Mani Ratnam’s Birthday Special: Top 5 Binge-Worthy Visionary Hits From Tollywood’s ‘King Of Romance’

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On Mani Ratnam’s 67th birthday, let’s take a look at some of the exceptional narrative films blessed with brilliant direction and unique storytelling.

Legendary filmmaker Mani Ratnam celebrates his 67th birthday today. The creator of the recently released period drama, ‘Ponniyin Selvan’ received an epic response at the box office. However, Mani Ratnam’s movies always generate high expectations among viewers and his work and collection are also seriously praised by international waves.

Known for his beautiful saga of romantic movies over the years, he has delivered some intrinsic and emotional romantic hits that are worth binge-watching. Let’s look at our top 5 picks among the lot.


The film was released in 1987 and featured Kamal Haasan in the lead role. A sweet action family drama with a dash of romance and emotional comedy, it was all-in-one entertainment and was a critical and commercial success. With the performances on point, the film’s direction and script were also praised, while the film received a rating of 8.6 out of 10 on IMDB.

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One has played the songs from ‘Roja’ that are the definitive classic. Starring Arvind Swamy and Madhoo Bala in the lead role, it is one of Mani Ratnam’s best directors. The musical drama is still popular, however it was released in 1992 and was a box office success receiving an IMDB rating of 8.1 out of 10.


Another Mani Ratnam direction that received immense praise and was a sensational pan-India hit was the Arvind Swamy and Manisha Koirala starring ‘Bombay’. The film also featured Sonali Bendre in the lead role, where AR Rahman’s music and Rajiv Menon’s photography won multiple hearts and received a high rating of 8.1 out of 10 on IMDB.

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A cult classic in the Gen-Z generation, this Shah Rukh Khan and Manisha Koirala lead was every romantic couple’s dream. from the director and premiered in 1998, receiving a 7.5 on IMDB 10.


Guru showcased the best performances of Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan on screen where the film had a good box office run and captured the geographical history of famous Indian businessman Dhirubhai Ambani and his steps to success. The film received an IMDB rating of 7.7 out of 10.

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