Even as people file into theatres to watch Guru, rediff.com decided to take a look back and explore the master filmmaker, through his finest films.
Here's a brief chronology of films that should not be missed:
Mouna Raagam (1986)
This was arguably the film that announced Mani Ratnam to the Tamil film industry as a talent to watch out for. An excellent script by Ratnam himself, cinemotagraphy by PC Sriram and a lilting score by Illayaraja made it a hit with both critics and moviegoers.
The storyline is about a newly-married woman (Revathy) who refuses to forget her ex-lover (Karthick) in favor of her husband (Mohan). The latter graciously agrees to divorce her, but only after the court-stipulated one-year period. The film is about the re-drawing of emotional boundaries during that period in limbo -- told with sensitivity, and a surprisingly sure touch from a novice.
Text: Satyajit Chetri | Design: Uday Kuckian
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