A. M. Rathnam
|A. M. Rathnam|
|Native name||ఏఎం రత్నం|
|Residence||Film Nagar, Hyderabad|
|Awards||Filmfare Awards South|
A. M. Rathnam is an Indian film producer from Andhra Pradesh, known for his works in Telugu cinema and Tamil cinema. 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 (1990), Peddarikam (1992) and Sneham Kosam (1999) Kushi (2001). 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,Arrambam, Bangaram, Yennai Arindhaal and Vedalam.
Rathnam was born in Buchireddipalem of Nellore district in Andhra Pradesh, into a Telugu family. Rathnam has two sons, director and 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 include Jyothi Krishna's second directorial venture Kedi, were all produced by Rathnam himself. In 2012, he built a temple for Shirdi Sai Baba at his office in Valasaravakkam.
Ratnam started his career as a make up man for south LadySuperstar Vijayashanti'. With support from the actress he produced his first film, Karthavyam, in 1990. Vijayashanti won the National Award for the Best Actress for this film. He made films with Kamal Hassan, Chiranjeevi and many other super stars. He later began producing films in Tamil and Hindi as well, 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, Nayak: The Real Hero and Sneham Kosam starring 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. During the early 1990s he directed two films Peddarikam and Sankalpam in Telugu. He has also written the screenplay for the film Naaga. Later he changed the name of his production company from Sri Surya Movies Entertainment to Shri Sai Raam Creations which is now headed by S. Aishwarya. He had done three consecutive films with Ajith Kumar such as Arrambam, Yennai Arindhaal, Vedalam all of which were huge blockbusters.
- Filmfare Award for Best Film - Telugu - Karthavyam (1990) 
- Filmfare Award for Best Film – Tamil – Indian (1996)
- Filmfare Award for Best Film – Tamil – Natpukkaga (1998)
|1990||Karthavyam||Telugu||Filmfare Award for Best Film - Telugu|
|1992||Peddarikam||Telugu||Also Screenplay & Direction|
|1995||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||Filmfare Award for Best Film – Tamil|
|1998||Ellame En Pondaati||Tamil|
|1999||Kadhalar Dhinam||Tamil||Dubbed into Hindi as Dil Hi Dil Mein and Telugu as Premikula Roju|
|2000||Kandukondain Kandukondain||Tamil||Dubbed into Telugu as Priyuraalu Pilichindi|
|2001||Nayak: The Real Hero||Hindi|
|2002||Run||Tamil||Dubbed into Telugu as Run|
|2003||Enakku 20 Unakku 18||Tamil|
|2003||Nee Manasu Naaku Telusu||Telugu|
|2004||7G Rainbow Colony||Tamil||Dubbed into Telugu as 7/G Brundavan Colony|
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