Mani Ratnam Movies, Family, Height, Weight, Age, Wiki, Wife, Net Worth, Biography

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Indian director Mani Ratnam (Gopala Ratnam Subramaniam) has worked in Tamil and Hindi. He transformed Tamil cinema and directed Bollywood well. Madras Talkies director, screenwriter, and producer Mani Ratnam is talented.  He makes thrillers, love stories, and political films. Their perfect blend of creativity and content makes them box office hits.

Mouna Raagam, Thalapathi, Iruvar, Anjali, Yuva, Guru, and his “terrorism trilogy” of Roja, Bombay, and Dil Se completely changed the Chennai film industry and Indian cinema.

Ratnam won five South Filmfare Awards, four Hindi Awards, and twelve international film festivals. Nayagan and Satyajit Ray’s Apu trilogy is TIME’s only Indian film. The only Indian film on TIME’s “10 Best Soundtracks” was Roja.

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Full NameGopala Ratnam Subramaniam
Nick NameMani Ratnam
Born (Date of Birth)2 June 1956
Age (as 2024)67 Years old
BirthplaceMadurai, Tamil Nadu
Zodiac SignGemini
HometownMadurai, Tamil Nadu
Hobbies/HabitsReading and Writing
Food HabitNon-vegetarian 
CollegeRamakrishna Mission Vivekananda College, Madras University Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai
Profession Film Director, Producer and Screenwriter
FatherS Gopal Ratnam
SiblingsG. Venkateswaran, G. Srinivasan, Sharda Ratnam, and Sethu Sriram
SpouseSuhasini Maniratnam
SonNandhan Maniratnam
Daughter NA


Mani Ratnam was born in Madurai, Tamil Nadu, on June 2, 1956, to a Tamil Brahmin filmmaking family. His family was strongly involved in cinema, and he was the second kid. He is currently 67 years old.

Mani Ratnam Birthday2nd June

Physical Stats

Hair ColourGrey
Eye ColourBlack


Mani Ratnam Age67 Years Old


Mani Ratnam Height5’ 7”
Height in centimeters170 cm


Mani Ratnam Weight75 kg
Weight in lbs165 lbs


Film interest grew during Mani Ratnam’s time at the Besant Theosophical School. Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda College, affiliated with Madras University, taught him commerce after school.  He earned a finance MBA from Mumbai’s Jamnalal Bajaj Institute. He was a Madras management consultant after graduating in 1977.

UniversityRamakrishna Mission Vivekananda College, Madras University Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai

Marital Status

In 1988, Mani Ratnam married Kamal Haasan’s niece, Suhasini. They have a 17-year-old son, Nandan.

Marital StatusMarried
WifeSuhasini Mani Ratnam


On August 26, 1988, Suhasini married Mani Ratnam. The couple had a son later. Both live in Alwarpet, Chennai, where Ratnam’s Madras Talkies is based.


In Tamil cinema, Mani Ratnam is a renowned director. Due to his significance, he’s regularly taken into consideration one of the nice Indian filmmakers.His innovative method to cinema revolutionized the Tamil movie industry, giving it intensity and diversity.

Ratnam has inspired generations of filmmakers with his unique storytelling and fascinating narrative arcs. His cinematic compassion and societal relevance have set him apart.

Through 2019, Ratnam has directed 28 films that showcase his creativity. Ratnam is a a hit director and producer. His producing business, Madras Talkies, has made over 15 films. He is a director and producer; therefore, he is aware of the whole thing from pre-manufacturing idea paintings to post-manufacturing advertising and marketing and distribution. Ratnam’s ability to excel in numerous genres strengthens his status as an Indian film industry veteran.


Finding his consulting career unsatisfying, Mani Ratnam wrote a script with friends Ravi Shankar and Raman. He left his work for the project, but the film never finished.

With inspiration from Bharathiraja, K. Balachander, and Mahendran, Ratnam persevered to become a filmmaker. Over time, he met similar-minded people like P. C. Sreeram, Santhana Bharathi, and P. Vasu.

Ratnam wanted to work with a famous director or locate a producer to learn about filmmaking. He failed to procure funding for his movie despite approaching three famous directors and meeting with 20 producers.


Uncle Krishnamurthy produced Mani Ratnam’s Kannada film ‘Pallavi Anu Pallavi’ from an English script. Despite limited box-office success, Ratnam won the 1983 Karnataka State Government Best Screenplay Award.

He then directed ‘Unaroo’, a Malayalam movie on prepared exertions union corruption in Kerala.. Conflicts between Ratnam and the producer condemned the film.

In 1985’s ‘Pagal Nilavu’, he introduced dance and comedy to Tamil cinema. Next year, he directed ‘Idaya Kovil’, a love drama influenced by ‘Limelight’. Despite his doubts, it was a box office hit. He found this time (1983–1986) difficult because most projects required big sacrifices.


The famous filmmaker Mani Ratnam directed several hit films from 1986 to 1991. He won National and Filmfare Awards for his 1986 film ‘Mouna Ragam’, which depicted urban Tamils and marital discord. ‘Nayakan’ (1987) was India’s Oscar submission, received three National Awards, and was named Time’s 100 Greatest Movies. Ratnam’s 1988 film ‘Agni Natchathiram’ earned praise for its creative camera work and box office success. In 1989, his lone Telugu film ‘Geethanjali’ won another National Film Award and a Nandi for Best Story Writer. Finally, his Oscar-nominated films ‘Anjali’ (1990) and ‘Thalapathi’ (1991) were successful.


A.R. Rahman and Mani Ratnam made ‘Roja’ in 1992. Despite criticism, he explored sociopolitical topics in ‘Bombay’ (1995). He helmed the critically praised ‘Iruvar’ and cult film ‘Dil Se..’ after producing his wife’s directorial debut, ‘Indira’, in 1997. In 2000, he directed ‘Alaipayuthey’ and a charity musical.


Mani Ratnam won six National Film Awards for ‘Kannathil Muthamittal’ about the Sri Lankan Civil War.  He directed both ‘Aayutha Ezhuthu’ and ‘Yuva’ about three kids who met in 2004.  His biographical film ‘Guru’ about businessman Dhirubhai Ambani, was a box office hit and screened at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival.

Mani directed ‘Raavanan’ in Tamil, ‘Villain’ in Telugu, and ‘Raavan’ in Hindi in 2010. The Tamil Ramayana version was a hit, while the Hindi version was mixed.


The 2013 Mani Ratnam film ‘Kadal’ opened poorly. The modern metropolitan India film ‘O Kadhal Kanmani’ (2015) was praised.  Chivantha Vaanam (2018) was a hit, but his war film ‘Kaatru Veliyidai’ (2017) was mixed.  He directed the Indian epic ‘Ponniyin Selvan: I and II’ in 2022 and 2023.

“Navarasa,” Mani Ratnam’s Tamil anthology, went digital in 2021. Ratnam’s global audience increased with the Netflix-exclusive series

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FilmYear Language DirectorProducerWriter 
Pallavi Anu Pallavi1983KannadaYesYes
Pagal Nilavu1985TamilYesYes
Idaya Kovil1985TamilYes
Mouna Ragam1986TamilYesYes
Agni Natchathiram1988TamilYesYes
Thiruda Thiruda1993TamilYesYesYes
Nerrukku Ner1997TamilYes
Dil Se..1998HindiYesYesYes
Taj Mahal1999TamilYes
Dumm Dumm Dumm2001TamilYesYes
Kannathil Muthamittal2002TamilYesYesYes
Five Star2002TamilYes
Aayutha Ezhuthu2004TamilYesYesYes
O Kadhal Kanmani2015TamilYesYesYes
Ok Jaanu2017HindiYesYes
Kaatru Veliyidai2017TamilYesYesYes
Chekka Chivantha Vaanam2018TamilYesYesYes
Vaanam Kottattum2020TamilYesYes
Putham Pudhu Kaalai2020TamilYesYes
Ponniyin Selvan: I2022TamilYesYesYes
Ponniyin Selvan: II2023TamilYesYesYes


Civilian HonoursPadma Shri Government of IndiaWon
Filmfare AwardsBest Film (Critics)BombayWon
Filmfare AwardsBest ScreenplaySaathiya Won
Filmfare AwardsBest Film (Critics)Yuva & GuruWon
Filmfare AwardsBest DirectorYuva & GuruNominated
Filmfare AwardsBest StoryYuva & GuruNominated
Filmfare Awards SouthBest DirectorMouna RagamWon
Filmfare Awards SouthBest DirectorNayakanNominated
Filmfare Awards SouthBest DirectorAgni NatchathiramNominated
Filmfare Awards SouthBest DirectorGeethanjaliWon
Filmfare Awards SouthBest DirectorAnjaliWon
Filmfare Awards SouthBest DirectorThalapathiWon
Filmfare Awards SouthBest DirectorRojaNominated
Filmfare Awards SouthBest DirectorBombayWon
Filmfare Awards SouthBest DirectorIruvarNominated
Filmfare Awards SouthBest DirectorAlaipayutheyNominated
Filmfare Awards SouthBest DirectorKannathil MuthamittalWon
Filmfare Awards SouthBest DirectorO Kadhal KanmaniNominated
Filmfare Awards SouthBest DirectorChekka Chivantha VaanamNominated
Karnataka State Film AwardsBest ScreenplayPallavi Anu PallaviWon
Nandi AwardsBest Story WriterGeethanjaliWon
National Film AwardsBest Regional Film (Tamil)
Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment (Telugu)
Best Regional Film (Tamil)
Best Film on National Integration
Geethanjali Anjali
Bombay Kannathil Muthamittal 
Star Screen AwardsBest DirectorBombayWon
Star Screen AwardsBest ScreenplayYuvaNominated
Tamil Nadu State Film AwardsThird Best FilmAgni NatchathiramWon
Tamil Nadu State Film AwardsBest DirectorRojaWon
Tamil Nadu State Film AwardsSecond Best FilmKannathil MuthamittalWon
Moscow International Film FestivalGolden St. George for Best FilmRoja Nominated
Edinburgh International Film FestivalGala AwardBombay Won
Jerusalem Film Festival Honourable MentionBombayWon
Jerusalem Film Festival In The Spirit of Freedom Award – Best Feature Film Kannathil MuthamittalWon
Political Film Society AwardsSpecial AwardBombayWon
Belgrade Film FestivalBest FilmIruvar Won 
International Tamil Film AwardsBest Film, Best Director Kannathil Muthamittal Won
Berlin Film Festival NETPAC (Special Mention)Dil SeWon
RiverRun International Film Festival Audience Award for Best Feature FilmKannathil Muthamittal Won
Zimbabwe International Film FestivalBest FilmKannathil Muthamittal Won
Film Fest New Haven Awards Audience Award, Jury Award, Special AwardKannathil Muthamittal Won
Westchester Film Festival Best International FilmKannathil MuthamittalWon
Indian Film Festival of Los AngelesBest FilmKannathil Muthamittal Won
Venice International Film Festival Jaeger-Lecoultre Glory To The Filmmaker (Honorary Award) Won
V. Shantaram AwardsBest DirectorRoja, GuruWon
Vijay AwardsChevalier Sivaji Ganesan Award – Indian Cinema Won
Norway Tamil Film Festival AwardsBest DirectorPonniyin Selvan:IWon

Early Life

Son of Tamil Brahmin filmmakers, Mani Ratnam was born in Madurai, Tamil Nadu, on June 2, 1956.  The father, S. Gopalaratnam, and uncle, “Venus” Krishnamurthy, produced films for Venus Pictures. Older brother G. Venkateswaran made some of his films.  His younger brother G. Srinivasan and G. Venkateswaran co-produced films.  His siblings and cousins grew up in Chennai with Mani Ratnam. 

Older members of the film family forbade the kids from watching movies. In a 1994 interview, he said, “As a youngster, films seemed like a waste of time.” He began watching films more actively at the Besant Theosophical School. After viewing all their films, he admired Sivaji Ganesan and Nagesh. His love for K. Balachander began when he discovered him. 

Madras University-affiliated Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda College awarded him a commerce degree. Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies in Mumbai awarded him a finance MBA. A Madras management consulting firm employed him after he graduated in 1977.


The 1995 attack by unnamed Muslim extremists who threw homemade bombs at Mani Ratnam’s residence was horrific. The incident looked to be a response to his film ‘Bombay,’ which showed a Hindu guy dating a Muslim girl. A 2019 FIR was filed against Mani Ratnam and 49 others. They wrote Prime Minister Modi about rising sectarian violence against minorities and provided statistics. Muslim, Christian, and Dalit targets have increased since Modi’s BJP took office in 2014.

Mani Ratnam and Ilaiyaraaja’s 1992 split changed their careers. Prior to ‘Roja,’ Ratnam has only worked with Ilaiyaraaja on music. For ‘Roja,’ producer K. Balachander chose A.R. Rahman over Ilaiyaraaja for music. Since this shift, Ratnam and Ilaiyaraaja have not worked together.

Car Collection

BMW Mercedes BENZ

Net Worth

Mani Ratnam is a successful Indian filmmaker. His $50 million net worth comes from film directing.  His creative filmmaking is popular and profitable. His wealth indicates his career accomplishments

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Mani Ratnam Net Worth 2024$50 Million


Who is Mani Ratnam?

Movie director, producer, and screenwriter Mani Ratnam was born in Madurai, Tamil Nadu, on June 2, 1956.

Who is Mani Ratnam’s son?

Mani Ratnam and Suhasini Maniratnam have a son, Nandhan. Nandhan is born into a creative and artistic household and grows up there.

How many movies has Mani Ratnam directed?

By 2023, he had directed 28 films and produced over 15 under Madras Talkies.

Who is Mani Ratnam’s father?

The filmmaker S. Gopalaratnam is Mani Ratnam’s father.

Who is Mani Ratnam’s wife?

The most famous South Indian actress, Suhasini, is Mani Ratnam’s wife.

How much does Mani Ratnam earn?

Mani Ratnam’s expected 2024 net worth is $50 million.

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