Mani Ratnam On How Mainstream Cinema Can Be Realistic Yet Entertaining!

By Aditya Savnal. Posted on August 26, 2015

Mani Ratnam is one of the few filmmakers who has never shied from telling stories that concern the people. Be it terrorism (Roja, Dil Se) or the LTTE issue (Kannathil Mutthamittal), his films have not only entertained audiences, but served as food for thought as well.
The prestigious Museum of Moving Images in New York, recently honoured the acclaimed director by showcasing three of his most acclaimed films - Roja, Bombay and Dil Se. The series titled, Politics As Spectacle: The Films of Mani Ratnam showcased the three films from July 31st to Aug 2nd and saw Ratnam participate in a discussion with the audiences after the screening.
The museum aptly summed up the veteran and his oeuvre as "that rarest of film directors" who is "capable of making exquisitely crafted, hugely entertaining, yet intelligent and provocative films on a range of social and political issues."
On this occasion, international TV host Jessica Thomas interviewed the filmmaker who shared his thoughts on his films and his style of filmmaking among other things.
In the course of the interview, Mani Ratnam shares that his intent of making films is to talk about issues that concern him as an individual and the society at large. His films also bridge the divide between artistic and commercial cinema. And he thinks it is possible for mainstream cinema to be realistic yet entertaining. So, it is not surprising that even in this day and age, most films of Mani Ratnam continue to be relevant and timely.

Just in case you missed it, here's part 1 of my sit down with legendary filmmaker Mani Ratnam! :)

Posted by Jessica Thomas on Tuesday, August 4, 2015


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