Chekka Chivantha Vaanam Director – Mani Ratnam Filmography

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Mani Ratnam is a renowned Indian director, screenwriter, and producer. Mani Ratnam’s directorial debut was through the Kannada film Pallavi Anu Pallavi (1983). Directing landmark some films such as Mouna Raagam (1986), Nayagan (1987), Anjali (1990), Thalapathi (1991), Iruvar (1997), Kannathil Muthamittal (2002), Yuva (2004), Guru (2007), and his “terrorism trilogy” films as Roja (1992), Bombay (1995) and Dil Se (1998), Ratnam is widely attributed with having revolutionised the Tamil film industry and altering the profile of Indian cinema.

Mani Ratnam has won nine Filmfare awards in both south and north and twelve international film festival awards. His Tamil movie Nayagan and Satyajit Ray’s Apu trilogy are the Indian films to have appeared in TIME Magazine’s All-Time 100 Greatest Movies. His film Roja was the Indian film to be featured in TIME Magazine’s “10 Best Soundtracks” of all time.

Personal Life And Education

Mani Ratnam was born on 2 June 1956 in Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India to Tamil Brahmin background. His actual name is Gopala Ratnam Subramaniam. He did his schooling from Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School.

After graduating with a Bachelor degree in Commerce from Vivekananda College, University of Madras and Maniratnam had an MBA from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, he started on a career as a management consultant before becoming a filmmaker.

He got into film direction with the help of his late brother, He is a film producer G. Venkateswaran. ManiRatnam married actress Suhasini in 1988. They have a son by the name of Nandhan Mani Ratnam. ManiRatnam lives in Chennai, where he runs his production company called Madras Talkies.


Ratnam is particularly known for his eye for technical detail in the art of filmmaking, having worked and also introduced some of the best music directors, cinematographers, art directors, dialogue writers and editors in India. Several international papers and books have been published in his critically acclaimed movies that revolutionized the film industry.

Mani Ratnam Filmography:

Pallavi Anu Pallavi (Kannada)

Unaru (Malayalam)

Pagal Nilavu (Tamil)

Idaya Kovil (Tamil)

Mouna Ragam (Tamil)

Nayakan (Tamil)

Agni Natchathiram (Tamil)

Geethanjali (Telugu)

Anjali (Tamil)

Chatriyan (Tamil)

Thalapathi (Tamil)

Roja (Tamil)

Dasarathan (Tamil ) – Producer only

Gaayam (Telugu)

Thiruda Thiruda (Tamil)

Bombay (Tamil)

Indira (Tamil)

Aasai (Tamil) – Producer only

Iruvar (Tamil)

Nerrukku Ner (Tamil)

Dil Se.. (Hindi)

Taj Mahal (Tamil)

Alaipayuthey (Tamil)

Dumm Dumm Dumm (Tamil)

Five Star (Tamil)

Kannathil Muthamittal (Tamil)

Saathiya ( Hindi )

Yuva ( Hindi )

Aaiyutha Ezhuthu ( Tamil )

Guru ( Hindi )

Raavan (Hindi)

Raavanan ( Tamil )

Kadal ( Tamil )

OK Jaanu (Hindi)

O Kadhal Kanmani ( Tamil )

Kaatru Veliyidai ( Tamil )

Chekka Chivantha Vaanam ( Tamil )


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