Shankar, the ‘showman’ of Indian films, is 50 now

Director-ShankarShankar, who is considered as the ‘showman’ of Indian films after the likes of the legendary Raj Kapoor and Subhash Ghai, turned 50 a few days back. Shankar shares his birthday with actor Ajun as both of them celebrated their birthdays last week on the day when the nation celebrated its 67th Independence Day.

Superstar Rajinikanth led Kollywood in wishing Shankar a ‘golden jubillee’ birthday. Rajini and Shankar share excellent relationships after delivering two back-to-back blockbusters in Sivaji: The Boss and Enthiran: The Robot, the latter being cited widely as the most successful Indian film ever made.

Shankar started off as an assistant director under S.A. Chandrasekar and debuted as a director with the Arjun-Madhu starrer Gentleman almost two decades back. Known for making films with grandeur, Shankar hasn’t met with failure as a director quite often except for Boys and the Bollywood version of Mudhalvan, Nayak. Shankar, who has directed 11 films so far, is now making his 12th film in the form of the Vikram-Amy starrer I.

Shankar’s ‘thing big; implement bigger’ syndrome has made him as the ‘showman’ of the country as he follows the legacy set by the legendary Raj Kapoor and Subhash Ghai, who has made films such as Khalnayak and Pardes. Though Shankar’s film-making instincts have made him almost an iconic figure, the north Indian press appears so reluctant to brand him as the next ‘showman’ of India.

Notwithstanding this, Shankar celebrated his birthday in style. Vikram and A.R. Rahman were also among those who wished him a happy birthday.

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