Picture this. A girl (would be bride) enters a room (in her house) and finds her suitor (would-be-husband) waiting. Their eyes meet and in split seconds, the dark and dull atmosphere gets transformed into an electrifying atmosphere. Their chemistry transform the hitherto dull atmosphere into a crackling one. This is Mani Ratnam. And the film is Mouna Ragam (1986). Now, Mani Ratnam is Mani Ratnam, the only one of his kind. He turns a year wiser today (June 2) since it is his 64th birthday. The filmmaker, screenwriter and producer, who works mostly for Tamil cinema, will always and also be adored by lovers of Hindi language cinema since talent, creativity and art have no language. Mani Ratnam, born Gopala Ratnam Subramaniam, not only won several National Film awards, FilmFare awards South and many other awards at different film festivals across the globe, but also won our hearts. But what we are missing is Mani Ratnam of yesteryears, who once (and frequently) took the world of cinema by storm. The Padma Shri recipient gave us Nayakan (1987, India’s answer to Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather), Mouna Ragaam (1986), Anjali (1990), Thalapathi (1991), Roja (1992), Bombay (1995), Iruvar (1997), Dil Se…(1998), Alaipayuthey (2001), Kannathil Muthamittal (2002) and Aayutha Ezhuthu (and its Hindi remake Yuva, both in 2004)…need we say more? Mani Ratnam gave us memorable moments, melodious songs, witty and brilliant dialogues and above all a host of heavenly cinematic experiences through his movies. This article is just a birthday wish for him from a film-buff who badly wants to see Mani Ratnam back (in his full form). Audience want that Mani Ratnam who could deliverone brilliant movie after another.
(This article has been written by our guest contributor Mr. Shanku Sharma)