Apart from all being from South, what is the other common factor among them? Shankar is the director of all these. Shankar is the second most expensive film director in India, who is currently charging Rs 40 crore for directing a film. He is one of the few directors in India whose success rate is 100%. Made 13 films in the last 30 years, all have been hits. Today is Shankar’s 60th birthday.
Shankar was an employee of a typewriter manufacturing company after studying mechanical engineering. Was interested in films, wanted to become a hero. Got a chance too, but after a few films, he understood that he cannot become a hero. Then tried his hand at direction. The journey of direction started with the Tamil film Gentleman in 1993 and continues even today.
Along with South Indian films, Shankar also made a Hindi film hero. It was a remake of the South film itself. For this film, Shankar wanted Anil Kapoor to clean his chest hair for a scene, but Anil was adamant. Then Shankar changed the scene in such a way that the scene became better than before and Anil Kapoor did not even have to clean his hair.
Shankar was born on 17 August 1963 in Kumbakonam, District Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu. His full name is Shankar Shanmugam. He did Diploma in Mechanical Engineering from Central Polytechnic College, Thanjavur. After this he started working in a typewriting company. Shankar was always interested in films and wanted to become an actor.
He also used to do the work of making stage shows. He also had a small team. Once on these stage shows famous Tamil filmmaker S.A. Chandrasekhar’s vision fell. He gave Shankar a chance in films as a scriptwriter.
Shankar was hesitant about this offer, as he wanted to become an actor. After much thought, Shankar appointed S.A. Chandrasekhar’s offer was accepted. After this, Chandrasekhar gave him the job of assistant director in the film Jai Shiv Shankar (1990).
Shankar made his directorial debut in 1993 with the film Gentleman. He won the Filmfare Best Director Award for his first film. Apart from this, he also received the Best Director Award at the Tamil Nadu State Film Award.
After this, his two films Indian (1996) and Mudhalvan (1998) were quite successful. They were sent from India to the Academy Award ie Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, but both could not get the nomination.
Shankar tried his luck as an actor along with direction, but he did not get as much success as he got as a director. He worked as an actor in the films Vasanth Ragam and Sita. Apart from this, his special appearances were seen in Indian, Shivaji: The Boss and Nanban.
In 2005, Shankar made a psychological thriller film titled Anniyan (Aparichit) in which superstar Vikram played three characters. This film got tremendous success. After Anniyan, Shankar came into limelight for directing superstar Rajinikanth’s film Sivaji: The Boss. It was the costliest film of that time, with a budget of 60 crores.
10 crores to Shankar to direct this film. The fee was received, while the film’s lead actor Rajinikanth’s fee was Rs 26 crore. Was. It was the highest grossing film of that year. The film made 128 crores. had earned. Apart from this, the name of the film Shivaji was also included in the highest grossing films.
After this, in 2010, Shankar directed another film of Rajinikanth, named Enthiran. This film has also been the highest grossing film of Tamil cinema. The 2018 film 2.0, a sequel to Enthiran, was the seventh highest-grossing film in India. Apart from this, it was also at number nine among the highest grossing films worldwide.
Shankar is known for perfection in his films. He is always famous for trying something new in direction. The 1998 film Jeans was the first film in which Shankar shot a lot on foreign locations instead of India, unlike the rest of his films.
Shankar made the Tamil remake of Rajkumar Hirani and Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s Hindi film 3 Idiots in 2012, titled Nanban. This film made worldwide 150 crores. had earned. Stars like Vijay, Jeeva, Srikanth, Ileana D’Cruz, Sathyaraj acted in the film.
Shankar and AR Rahman started their career together. Rahman has given music in about 12 of Shankar’s films. This series started in 1993 with the film Gentleman and in 2018, Rahman composed music for Shankar’s 2.0 as well. Rahman also won the Best Music Director Tamil Award for Gentleman.
According to media reports, Shankar’s net worth is Rs 150 crore. is around. His monthly income is more than 1.5 crores. He owns a luxury house in Navi Mumbai, which he bought in 2013 for Rs 6 crore. I bought Apart from this, he also has many properties.
Shankar is also fond of cars. He has a luxury car like Rolls Royce Ghost, which costs Rs 7 to 8 crores. is between Apart from this, he also has BMW. Talking about Shankar’s personal life, he is married to Ishwari Shankar, who is a housewife. They have three children – Arjit Shankar, Aishwarya Shankar and Aditi Shankar. Daughter Aishwarya is married to cricketer Rohit Damodaran.
These days Shankar is busy directing ‘Game Changer’ and ‘Indian 2’. Ram Charan and Kiara Advani will be seen in lead roles in ‘Game Changer’. This film will be released next year. According to media reports, Shankar got Rs 40 crore for the direction of this film. Fees are being paid.
In this context, he is second in the list of highest paid directors. The first number is Baahubali director SS Rajamouli, who charges 75 crores for the direction of a film.
Shankar’s second upcoming film is ‘Indian 2’, which is a sequel to his 1996 blockbuster film ‘Indian’. Kamal Haasan will be seen in the film. Recently, the first look of the film was also released, which was well liked on social media.