Suhasini in 2011
15 August 1961
Paramakudi, Tamil Nadu, India
|Residence||Alwarpet, Chennai, India|
|Occupation||Actress, Director, Producer, Writer|
|Spouse(s)||Mani Ratnam (m. 1988-present)|
Kamal Haasan (uncle)
Anu Hasan (cousin)
Shruti Haasan (cousin)
Akshara Haasan (cousin)
Suhasini Maniratnam (born 15 August 1961) known commonly as Suhasini, 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.
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.
She is a self-described atheist. In an interview, she said "I don't believe in God, in prayer, in going to temples begging God to give me and my family happiness."
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. 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.
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.
- 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 - Hosa Neeru (1986) - Nominated
- Best Actress - Telugu - Sirivennela (1986) - Nominated
- 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|
|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|
|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||Kamala|
Hindi / English
|2015||Waiting||Pankaja||As Coma ridden wife of Prof Shiv Kumar Natrajan (Naseeruddin Shah)|
|1995||Indira||Anu Hasan, Arvind Swamy|
|1991||Penn (TV Show)|
As a dialogue writer
|2010||Ravanan||Vikram, Prithviraj, Aishwarya Rai|
|1997||Iruvar||Mohanlal, Prakash Raj, Aishwarya Rai|
|1993||Thiruda Thiruda||Prashanth, Anand, Heera Rajgopal|
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.
- https://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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