Mani Ratnam Height, Weight, Age, Body Statistics

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Mani Ratnam Quick Info
Height 5 ft 7 in
Weight 75 kg
Date of Birth June 2, 1956
Zodiac Sign Gemini
Spouse Suhasini

Mani Ratnam is an Indian film director, screenwriter, and producer who revolutionized Tamil cinema, each of his movies having a distinct style with beautifully choreographed songs and marvelous background score, along with solid substance. Considered to be one of the most talented directors in India, he has been conferred with numerous awards like the Bollywood Filmfare Awards and the National Film Awards, multiple times, and has been honored with the Padma Shri in 2002 by the Government of India for his contributions to films.

Born Name

Gopala Ratnam Subramaniam

Nick Name


Mani Ratnam at the Museum of the Moving Image as seen in August 2015
Mani Ratnam at the Museum of the Moving Image as seen in August 2015 (Santosh Kumar TK / Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0)

Sun Sign


Born Place

Madurai, Chennai, India


Alwarpet, Chennai, India





He attended Vidya Mandir School in Chennai and Besant Theosophical High School in Kamachha, Varanasi and then went to Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda College, Madras University, graduating with a degree in commerce.

After that, he completed his Master of Business Administration (MBA) in finance from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, Bombay, in 1977.


Director, Producer, Screenwriter


  • Father – S. Gopala Ratnam (Veteran Film Distributor)
  • Siblings – G. Venkateswaran (Older Brother) (Producer), G. Srinivasan (Younger Brother) (Producer)
  • Others – “Venus” Krishnamurthy (Uncle) (Producer)
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5 ft 7 in or 170 cm


75 kg or 165.5 lbs

Mani Ratnam and his wife Suhasini as seen in December 2011
Mani Ratnam and his wife Suhasini as seen in December 2011 (Filmi Tadka / / CC BY-SA 3.0)

Girlfriend / Spouse

He has dated –

  1. Suhasini (1988-Present) – He tied the knot with actress Suhasini in 1988. They have a son named Nandhan (b. 1992).

Race / Ethnicity

Asian (Indian)

Hair Color


However, his hair has turned salt and pepper due to his advancing age.

Eye Color

Dark Brown

Sexual Orientation


Mani Ratnam (Left), Vikram (Center), and Karthik as seen in May 2010
Mani Ratnam (Left), Vikram (Center), and Karthik as seen in May 2010 (Prithviraj Sukumaran / Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0)

Distinctive Features

  • Cheerful smile
  • Wears spectacles

Mani Ratnam Favorite Things

  • Actors He Admired While Growing Up – Sivaji Ganesan, Nagesh, Guru Dutt
  • Director He Admired While Growing Up – K. Balachander
  • Influenced By The Film-Making Styles Of – Akira Kurosawa, Martin Scorsese, Krzysztof Kieślowski, Ingmar Bergman, J. Mahendran

Source – Wikipedia

Mani Ratnam (Right) and Prakash Nikki as seen in December 2013
Mani Ratnam (Right) and Prakash Nikki as seen in December 2013 (Rathi Thevy J / Wikimedia / CC BY-SA 4.0)

Mani Ratnam Facts

  1. He was raised in a conventional, middle-class family where several activities were not allowed including watching a lot of cinema, despite his father being in film distribution.
  2. Mani has disclosed that he was enjoying his life as a well-paid management consultant after completing his MBA and entered into the world of films by accident. He used to enjoy watching movies and during the 70s, he became fed up with the Tamil films that had stagnated and felt even a person without much knowledge in the field would be able to make better films. When friend Ravi Shankar was making a Kannada movie in 1979, Ratnam assisted him in the script and the stint proved to be a turning point in his career as he felt an urge to direct films.
  3. He had collaborated with debutant A. R. Rahman for the soundtrack of his movie Roja (1992) and he continued to be the composer for many of his movies, all being noted for their outstanding songs and scores.
  4. His 1987 film Nayagan was among the only 3 Indian films to be featured in Time magazine’s “All-Time 100 Greatest Movies” list in 2005.
  5. Most of his films have been made within India in a time when it was a trend to run abroad at the drop of a hat.
  6. He has frequently picturized critical moments in rain or in a train.
  7. In real life, Ratnam is a very simple, down to earth person having no airs or attitude that would hint at his being such a towering personality in tinsel town.
  8. He has claimed that he is not a director who performs and shows, he instead prefers to discuss the role and the scene with his actors and leave it to them to bring life to it.
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