Suhasini Maniratnam (born 15 August 1961) known commonly as Suhasini, is an Indian actress known for her works in South Indian cinema. She made her film debut in 1980 with the Tamil film Nenjathai Killathe for which she won the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actress. Suhasini won the National Film Award for Best Actress for Sindhu Bhairavi in 1986.
She has received four Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Kannada, one Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu, two Kerala State Film Awards, and has garnered state awards like the Tamil Nadu State Film Awards, Nandi Awards.
Suhasini was born to actor Charuhasan, in Paramakudi, into the prominent Haasan family. She married film director Mani Ratnam in 1988 and the couple has a son Nandan born in 1992.
She is a self-described atheist. In an interview, she said "I don't believe in God, in prayer, in going to temples begging God to give me and my family happiness."
A student of cinematography from the Madras Film Institute, Suhasini started her career as a camera assistant to Ashok Kumar and went on to become an actress. Suhasini has acted in Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu and Kannada films. She started her career as a make-up artist for several leading actors. She is extremely popular in Kannada movies. Her films Bandhana directed by Rajendra Singh Babu and Suprabhatha directed by Dinesh Baboo were blockbusters, and thus she became one of the most bankable stars of Kannada cinema of her time.
Her other films Muttina Haara (1990) with Vishnuvardhan directed by Rajendra Singh Babu, Benkiyalli Aralida Hoovu (1983) directed by K. Balachander, Hendthig Helthini and Amruthavarshini directed by Dinesh Babu were runaway hits in addition to her work in Mathad Mathadu Mallige with Vishnuvardhan directed by Nagathihalli Chandrashekhar, Eradane Maduve and its sequel Mathond Maduvena directed by Dinesh Baboo.
Her collaboration with Vishnuvardhan is considered as one of the best and rarest in South Indian cinema. The duo has acted together in many blockbuster films that include Bandhana, Suprabhatha, Muthina Haara, Hendthig Helthini, Himapatha, Mathad Mathad Mallige, and School Master.
She was introduced to Malayalam cinema through Padmarajan's Koodevide (1983), which also featured Mammootty. Her role in the AFI Fest-nominated feature Vanaprastham (1999), which starred Mohanlal, was particularly well received. She won the National Film Award for Best Actress in 1986 for her role in the 1985 Tamil film Sindhu Bhairavi, directed by K. Balachander. In 1996, Suhasini stepped into direction with Indira. She also wrote the screenplay. The project was produced by G. V. Films.
Suhasini and her husband Mani Ratnam are involved in the running of their production company Madras Talkies, with G. Srinivasan. She is also an anchor in Zee Tamil TV Channel for a talk show interviewing famous movie personalities.National Film AwardsBest Actress – Sindhu Bhairavi (Tamil) (1986)Filmfare Awards SouthBest Actress – Kannada – Benkiyalli Aralida Hoovu (1983)Best Actress – Kannada – Bandhana (1984)Best Actress – Telugu – Swati (1984)Best Actress - Kannada - Suprabhata (1988)Best Actress - Kannada - Muthina Haara (1990)Best Actress - Kannada - Hosa Neeru (1986) - NominatedBest Actress - Telugu - Sirivennela (1986) - NominatedKerala State Film AwardsBest Actress – Ezhuthapurangal (1987)Best Actress – Theerthadanam (2001)Tamil Nadu State Film AwardsBest Actress – Nenjathai Killathe (1980)Special Prize – Indira (1996)Nandi AwardsBest Actress – Swati (1984)Best Supporting Actress – Nuvvu Naaku Nachav (2001)South Indian International Movie AwardsNominated - Best Actress in a Supporting Role – Telugu – Gabbar Singh (2012)Best Actress in a Supporting Role – Kannada – Sachin! Tendulkar Alla (2014)
In order of languages in which she acted the most to least number of films.Uthiripookkal (1979)Jhonny (1980)