Magician of storytelling and the master of sentiments, there is no man who could weave stories keeping in mind the human interests and emotions to this level! He is none other than Mani Ratnam! Tamil industry received some of its best thought-provoking and romantic films because of this magician behind the camera.
Each time a film is announced by Mani Ratnam, the audience and the critics are sure that this is going to be yet another masterpiece. There is no better treat to the audience than a film by him.
Today the teaser of Mani Ratnam produced anthology film Navarasa was released. A film put together by renowned directors like Bejoy Nambiar, Gautham Vasudev Menon, Karthik Subbaraj, Karthick Naren, KV Anand, Ponram, Rathindran Prasad, and Halitha Shameem.
The film will have 9 stories based on 9 emotions. The star cast included the best of stars South Industry has ever seen. Arvind Swami, Suriya, Siddharth, Vijay Sethupathi, Prakash Raj, Saravanan, Alagam Perumal, Revathy, Nithya Menen, Parvathy Thiruvothu, Aishwarya Rajesh, Poorna, Riythvika, Prasanna, Vikranth, Simha, Gautham Karthik, Ashok Selvan, Robo Shankar, Ramesh Thilak, Sananth, Vidhu, and Sreeram will be seen in prominent roles where they will be depicting stories related to anger, compassion, courage, disgust, fear, laughter, love, peace, and wonder.
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If the top-class star cast and directors weren’t enough, music composers like A R Rahman, D Imman, Ghibran, Arul Dev, Karthik, Ron Ethan Yohann, Govind Vasantha, and Justin Prabhakaran composed the music for different segments in it. The teaser looks promising, and it will reach you on the 6th of August this year!
Now, while you wait for this Mani Ratnam-produced masterpiece, let us have a look at some of the masterpieces created by this magician. Since it is a weekend, you can binge on these cult classic films made by none other than the grandmaster of filmmaking – MANI RATNAM. Movie buffs in the country, you must watch these films for their brilliant storytelling.
1. Nayagan (IMDB Rating: 8.7)
Mario Puzo’s cult book The Godfather was made into a film by Mani Ratnam, and none thought that he would create magic with this film. Nayagan went on to do a stupendous business at the box office and won critical acclaim. This film was a turning point for the actor Kamal Hassan who played the character of Velu Nayagan, a don who turns into Robin Hood. The film bagged 3 National Awards, one for the best actor, one for the best cinematography, and the last one for best art direction. The film was so well received that Bollywood tried creating its own version with Vinod Khanna in the lead role. The film was titled Dayavaan, but the film was soon forgotten, it couldn’t do the charm that Mani Ratnam created in Nayagan. Nayagan was also featured in the 100 best films of all time list by TIME Magazine.
2. Iruvar (IMDB Rating: 8.5)
Iruvar, a brave political drama film by Mani Ratnam. It is inspired by the political rivalry between Tamil Nadu’s two great leaders Karunanidhi and M.G Ramachandran. It is one of the cult classic masterpieces created by him, which can rightly be called the adventurous depiction of checkered friendship leading to the split of the Dravidian party and then the influence of them on the Tamil cinema. Though it attracted a lot of controversies, the film was very well received by the audience and the critics. Mohan Lal and Prakash Raj did their parts so well that people were left in awe of their skills. The beautiful Aishwarya Rai made her debut with this cult classic film. Iruvar went onto win two National awards – one for Best cinematography and the other for Best supporting actor.
3. Kannathil Muthamittal (IMDB Rating: 8.4)
Kannathil Muthamittal, a soul-stirring story by Mani Ratnam. The story revolves around a young girl who was adopted by a loving couple. Over time, she wishes to reconnect with her biological family and sets out on a search mission. The search lands them in Srilanka where religious and political turmoil is at its peak. The story focuses on the human spirit and the goodness of people. Simran, R Madhavan, and baby Keertana did wonders in their respective roles. The end of the film will leave a lump in your throat. The film swept awards for each nomination during the award functions. Around 40 awards were bagged since the time of its release. The film also received 6 National film awards! Well, Mani Ratnam films deserve to receive each National Award.
4. Bombay (IMDB Rating: 8.1)
Bombay is definitely not the first time when Mani Ratnam dealt with the subject of terrorism. But, this time, he definitely took the film a notch higher with the storyline. A Hindu boy falls in love with a Muslim girl, this was around the time of the demolition of the Babri Masjid, and the country was facing the aftermath of it. Arvind Swamy and Manisha Koirala brought out the tragedy of the circumstances very well on screen. Just like any other classic Mani Ratnam film, this one too went on to bag the National Film Award for the best film.
5. Alaipayuthey (IMDB Rating: 8.3)
An urban love story featuring an immature love story between two young adults. This is the film when Tamil cinema was introduced to the chocolate hero R. Madhavan. The film starred Shalini as the female protagonist. Alaipaayudhey is a beautiful exploration of idealistic love and its harsh realities that resonate with the viewers. The movie caught the attention of the audience, and the stars became a huge hit. A R Rahman’s music did its magic too. Infact, the duo of Mani Ratnam and A R Rahman has always done wonders and has mesmerized the audiences with their beauty.
6. Roja (IMDB Rating 8.2)
Set against the backdrop of war-affected Kashmir, Roja is a film that will make you admire the storytelling of Mani Ratnam. Madhubala plays the titular role, in which she is seen trying to get back her husband who has been kidnapped by the Kashmiri militants. Stunningly picturized and sensitively written, Roja beautifully captures patriotism without being jingoistic whilst depicting an endearing love story at the core. People connected to the story so much that they actually felt the trauma. The film went on to win 3 National Film Awards – National Awards for Music direction, Best Lyrics, and Best Film on National integration.
7. Anjali (IMDB Rating: 8.2)
One of the best Children’s films being made in the ’90s. Mani Ratnam handled a very sensitive issue with such expertise that the audience and the critics were in awe of the filmmaker. Starring Revathi and Raghuvaran in the lead, the film showcased the problems that a family with a special child went through. Anjali bagged 3 National Awards and it was even dubbed into Hindi and Telegu.
8. Thalapathi (IMDB Rating: 8.5)
A film that would have been impossible without the deep understanding of cinema. Mani Ratnam made sure this film is yet another masterpiece that he is giving to his audience. Thalapathi had two superstars, Rajnikanth and Mammootty so aptly cast where neither ate up into the other’s scene with their stardom. The film still stands strong and is considered a cult classic. The story is inspired by Mahabharat, and it is portrayed along the lines of the relationship between Duryodhan and Karna.
9. Mouna Ragam (IMDB Rating: 8.4)
Mouna Ragam, a film which gave Mani Ratnam the National Award for the best director. It also won National Award for Best Film. The film spoke about a woman’s displeasure in the marriage and the husband’s calm demeanor in dealing with the rejection. The film starred Revathi and Mohan in pivotal roles.
10. OK Kanmani (IMDB Rating: 7.4)
Mani Ratnam made O Kadhal Kanmani at a time when live-in relationships were a trend. The film revolves around a modern couple who decided to stay together before marriage. Dulquer Salmaan and Nithya Menen played the lead roles, the film was well-received by the audience, and it became one of the high grossing films of the year 2015. It was director Mani Ratnam’s best in recent times, and it was highly celebrated by younger generation couples.
So, this weekend, do watch these films by the ace filmmaker Mani Ratnam and do let us know what you think about them.