15 August 1961
Paramakudi, Madras State
(present-day Tamil Nadu), India
Suhasini Maniratnam ( née Charuhasan; born 15 August 1961)  is an Indian 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 cinematic debut with the 1980, Tamil film. Nenjathai Killathe . Suhasini then won National Film Award for Best Actress for her performance in Sindhu Bhairavi (1985). 
Her paternal cousins Anu Hasan, Shruti Haasan and Akshara Haasan have also since become actresses. 
Suhasini attended the Municipal Elementary School in Paramakudi, before moving to Madras aged 12 to live with her grandmother and uncle Kamal Haasan. 
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.[ citation needed ] She was introduced to Malayalam cinema through Padmarajan's Koodevide (1983), which also featured Mammootty. She appeared in the AFI Fest nominated feature film Vanaprastham (1999), which starred Mohanlal.[ citation needed ]
She has acted with Vishnuvardhan in Bandhana (1984), Suprabhatha (1988), Muthina Haara (1990), Himapatha (1995), Hendithghelthini (1998), Maathaad Maathaadu Mallige (2007) and School Master (2010).[ citation needed ]
She won the National Film Award for Best Actress for her role in the 1985 Tamil film Sindhu Bhairavi , directed by K. Balachander. 
She has worked in Swathi (1984), Manivathoorile Aayiram Sivarathrikal Ezhuthapurangal (1987), Amrutha Varshini (1997), Nuvvu Naaku Nachav (2001), Theerthadanam (2001) and Gabbar Singh (2012) among others.[ citation needed ]
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 Shobana, Revathi, Raadhika and Amala as protagonists.   
Her film Indira was shown in film festivals globally in countries including Belarus and Japan.[ citation needed ] 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. 
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.  
Suhasini and her husband Mani Ratnam have been involved in the running of their production company Madras Talkies since 1997.
Suhasini was appointed the Honorary Consul Of the Grand Duchy Of Luxembourg in 2015. She held the post until 2020. 
Suhasini founded Naam Foundation in 2010 with the objective to empower single women. 
Suhasini married film director Mani Ratnam on 26 August 1988 and the couple has a son, Nandan, born in 1992. 
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This section of a biography of a living person does not include any references or sources .(September 2022)
|Denotes films that have not yet been released|
|1983||Benkiyalli Aralida Hoovu||Kavitha||Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Kannada|
|1988||Suprabhatha||Hema||Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Kannada|
|1990||Muthina Haara||Annapurna||Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Kannada|
|2000||Yaarige Saluthe Sambala||Lakshmi|
|Swalpa Adjust Madkolli|
|2001||Ellara Mane Dosenu|
|2007||Maathaad Maathaadu Mallige||Kanaka|
|2011||Sanju Weds Geetha||Lakshmi|
|2014||Sachin! Tendulkar Alla||Sakshi Dinesh||SIIMA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role - Kannada|
|2017||Masti Gudi||Chief Minister|
|2018||Prema Baraha||Madhu's aunt|
|Ambi Ning Vayassaytho||Nandhini|
|Ayushman Bhava||Harshini Prasad|
|Swati||Swathi|| Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu |
Nandi Award for Best Actress
|Sravanthi||Sravanthi||Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu|
|Sirivennela||Subhashini||Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu|
|President Gari Abbai||Latha|
|Samsaram Oka Chadarangam||Uma||Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu|
|Aakhari Poratam||Sunadha Mala|
|1993||Ratha Sarathi||Dr. Shakunthala|
|1997||Pelli Pandiri||Dr. Prabhavathi|
|Iddaru||Dubbed voice for Tabu (actress)|
|2000||Sakutumba Saparivaara Sametam||Vaani|
|2001||Nuvvu Naaku Nachav||Sujatha|
|Valliddari Vayasu Padahare|
|2007||Sri Mahalakshmi||Lakshmi's sister|
|2008||Amma Cheppindi||Bose's mother|
|2010||Leader||Rajeswari Devi||Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Telugu|
|2011||Bhale Mogudu Bhale Pellam||Madhavi|
|2012||Sri Vasavi Vaibhavam||Goddess Kanyaka Parameswari|
|Gabbar Singh||Gabbar Singh's mother||Nominated, SIIMA Award for Best Supporting Actress (Telugu)|
|Uu Kodathara? Ulikki Padathara?||Suguna|
|2018||Tholi Prema||Aditya's mother|
|Touch Chesi Chudu||Shalini's mother|
|2019||Yatra||Sabitha Indra Reddy|
|Gurthunda Seethakalam||Dr. X|
|2023||Mr. Pregnant||Doctor||Post- production |
|1979||Uthiripookkal||Debut as camera assistant.|
|1980||Kaali||As camera assistant.|
|Johnny||As camera assistant.|
|Nenjathai Killathe||Viji||Debut film as an actress. Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actress Nominated - Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil|
|Kudumbam Oru Kadambam||Parvathi|
|Palaivana Solai||Geetha||Nominated - Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil|
|Meendum Kokila||As a camera assistant|
|Raja Paarvai||As a camera assistant|
|Nandu||As a camera assistant.|
|Nandri, Meendum Varuga|
|Gopurangal Saivathillai||Arukkani||Nominated - Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil|
|Metti||As a camera assistant.|
|1983||Veetile Raman Velile Krishnan||Chitti|
|Oru Indhiya Kanavu||Anamika|
|Poikkal Kudhirai||Guest appearance|
|1985||Sindhu Bhairavi||Sindhu|| National Film Award for Best Actress |
Nominated - Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil
|1987||Manathil Uruthi Vendum||Nandini|
|En Bommukutty Ammavukku||Lakshmi||Nominated - Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil|
|En Purushanthaan Enakku Mattumthaan||Saradha|
|1991||Penn||Director: TV Series: Also an actress.|
|Thalapathi||Dubbed voice for Shobhana|
|Thiruda Thiruda||Dialogue writer: Dubbed voice for Heera Rajagopal|
|1998||Uyire||Dubbed voice for Manisha Koirala|
|2001||Paarvai Ondre Podhume|
|2010||Thambikku Indha Ooru|
|2014||Ramanujan||Komalatammal||Nominated - Vijay Award for Best Supporting Actress|
|2015||Kanchana 2||Channel MD|
|Chennaiyil Oru Naal 2||Sister Lily|
|Oh Andha Naatkal||Sindhu||Unreleased|
|Abhi & Anu||Revathy|
|2020||Putham Pudhu Kaalai||Valli||Amazon Prime film; also director and writer for the segment Coffee, Anyone?|
|1984||Thathamme Poocha Poocha||Kalyani|
|Unni Vanna Divasam||Anu|
|1987||Ezhuthapurangal||Rajalakshmi||Kerala State Film Award for Best Actress|
|Manivathoorile Aayiram Sivarathrikal||Neena|
|1989||Oru Sayahnathinte Swapnam||Capt. Alice Cherian|
|2001||Theerthadanam||Vinodini||Kerala State Film Award for Best Actress|
|2006||Pachakuthira||Akash's mother||Photo appearance|
|2009||Vilapangalkkappuram||Dr. Mary Varghese|
|Nammal Thammil||Rosy IAS|
|2015||Love 24x7||Dr. Sarayu|
|Salt Mango Tree||Deepika|
|2018||Abhiyude Kadha Anuvinteyum||Revathy|
|2021||Marakkar: Arabikadalinte Simham||Khadeejumma|
Sindhu Bhairavi is a 1985 Indian Tamil-language musical drama film written and directed by K. Balachander. The film stars Sivakumar, Suhasini and Sulakshana. It revolves around the three lead characters: a Carnatic singer J. K. Balaganapathi (JKB), his wife Bhairavi, and his girlfriend Sindhu. At the peak of his career, JKB gets addicted to alcohol following complications with his affair, and his career goes into a downward spiral.
Saritha is an Indian actress who has acted in more than 500 films in Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada and Telugu languages. She was one of the popular and critically acclaimed lead actresses during the 1980s. She also appeared in a television serial, Selvi. She is also credited as a dubbing artist. She has dubbed her voice for Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam and Telugu movies for actresses like Nagma, Vijayashanti, Tabu, Sushmita Sen, Ramya Krishnan and Soundarya in 1990s.
The Filmfare Best Actor Award is given by the Filmfare as part of its annual Filmfare Awards South for Tamil film lead actors. The Filmfare Awards South Awards were extended to "Best Actor" in 1972. The year indicates the year of release of the film.
S. Charuhasan is an Indian actor, director and retired lawyer who has acted in Tamil, Kannada, Telugu, Malayalam and Hindi films. He won the National Film Award for Best Actor and the Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actor for the Kannada film Tabarana Kathe (1987). Charuhasan is the elder brother of veteran actor Kamal Haasan and father of Indian actress Suhasini.
Mohan is an Indian actor, known for his works predominantly in Tamil cinema, and a few Kannada, Telugu and Malayalam films. He is also known as "Kokila Mohan" after his debut film Kokila (1977), and "Mic Mohan" from numerous roles playing singers using microphones. In 1982, he received the Filmfare Award for Best Tamil Actor for his work in Payanangal Mudivathillai.
The Filmfare Best Director Award is given by the Filmfare magazine as part of its annual Filmfare Awards South for Tamil (Kollywood) films. The awards were extended to "Best Director" in 1972.
Sumalatha is an Indian actress, politician who is the current Member of Parliament in the Lok Sabha from Mandya, Karnataka. She has acted in more than 220 films in Kannada, Telugu, Malayalam, Tamil and Hindi. She gained popularity in Telugu cinema and Malayalam cinema and later married Kannada actor-politician Ambareesh and has a son Abhishek Gowda.
Muttina Haara is a 1990 Indian Kannada-language war-drama film directed by Rajendra Singh Babu. It stars Vishnuvardhan and Suhasini Maniratnam in the lead roles. K. S. Ashwath, Kavya and Ramkumar feature in supporting roles. The film speaks of the toll of warfare on a soldier's family. A portion of the core plot of the film is partially based on Ernest Hemingway's novel, A Farewell to Arms.
Bandhana is a 1984 Indian Kannada-language romantic drama film directed by Rajendra Singh Babu from a screenplay by H. V. Subba Rao and Rajendra Singh Babu, based on a novel of the same name by Usha Navaratnanram. The film revolves around the relationship between a surgeon, Harish and his student Nandini. The film stars Vishuvardhan as Dr. Harish and Suhasini as his protégé Nandini, along with Jai Jagadish, Roopadevi and G. K. Govinda Rao in supporting roles.
Nenjathai Killathe is a 1980 Indian Tamil-language romantic drama film written and directed by Mahendran. The film stars Suhasini, Sarath Babu, Pratap and Mohan. It focuses on a girl who is torn between the man she loved, and the man she married.
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Ashok Kumar Aggarwal was an Indian cinematographer who worked mainly in the South Indian film industry. In a career that spanned nearly four decades, he worked in over 125 feature films in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, and Hindi languages. Aggarwal was a member of the Indian Society of Cinematographers (ISC).
Ezhuthapurangal is a 1987 Indian Malayalam film, directed by Sibi Malayil and produced by Mathew George. The film stars Suhasini, Ambika, Parvathy Jayaram and Murali in lead roles. The film had musical score by Johnson and Vidyadharan. Suhasini Mani Ratnam won the Kerala State Film Award For Best Actress for this film.
Sudha Kongara Prasad Profesionally known as Sudha Kongara is an Indian film director and screenwriter who predominantly works in Tamil cinema. She made her directorial debut with the Telugu film Andhra Andagadu in 2008, and later directed the Tamil film Drohi. In 2016, she directed the bilingual Irudhi Suttru for which she won the Filmfare Award for Best Director – Tamil. She subsequently directed the film's Telugu remake, Guru (2017). In her 15 Year long Career, working over 3 Languages, She Has Won Two National Award, Two Filmfare Award South and Two SIIMA Awards Respectively.
Soundaryan is an Indian music composer. A former ad-jingles composer, he made his debut in the Tamil film Cheran Pandiyan (1991) and then made a breakthrough with his work in Sindhu Nathi Poo (1994).
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Weekend with Stars is a 2017 Indian Tamil language talk show which aired on Zee Tamil on every Sunday at 8:30 pm to 10:00 pm (IST). It debuted on 30 April 2017, aired through 23 July 2017. The show was hosted by Tamil actress and director Suhasini Maniratnam. It is based on the Zee Kannada talk show Weekend with Ramesh.
Penn is a 1991 Indian drama anthology mini-series directed by Suhasini Maniratnam and produced by Charuhasan. The series on Madras Doordarshan featured eight standalone episodes examining the lives of South Indian women. Actresses Revathi, Bhanupriya, Geetha, Raadhika, Amala, Shobana, Saranya and Suhasini herself play the lead roles in the eight episodes, with an ensemble set of other actors in supporting roles. The series has music composed by Ilaiyaraaja, cinematography by G. P. Krishna and editing by B. Lenin and Gopal. The series was released in 1991.
Putham Pudhu Kaalai is a 2020 Indian Tamil-language anthology film, consisting of five short film segments, directed by Sudha Kongara, Gautham Vasudev Menon, Suhasini Maniratnam, Rajiv Menon, and Karthik Subbaraj. The film features an ensemble cast of Jayaram, Kalidas Jayaram, Shruti Haasan, Kalyani Priyadarshan, Andrea Jeremiah, Bobby Simha, M. S. Bhaskar, Ritu Varma, Urvashi, Suhasini Maniratnam, Anu Haasan, Kathadi Ramamurthy, Komalam Charuhasan, Gurucharan C, Leela Samson, Sharath Ravi and Vettai Muthukumar among others. The film was entirely shot during the COVID-19 pandemic in India and was set against the backdrop of the country's 21-day lockdown in March 2020. The film was released on Amazon Prime Video on 16 October 2020. A sequel titled Putham Pudhu Kaalai Vidiyaadhaa released in 2022.
Teejay Arunasalam is an English playback singer and actor of Sri Lankan Tamil origin who has worked in Tamil language films. After making his acting debut in the Tamil film Asuran (2019) alongside Dhanush, he has also appeared in significant roles in Thatrom Thookrom (2020), anthology web series Putham Pudhu Kaalai Vidiyaadhaa (2022) and in Pathu Thala (2023) with Silambarasan.