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Suhasini Maniratnam
Born Suhasini Charuhasan
(1961-08-15) 15 August 1961 (age 52)
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Residence Alwarpet, Chennai, India
Occupation actress, film director, film producer, writer
Years active 1980–present
Spouse(s) Mani Ratnam
Children Sravan
Relatives Charuhasan (father)
Chandrahasan (uncle)
Kamal Haasan (uncle)
Anu Hasan (cousin)
Shruti Haasan (cousin)

Suhasini Maniratnam (born Suhasini Charuhasan, on 15 August 1961) is an Indian film actress known for her works in South Indian Cinema. She made her film debut in 1980 with the Tamil film Nenjathai Killathe for which she won the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actress. Suhasini has won the National Film Award for Best Actress for Sindhu Bhairavi in 1986.[1][2] She has received four Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Kannada, and a Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu, and has garnered state awards like, Tamil Nadu State Film Awards, Nandi Awards and Kerala State Film Awards.[3]

Early life and career

Suhasini was born to Charuhasan, on 15 August 1961 in Chennai in the prominent Hassan family. In 1988 she married Mani Ratnam, and has a son.[4][5][6]

Film career

Suhasini started her career as a camera assistant to Ashok Kumar and later went on to become an actress.[7] Suhasini has acted in Kannada, Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam films. She started her career as a make-up artist for several leading actors at that time. She is extremely popular in Kannada movies. Her films Bandhana directed by Rajendra Singh Babu and Suprabhatha, directed by Dinesh Baboo was a blockbuster, and thus became one of the most bankable stars of Kannada cinema of the time.

Muttina Haara (1990) with Vishnuvardhan directed by Rajendra Singh Babu, Benkiyalli Aralida Hoovu (1983) directed by K. Balchander, Hendthig Helthini and Amruthavarshini directed by Dinesh Babu were all run away hits. Her work in Mathad Mathad Mallige with Vishnuvardhan directed by Nagathihalli Chandrashekhar, Eradane Maduve and its sequel Mathondu Maduve directed by Dinesh Baboo. Her combination with Dr.Vishnuvardhan is considered as one of the best and rare combinations of South Indian Cinema and the duo have acted together in many blockbuster films that include Bandhana, Suprabhatha, Muthina Haara, Hendthig Helthini, Himapatha, Mathad Mathad Mallige, School Master etc.

She was introduced to Malayalam cinema through Padmarajan's Koodevide (1983), which also featured Mammootty. Her role in the AFI Fest-nominated feature Vanaprastham (1999), which starred Mohanlal, was particularly well received. She won the National Film Award for Best Actress in 1986 for her role in the 1985 Tamil film Sindhu Bhairavi, directed by K. Balachander. In 1996, Suhasini stepped into direction with Indira. She also wrote the screenplay for the film. The project was produced by G. V. Films. Suhasini and her husband Mani Ratnam are involved in the running of their production company Madras Talkies, with G. Srinivasan.


National Film Awards
Kerala State Film Awards
Tamil Nadu State Film Awards
Nandi Awards
South Indian International Movie Awards
  • Nominated—SIIMA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting RoleGabbar Singh (2012)
Filmfare Awards South


As actress

As actress

As director

  • Indira (1996)
  • Penn (television show) (1991)

As a dialogue writer


External links

  • Internet Movie Database

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