Veteran film director Mani Ratnam, who rose to fame with ‘Bombay’, was reportedly hospitalized on Tuesday night after he complained of chest pain due to heart attack, early reports said.
He was admitted to Apollo Hospital in New Delhi and is undergoing tests. The director had two minor heart attacks in 2004 and 2009, while working on films “Yuva” and “Raavan”.
His wife and popular actress Suhasini, who has acted in several Telugu and Tamil films, was with him.
Mani Ratnam, known for his proximity to music director A.R. Rahman, was a recipient of Padma Shri from the government and his other films include ‘Saathiya’, ‘Guru’, ‘Raavan’.
Born on 2 June 1956, Gopala Ratnam Subramaniam, or well known as Mani Ratnam, entered films through the Kannada film ‘Pallavi Anu Pallavi’ in 1983 that was not able to make money but did bring him good name and an award for the best screenplay at the Karnataka State Film Awards.
Later his film in ‘Malayalam Unaru’ (1984), and in Tamil ‘Pagal Nilavu’ and ‘Idhaya Kovil’, both in 1985 were okay but success came after ‘Mouna Ragam’ (1986) which established him as a leading director in Tamil cinema. He followed that with the ‘Godfatheresque Nayagan’ (1987) and his Telugu film ‘Geethanjali’ won him multiple Nandi Awards apart from the National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment.
His next release ‘Anjali’ (1990) was India’s submission for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and he made his “Terrorism trilogy” with ‘Roja’ (1992), ‘Bombay’ (1995) and ‘Dil Se..’ (1998). In 2010, he was honoured with Jaeger-Lecoultre Glory to the Filmmaker at the 67th Venice International Film Festival.
His latest film ‘O Kadhal Kanmani’ was released on April 17 this year.