5 Must-Watch Bollywood Movies Of Mani Ratnam

Farzana Patowari

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Mani Ratnam is a celebrated name in Indian cinema, known for his exceptional storytelling and directorial skills. As the stalwart has given us some of the greatest hits of all time, we take a look at five of his unmissable classics to date: 

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Dil Se…Starring Shah Rukh Khan, Preity Zinta, and Manisha Koirala, Dil Se… is a romantic thriller that takes you on a rollercoaster of emotions. Amarkanth Varma(SRK) falls in love with a woman who rejects him. But, destiny has other plans, and they cross paths again when he's just about to get married to someone else.

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SaathiyaStarring Rani Mukerji and Vivek Oberoi in the lead roles, Saathiya is a beautiful love story that explores the ups and downs of marriage, couples with familial pressure that make matters worse.. The film's soulful music coupled with Ratnam's unmatchable storytelling makes it a cult classic. 

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GuruFeaturing Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan in the lead, Guru is a heartwarming take about a village boy who migrates to Mumbai as he harbours big dreams.The film is based on the life of Dhirubhai Ambani, the founder of Reliance Industries. The film's music and direction were appreciated by critics and audiences alike.

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RaavanStarring Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Raavan happens to be a modern-day adaptation of the Indian epic, Ramayana. The film's story is about a Bandit who kidnaps the wife of a government official. While keeping her hostage, the two fall in love with each other.

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Ok JaanuWith Shraddha Kapoor and Aditya Roy Kapur as the protagonists, Ok Jaanu may not an out and out Mani Ratnam  film, but the storyline and screenplay were written by him, and the film still carries his stamp of excellence. The story centres on a young couple who fall in love but choose to  prioritise their careers over their relationship, leading to a no-strings-attached relationship.