On his birthday, let's look at some of his finest works... 'Anjali' originally was made in Tamil and later dubbed in Hindi. The title role was essayed by Baby Shamili. 'Anjali' was high on emotion and catered to every kind of audience. It won the National Award for the best film in Tamil.
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Mani Ratnam made emotional and touching films. He kept the emotions of people on the brim with subtle dialogues, scenic views and mesmerising songs. 'Roja' went on to become one of his best works. It won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration and many more awards.
A love story amidst the communal riots of Bombay was the theme of the film. Mani Ratnam captured the tragic moments of the situation without making it gory. Arvind Swamy and Manisha Koirala gave their best performance in the film.
In spite of having stars like Shah Rukh Khan and Manisha Koirala, the film failed to ring the bells at the box office. Although it is still considered as one of Ratnam's good works.
This film changed the life of Abhishek Bachchan. Mani Ratnam created a new dimension in the Hindi film industry with 'Yuva'. The film had three main leads and each one performed to the best of their abilities. The film was hugely credited and appreciated by critics.
Loosely based on the life of Dhirubhai Ambani, 'Guru' received rave reviews and altered the life course of all who acted in it. Although it was just another feather on Mani Ratnam's hat.
Starring Abhi-Ash and Vikram the film has been made in Hindi and Tamil simultaneously. Mani Ratnam is super excited about 'Raavan' for the intense and immense effort that took to film it.