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After the stupendous success of Roja and Bombay, Mani Ratnam became one of the most admired commercial filmmakers in India. But his first Hindi film Dil Se..., starring Shah Rukh Khan and Manisha Koirala, was a disappointment.

He then made the Tamil film Alai Payuthey, a love story starring Madhavan and Shalini. It was a huge commercial hit all over South India. The music of Alai Payuthey by AR Rahman was just as big a hit. Alai Payuthey was remade in Hindi by Shaad Ali as Saathiya.

Ratnam then made the serious film, Kannathil Muthamittal, starring Madhavan and Simran. Unfortunately, it was not lapped up by the public the way they did his earlier film.

His latest film is being readied in two versions: Ayutha Ezhuthu in Tamil and Yuva in Hindi (starring Ajay Devgan, Vivek Oberoi, Abhishek Bachchan, Rani Mukerji, Kareena Kapoor and Simran), shot simultaneously.

Text: Shobha Warrier
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