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Mani Ratnam was born on June 2nd 1955 at Madurai, South India. He is a commerce graduate from Madras University with a Masters in Business Administration from the Jam natal Bajaj Institute of Management, Bombay. He was honored with the Prestigious "Padmashree Award" in 2002, by the President of India.
Indian director Mani Ratnam has built a considerable standing at home as well as in the rest of the world. For the last twenty years he has made as many films, developing an ability to combine important themes with solid storytelling. Ratnam's films are great commercial successes, at the same time garnering praise from critics. Thus, with his trademark of combining art and commercial success, Ratnam has brought a new dimension to South Asian film.
His work is influenced by American films, from The Godfather to Singing in the Rain. In several films Ratnam uses Bollywood's song and dance numbers, but in a sophisticated way. A typical "Ratnam movie" integrates music with plot, social commentary, political satire and fantastic melodious interludes.
In addition they often handle themes like class and religious conflicts, Indian history and politics or relations between East and West. Films from the South screens his brand new production A Peck on the Cheek, and the classic Bombay, a real, expensive Bollywood movie, with a political agenda.
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