India’s Spielberg And Splendiferous Maestro Raise A Toast Together

If Hollywood knows to roar high on Spielberg with a cult following through his trophies like Schindler’s List, Jurassic Park, Poltergeist, Lincoln, India had Mani Ratnam to let it bask high on revolutionary stories and tell the story of its spiffing films to the world through his camera, to compete with the biggies using his very scripts like Iruvar, Bombay, Mouna Ragam, Naayagan, Raavanan.

If the world knew to shake a leg and tap a beat to the many noted songs birthed by popular composers, India smiled at Ilaiyaraja, who soared on his many faces, a composer, a singer, a songwriter, lyricist, orchestrator, and conductor-cum-arranger.

The biggies of the film industry who have given Indian Cinema a lot to look back at fondly celebrating their birthdays today as the Music Maestro turns 78 this year, and The Direction Wizard 66.

Mani Ratnam’s films have mostly taken up the silver screens by storm and have left a lot of critics finding words to judge his films. He is known to have done films that are entertainers as well, and surround itself with a mystery, and many of them had the audience leaving the hall with tears to grace their faces.

Mani Ratnam and Ilaiyaraja’s combo is a visual and auditory retreat for everyone who has known and breathed the eld that cinema caresses. The maiden collaboration of Ilaiyaraaja and Mani Ratnam was in ‘Pallavi Anu Pallavi’, a Kannada film. Both the doyens have enriched Indian music, and mainstream cinema through their sheer talent, brilliance, attention to detail. The perfect pair worked in 10 films and has given the world some of the most timeless songs which redefined the concept of screenplay and music which relaxes their crazy heartbeats, bringing on an emotion that only the angels know well to define.

It is to be noted that Ilaiyaraja is a five-time National-Award Winning composer, while Mani Ratnam is a six-time National-Award Winning director. The director’s films highlight many issues in a line, and most of the time, the romances he wishes to touch upon hail high without boundaries.

Some of the dashing songs of the duo include Chinna Chinna Vanna Kuyil (Little Colourful Cuckoos) from his National-Award stealer Mouna Raagam that talked about the dreams of a young bride. The same film went ahead to give a visual retreat with SPB’s arresting voice that had people in command in Nilave Vaa (Come hither, dear moon) and Yamuna Aatrile (In River Yamuna) from Thalapathi that served as a retelling of Karna’s story from the Mahabharata.

Apart from this, the director’s films like Roja, Bombay, Iruvar (The Duo), Naayagan (The leader), Kannathil Muthamittal (If I kiss you on the cheek), Raavanan, Anjali, Chekka Chivantha Vaanam (The deep rouge sky), and Vaanam Kottatum (let the skies pour), Guru, Kadal and a lot more are really talked of. Out of these, Iruvar that dealt with the bosom brotherhood between TN’s Chief Ministers Karunanidhi and MGR was talked about a lot, with critics showering the performances with praise, Anjali, that revolved around a child suffering from Autism and the mother trying hard to suppress her guilt regarding her stole a lot of hearts, and many were a mess when the film ended.

Some of the Music Maestro’s top hits include En Iniya Pon Nilaave, Rakkamma Kaiya Thattu, Ithu oru ponmaalai Pozhutu, Aagaya Gangai, Valaiyosai Kalakala Kalavena. Naan Thedum Sevanthi Poovithu, Nee Oru Kaathal Sangeetham, Thendral Vanthu Theendum Pothu, have taken music lovers by storm over the years and still lie fresh in many minds.

Recently, Mani Ratnam was a part of a film anthology, Putnam Puthu Kalai (A new morning) roared high on a word of mouth. Mani Ratnam’s fans, on the occasion of his birthday, started trending his new venture Ponniyin Selvan, an adaptation of the novel with the same name.


Wishing both these celebrities a very happy birthday!

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