15 August 1961
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
|Residence||Alwarpet, Chennai, India|
|Occupation||actress, film director, film producer, writer|
Kamal Haasan (uncle)
Anu Hasan (cousin)
Shruti Haasan (cousin)
Akshara Haasan (cousin)
Suhasini Maniratnam is an 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. 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.
Early life and career
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. 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 her time.
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-described 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."
- Best Actress – Kannada – Benkiyalli Aralida Hoovu (1983)
- Best Actress – Kannada – Bandhana (1984)
- Best Actress – Telugu – Swati (1984)
- Best Actress - Kannada - Suprabhata (1988)
- Best Actress - Kannada - Muthina Haara (1990)
- Best Actress – Kannada – Amrutha Varshini (1997)
- Nominated - Best Actress in a Supporting Role – Telugu – Gabbar Singh (2012)
- Best Actress in a Supporting Role – Kannada – Sachin! Tendulkar Alla (2014)
In order of languages in which she acted the most to least number of films.
|2013||Baadshah||Mother of N. T. Rama Rao|
|2012||Uu Kodathara? Ulikki Padathara?||Suguna|
|2012||Gabbar Singh||Gabbar Singh's Mother|
|2010||Matru Devo Bhava|
|2006||Seethakoka Chiluka||as collector|
|2008||Amma Cheppindi||Bose's mother|
|2007||Sri Mahalakshmi||Lakshmi's sister|
|2001||Nuvvu Naaku Nachav||Sujatha|
|2001||Sakutumba Saparivaara Sametam|
|1988||Aakhari Poratam||Sunadha Mala|
|1987||Samsaram Oka Chadarangam||Uma|
|1987||President Gari Abbai||Latha|
|2015||Salt Mango Tree||Deepika|
|2015||Love 24x7||Dr. Sarayu|
|2013||Kalimannu||Meera's neighbour & friend/doctor|
|2009||Nammal Thammil||Rosy IAS|
|2009||Vilapangalkkappuram||Dr. Mary Varghese|
|1989||Oru Sayahnathinte Swapnam||Capt. Alice Cherian|
|1987||Manivathoorile Aayiram Sivarathrikal||Neena|
|1984||Unni Vanna Divasam|
|1984||Thathamme Poocha Poocha||Kalyani|
|2015||Masterpiece||Mother of hero|
|2014||Sachin! Tendulkar Alla|
|2010||Sanju Weds Geetha|
|2007||Maathaad Maathaadu Mallige||Kanaka|
|2000||Swalpa Adjust Madkolli|
|2000||Yaarige Saluthe Sambala|
|1997||Ganga Yamuna||Cameo appearance|
|1983||Benkiyalli Aralida Hoovu|
|1995||Indira||Anu Hasan, Arvind Swamy|
|1991||Penn (TV Show)|
As a dialogue writer
|1993||Thiruda Thiruda||Prashanth, Anand|
|1997||Iruvar||Mohanlal, Prakash Raj|
As camera assistant
- "Getting to know Suhasini Mani Ratnam". Rediff.com. Retrieved 13 December 2011.
- "The Tribune – Windows – Main Feature". The Tribune. 12 April 2003. Retrieved 13 December 2011.
- "Celeb couple Married to the medium". The Tribune. 12 April 2003. Retrieved 26 May 2012.
- Indian Cinema. Directorate of Film Festivals, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. 1996. p. 89. Retrieved 30 July 2013.
- http://books.google.com/books/about/Vidura.html?id=S5ZZAAAAMAAJ. C. Sarkar., 1989 - Journalism
- "Nikhila all praise for Dileep". Times of India. 2015-07-04. Retrieved 2015-07-14.
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