Mini Bio: Mani Ratnam is an Indian film Director
Gopala Ratnam Subramaniam Iyer commonly known as Mani Ratnam, is an Indian film director, screenwriter and producer who predominantly works in Tamil cinema, based out of Chennai. Starting his career as a management consultant, he made an entry into films through the Kannada film Pallavi Anu Pallavi in 1983. Despite a commercial failure, the film earned critical acclaim and fetched an award for the screenplay at the Karnataka State Film Awards. Ratnam's following efforts were the Malayalam film Unaru (1984), and the Tamil films: Pagal Nilavu and Idhaya Kovil, both in 1985. He came into prominence after Mouna Ragam (1986) which established himself as a leading director in Tamil cinema. He followed that with the Godfatheresque Nayagan (1987), which was among the three Indian films to be named by Time magazine's list of All-Time 100 Greatest Movies in 2005. His Telugu film Geethanjali won multiple Nandi Awards apart from the National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment. His next release Anjali (1990) was India's submission for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Ratnam is well known for his "Terrorism trilogy" consisting of Roja (1992), Bombay (1995) and Dil Se.. (1998).