Suhasini Maniratnam

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Suhasini Maniratnam
Suhasini at a wedding of Soundarya Rajinikanth
Born Suhasini Charuhasan
(1961-08-15) 15 August 1961 (age 53)
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Residence Alwarpet, Chennai, India
Occupation actress, film director, film producer, writer
Years active 1980–present
Religion Atheist [1]
Spouse(s) Mani Ratnam
(1988–present)
Children Nandan
Relatives Charuhasan (father)
Chandrahasan (uncle)
Kamal Haasan (uncle)
Anu Hasan (cousin)
Shruti Haasan (cousin)

Suhasini Maniratnam (born Suhasini Charuhasan, on 15 August 1961) is an Indian film actress known for her works in South Indian Cinema. She made her film debut in 1980 with the Tamil film Nenjathai Killathe for which she won the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actress. Suhasini has won the National Film Award for Best Actress for Sindhu Bhairavi in 1986.[2][3] She has received four Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Kannada, Two Kerala State Film Awards, Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu, and has garnered state awards like, Tamil Nadu State Film Awards, Nandi Awards.[4]

Early life and career[edit]

Suhasini was born to Charuhasan, on 15 August 1961 in Chennai in the prominent Hassan family. In 1988 she married Mani Ratnam, and has a son.[5][6][7]

Film career[edit]

A student of cinematography from the Madras Film Institute, Suhasini started her career as a camera assistant to Ashok Kumar and later went on to become an actress.[8] Suhasini has acted in Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu and Kannada films. She started her career as a make-up artist for several leading actors at that time. She is extremely popular in Kannada movies. Her films Bandhana directed by Rajendra Singh Babu and Suprabhatha, directed by Dinesh Baboo was a blockbuster, and thus became one of the most bankable stars of Kannada cinema of the time.

Suhasini at TeachAIDS recording session in 2013

Muttina Haara (1990) with Vishnuvardhan directed by Rajendra Singh Babu, Benkiyalli Aralida Hoovu (1983) directed by K. Balchander, Hendthig Helthini and Amruthavarshini directed by Dinesh Babu were all run away hits. Her work in Mathad Mathad Mallige with Vishnuvardhan directed by Nagathihalli Chandrashekhar, Eradane Maduve and its sequel Mathondu Maduve directed by Dinesh Baboo. Her combination with Dr.Vishnuvardhan is considered as one of the best and rare combinations of South Indian Cinema and the duo have acted together in many blockbuster films that include Bandhana, Suprabhatha, Muthina Haara, Hendthig Helthini, Himapatha, Mathad Mathad Mallige, School Master etc.

She was introduced to Malayalam cinema through Padmarajan's Koodevide (1983), which also featured Mammootty. Her role in the AFI Fest-nominated feature Vanaprastham (1999), which starred Mohanlal, was particularly well received. She won the National Film Award for Best Actress in 1986 for her role in the 1985 Tamil film Sindhu Bhairavi, directed by K. Balachander. In 1996, Suhasini stepped into direction with Indira. She also wrote the screenplay for the film. The project was produced by G. V. Films. Suhasini and her husband Mani Ratnam are involved in the running of their production company Madras Talkies, with G. Srinivasan. She is a self-confessed Atheist. In an interview to Radhika Rajamani of rediff.com she said "I don't believe in God, in prayer, in going to temples begging God to give me and my family happiness. I am not asking everyone to be an atheist, but good thoughts are not spent in a temple. You are not going to make money merely by reciting slokas; you need to know the share market, mutual funds and so on. I am learning French even though I am a housewife, a mother, daughter, friend, agony aunt to friends and family. I am practical. That is why I am into social work.".[9]

Awards[edit]

National Film Awards
Kerala State Film Awards
Tamil Nadu State Film Awards
Nandi Awards
South Indian International Movie Awards
  • Nominated - SIIMA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role – Gabbar Singh (2012)
Filmfare Awards South

Filmography[edit]

As actress[edit]

In order of languages in which she acted the most to least number of films.

Telugu[edit]

Year Title Role Co-Stars Director Notes
2013 Minugurulu Ashish Vidyarthi, Raghubir Yadav K. Ayodhya Kumar
2013 Baadshah Mother of N. T. Rama Rao Jr. NTR, Kajal Aggarwal Srinu Vaitla
2012 Uu Kodathara? Ulikki Padathara? Suguna Balakrishna, Manoj Manchu Sekhar Raja
2012 Gabbar Singh Gabbar Singh's Mother Pawan Kalyan, Shruti Haasan Harish Shankar
2010 Varudu Allu Arjun, Arya Gunasekhar
2010 Leader Rajeswari Devi Rana Daggubati, Richa Gangopadhyay Sekhar Kammula
2010 Mathrudevo Bhava
2008 Panduranga Nandamuri Balakrishna, Sneha K. Raghavendra Rao
2006 Rakhi Meenakshi Iyer Jr. NTR, Ileana D'Cruz Krishna Vamsi
2006 Seetakokachiluka
2008 Amma Cheppindi Sharwanand, Shriya Reddy Gangaraju Gunnam
2008 Tanu
2007 Sri Mahalakshmi
2004 Dostha
2004 Pedababu Jagapathi Babu, Kalyani Paruchuri Murali
2003 Abhimanyu
2001 Nuvvu Naaku Nachchav
2001 Dakutumba Daprivara Sametam
1997 Egire Paavurama Meka Srikanth, J. D. Chakravarthy S. V. Krishna Reddy
1997 Pelli Pandheri
1996 Ramudochhadu
1993 Ratha Sarathi
1992 Akka Mogudu
1989 Amma
1989 Bala Gopaludu
1989 Mamatala Kovela
1988 Aakhari Poratam Sunadha Mala Akkineni Nagarjuna, Sridevi K. Raghavendra Rao
1988 Marana Mrudangam Uthpala Chiranjeevi, Radha A. Kodandarami Reddy
1988 Ramudu Bheemudu
1988 Manchi Donga Chiranjeevi, Vijayashanti K. Raghavendra Rao
1988 Varasudochhadu Annapurna Venkatesh, Mohan Babu A. Mohan Gandhi
1987 Aradhana Chiranjeevi, Radhika Bharathiraja
1987 Punnami Chandrudu
1987 Punya Dampathulu
1987 Samsaram Oka Chadarangam Gollapudi Maruthi Rao, Sarath Babu S.P.Muthuraman
1987 President gari Abbai
1986 Kirathakudu Chiranjeevi, Kongara Jaggayya A. Kodandarami Reddy
1986 Sirivennela Subhashini Sarvadaman Banerjee, Moon Moon Sen K. Viswanath
1986 Rakshasudu Chiranjeevi, Nagendra Babu A. Kodandarami Reddy
1986 Shravana Sandhya
1986 Chantabbai Jwala Chiranjeevi, Suhasini Mani Ratnam Jandhyala
1985 Jackie
1985 Tene Manasulu
1985 Mahaaraju
1985 Muddula Manavaraalu
1985 Swathi
1984 Illaalu Priyuraalu
1984 Mangammagari Manavadu Malli Nandamuri Balakrishna, Bhanumathi Ramakrishna Kodi Ramakrishna
1984 Intiguttu Chiranjeevi, Nalini K.Bapayya
1984 Challenge Lakshmi Chiranjeevi, Rao Gopal Rao A. Kodandarami Reddy
1983 Maga Maharaju Chiranjeevi, Rao Gopal Rao Vijayabapineedu
1982 Manchu Pallaki Gita Chiranjeevi, Rajendra Prasad Vamsy
1981 Kotha Jeevithalu Bharathiraja

Tamil[edit]

Year Title Role Co-Stars Director Notes
2014 Ramanujan Komalatammal Abhinay Vaddi, Bhama Gnana Rajasekaran
2012 Varuvan Thalaivan Suguna Balakrishna, Manoj Manchu Sekhar Raja
2011 Ullamellam Thalladudhe
2011 Seedan Thangam Unni Mukundan, Ananya Subramaniam Siva
2010 Thillalangadi Krishna's mother Jayam Ravi, Shaam M. Raja
2009 Balam
2008 Aegan Ajith Kumar, Nayantara Raju Sundaram
2007 Satham Podathey Gynecologist Prithviraj, Padmapriya Janakiraman Vasanth
2004 Shock Exorcist Prashanth, Meena Thiagarajan
2003 Vaseegara Priya's Aunt Vijay, Sneha K. Selva Bharathy
2001 Chocolate Saradha Prashanth, Jaya Re A. Venkatesh
1997 Nandhini Prakash Raj, Vineeth Manobala
1996 Irattai Roja Geetha Ramki, Urvashi Keyaar
1993 Chinna Kannamma Uma Karthik MuthuramanGauthami R. Raghu
1989 En Purushanthaan Enakku Mattumthaan Vijayakanth, Rekha Manobala
1988 En Bommukutty Ammavukku Lakshmi Sathyaraj, Raghuvaran Fazil
1988 Dharmathin Thalaivan Sumathi Rajinikanth, Prabhu S. P. Muthuraman
1987 Dhoorathu Pachai Karthik Muthuraman Manobala
1987 Ananda Aradhanai Mohan, Srividya Dinesh Babu
1987 Manathil Uruthi Vendum Sridhar, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam K. Balachander
1985 Sindhu Bhairavi Sindhu Sivakumar, Sulakshana K. Balachander
1983 Thai Veedu Rajinikanth, Anita Raj R. Thyagarajan
1983 Oru Indhiya Kanavu Lalitha, Rajeev Komal Swaminathan
1983 Uruvangal Maralam Sivaji Ganesan, Kamal Haasan S.V.Ramanan
1982 Gopurangal Saivathillai Arukkani Mohan, Radha Manivannan
1982 Agaya Gangai Karthik, Haja Shareef Manobala
1982 Nandri, Meendum Varuga Prathap K. Pothan Mouli
1982 Kalyana Kalam Janakaraj, P.S.Venkatachalam Robert Rajasekhar
1982 Azhagiya Kanney
1981 Palaivana Solai Geetha Chandrasekhar, Janagaraj Robert Rajasekhar
1981 Kudumbam Oru Kadambam Parvathi Visu, Kamala Kamesh S.P. Muthuraman
1980 Nenjathai Killathe Viji Mohan, Prathap K. Pothan J. Mahendran

Malayalam[edit]

Year Title Role Co-Stars Director Notes
2013 Kalimannu Meera's Neighbour & Friend Shweta Menon, Biju Menon Blessy
2011 The King & the Commissioner Mammootty, Suresh Gopi Shaji Kailas
2009 Makante Achan
2009 Nammal Thammil
2009 Vilapangalkkappuram Dr. Mary Varghese Priyanka, Biju Menon T. V. Chandran
2009 Pachakkuthira
2005 Vacation Celina
2002 Nammal
2001 Theerthaadanam
1999 Vanaprastham Subhadra Mohanlal, Mattannur Sankarankutty Marar Shaji N. Karun
1997 Bhaaratheeyam
1993 Samooham
1989 Oru Sayahnathinte Swapnam
1988 Oohakkachavadam
1987 Manivathoorile Aayiram Sivarathrikal Neena Mammootty, M.G. Soman Fazil
1987 Ezhuthapurangal
1986 Rakkuyilin Ragasadassil
1986 Pranamam
1985 Katha Ithuvare
1984 Ente Upasana Lathika Mammootty, Nedumudi Venu Bharathan
1984 Aarorumariyathe
1984 Aksharangal
1984 Unni Vanna Divasam
1984 Thathamme Poocha Poocha
1983 Adaminte Vaariyellu Vasanthi Srividya, Soorya K.G. George
1983 Koodevide? Alice Mammootty, Rahman P. Padmarajan

Kannada[edit]

Year Title Role Co-Stars Director Notes
2014 Sachin! Tendulkar Alla Master Snehith, Javagal Srinath Mohan Shankar
2013 Myna Chetan Kumar, Nithya Menon Nagashekar
2011 Mathond Madhuvena Anant Nag, Jennifer Kotwal Dinesh Baboo
2010 Deadly-2 Aditya, Meghana Ravi Shrivatsa
2010 Sanju Weds Geetha Srinagar Kitty, Ramya Nagashekar
2010 School Master Sneha Vishnuvardhan, Avinash Dinesh Babu
2010 Kanmani
2010 Eradane Maduve Malavika Ananth Nag, Jennifer Kotwal Dinesh Baboo
2007 Maathaad Maathaadu Mallige Dr.Vishnuvardhan, Sudeep Nagathihalli Chandrashekhar
2006 Mohini 9886788888 Aditya, Sadha Rajendra Singh Babu
2003 Annavru Ambareesh, Darshan Om Prakash Rao
2000 Yaarige Saluthe Sambala Ananth Nag, Shashikumar M. S. Rajashekar
2000 Vishwa
1999 Ganga Yamuna
1997 Amrutha Varshini Ramesh Aravind, Sharath Babu Dinesh Baboo
1995 Himapatha Sumithra Vishnuvardhan, Jayapradha Rajendra Singh Babu
1991 Usha
1990 Muthina Haara Annapurna (Anu) Vishnuvardhan, K. S. Ashwath S. V. Rajendra Singh Babu
1988 Suprabhatha Vishnuvardhan, Srividya Dinesh Babu
1987 Hosaneeru
1984 Bandhana Nandhini Vishnuvardhan, Ashwath Rajendra Singh Babu
1983 Benkiyalli Aralida Hoovu Pavithra, Kamal Hassan K. Balachander

As director[edit]

Year Movie Stars Notes
1995 Indira Anu Hasan, Arvind Swamy
1991 Penn (TV Show)

As a dialogue writer[edit]

Year Movie Stars Notes
1993 Thiruda Thiruda Prashanth, Anand
1997 Iruvar Mohanlal, Prakash Raj
2010 Ravanan Vikram, Prithviraj

As camera assistant[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.rediff.com/movies/2006/jul/14smr.htm
  2. ^ "Getting to know Suhasini Mani Ratnam". Rediff.com. Retrieved 13 December 2011. 
  3. ^ "The Tribune – Windows – Main Feature". The Tribune. 12 April 2003. Retrieved 13 December 2011. 
  4. ^ "Celeb couple Married to the medium". The Tribune. 12 April 2003. Retrieved 26 May 2012. 
  5. ^ Actress Suhasini Biography | Suhasini Personal Profile | Suhasini Biodata | Suhasini Childhood | Suhasini Awards
  6. ^ Ashish Rajadhyaksha; Paul Willemen; National Film Archive of India (1994), Encyclopaedia of Indian cinema, British Film Institute, p. 206, ISBN 978-0-85170-455-5 
  7. ^ "Suhasini Mani Ratnam back in Tollywood | Latest Indian Entertainment News". Indian Gossips. 1 July 2009. Retrieved 13 December 2011. 
  8. ^ Indian Cinema. Directorate of Film Festivals, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. 1996. p. 89. Retrieved 30 July 2013. 
  9. ^ http://www.rediff.com/movies/2006/jul/14smr.htm

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