Suhasini Maniratnam

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Suhasini Maniratnam
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Born
Suhasini Charuhasan

(1961-08-15) 15 August 1961 (age 60)
Paramakudi, Madras State, India
(present-day Tamil Nadu, India)
Occupation
  • Actress
  • director
  • producer
  • writer
Years active1980–present
Spouse(s)
(m. 1988)
Children1
Relatives Charuhasan (father)
Chandrahasan (uncle)
Kamal Haasan (uncle)
Anu Hasan (cousin)
Shruti Haasan (cousin)
Akshara Haasan (cousin)

Suhasini Maniratnam (born 15 August 1961) [1] known mononymously as Suhasini, an actress, director, producer and writer in the Tamil film industry. She has worked as an actress in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada films. She made her debut with Nenjathai Killathe in 1980 and won Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actress. Suhasini then won National Film Award for Best Actress for her performance in Sindhu Bhairavi (1985). [2]

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Early life

Suhasini was born to actor–lawyer Charuhasan and Komalam in Paramakudi, as the middle child of three sisters. Her sister Nandhini is a doctor, while Subhashini teaches English literature. Several family members including her father's younger brothers, producer Chandrahasan and actor–politician Kamal Haasan were actively a part of the Tamil cinema industry. Her cousins Anu Hasan, Shruti Haasan and Akshara Haasan have also since become actresses. [3]

Suhasini attended the Municipal Elementary School in Paramakudi, before moving to Madras aged 12 to live with her grandmother and uncle Kamal Haasan. [4] Suhasini's grandfather Srinivasan, a criminal lawyer, encouraged her to follow the rest of her family and become involved in films. She then became a student of cinematography from the M.G.R. Government Film and Television Training Institute, and started her career as a camera assistant to Ashok Kumar and went on to become an actress. [5]

Film career

As an actress

She has acted working predominantly in South Indian Cinemas. She started her career as a make-up artist for several leading actress at that time.

She made her film debut in 1980 with the Tamil movie Nenjathai Killathe . In her first movie itself, she won the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actress. [6] She was introduced to Malayalam cinema through Padmarajan's Koodevide (1983), which also featured Mammootty. Her role in the AFI Fest nominated feature film Vanaprastham (1999), which starred Mohanlal, was particularly well received. [7] She acted along with all south Indian top heroes of her time.

Her pairing with Vishnuvardhan is considered as one of the best and also unique in South Indian films. The pair has acted together in various blockbuster movies which includes the likes of Bandhana (1984), Muthina Haara (1990), Himapatha (1995), Hendithghelthini (1998), Maathaad Maathaadu Mallige (2007) and School Master (2010).

She won the National Film Award for Best Actress for her role in the 1985 Tamil film Sindhu Bhairavi , directed by K. Balachander. [8]

She has worked in several other movies, some of her greatest hits movies names are Swathi (1984), Ezhuthapurangal (1987), Amrutha Varshini (1997), Nuvvu Naaku Nachav (2001), Theerthadanam (2001) and Gabbar Singh (2012) among others.

As a director

In 1991, Suhasini directed the anthology mini-series Penn (1991) shown on Madras Doordarshan. The series featured eight standalone episodes examining the lives of South Indian women, and starred several of her contemporaries such as Revathi, Raadhika and Amala as protagonists. [9] [10] [11]

In 1995, Suhasini tried her hands into direction, her first film was Indira . She didn’t just direct the movie but also wrote the screenplay for the film. She and husband Mani Ratnam, are both successfully running their production house Madras Talkies, along with G. Srinivasan. However, the film won two Tamil Nadu State Film Awards, winning Santosh Sivan the award for Best Cinematographer as well as a Special Jury Award for the film itself. The film was also shown in film festivals globally in countries including Belarus and Japan. [12] In November 1997, Suhasini directed a short television film titled Swayamvaram featuring Suchitra Krishnamoorthi and Rajiv Menon . The script had been written by Sujatha and commissioned by Revathi and Suresh Menon. [13]

Suhasini directed a segment titled "Coffee, Anyone?" in Amazon Prime's Putham Pudhu Kaalai (2020). Shot during the COVID-19 pandemic, the segment was set against the backdrop of the 21-day COVID-19 lockdown in March 2020 in India, and featured Suhasini in the leading role alongside her cousins Shruti Haasan and Anu Hasan, and her mother Komalam. [14] [15]

Other work

Suhasini and her husband Mani Ratnam are involved in the running of their production company Madras Talkies since 1997.

She was named the honorary council for the country of Luxembourg. [16]

Personal life

Suhasini married film director Mani Ratnam on 26 August 1988 and the couple have a son, Nandan, born in 1992. [17]

Awards

National Film Awards
Filmfare Awards South
Kerala State Film Awards
Tamil Nadu State Film Awards
Nandi Awards
South Indian International Movie Awards

Filmography

As actress

Key
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Kannada

YearFilmRoleNotes
1983 Benkiyalli Aralida Hoovu Kavitha
1984 Bandhana Dr. Nandhini
1986 Hosa Neeru Bhavana
1988 Suprabhatha Hema
1990 Muthina Haara Annapurna
1991UshaUsha
1995 Himapatha Sumithra
1997 Amrutha Varshini Veena
Ganga Yamuna YamunaCameo
1998 Hendithghelthini Radha
1999 Vishwa Indu
2000 Yaarige Saluthe Sambala Lakshmi
Swalpa Adjust Madkolli
2001Ellara Mane Dosenu
2003 Annavru
2005O Gulabiye
2006 Mohini 9886788888
2007 Maathaad Maathaadu Mallige Kanaka
2010 Eradane Maduve Malavika
School Master Sneha
Deadly-2
2011 Sanju Weds Geetha Lakshmi
Mathond Madhuvena Malavika
2013 Myna Doctor
2014 Sachin! Tendulkar Alla Sakshi Dinesh
2015Rebel
Masterpiece Durga
2016 Viraat Chief Minister
Preethiyalli Sahaja
NaaniSuraksha
2017 Masti Gudi Chief Minister
Vismaya Mrs. Immanuel
2018 Prema Baraha Madhu's aunt
Ambi Ning Vayassaytho Nandhini
2019 Yaana Sujatha
Ayushman Bhava Harshini Prasad

Telugu

YearFilmRoleNotes
1981 Kotha Jeevithalu
1982 Manchu Pallaki Gita
1983 Bahudoorapu Batasari Subhashini
Maga Maharaju
Muddula Mogudu Sarala
Subha Muhurtham
Mukku PudakaMangatayaru
1984Nirdhoshi
Challenge Lakshmi
Aparadhi
Intiguttu
Mangammagari Manavadu Malli
Justice Chakravarthy Lakshmi
Adigo Alladigo
Bava Maradallu
Manishiko Charitra
Illalu Priyuralu
Swati Swathi Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu
Nandi Award for Best Actress
1985Kongumudi
Muddula Manavaralu
Manglya Bandham
Maharaju
Bullet Usha
Dampatyam Dr.Lalitha
Jackie
Karpoora DeepamManasa
Sravanthi SravanthiNominated, Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu
1986 Chantabbai Jwala
Sravana Sandhya
Rakshasudu Sumatri
Shanti Nivasam
Sirivennela SubhashiniNominated, Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu
Mr Bharath
Kirathakudu Swetha
1987 Thene Manasulu
President Gari Abbai Latha
Samsaram Oka Chadarangam UmaNominated, Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu
Punya Dampathulu
Punnami Chandrudu
GouthamiGouthami
Lawyer Suhasini Suhasini
Aradhana Jennifer
Brahma Nayudu
1988Anna ChelleluHerselfCameo
Bharya Bhartalu
Chuttalabbayi
Varasudochhadu Annapurna
Manchi Donga Madhavi
Ramudu Bheemudu Swathi
Marana Mrudangam Uthpala
Aakhari Poratam Sunadha Mala
1989Mamathala Kovela
Bala Gopaludu Rekha
AmmaDharani
1990 Chuttalabbai
1992Akka Mogudu
1993 Ratha Sarathi Dr. Shakunthala
1994 Subhalagnam Meena
1996 Ramudochadu Arundathi
1997 Pelli Pandiri Dr. Prabhavathi
Egire Paavurama Yashodhamma
1998 Ooyala
Manasichi Choodu
2000 Sakutumba Saparivaara Sametam Vaani
2001 Nuvvu Naaku Nachav Sujatha
2003 Abhimanyu Janaki
2004 Pedababu Pedababu's mother
Dost Snehalatha
2006 Seethakoka Chiluka Collector
Valliddari Vayasu Padahare
Rakhi Meenakshi Iyer
2007 Sri Mahalakshmi Lakshmi's sister
2008 Amma Cheppindi Bose's mother
2010 Leader Rajeswari DeviNominated, Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Telugu
Varudu Sandy's mother
2011 Bhale Mogudu Bhale Pellam Madhavi
2012Sri Vasavi VaibhavamGoddess Kanyaka Parameswari
Gabbar Singh Gabbar Singh's motherNominated, SIIMA Award for Best Supporting Actress (Telugu)
Uu Kodathara? Ulikki Padathara? Suguna
2013 Baadshah Baadshah's mother
Minugurulu Collector
2014 Legend Jaidev's motherCameo
2017Okkadu Migiladu
2018 Tholi Prema Aditya's mother
Touch Chesi Chudu Shalini's mother
Satya Gang
2019 Yatra Sabitha Indra Reddy
Suryakantham Supriya
2020 Entha Manchivaadavuraa Jaya
2021 Gurthunda Seethakalam Dagger-14-plain.pngTBA
Malli ModalaindiDagger-14-plain.pngSuja [19]

Tamil

YearFilmRoleNotes
1980 Nenjathai Killathe Viji
1981Deiva Thirumanangal
Kudumbam Oru Kadambam Parvathi
Madhumalar
Palaivana Solai Geetha
1982Vadivangal
Marumagale VazhgaLakshmi
Azhagiya Kanney
Thottal Sudum
Lottery Ticket
Kalyana Kalam
Nandri, Meendum Varuga
Agaya Gangai Sumathi
Gopurangal Saivathillai Arukkani
1983 Veetile Raman Velile Krishnan Chitti
Uruvangal Maralam Lakshmi
Oru Indhiya Kanavu Anamika
Poikkal Kudhirai Guest appearance
Apoorva Sahodarigal
Thai Veedu Geetha
1984Puthiya Sangamam
1985 Sindhu Bhairavi Sindhu
1986 Paalaivana Rojakkal
1987 Manathil Uruthi Vendum Nandini
Ananda Aradhanai
Dhoorathu Pachai
1988 Dharmathin Thalaivan Sumathi
En Bommukutty Ammavukku Lakshmi
1989Thendral PuyalanadhuGautami
En Purushanthaan Enakku Mattumthaan Saradha
1993 Chinna Kannamma Uma
1996 Irattai Roja Geetha
1997 Nandhini Nandhini
Uyirinum Melaaga Veena
2001 Paarvai Ondre Podhume
Chocolate Saradha
2003 Vaseegara Priya's Aunt
Eera Nilam Chinnathayi
2004 Shock Exorcist
2006 Ilavattam District Collector
2007 Satham Podathey Gynecologist
2008 Aegan Shiva's mother
2009Kadhalukku MaranamillaiUnreleased
Balam
2010 Thambikku Indha Ooru
Thillalangadi Krishna's mother
2011 Seedan Thangam
2014 Ramanujan Komalatammal
2015 Kanchana 2 Channel MD
2017 Nibunan Mrs.Emmanuel
Solo Mrs.Vidya Ramachandran
Chennaiyil Oru Naal 2 Sister Lily
Oh Andha Naatkal SindhuUnreleased
2018 Sollividava Madhu's aunt
Abhi & Anu Revathy
2019 Boomerang Gowri Thiruselvan
Kee Valli
2020 Putham Pudhu Kaalai Valli Amazon Prime film; also director and writer for the segment Coffee, Anyone?

Malayalam

YearFilmRole
1980 Pappu Herself
1983 Koodevide Alice
Adaminte Vaariyellu Vasanthi
1984 Thathamme Poocha Poocha Kalyani
Unni Vanna Divasam Anu
Aksharangal Bharathi
AarorumariyatheSudha
Ente Upasana Lathika
1985 Katha Ithuvare Rekha
1986 Pranamam Usha/Thulasi
Rakkuyilin Ragasadassil Janani
1987 Ezhuthapurangal Rajalakshmi
Manivathoorile Aayiram Sivarathrikal Neena
1988 Oohakachavadam Malathy
1989 Oru Sayahnathinte Swapnam Capt. Alice Cherian
1993 Samooham MLA Rajalekshmi
1997BhaaratheeyamRevathy
1999VarnachirukukalAnjali Gupta
Vanaprastham Subhadra
2001 Theerthadanam Vinodini
2002 Nammal Snehalatha
2005 Vacation Celina
2006 Pachakuthira Akash's mother
(Photos only)
2009 Vilapangalkkappuram Dr. Mary Varghese
Nammal Thammil Rosy IAS
Makante Achan Rema
2013 Kalimannu Dr. Sophy
2015 Love 24x7 Dr. Sarayu
Salt Mango Tree Deepika
2017 Solo Mrs.Vidya Ramachandran
2018 Abhiyude Kadha Anuvinteyum Revathy
2022 Marakkar: Arabikadalinte Simham Dagger-14-plain.pngKhadeejumma

Hindi

YearFilmRoleNotes
2015 Waiting Pankaja

As director

YearMovieStarsNotesRef.
1991 Penn TV series; also an actress
1995 Indira Anu Hasan, Arvind Swamy
2020 Putham Pudhu Kaalai Herself, Anu Hasan, Shruti Haasan Anthology film; segment Coffee, anyone? [20]

As a dialogue writer

YearMovieStarsNotes
1993 Thiruda Thiruda Prashanth, Anand, Heera Rajgopal
1997 Iruvar Mohanlal, Prakash Raj, Aishwarya Rai
2010 Ravanan Vikram, Prithviraj, Aishwarya Rai

As camera assistant

YearMovie
1979 Uthiripookkal
1980 Kaali
Johnny
1981 Meendum Kokila
Raja Paarvai
Nandu
1982 Metti

As voice actor

YearMovieDubbed forLanguage
1991 Thalapathi Shobana Tamil
1993 Thiruda Thiruda Heera Rajagopal Tamil
1997 Iddaru (Dubbed version) Tabu Telugu
1998 Uyire (Dubbed version) Manisha Koirala Tamil

Television

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