried to make a biopic-life inspirational story of a go-getter, with out being a biopic. The climatic speech is likely one of the greatest monologues delivered in Indian cinema. Aside from Abhishek, even the remainder of the forged, together with Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Mithun Chakraborty, R Madhavan and Vidya Balan, pitch in admirable acts.
O Kadhal Kanmani
In 2015, Mani Ratnam caught up with the instances and gave us a refreshing modern-day romance within the type of OK Kanmani. The story was a couple of younger couple who fall in love however there’s an issue – each do not need to get married earlier than they be going separate methods quickly. In order that they determine to live-in and take advantage of their time collectively. The truth that Mani Ratnam selected Dulquer Salmaan and Nithya Menen for this film solely made issues higher. Their harmless but horny chemistry was the spotlight of O Kadhal Kanmani. Her infectious smile, his boyish appeal gained us over completely. AR Rahman’s groovy compositions had been one other speaking level.