Mani Ratnam has proved beyond doubt that he is the master among Indian film makers. The latest issue of TIME Magazine has an “All time 100 Best Films” and Mani’s Nayakan (1987) features in the list.
The list was made by noted TIME film critics Richard Corliss and Richard Schickel and contains memorable films like Steven Spielberg’s ET, Francis Ford Coppola’s Godfather- Part 1 & 2, George Lucas Star Wars, Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, Sergio Leone’s The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and the great masters classics Federico Fellini’s 8 1/2, Akira Kurosava’s Yojambo and many others.
The only other Indian films featured in the list are Satyajit Ray’s Appu Triology-Pathar Panchali, Apur Sansar, Aparajito and the great Guru Dutt’s Pyaasa. So Mani Ratnam is in the haloed company and is the only living Indian director to be featured in the list.
Richard Corliss on Mani Ratnam - “Madras- capital of Tamil state is one such place and its leader arguably is India’s top Pop-film auteur- is Mani Ratnam. His movies, often dramatizing social unrest and political terrorism, churn with narrative tension and camera energy that would be the envy of Hollywood directors, if they were ever to see them”.
The tagline of Nayakan in TIME- : “A terrific gangster epic in the Godfather style”.
We at Sify.com salute the master for his incredible achievement.