Suhasini Maniratnam
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Born
Suhasini Charuhasan

(1961-08-15) 15 August 1961 (age 60)
Paramakudi, Madras State
(present-day Tamil Nadu), India
Occupation
  • Actress
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Writer
Years active1980–present
Spouse(s)
(m. 1988)
Children1
RelativesCharuhasan (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, 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).[2] Suhasini has won 4 Filmfare Awards, 2 Kerala State Awards, 2 Tamilnadu State Awards and 2 Nandi Awards.

Early life

Suhasini was born to actor–lawyer Charuhasan and Komalam in Paramakudi, as the middle child of three sisters. Her elder 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, have been a part of the Tamil cinema industry. Her paternal 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.

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.[5] 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.[6] She acted along with all south Indian top heroes of her time.

Her pairing with Vishnuvardhan is considered one of the best and also unique in South Indian films. The pair has acted together in various blockbuster movies like Bandhana (1984), Suprabhatha (1988), 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.[7]

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 Shobana, Revathi, Raadhika and Amala as protagonists.[8][9][10]

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.[11] 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.[12]

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.[13][14]

Other work

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

Honorary Consul

Suhasini was appointed the Honorary Consul Of the Grand Duchy Of Luxembourg in 2015. She held the post until 2020.[15]

Goodwill and Brand Ambassador

Naam Foundation

Suhasini founded Naam Foundation in 2010 with the foremost objective to empower single women. She strongly believes that empathising with the single women in the underprivileged segment is only the start of change. To create a powerful impact, Naam Foundation developed a very personalized approach to reach out to these women through mentorship. A panel of women volunteers identified as Naam Thozhigal personally take care of these women and keep in touch with them on a daily basis. They also arrange for expert counsellors to work with the women to address the issues that have affected them. The coaches meet once a month to evaluate their work and to discuss new approaches, new resources and to discuss specific issues that need additional focus. These women coaches bring together vast experience in community work and bring with them empathy and commitment to help empower the Naam Women. [1]

Personal life

Suhasini married film director Mani Ratnam on 26 August 1988 and the couple has a son, Nandan, born in 1992.[16]

Awards

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

Filmography

Key
Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released

Kannada

Year Film Role Notes
1983 Benkiyalli Aralida Hoovu Kavitha Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Kannada
1984 Bandhana Dr. Nandhini
1986 Hosa Neeru Bhavana
1988 Suprabhatha Hema Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Kannada
1990 Muthina Haara Annapurna Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Kannada
1991 Usha Usha
1995 Himapatha Sumithra
1997 Amrutha Varshini Veena
Ganga Yamuna Yamuna Cameo
1998 Hendithghelthini Radha
1999 Vishwa Indu
2000 Yaarige Saluthe Sambala Lakshmi
Swalpa Adjust Madkolli
2001 Ellara Mane Dosenu
2003 Annavru
2005 O 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 Won, SIIMA - Best Actress in a Supporting Role
2015 Rebel
Masterpiece Durga
2016 Viraat Chief Minister
Preethiyalli Sahaja
Naani Suraksha
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
TBA Bandhana 2Films that have not yet been released TBA

Telugu

Year Film Role Notes
1981 Kotha Jeevithalu
1982 Manchu Pallaki Gita
1983 Bahudoorapu Batasari Subhashini
Maga Maharaju
Muddula Mogudu Sarala
Subha Muhurtham
Mukku Pudaka Mangatayaru
1984 Nirdhoshi
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
1985 Kongumudi
Muddula Manavaralu
Manglya Bandham
Maharaju
Bullet Usha
Dampatyam Dr.Lalitha
Jackie
Karpoora Deepam Manasa
Sravanthi Sravanthi Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu
1986 Chantabbai Jwala
Sravana Sandhya
Rakshasudu Sumatri
Shanti Nivasam
Sirivennela Subhashini Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu
Mr Bharath
Kirathakudu Swetha
1987 Thene Manasulu
President Gari Abbai Latha
Samsaram Oka Chadarangam Uma Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu
Punya Dampathulu
Punnami Chandrudu
Gouthami Gouthami
Lawyer Suhasini Suhasini
Aradhana Jennifer
Brahma Nayudu
1988 Anna Chellelu Herself Cameo
Bharya Bhartalu
Chuttalabbayi
Varasudochhadu Annapurna
Manchi Donga Madhavi
Ramudu Bheemudu Swathi
Marana Mrudangam Uthpala
Aakhari Poratam Sunadha Mala
1989 Mamathala Kovela
Bala Gopaludu Rekha
Amma Dharani
1990 Chuttalabbai
1992 Akka Mogudu
1993 Ratha Sarathi Dr. Shakunthala
1994 Subhalagnam Meena
1996 Ramudochadu Arundathi
1997 Pelli Pandiri Dr. Prabhavathi
Egire Paavurama Yashodhamma
Iddaru Dubbed voice for Tabu (actress)
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 Devi Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Telugu
Varudu Sandy's mother
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
2013 Baadshah Baadshah's mother
Minugurulu Collector
2014 Legend Jaidev's mother Cameo
2017 Okkadu 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 SeethakalamFilms that have not yet been released TBA
Malli Modalaindi Films that have not yet been released Suja [18]

Tamil

Year Film Role Notes
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
1981 Deiva Thirumanangal
Kudumbam Oru Kadambam Parvathi
Madhumalar
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.
1982 Vadivangal
Marumagale Vazhga Lakshmi
Azhagiya Kanney
Thottal Sudum
Lottery Ticket
Kalyana Kalam
Nandri, Meendum Varuga
Agaya Gangai Sumathi
Gopurangal Saivathillai Arukkani Nominated - Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil
Metti As a camera assistant.
1983 Veetile Raman Velile Krishnan Chitti
Uruvangal Maralam Lakshmi
Oru Indhiya Kanavu Anamika
Poikkal Kudhirai Guest appearance
Apoorva Sahodarigal
Thai Veedu Geetha
1984 Puthiya Sangamam
1985 Sindhu Bhairavi Sindhu National Film Award for Best Actress
Nominated - Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil
1986 Love Birds
1987 Manathil Uruthi Vendum Nandini
Ananda Aradhanai
Dhoorathu Pachai
1988 Dharmathin Thalaivan Sumathi
En Bommukutty Ammavukku Lakshmi Nominated - Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil
1989 Thendral Puyalanadhu Gautami
En Purushanthaan Enakku Mattumthaan Saradha
1991 Penn Director: TV Series: Also an actress.
Thalapathi Dubbed voice for Shobhana
1993 Chinna Kannamma Uma
Thiruda Thiruda Dialogue writer: Dubbed voice for Heera Rajagopal
1995 Indira Director
1996 Irattai Roja Geetha
1997 Nandhini Nandhini
Uyirinum Melaaga Veena
Iruvar Dialogue Writer
1998 Uyire Dubbed voice for Manisha Koirala
1999 Ganesh Vasanth Director
2001 Paarvai Ondre Podhume
Chocolate Saradha
2003 Vaseegara Priya's Aunt
Eera Nilam Chinnathayi
2004 Shock Exorcist
2007 Satham Podathey Gynecologist
2008 Aegan Shiva's mother
2009 Kadhalukku Maranamillai Unreleased
Balam
2010 Thambikku Indha Ooru
Thillalangadi Krishna's mother
Raavanan Dialogue writer
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 Sindhu Unreleased
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

Year Film Role Notes
1980 Pappu Herself
1983 Koodevide Alice
Adaminte Vaariyellu Vasanthi
1984 Thathamme Poocha Poocha Kalyani
Unni Vanna Divasam Anu
Aksharangal Bharathi
Aarorumariyathe Sudha
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
1997 Bhaaratheeyam Revathy
1999 Varnachirukukal Anjali 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
2021 Marakkar: Arabikadalinte Simham Khadeejumma
2022 Madhuram Jeevamritha Bindu

Indian English

Year Film Role Notes Ref.
2003 Stumble Nandini [19]

Hindi

Year Film Role Notes
2015 Waiting Pankaja

Television

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