15 August 1961
|Relatives|| Charuhasan (father)|
Kamal Haasan (uncle)
Anu Hasan (cousin)
Shruti Haasan (cousin)
Akshara Haasan (cousin)
Suhasini Maniratnam (born 15 August 1961)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).
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.
Suhasini attended the Municipal Elementary School in Paramakudi, before moving to Madras aged 12 to live with her grandmother and uncle Kamal Haasan.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.
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.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. 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.
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.
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.
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.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 are involved in the running of their production company Madras Talkies since 1997.
She was named the honorary council for the country of Luxembourg.
Suhasini married film director Mani Ratnam on 26 August 1988 and the couple have a son, Nandan, born in 1992.
|Denotes films that have not yet been released|
|1983||Benkiyalli Aralida Hoovu||Kavitha|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|Kudumbam Oru Kadambam||Parvathi|
|Nandri, Meendum Varuga|
|1983||Veetile Raman Velile Krishnan||Chitti|
|Oru Indhiya Kanavu||Anamika|
|Poikkal Kudhirai||Guest appearance|
|1987||Manathil Uruthi Vendum||Nandini|
|En Bommukutty Ammavukku||Lakshmi|
|En Purushanthaan Enakku Mattumthaan||Saradha|
|2001||Paarvai Ondre Podhume|
|2010||Thambikku Indha Ooru|
|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|
|Manivathoorile Aayiram Sivarathrikal||Neena|
|1989||Oru Sayahnathinte Swapnam||Capt. Alice Cherian|
|2006||Pachakuthira||Akash's mother |
|2009||Vilapangalkkappuram||Dr. Mary Varghese|
|Nammal Thammil||Rosy IAS|
|2015||Love 24x7||Dr. Sarayu|
|Salt Mango Tree||Deepika|
|2018||Abhiyude Kadha Anuvinteyum||Revathy|
|2022||Marakkar: Arabikadalinte Simham||Khadeejumma|
|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?|
|1993||Thiruda Thiruda||Prashanth, Anand, Heera Rajgopal|
|1997||Iruvar||Mohanlal, Prakash Raj, Aishwarya Rai|
|2010||Ravanan||Vikram, Prithviraj, Aishwarya Rai|
|1993||Thiruda Thiruda||Heera Rajagopal||Tamil|
|1997||Iddaru (Dubbed version)||Tabu||Telugu|
|1998||Uyire (Dubbed version)||Manisha Koirala||Tamil|
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