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Suhasini Mani Ratnam, commonly known as Suhasini (born 15th August 1961, is an award winning south Indian actress. She made her film debut in 1980 with the Tamil movie Nenjathai Killathe.
Suhasini was born in Chennai, the daughter of actor of Charu Hasan - the elder brother of Kamal Hassan. In 1988, she married Mani Ratnam. The couple have a 15-year old son. Suhasini is a trained Cinematographer , the first girl student to graduate from the Madras Film institute.
In 1996, Suhasini stepped into direction, helming her first film Indira. She also wrote the screenplay for the film. The project was produced by G.V films . She and husband Mani Ratnam, are both involved in the running of their production company Madras Talkies, along with G. Srinivasan.
She won the coveted National Film Award for Best Actress in 1986 for her role in the 1985 Tamil film Sindhu Bhairavi, directed by K. Balachander.
She has acted in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada as well as Malayalam films. She was introduced to Malayalam cinema through Padmarajan's Koodevide 1983, which also featured Mammootty. Her role in the AFI Fest nominated feature Vaanaprastham (1999), which starred Mohanlal was particularly well received.
Suhasini is a good costume designer and a hobby hairstylist. She is also a very social and friendly co-star. She has helped a lot of her close friends like Sumalatha, Radhika Sarathkumar, Revathy, Vijayashanthi and Radha with their hair styles and make up. During the tough times of Radhika Sarathkumar, Suhasini has been very protective of her and lent a shoulder.