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This is Suhasini Mani Ratnam, and the poster is from her award winning film Vanaprastham. of south India's most powerful filmmaker couple — Suhasini and her filmmaker husband Mani Ratnam. Actors like Kamal Haasan, who is such a genius, has never played Engine Quiz - Most Men Can't Pass!. Kamal Haasan, an actor known to his fans as "hero of the world", Hassan's elder brother, Charuhasan, and his niece, Suhasini Maniratnam. She married film director Mani Ratnam in and the couple has a son Nandan born .. Charuhasan is the elder brother of veteran film actor Kamal Haasan.
What is your favourite journey? To Maldives with my son and husband. We went twice when he was a child. Who is your favourite painter? Rembrandt for his chiaroscuro. The lighting in his paintings is a lesson for any cinematographer. I also love Ravi Varma for celebrating Indian beauty I lose myself when I see his paintings. What do you consider the most overrated virtue? Religious discipline when misplaced. Piousness or blind faith.
'Mainstream films are absolutely unbearable'
On what occasion do you lie? I fall ill the next moment from asthma or paralysis. What do you dislike most about your appearance?
I am basically okay with everything. But I have a symmetry problem with my eyebrows. I feel one is higher. Which living person do you most despise? I can never despise a person, only what he does. Oh there are plenty of actions I despise. Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
Talk to you later. What is your greatest regret? These are a few of my million regrets. What or who is the greatest love of your life? My love is music I do not give too much importance to love and romance. Having said that, Mani is my greatest love. He's a chronic romantic. When and where were you happiest? When our Hasan family reconciled with my uncle in September, in Chennai.
Ego and righteousness of the previous generation cost us 20 years of divide. We sorted it out in What is your present state of mind? Cluttered, raring to go, active, crowded, into too many things but very calm and content.
How would you like to die? I am not into the mother sentiment, really. My heart is not into this ideal mother role; it does not work for me. However, I was really interested in playing Ramanujan's mother. She had five other children but concentrated on Ramanujan because she knew he was special. I told music composer A. Rahman that he should see the film.
After his father died, his mother was responsible for his success. I told Rahman — it is your mother's story. How did you approach the role? Being a Tamil Iyengar myself, I could identify with the role completely.
I sourced jewellery and nine-yard saris reminiscent of what Brahmin women wore at that time. I combined the personalities of my mother's grace and talkative nature and my grandmother's way of getting things done quietly.
Often our onscreen personas are different from who we are. Actors like Kamal Haasan, who is such a genius, has never played a role close to what he is in real life. Telugu actor Chiranjeevi has a great sense of humour. You will constantly laugh if you sit beside him. But he has done just serious roles. Tell us something about the film you are working on with former cricketer Venkatesh Prasad. The film is bilingual.
The Kamal Haasan-Mani Ratnam Family Tree
In Kannada, it is called Sachin! It is about a boy who is autistic and wants to be a cricketer like Sachin. I am his older sister in the film.
The film is about including autistic children in society. I have a son who is 22 years old, and here I am playing an elder sister to a year-old boy. I had to lose weight and look athletic, while for Ramanujan I had to look like a year-old mother.
What is your opinion about the rise of independent cinema in India? The Tamil film industry started making such films a long time ago, with films such as Nenjitha Killathai, Palaivanai Cholai, Sindhu Bhairavi.
It's only now that Hindi films are trying to be regional. They have a typical Punjabi family wedding or a film like Shahid which is about Mumbai and being a Muslim. I believe, it is the heroes of any film industry who resist change. Thank god, we had a Sivaji Ganesan who was not averse to tragedy and knew that a good performance — rather than a big production or a big heroine — could bring in the audience.
Kamal too accepted different films. That is not true in other industries. Aamir and Shah Rukh Khan are still doing stereotypical roles. I don't think Amitabh Bachchan attempted anything different — except the angry young man image — in his time.
Independent cinema still has to fight with mainstream films. I stopped seeing mainstream films 15 years ago. They are absolutely unbearable. I feel I am middle aged in that sense. I only like non-fiction — after 30 pages of fiction, I think: I do chat shows on TV or motivational speeches.