Noted filmmaker Mani Ratnam tasted success with the recently released period drama Ponniyin Selvan-1. While the first part of the Chola dynasty movie is getting positive response from the audience, the expectations of the moviegoers have also increased for the second part. Now, as a reminder of Mani Ratnam’s great work, we bring you a list of top 10 Mani Ratnam best movies to watch.
Released in 1987, Nayakan directed by Mani Ratnam stars Kamal Haasan in the lead role. This action family drama was also theatrically released in Telugu as Naikudu and became a super hit here as well. The film has a rating of 8.6/10 on IMDB.
Touted as a romantic drama, Mouna Ragam starring Karthik, Revathi and Mohan in lead roles was a trendsetter when it released in 1986. Along with Mani Ratnam’s execution, Ilayaraj’s music and PC Sriram’s cinematography are major assets for the film. The film has a rating of 8.4/10 on IMDB.
Starring Aravind Swamy and Madhu Bala as the lead pair, Roja is one of director Mani Ratnam’s finest films. This musical family drama is still getting a lot of praise. The film was released in 1992 and became a huge success at the ticket window. This love family drama is rating 8.1/10 on IMDB.
The film was simultaneously released in Telugu as Sakhi and became a huge hit in both the Telugu and Tamil versions. The film has Madhavan and Shalini as the lead pair. Songs composed by AR Rahman are perennial hits. The film has a rating of 8.3/10 on IMDB.
Released in 1991, Thalapathi, starring superstar Rajinikanth and Malayalam star Mammootty in lead roles, was a huge hit at the box office. Santosh Sivan’s cinematography, Ilayaraja’s music and Mani Ratnam’s taking are more beneficial for the film. Thalapathi has a rating of 8.5/10 on IMDB.
Starring Arvind Swamy, Manisha Koirala and Sonali Bendre in lead roles, Bombay was a sensational hit in India. Along with Mani Ratnam, AR Rahman’s music and Rajeev Menon’s photography are the mainstays for the film. The film has a rating of 8.1/10 on IMDB.
Geetanjali is Mani Ratnam’s best romantic drama ever. Released in 1989, Gitanjali has some of the best songs composed by Ilayaraja. The movie features Nagarjuna and Girija as the lead pair and has a rating of 8.3/10 on IMDB.
Released in 1998, Dil Se is Mani Ratnam’s proper Bollywood film which achieved huge success. Starring Shahrukh Khan and Manisha Koirala as the lead pair, this movie has got a rating of 7.5/10 on IMDB.
Starring Mithun Chakraborty, Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai and others in lead roles, Guru earned well at the box office. This film is based on the geographical story of famous businessman Dhirubhai Ambani. The film has a 7.7/10 rating on IMDB.
Anjali is one of those who make the class from Mani Ratnam. The movie starring Prabhu, Raghuvaran, Revathi, Tharun, Shamli (child actors) has got a rating of 8.2/10 on IMDB.