SUHASINI MANIRATNAM is one of South India’s best-known film personalities.
As an actor, she has featured in countless South Indian language films and is a big star.
She has also directed a number of short and public message orientated film projects – as she tells us in this interview and she describes her directing experience in the video.
She was invited to contribute to a new five film Tamil language anthology – and explains how she came to direct again and what it was like filming under covid safety protocols and how she secured her cousin Bollywood star Shruti Haasan for a role in her self-written film, ‘Coffee anyone’ for the anthology – ‘Putham Pudham Kaalai’ (‘Brand New Morning’/‘New Beginnings’) which also features directors Sudha Kongara, Gautham Vasudev Menon, Rajiv Menon and Karthik Subbaraj. All are stellar names and their films feature both stars and emerging talent.
In some ways, the film is a window into the strength and style of Tamil and South Indian filmmaking and is understood to be the first time, a major international streaming service has commissioned a regional Indian language film anthology on this scale and with such a breadth of talent.
Suhasini also tells us what projects she is working on now.
She also tells us what contribution her husband, the legendary and iconic auteur director Mani Ratnam had on her own film. He is one of India’s best known directors and has been at the helm of several hugely successful Bollywood films – of which Suhasini has helped with the writing.
This interview was conducted on October 22 2020.