Suhasini Maniratnam

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This article is about the Tamil actress who debuted in the 1980s. For the Telugu actress who debuted in the 2000s, see Suhasini (Telugu actress).
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 None[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 five Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Kannada,one Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu, Two Kerala State Film Awards, 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.".[9]

Awards[edit]

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

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 Notes
2014 Sachin Tendulkar Kadhu
2013 Minugurulu
2013 Baadshah Mother of N. T. Rama Rao
2012 Uu Kodathara? Ulikki Padathara? Suguna
2012 Gabbar Singh Gabbar Singh's Mother
2010 Varudu
2010 Leader Rajeswari Devi
2010 Matru Devo Bhava
2008 Panduranga
2006 Rakhi Meenakshi Iyer
2006 Seethakoka Chiluka
2008 Amma Cheppindi
2008 Tanu
2007 Sri Mahalakshmi
2004 Dost
2004 Pedababu
2003 Abhimanyu
2001 Nuvvu Naaku Nachav
2001 Sakutumba Saparivaara Sametam
1997 Egire Paavurama
1997 Pelli Pandheri
1996 Ramudochadu
1993 Ratha Sarathi
1992 Akka Mogudu
1989 Amma
1989 Bala Gopaludu
1989 Mamathala Kovela
1988 Aakhari Poratam Sunadha Mala
1988 Marana Mrudangam Uthpala
1988 Ramudu Bheemudu
1988 Manchi Donga
1988 Varasudochhadu Annapurna
1987 Aradhana
1987 Punnami Chandrudu
1987 Punya Dampathulu
1987 Samsaram Oka Chadarangam
1987 President Gari Abbayi
1986 Kirathakudu
1986 Sirivennela Subhashini
1986 Rakshasudu
1986 Sravana Sandhya
1986 Chantabbai Jwala
1985 Jackie
1985 Tene Manasulu
1985 Maharaju
1985 Muddula Manavaralu
1985 Swati
1984 Illalu Priyuralu
1984 Adigo Alladigo
1984 Mangammagari Manavadu Malli
1984 Intiguttu
1984 Challenge Lakshmi
1983 Maga Maharaju
1982 Manchu Pallaki Gita
1981 Kotha Jeevithalu

Tamil[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2014 Ramanujan Komalatammal
2012 Varuvan Thalaivan Suguna
2011 Ullamellam Thalladudhe
2011 Seedan Thangam
2010 Thillalangadi Krishna's mother
2009 Balam
2008 Aegan
2007 Satham Podathey Gynecologist
2004 Shock Exorcist
2003 Vaseegara Priya's Aunt
2001 Chocolate Saradha
1997 Nandhini
1996 Irattai Roja Geetha
1993 Chinna Kannamma Uma
1989 En Purushanthaan Enakku Mattumthaan
1988 En Bommukutty Ammavukku Lakshmi
1988 Dharmathin Thalaivan Sumathi
1987 Dhoorathu Pachai
1987 Ananda Aradhanai
1987 Manathil Uruthi Vendum
1985 Sindhu Bhairavi Sindhu
1983 Thai Veedu
1983 Oru Indhiya Kanavu
1983 Uruvangal Maralam
1982 Gopurangal Saivathillai Arukkani
1982 Agaya Gangai
1982 Nandri, Meendum Varuga
1982 Kalyana Kalam
1982 Azhagiya Kanney
1981 Palaivana Solai Geetha
1981 Kudumbam Oru Kadambam Parvathi
1980 Nenjathai Killathe Viji

Malayalam[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
2013 Kalimannu Meera's neighbour & friend
2009 Makante Achan
2009 Nammal Thammil
2009 Vilapangalkkappuram Dr. Mary Varghese
2006 Pachakkuthira
2005 Vacation Celina
2002 Nammal
2001 Theerthadanam
1999 Vanaprastham Subhadra
1997 Bhaaratheeyam
1993 Samooham MLA Rajalekshmi
1989 Oru Sayahnathinte Swapnam
1988 Oohakachavadam
1987 Manivathoorile Aayiram Sivarathrikal Neena
1987 Ezhuthapurangal
1986 Rakkuyilin Ragasadassil
1986 Pranamam
1985 Katha Ithuvare
1984 Ente Upasana Lathika
1984 Aarorumariyathe
1984 Aksharangal
1984 Unni Vanna Divasam
1984 Thathamme Poocha Poocha
1983 Adaminte Vaariyellu Vasanthi
1983 Koodevide? Alice

Kannada[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
TBA Masterpiece
2014 Sachin! Tendulkar Alla
2013 Myna
2011 Mathond Madhuvena
2010 Deadly-2
2010 Sanju Weds Geetha
2010 School Master Sneha
2010 Kanmani
2010 Eradane Maduve Malavika
2007 Maathaad Maathaadu Mallige
2006 Mohini 9886788888
2003 Annavru
2000 Yaarige Saluthe Sambala
2000 Vishwa
1997 Ganga Yamuna Guest appearance
1997 Amrutha Varshini
1995 Himapatha Sumithra
1991 Usha
1990 Muthina Haara Annapurna (Anu)
1988 Suprabhatha Hema
1987 Hosaneeru
1984 Bandhana Nandhini
1983 Benkiyalli Aralida Hoovu

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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