About The Speaker
Suhasini Maniratnam — Jury Member
Born in Tamil Nadu, Suhasini Mani Ratman left a Bachelor of Science - Physics course to join a cinematography course. During her time at the film institute, she worked in 12 feature films as camera assistant and also acted in a Tamil feature film ‘Nenjathai Killade’. It fetched her the state award for the best actress in 1981, setting the stage for a successful career in which she has acted in over 200 films in 4 different languages. A multi-faceted personality, she has co-written some movies with her filmmaker husband Mani Ratnam. She is an active spokesperson for several NGOs, and founded The Duchess Film Club which enables film lovers to watch films of international acclaim. Suhasini also runs a trust called Naam Foundation, which works towards empowering single women in Tamil Nadu.