7 Movies To Know the Cinema of Mani Ratnam

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Nayakan (1987) - Prime Video

A landmark film in Indian cinema, "Nayakan" is a crime drama loosely based on the life of the Mumbai underworld don Varadarajan Mudaliar. The film stars Kamal Haasan in a powerful performance as the titular character.

Roja (1992) - Netflix

This romantic thriller revolves around the story of a woman whose husband is kidnapped by terrorists. Through her journey to rescue him, the film delves into themes of patriotism, love, and sacrifice.

Bombay (1995) - Prime Video

Set against the backdrop of the Bombay riots of 1992-93, this film follows the love story of a Hindu man and a Muslim woman. Mani Ratnam delivers a poignant narrative backed by A.R. Rahman's soul-stirring music.

Dil Se.. (1998) - Netflix

Starring Shah Rukh Khan and Manisha Koirala, "Dil Se.." is a romantic thriller that unfolds against the backdrop of insurgency in Northeast India. The film's evocative visuals, soulful music, and intense performances make it a quintessential Mani Ratnam masterpiece.

Alaipayuthey (2000) - aha

This romantic drama portrays the complexities of marriage and relationships through the story of a young couple. The film is known for its realistic portrayal of love and conflict, as well as its memorable music by A.R. Rahman.

Guru (2007) - Netflix

Inspired by the life of business tycoon Dhirubhai Ambani, "Guru" is a rags-to-riches tale of an ambitious entrepreneur who builds a vast business empire. Starring Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, the film is lauded for its gripping narrative and strong performances.

Raavanan (2010) - YouTube

A modern-day adaptation of the Indian epic "Ramayana," "Raavanan" explores the complex dynamics between good and evil. With Vikram, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, and Prithviraj in the lead roles, the film offers a fresh perspective on the timeless tale.

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