|Born||August 17, 1963
|Years active||1993 - present|
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. 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.
|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|
|1999||Mudhalvan||Arjun Sarja, Manisha Koirala, Raghuvaran||Winner, Filmfare Best Film Award|
|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|