Rajini greets ShankarPublished: August 17, 2015
And guess what? The Superstar is said to be one among the early birds to greet the ‘mega director’ on his special day today.
Recognized for directing high budget films, Shankar 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 one of the highest paid filmmakers in India. 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 MGR University.
Shankar was born on 17 August 1963 in Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu to Muthulakshmi and Shanmugam. He had completed a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering from Central Polytechnic Chennai, before entering film industry. He was roped into film industry by S A Chandrasekhar for scriptwriting, who accidentally saw the drama stage shows made by Shankar and his team. Wanted to be an actor initially, he chose to be a director instead.