Two of South's most illustrious cinematic families - of Mani Ratnam and Kamal Haasan - are linked by marriage.
Ratnam Iyer: Mani Ratnam's father Ratnam Iyer was a film producer who worked under the banner Venus Pictures. In this Reuters photo Mani Ratnam is seen with Aishwarya Rai.
G Srinivasan: Producer of 'Guru' and director Mani Ratnam's brother, G Srinivasan, died in a trekking accident in Manali at the age of 48 years. In this photo, Mani Ratnam is seen with his Raavan cast Aishwarya Rai.
Suhasini, Mani Ratnam's wife, is seen in this Reuters photo. G Venkateswaran: Known in the Tamil film industry as GV, G Venkateswaran was a producers and the eldest son of Ratnam Iyer. He was the older brother of acclaimed director Mani Ratnam and G Srinivasan. GV Films was one of the first movie companies in India to raise capital through the stock market. He committed suicide in 2003.
Gopala Ratnam Subramaniam Iyer is a filmmaker, screenwriter and producer.
Ratnam tasted his first commercial success with the 1986 hit Tamil romantic drama Mouna Raagam starring Revathi and Mohan. Subsequently, his film Nayagan starring Kamal Haasan was also a huge success.
Kamal Haasan married danseuse Vani Ganapathy (L) in 1978. She was also the costume designer for Haasan. They separated after 10 years together. The photo is a screengrab from a television programme.
He is a screenwriter, producer and director in addition to being one of the finest actors Indian cinema has seen. He has won four National Awards along with numerous other awards. Kamal Haasan was born in in Tamil Nadu. His father D Srinivasan was a criminal lawyer and his mothers name was Rajalakshmi. He is an Iyengar Brahmin.
Kaman Haasan has two brother, Charu and Chandra Haasan. Anu Haasan (above) is a Tamil actress and TV anchor and made her film debut in the highly acclaimed film Indira (1995). She is the daughter of Kamal Haasan's elder brother Chandra Haasan. Anu hosts the celebrity talk show Koffee with Anu on the Tamil channel Vijay. A Vijaya TV grab is seen showing its Koffee With Anu programme.
Kamal Haasan lived together with actress Sarika from 1988, opting to marry only after having their second child. They have two children Shruti Haasan and Akshara Haasan. Sarika and Kamal filed for divorce in 2002.
Kamaal Haasan was said to be having a torrid affair with his co-star in several films, actress Srividya. Their relationship was portrayed in the 2008 Malayalam film Thirakkatha by Renjith with Anoop Menon portraying Kamal Haasan and Priyamani playing Srividya.
One of Indian cinema's best method actors, Kamaal Haasan started his illustrious career as a child artist at the age of four in the film Kalathur Kannamma.
Kamal is said to have had an intimate relationship with co-star Simran Bagga, twenty-two years his junior leading to his divorce with his wife Sarika.
Suhasini: The niece of Kamal Haasan, and the wife of Mani Ratnam (above) is a National Award-winning actress and a well-known filmmaker.
Suhasini has won a National Film Award for Best Actress for Sindhu Bhairavi in 1986. Above is a poster of the film.
She had a traumatic breast cancer experience. Gouthami Tadimalla is seen in this film still.
Kamal Haasan lives with former actress Gouthami Tadimalla, who starred with him in several films in the late 80s and early 90s. Gouthami Tadimalla is seen in this film still.
Along with Shruti and Akshara, Gouthami's daughter, Subbalakshmi, from an annulled marriage also lives with them. Gouthami Tadimalla is seen in this film still.
He made his directorial debut with the Kannada film Pallavi Anu Pallavi starring Anil Kapoor in 1983. He is known as one of the greatest directors in history of Indian cinema. He is also credited with turning around the Tamil film industry. The photo above is a still from Nayakan.
Shruti Haasan, Kamal Haasan's daughter, is an accomplished actress and singer and is the eldest daughter of superstar Kamal Haasan. She has appeared in many films and will be seen in the upcoming film '3' with actor Dhanush. Shruti Haasan has studied at Abacus in Chennai, until the 10th grade, when she moved to Mumbai to study psychology at St Andrew's College.
Akshara Haasan is the youngest daughter of actor Kamal Haasan. Akshara has represented India in Latin Ballroom dancing.