Published: 02nd June 2021
#ThrowbackToday: The visual storyteller Mani Ratnam turns 65 today!
In today's #TBT, we talk about a visionary director who has been regaling us with movies for a very long time now. So come, let's celebrate Mani Ratnam and the wonderful art that he puts out there
If politics excites you, watch Iruvar or Aaytha Ezhuthu. If you want a love story that warms the cockles of your heart, switch to Alaipayuthey or O Kadhal Kanmani. Feel like taking an emotional roller coaster than Mouna Raagam or Kannathil Muthamittal should be your pick. And let's not forget Nayakan or Dil Se, they have a fan base of their own. Everyman director Mani Ratnam has something for everyone.
Born on June 2, 1956 in Madurai, Mani Ratnam hailed from a film family. This inherent passion evolved and became a permanent fixture in his life with his first movie, Pallavi Anu Pallavi. What makes this 64-year-old different is his visual storytelling, using meaningful metaphors to convey to the audience what the characters are actually feeling. You will find many of these easter eggs throughout his movies, if you really look hard. His next directorial venture Ponniyin Selvanial, a historical drama, which he has also written and will co-produce, is much-awaited.
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It's not what you think
It's National Rocky Day. Looking back at 2020 and 2021 feels like they were continuous rocky roads, testing everything we have and forcing us to develop what we don't have. But vaccines are in sight, though delayed, so the end must be around the corner?
But what the day really stands for is a flavour of ice cream in the US. Well...we will take ice cream any day. Anything to make these days feel less dreary.