Mani Ratnam Biography, Age, Wiki, Movies, Family, Images

Gopala Ratnam Subramaniam, known professionally as Mani Ratnam, is an Indian movie director, producer and screenwriter, who predominantly works in Tamil film industry. He made his debut Kannada movie titled Pallavi Anu Pallavi in 1983, his Telugu debut movie titled 1989 Geethanjali, debut Malayalam movie is Unaru in 1984 and his debut Tamil movie is Pagal Nilavu in 1985. His movie Chekka Chivantha Vaanam became a huge hit among the audience and received a great response from critics. His 2022 movie Ponniyin Selvan: 1 is the most anticipated movie of 2022. The film is based on the Ponniyin Selvan novel written by Kalki Krishnamurthy. The songs in this film like Ponni Nadhi and Chola Chola went viral on the internet.

He was brought up in Chennai with his brothers and cousins as he is from film family the children of the family was not allowed to watch movies. When he was studying in Besant Theosophical School he started watching movies, and he admired by the actors Sivaji Ganesan and Nagesh. At the age of 15, he was inspired by director K. Balachander and became the fan of him. Once after his graduation, he started working as a management consultant but he was not satisfied with his job and he found that it is an extension of his academics.

At the time of his work, his friend Ravi Shankar who is the son of director B. R. Panthulu was in the process of first Kannada film. Later Mani Ratnam accompanied with his friend Ravi Shankar along with his friend Raman who is the son of filmmaker S. Balachander, to complete his script. Then he left his consulting job and join in the crew but the movie was not take off and it was eventually shelved. Though he planned to became a film-maker, and he was not pleased with the cinemas that made in Tamil cinema but he was amazed by seeing the movies like P. Bharathiraja’s 16 Vayathinile (1977), K.Balachander’s Apoorva Raagangal (1975), and J. Mahendran’s Mullum Malarum (1978) and Uthiripookkal (1979). At that time he grouped with the peoples namely P. C. Sreeram, Santhana Bharathi, and P. Vasu, who are interested in enters into the film industry.

He developed his script for the movie Pallavi Anu Pallavi and his uncle Krishnamurthy agreed to produce his movie with some condition he agreed with all his conditions. He made his debut movie along with all the leading craftsmen like Balu MahendraB. Lenin, Thotta Tharani and Ilaiyaraaja. For this movie, he grabbed the Best Screenplay Award from the Karnataka State Government for the year 1983. Then by seeing his work Malayalam film producer N. G. John offered a chance for direction to the movie Unaru in the year 1984. In the year 1985,  G. Thyagarajan of Sathya Jyothi Films offered a chance to direct the movie Pagal Nilavu for this movie Murali and Revathi playing lead roles. Then in the following years, he directed more Tamil and Hindi movies like Mouna RagamAgni Natchathiram, Anjali, Roja, Dil Se (Hindi), O Kadhal Kanmani and more. Moreover, for his movies, he grabbed several awards that include six National Film Awards, six Filmfare Awards South and three Bollywood Filmfare Awards. Manirathnam wife name is Suhasini who was a Tamil movie actress they got married in 1988 and they have a Son named Nandan Maniratnam.


NameMani Ratnam
Real NameGopala Ratnam Subramaniam
NicknameMani Ratnam
ProfessionFilm Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Date of Birth2 June 1956
Age 66 (as of 2022)
Zodiac signYet to be updated
FamilyFather: Gopal Ratnam
Mother: Yet to be updated
Brother: G. Venkateswaran, G. Srinivasan
Marital StatusMarried
WifeSuhasini (Married 1988)
ChildrenSon: Nandan
Educational QualificationGraduate
SchoolBesant Theosophical Schoo, Chennai
CollegeRamakrishna Mission Vivekananda College, Chennai
Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai
HobbiesListening to music, Writing, Reading, Walking
Birth PlaceMadurai, Tamil Nadu, India
HometownMadurai, Tamil Nadu, India
Current CityChennai, Tamil Nadu, India

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1983Pallavi Anu PallaviYes YesKannada
1984UnarooYes  Malayalam
1985Pagal NilavuYes YesTamil
1985Idaya KovilYes  Tamil
1986Mouna RagamYes YesTamil
1987NayakanYes YesTamil
1988Agni NatchathiramYes YesTamil
1989GeethanjaliYes YesTelugu
1990AnjaliYes YesTamil
1990Chatriyan YesYesTamil
1991ThalapathiYes YesTamil
1992RojaYes YesTamil
1993Dasarathan Yes Tamil
1993Gaayam  YesTelugu
1993Thiruda ThirudaYesYesYesTamil
1995Indira  YesTamil
1995Aasai Yes Tamil
1997Nerrukku Ner Yes Tamil
1998Dil Se..YesYesYesHindi
1999Taj Mahal  YesTamil
2001Dumm Dumm Dumm YesYesTamil
2002Kannathil MuthamittalYesYesYesTamil
2002Five Star Yes Tamil
2002Saathiya YesYesHindi
2004Aaytha EzhuthuYesYesYesTamil
2015O Kadhal KanmaniYesYesYesTamil
2017Ok Jaanu YesYesHindi
2017Kaatru VeliyidaiYesYesYesTamil
2018Chekka Chivantha VaanamYesYesYesTamil
2020Vaanam Kottattum YesYesTamil
2020Putham Pudhu Kaalai YesYesTamil
2022Ponniyin Selvan: IYesYesYesTamil


  • 2021 – Navarasa in Netflix

Awards and Nominations

Civilian Honours

  • 2002 – Padma Shri by Government of India – Won

Filmfare Awards

1996BombayBest Film (Critics)Won
2003SaathiyaBest ScreenplayWon
2005YuvaBest ScreenplayWon
2005YuvaBest Film (Critics)Won
2007GuruBest FilmNominated
2007GuruBest DirectorNominated
2007GuruBest StoryNominated

Filmfare Awards South

1986Mouna RagamBest DirectorWon
1987NayakanBest DirectorNominated
1988Agni NatchathiramBest DirectorNominated
1989GeethanjaliBest DirectorWon
1990AnjaliBest DirectorWon
1991ThalapathiBest DirectorWon
1992RojaBest DirectorNominated
1995BombayBest DirectorWon
1997IruvarBest DirectorNominated
2000AlaipayutheyBest DirectorNominated
2002Kannathil MuthamittalBest DirectorWon
2015O Kadhal KanmaniBest DirectorNominated
2018Chekka Chivantha VaanamBest DirectorNominated

Karnataka State Film Awards

  • 1982 to 1983 – Best Screenplay for Pallavi Anu Pallavi – Won

Nandi Awards

  • 1990 – Best Story Writer for Geethanjali – Won

National Film Awards

1986Mouna RagamTamilBest Regional FilmWon
1989GeethanjaliTeluguBest Popular Film Providing Wholesome EntertainmentWon
1990AnjaliTamilBest Regional FilmWon
1992RojaTamilBest Film on National IntegrationWon
1995BombayTamilBest Film on National IntegrationWon
2002Kannathil MuthamittalTamilBest Regional FilmWon

Star Screen Awards

  • 1995 – Best Director for Bombay – Won
  • 2005 – Best Director for Yuva – Nominated
  • 2005 – Best Screenplay for Yuva – Nominated

Tamil Nadu State Film Awards

  • 1988 – Third Best Film for Agni Natchathiram – Won
  • 1992 – Best Director for Roja – Won
  • 2002 – Best Director for Kannathil Muthamittal – Won
  • 2002 – Second Best Film for Kannathil Muthamittal – Won

Moscow International Film Festival

  • 1993 – Golden St. George for Best Film for Roja – Nominated

Edinburgh International Film Festival

  • 1995 – Gala Award for Bombay – Won

Jerusalem Film Festival

  • 1995 – Honorable Mention for Bombay – Won
  • 2002 – In The Spirit of Freedom Award (Best Feature Film) for Kannathil Muthamittal – Won

Political Film Society Awards

  • 1995 – Special Award for Bombay – Won

Belgrade Film Festival

  • 1997 – Best Film for Iruvar – Won

International Tamil Film Awards

  • 2002 – Best Film for Kannathil Muthamittal – Won
  • 2002 – Best Director for Kannathil Muthamittal – Won

Berlin Film Festival

  • 1998 – NETPAC (Special Mention) for Dil Se – Won

RiverRun International Film Festival

  • 2002 – Audience Award for Best Feature Film for Kannathil Muthamittal – Won

Zimbabwe International Film Festival

  • 2002 – Best Film for Kannathil Muthamittal – Won

Film Fest New Haven Awards

  • 2002 – Audience Award for Kannathil Muthamittal – Won
  • 2002 – Jury Award for Kannathil Muthamittal – Won
  • 2002 – Special Award for Kannathil Muthamittal – Won

Westchester Film Festival

  • 2002 – Best International Film for Kannathil Muthamittal – Won

Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles

  • 2002 – Best Film for Kannathil Muthamittal – Won

Venice International Film Festival

  • 2010 – Jaeger-Lecoultre Glory To The Filmmaker (Honorary Award) in 67th Venice International Film Festival – Won

V. Shantaram Awards

  • 1992 – Best Director for Roja – Won
  • 2007 – Best Director for Guru – Won


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