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S.A. Shankar
Born August 17, 1963 (1963-08-17) (age 46)
Kumbakonam, India
Occupation Film director,
Film producer,
Years active 1993 - present
Official website

S. Shankar (born 17 August 1963 in Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu, India) is an Indian film director and producer. He often makes movies that have social themes with a commercial narration.[1] He is credited with delivering expensive, high end CGI in most of his films. He basically comes from the Chennai Film Industry and makes movies in Tamil language. His films are often dubbed into other Indian languages like Hindi and Telugu. Shankar initially worked as an assistant director to S. A. Chandrasekhar.



He started his career with Gentleman which grossed very well, then followed by Kadhalan, Indian with Kamal Hassan (Indian submission for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film), Jeans and Mudhalvan which were all mega-blockbusters. He also remade Mudhalvan in Hindi as Nayak: The Real Hero. His next film Boys was a musical blockbuster but grossed moderately in Tamil and Telugu. His film Anniyan a psychological thriller, was a very huge blockbuster hit in Tamil and Telugu languages.

In 2007, he directed and released Sivaji: The Boss with Rajinikanth in the lead role which was an Indian record breaker for the sale of tickets and international popularity, and also one of the highest grossing tamil film. He planned to work with Kamal Hassan again in a film title 'ROBO', that turned into Endhiran which he is currently working with Rajinikanth and Aishwarya Rai, film expected to be released in 2010.

Many of his movies, such as Gentleman and Anniyan, has the protagonist, be played by a Brahmin. However, in recent interviews, he has stated, that it has to do more with the physique of a Brahmin, rather than singling out a specific caste.[2]



As Director

Year Film Cast Notes
1993 Gentleman Arjun Sarja, Madhubala
1994 Kadhalan Prabhu Deva, Nagma, Vadivelu
1996 Indian Kamal Haasan, Manisha Koirala, Urmila Matondkar Indian submission for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film
1998 Jeans Prashanth Thyagarajan, Aishwarya Rai Indian submission for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film
1999 Mudhalvan Arjun Sarja, Manisha Koirala, Raghuvaran
2001 Nayak: The Real Hero Anil Kapoor, Rani Mukerji, Amrish Puri Hindi film
2003 Boys Siddharth Narayan, Genelia D'Souza, Bharath, Nakul
2005 Anniyan Vikram, Sadha, Prakash Raj Winner, Filmfare Best Director Award
Winner, Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Director
2007 Sivaji: The Boss Rajinikanth, Shriya Saran, Suman, Vivek
2010 Endhiran Rajinikanth, Aishwarya Rai, Danny Denzongpa Filming

As Producer

Year Film Cast Notes
1999 Mudhalvan Arjun Sarja, Manisha Koirala, Raghuvaran Winner, Filmfare Best Film Award
2004 Kaadhal Bharath, Sandhya
2006 Imsai Arasan 23am Pulikesi Vadivelu, Monica, Nassar, Tejashree
2006 Veyil Pasupathy, Bharath, Bhavana Menon, Priyanka, Shriya Reddy Winner, National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil
Winner, Filmfare Best Film Award
2007 Kalloori Akhil, Tamannaah Bhatia
2008 Arai Enn 305-il Kadavul Santhanam, Ganja Karuppu, Prakash Raj, Madhumitha, Jyothirmayi
2009 Eeram Aadhi, Nandha, Sindhu Menon, Saranya Mohan
2010 Rettaisuzhi K. Balachander, Bharathiraja, Anjali Filming
Anandhapurathu Veedu Nandha, Chaya Singh Filming

See also

  • S Pictures - Shankar's Production company.
  • S Musics - Shankar's newly formed Audio Record label.


External links


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