A. M. Rathnam

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A. M. Rathnam
Residence Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India
Occupation Producer,director
Children Jyothi Krishna
Ravi Krishna
Awards Filmfare Awards South

A. M. Rathnam is an Indian film producer from Andhra Pradesh, who predominantly works in Telugu and Tamil Cinema.[1][2]

Under the gamut of Sri Surya Movies Entertainment, Hyderabad, a movie production house owned by him, he has produced blockbusters in Telugu such as Karthavyam (1991), Peddarikam (1992) and Sneham Kosam (1999).[3]

He ventured into Tamil cinema in 1996 with the blockbuster, Indian, which was India's Official Entry for the Best Foreign Language Film for the Academy Awards. He then produced films like Kushi, Run, Boys, Enakku 20 Unakku 18, Dhool, Ghilli, 7G Rainbow Colony and Arrambam.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Rathnam was born in Buchi Reddy Palem (Buchireddipalem) of Nellore district in Andhra Pradesh, into a Telugu family. Rathnam has two sons, director-cum-actor Jyothi Krishna and actor Ravi Krishna. Jyothi Krishna's directorial debut Enakku 20 Unakku 18 and its Telugu version as well as Ravi Krishna's first four films, that also includes Jyothi Krishna's second directorial Kedi, were all produced by Rathnam himself.[5] In 2012, he built a temple for Shirdi Sai Baba at his office premises in Valasaravakkam.[1][6]


Ratnam started his career as a make up man for South lady superstar Vijayashanti. He made films with Kamal Hassan, Chiranjeevi and many other super stars. He later began producing films in Tamil and Hindi as well, particularly high-profile and big budget films, besides dubbing and releasing several films in other languages. He went on to finance Shankar's Indian, which earned him the Filmfare Award for Best Film – Tamil and was later submitted by India for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, and Nayak: The Real Hero and Sneham Kosam starring Megastar Chiranjeevi.

Rathnam produced the Tamil romance film Kushi starring Vijay and its same-titled Telugu remake the following year starring Pawan Kalyan, both of which were directed by S. J. Surya and became highly successful.[7] During the early 1990s he directed two films Peddarikam and Sankalpam in Telugu.[7] He has also written the screenplay for the film Naaga.[8]


Filmfare Awards South


Year Film Language Notes
1991 Karthavyam Telugu Vijayashanti won National Award for Best Actress
1992 Peddarikam Telugu Also Screenplay & Direction
1993 Aasayam Telugu
1994 Tejasvini Telugu
1994 Sankalpam Telugu Also Screenplay & Direction
1996 Indian Tamil Filmfare Award for Best Film – Tamil
Cinema Express Award for Best Film – Tamil
Dubbed into Telugu as Bharateeyudu.
1998 Natpukkaga Tamil
1998 Ellame En Pondaati Tamil
1999 Sneham Kosam Telugu
1999 Oke Okkadu Telugu
1999 Kadhalar Dhinam Tamil Dubbed in to Hindi as Dil Hi Dil Mein and Telugu as Premikula Roju
2000 Priyuraalu Pilichindi Telugu
2000 Kushi Tamil
2001 Khushi Telugu
2001 Nayak: The Real Hero Hindi
2002 Run Tamil
2003 Enakku 20 Unakku 18 Tamil
2003 Nee Manasu Naaku Telusu Telugu
2004 Kovil Tamil
2004 Dhool Tamil
2003 Naaga Telugu Also Screenplay
2003 Boys Tamil
2004 Ghilli Tamil
2004 7G Rainbow Colony Tamil
2005 Sukran Tamil
2005 Ponniyin Selvan Tamil
2005 Sivakasi Tamil
2006 Bangaram Telugu
2006 Kedi Tamil
2006 Dharmapuri Tamil
2008 Bheema Tamil
2013 Arrambam Tamil
2015 Yennai Arindhaal Tamil
2016 Thala 56 Tamil


  1. ^ a b V Lakshmi, TNN 5 May 2012, 12.00AM IST (5 May 2012). "A M Rathnam builds temple – Times of India". Articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com. Retrieved 24 September 2012. 
  2. ^ palPalani (29 September 2011). "Ajith-Vishnuvardhan-A.M Rathnam project confirmed". Southdreamz.com. Retrieved 24 September 2012. 
  3. ^ "A.m. Rathnam photos, videos, latest news, A.m. Rathnam wallpapers". ApunKaChoice.com. Retrieved 24 September 2012. 
  4. ^ S. R. Ashok Kumar (20 July 2012). "Arts / Cinema : Showbitz: Lean and mean". The Hindu. Retrieved 24 September 2012. 
  5. ^ "Video : Producer A.M.Rathnam Speaks About Ajith Kumar". Star Ajith. 11 June 2012. Retrieved 24 September 2012. 
  6. ^ "Ajith at Ratnam's Sai Baba temple". Sify.com. 7 May 2012. Retrieved 24 September 2012. 
  7. ^ a b "Telugu Cinema Etc". Idlebrain.com. 12 June 2001. Retrieved 24 September 2012. 
  8. ^ "Telugu Cinema – Review – Naaga – NTR, Sadaf, Jennifer, Raghuvaran, Rajan P Dev, Rambha – AM Ratnam". Idlebrain.com. 10 January 2003. Retrieved 24 September 2012. 
  9. ^ http://www.cscsarchive.org:8081/MediaArchive/art.nsf/(docid)/45330DAF8370E87C652569400062014F

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