Suhasini Maniratnam

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Suhasini Maniratnam
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Maniratnam in 2011
Born Suhasini Charuhasan
(1961-08-15) 15 August 1961 (age 55)
Paramakudi, Tamil Nadu, India
Residence Alwarpet, Chennai, India
Occupation actress, film director, film producer, writer
Years active 1980–present
Spouse(s) Mani Ratnam (m. 1988-present)
Children Nandan (b.1992)
Relatives Charuhasan (father)
Chandrahasan (uncle)
Kamal Haasan (uncle)
Anu Hasan (cousin)
Shruti Haasan (cousin)
Akshara Haasan (cousin)

Suhasini Maniratnam (born 15 August 1961) is an Indian 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 won the National Film Award for Best Actress for Sindhu Bhairavi in 1986.[1][2]

She has received four Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Kannada, one Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu, two Kerala State Film Awards, and has garnered state awards like the Tamil Nadu State Film Awards, Nandi Awards.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Suhasini was born to actor Charuhasan, in Chennai, into the prominent Haasan family. She married film director Mani Ratnam in 1988 and the couple has a son Nandan born in 1992.

She is a self-described atheist. In an interview with 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."[4]

Film career[edit]

A student of cinematography from the Madras Film Institute, Suhasini started her career as a camera assistant to Ashok Kumar and went on to become an actress.[5] Suhasini has acted in Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu and Kannada films. She started her career as a make-up artist for several leading actors. She is extremely popular in Kannada movies. Her films Bandhana directed by Rajendra Singh Babu and Suprabhatha directed by Dinesh Baboo were blockbusters, and thus she became one of the most bankable stars of Kannada cinema of her time.

Suhasini at TeachAIDS recording session in 2013

Her other films Muttina Haara (1990) with Vishnuvardhan directed by Rajendra Singh Babu, Benkiyalli Aralida Hoovu (1983) directed by K. Balachander, Hendthig Helthini and Amruthavarshini directed by Dinesh Babu were runaway hits in addition to her work in Mathad Mathadu Mallige with Vishnuvardhan directed by Nagathihalli Chandrashekhar, Eradane Maduve and its sequel Mathond Maduvena directed by Dinesh Baboo.

Her collaboration with Vishnuvardhan is considered as one of the best and rarest in South Indian cinema. The duo has acted together in many blockbuster films that include Bandhana, Suprabhatha, Muthina Haara, Hendthig Helthini, Himapatha, Mathad Mathad Mallige, and School Master.

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. 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.

Awards[edit]

National Film Awards
Filmfare Awards South
Kerala State Film Awards
Tamil Nadu State Film Awards
Nandi Awards
South Indian International Movie Awards

Filmography[edit]

As actress[edit]

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

Telugu[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
2014 Legend Jaidev's mother
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 Sandy's mother
2010 Leader Rajeswari Devi
2010 Matru Devo Bhava
2008 Panduranga Satyabhama
2006 Rakhi Meenakshi Iyer
2006 Seethakoka Chiluka as collector
2008 Amma Cheppindi Bose's mother
2008 Tanu
2007 Sri Mahalakshmi Lakshmi's sister
2004 Dost Snehalatha
2004 Pedababu Pedababu's mother
2003 Abhimanyu Janaki
2001 Nuvvu Naaku Nachav Sujatha
2001 Sakutumba Saparivaara Sametam
1997 Egire Paavurama yashodhamma
1997 Pelli Pandheri
1996 Ramudochadu Arundathi
1993 Ratha Sarathi
1992 Akka Mogudu
1989 Amma
1989 Sravanthi
1989 Bala Gopaludu Rekha
1989 Mamathala Kovela
1988 Aakhari Poratam Sunadha Mala
1988 Marana Mrudangam Uthpala
1988 Ramudu Bheemudu Swathi
1988 Manchi Donga Madhavi
1988 Varasudochhadu Annapurna
1987 Aradhana Jennifer
1987 Gouthami Gouthami
1987 Punnami Chandrudu
1987 Punya Dampathulu
1987 Samsaram Oka Chadarangam Uma
1987 President Gari Abbai Latha
1986 Kirathakudu Swetha
1986 Sirivennela Subhashini
1986 Rakshasudu Sumatri
1986 Sravana Sandhya
1986 Chantabbai Jwala
1986 Nirdhoshi
1985 Jackie
1985 Tene Manasulu
1985 Maharaju
1985 Muddula Manavaralu
1985 Swati Swathi
1984 Illalu Priyuralu
1984 Adigo Alladigo
1984 Mangammagari Manavadu Malli
1984 Intiguttu
1984 Challenge Lakshmi
1983 Mukkupudaka Mangatayaru
1983 Maga Maharaju
1982 Manchu Pallaki Gita
1981 Kotha Jeevithalu

Tamil[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
2017 Oh Andha Naatkal Sindhu Filming
2017 Nibunan Filming
2017 Kadhalin Pon Veedhiyil Filming
2015 Kanchana 2 Channel MD
2014 Ramanujan Komalatammal
2011 Seedan Thangam
2010 Thillalangadi Krishna's mother
2010 Thambikku Indha Ooru
2009 Balam
2009 Kadhalukku Maranamillai unreleased
2008 Aegan
2007 Satham Podathey Gynecologist
2006 Ilavattam
2004 Shock Exorcist
2003 Eera Nilam Chinnathayi
2003 Vaseegara Priya's Aunt
2001 Chocolate Saradha
2001 Paarvai Ondre Podhume
1997 Nandhini
1996 Irattai Roja Geetha
1993 Chinna Kannamma Uma
1989 En Purushanthaan Enakku Mattumthaan Saradha
1989 Thendral Puyalanadhu Gautami
1988 En Bommukutty Ammavukku Lakshmi
1988 Dharmathin Thalaivan Sumathi
1987 Dhoorathu Pachai
1987 Ananda Aradhanai
1987 Manathil Uruthi Vendum Nandini
1986 Paalaivana Rojakkal
1985 Sindhu Bhairavi Sindhu
1984 Puthiya Sangamam
1983 Thai Veedu
1983 Apoorva Sahodarigal
1983 Poikkal Kudhirai Guest appearance
1983 Oru Indhiya Kanavu Anamika
1983 Uruvangal Maralam
1983 Veetile Raman Velile Krishnan
1982 Gopurangal Saivathillai Arukkani
1982 Agaya Gangai
1982 Nandri, Meendum Varuga
1982 Kalyana Kalam
1982 Lottery Ticket
1982 Thottal Sudum
1982 Azhagiya Kanney
1982 Marumagale Vazhga Lakshmi
1982 Vadivangal
1981 Palaivana Solai Geetha
1981 Madhumalar
1981 Kudumbam Oru Kadambam Parvathi
1981 Deiva Thirumanangal
1980 Nenjathai Killathe Viji

Malayalam[edit]

Year Film Role
2015 Salt Mango Tree Deepika
2015 Love 24x7[7] Dr. Sarayu
2013 Kalimannu Dr. Sophy
2009 Makante Achan Rema
2009 Nammal Thammil Rosy IAS
2009 Vilapangalkkappuram Dr. Mary Varghese
2005 Vacation Celina
2002 Nammal Snehalatha
2001 Theerthadanam Vinodini
1999 Vanaprastham Subhadra
1997 Bhaaratheeyam Revathy
1993 Samooham MLA Rajalekshmi
1989 Oru Sayahnathinte Swapnam Capt. Alice Cherian
1988 Oohakachavadam Malathy
1987 Manivathoorile Aayiram Sivarathrikal Neena
1987 Ezhuthapurangal Rajalakshmi
1986 Rakkuyilin Ragasadassil Janani
1986 Pranamam Usha
1985 Katha Ithuvare Rekha
1984 Ente Upasana Lathika
1984 Aarorumariyathe Sudha
1984 Aksharangal Bharathi
1984 Unni Vanna Divasam
1984 Thathamme Poocha Poocha Kalyani
1983 Adaminte Vaariyellu Vasanthi
1983 Koodevide? Alice

Kannada[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
TBA Ommomme
TBA Gadiyara
TBA Prema Baraha
TBA Naani
TBA Tagaru
2017 Masti Gudi
2016 Preethiyalli Sahaja
2016 Viraat Chief Minister
2015 Masterpiece Durga
2015 Rebel
2014 Sachin! Tendulkar Alla
2013 Myna Doctor
2011 Mathond Madhuvena Malavika
2010 Deadly-2
2010 Sanju Weds Geetha
2010 School Master Sneha
2010 Eradane Maduve Malavika
2007 Maathaad Maathaadu Mallige Kanaka
2006 Mohini 9886788888
2003 Annavru
2000 Swalpa Adjust Madkolli
2000 Yaarige Saluthe Sambala
1999 Vishwa Indu
1998 Hendthigheltheeni Radha
1997 Ganga Yamuna Cameo appearance
1997 Amrutha Varshini Veena
1995 Himapatha Sumithra
1991 Usha
1990 Muthina Haara Annapurna
1988 Suprabhatha Hema
1986 Hosa Neeru Bhavana
1984 Bandhana Dr. Nandhini
1983 Benkiyalli Aralida Hoovu Kamala

Hindi / English[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
2015 Waiting Pankaja As Coma ridden wife of Prof Shiv Kumar Natrajan (Naseeruddin Shah)

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
2010 Ravanan Vikram, Prithviraj, Aishwarya Rai
1997 Iruvar Mohanlal, Prakash Raj, Aishwarya Rai
1993 Thiruda Thiruda Prashanth, Anand, Heera Rajgopal

As camera assistant[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Getting to know Suhasini Mani Ratnam". Rediff.com. Retrieved 13 December 2011. 
  2. ^ "The Tribune – Windows – Main Feature". The Tribune. 12 April 2003. Retrieved 13 December 2011. 
  3. ^ "Celeb couple Married to the medium". The Tribune. 12 April 2003. Retrieved 26 May 2012. 
  4. ^ http://www.rediff.com/movies/2006/jul/14smr.htm
  5. ^ Indian Cinema. Directorate of Film Festivals, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. 1996. p. 89. Retrieved 30 July 2013. 
  6. ^ https://books.google.com/books/about/Vidura.html?id=S5ZZAAAAMAAJ. C. Sarkar., 1989 - Journalism
  7. ^ "Nikhila all praise for Dileep". Times of India. 2015-07-04. Retrieved 2015-07-14. 

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