Legendary Indian filmmaker Mani Ratnam is celebrating her th4th birthday today. The director is currently busy working on his new film ‘Pannain Selvan’, which has been made with a ticket budget. The director has postponed filming of the movie due to coronavirus lockdown and it is expected to resume when the country returns to normal.
As Mani Ratnam celebrates his birthday today, the International Business Times, India provides a list of five Mani Ratnam films that you should watch every movie buff.
Nayakan (IMDB rating: 8.7 / 10)
Nayakan can be considered as the most perfect Indian gangster film in history. Starring Kamal Hassan in the lead role, the film was released in 1987 and received critical and commercial acclaim. The film depicts the story of an ordinary slum dweller named Velu who later made his debut as the Underworld Dawn in his lifetime.
For his performance in this film, Kamal Hassan won the National Award for Best Actor. Even 33 years after its release, the film buffs consider this Mani Ratnam directed one of the best gangster movies in the world.
Thalapathi (IMDB rating: 8.5 / 10)
Thalapathi is the real gem of a movie directed by Mani Ratnam. The film marks the reunion of two South Indian superstars Rajinikanth and Mammootty. The movie revolves around the life of a slum dweller who befriends a powerful don.
Thalapathi is all about friendship, and since it was published, it has received positive praise from everywhere. Songs composed by Iliaraza also became chartbusters.
Rosa (IMDB rating: 8.2 / 10)
Roza is a classic romantic film set in Kashmir. The film stars Arvind Swamy and Madhu in the lead roles.
Academy Award winning musician AR Rahman composed the music for the movie and all the tracks debuted as chartbusters. Directed by Mani Ratnam was also a commercial success and was later shown on television on several Independence Days.
Iruver (IMDB rating: 8.5 / 10)
Iruvar, played by Mukhyalal in the lead role, was inspired by the real life of legendary Tamil politician MG Ramachandran. The film also marked the debut of Shwarya Rai Bachchan in the world of entertainment.
It should be noted that the 2012 British Film Institute was selected by Iruvar critic Rachel Dwar in the Best 1000 Films of All Time for Philosophy and Sound.
Kannathil Muthamittal (IMDB rating: 8.4 / 10)
Kanathil Muthamittal revolves around the story of a young girl who finds her mother in war-torn Sri Lanka. Madhavan and Simran played the lead roles in the movie, and Nandita Das did an extended cameo.
Since its release, the film has garnered critical acclaim and won six national awards.