Birth: 17-08-1963,
Shankar is an Indian film director and producer who predominantly works in Tamil cinema. He made his directional debut in Gentleman (1993) for which he was awarded the Filmfare Best Director Award. He is the highest paid film-maker in India among his contemporaries. Shankar was born on August 17, 1963 in Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu, India to Muthulakshmi and Shanmugam. He completed a Diploma Mechanical Engineering in Central Polytechnic College Tharamani. before entering film industry. Shankar began his career as an assistant to film directors like S. A. Chandrasekhar and Pavithran. His first break in Hindi films was as an assistant director to S. A. Chandrasekhar in Jai Shiv Shankar produced by Rajesh Khanna.In 1993, he made his directional debut through Gentleman. Starring Arjun Sarja in the lead role, the film was made with a higher budget in Tamil cinema during that time. A. R. Rahman, the film's composer continued to work with Shankar in his following 6 directorial ventures. Two of his films, Indian (1996) and Jeans (1998) were submitted by India for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. His production venture Veyyil won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil in 2007. In 2007, he was awarded an Honorary doctorate by M. G. R. University. Shankar made the remake of Mudhalvan in Hindi as Nayak, thus making his Bollywood debut. Shankar later worked as the director of Nanban, the Tamil remake of the 2009 Hindi film 3 Idiots starring Vijay, Jeeva and Srikanth. He is generally known for making high-budget films in Kollywood.