ShankarPublished: January 24, 2015
Shankar, is an Indian film director and producer who predominantly works in Tamil cinema. His real name is Shankar Shanmugham. Recognized for directing high budget films, he is also a pioneer of vigilante movies in Tamil. He made his directional debut in Gentleman (1993) produced by K. T. Kunjumon, for which he was awarded the Filmfare Best Director Award and the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Director. He is the highest paid film-maker in India among his contemporaries. He has also been declared the CNN-IBN Indian of the Year 2010, in the Entertainment category. Two of his films, Indian (1996) and Jeans (1998), were submitted by India for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. In 2007, he was awarded an Honorary doctorate by M. G. R. University.
Shankar began his career as an assistant to film directors like S. A. Chandrasekhar and Pavithran. His first break in Hindi films was as an assistant director to S. A. Chandrasekhar in Jai Shiv Shankar produced by Rajesh Khanna. In 1993, he made his directional debut through Gentleman. His second film Kadhalan, a romantic-action film was released in the following year, had Prabhu Deva in the lead role. He collaborated with Kamal Haasan for Indian. The film was both critically acclaimed as well as a commercial success. The film was selected as the country’s submission for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Following the success of Indian, Shankar began to work on Jeans, which released in 1998 and became the most expensive film in Indian cinema at that time with a budget of INR 200 million. His musical entertainer film Boys was released in 2003, which received mixed response from the critics and audience, prompting it to do only average business. His psychological thriller Anniyan, featuring Vikram in three distinct characters. He renewed his association with A. R. Rahman with the film. Sivaji was made at a budget of INR 600 million.
The film was produced by South Indian media proprietor, Kalanithi Maran, was renamed as Enthiran and was made on a budget of INR 1.32 billion, the most expensive Indian film. Some reports also make it the highest grossing Indian film, although this cannot be independently verified. After initial reports indicating that Shankar’s next film is entitled to be with Siddharth, Shankar started to work on Nanban, the Tamil remake of the 2009 Hindi film 3 Idiots starring Vijay, Jeeva and Srikanth. Shankar announced his next film named I. A romantic thriller, the film revolved around a former body builder and model exacting revenge upon the people who turned him into a hunchback. Vikram played the lead role, collaborating with Shankar again after Anniyan (2005), while Amy Jackson was the female lead.
|Place of Birth||Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu|
|College||Central Polytechnic College,Chennai|
|Debut movie||Gentleman (Tamil)|
|Awards||Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Director – Gentleman (1993) ,Kadhalan (1994),Anniyan (2005)|
|Parents||Shanmugam – Muthulakshmi|
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Two of his films, Indian (1996) and Jeans (1998), were submitted by India for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film