Birthday special: I, Enthiran, Anniyan – Director Shankar’s 5 best films!

As the auteur celebrates his 52nd birthday, Bollywoodlife brings you 5 films of Shankar which depicts his best work

Born on August 17, 1963, in the small town of Kumbakonam, Shanmugam Shankar graduated as a Mechanical Engineer. The ace director got his first break as script writer when producer SA Chandrasekhar spotted his talent by watching  one of his stage plays. After assisting many filmmakers, Shankar got his big opportunity in 1993, when he made his directorial debut with Gentleman, which became a blockbuster hit. Shanmugam Shankar also won the Filmfare Award for Best Director for Gentleman.

Since then the filmmaker has never looked back, delivering smashing hits, one after the other like Kadhalan, Indian, Jeans and so on. On the occasion of the dynamic directors birthday, we bring you five best films of Shankar from his two decade long career:


Director Shankar’s second film, Kadhalan, starring Prabhu Dheva and Nagma in lead roles, is not just any run of the mill love story. While the plot may not be novel, it is the treatment of the story from the auteur that makes Kadhalan stand out from rest of the films. With this film, Shankar showed his prowess as a filmmaker who has a knack for visual brilliance. This commercial film made big money not only at Kollywood box office but also in Bollywood as its Hindi dubbed version Hum Se Hai Muqabula raked moolah at the Bollywood box office.


This 1999 political entertainer, starring Action King Arjun and Manisha Koirala, brings out the best from the director as he not only makes a crowd pleasing  flick but also gives a social commentary, showing the true power which each and every common man possesses. Mudhalavan showcased Shankar’s love for mega budget movies as the ace filmmaker never left any stone unturned to shoot his film in a grand level. The film was later remade in Hindi by Shankar titled as Nayak with Anil Kapoor and Rani Mukerji in lead.


Being one of the first films to put the spotlight on split personality disease, Shankar’s Anniyan surprised everyone with its unique story line and the auteur’s deft touch in handling a complex film with ease. The way the three personalities where handled in the film, without any confusion, creating right amount of excitement in what is to come, shows Shankar’s growth as a filmmaker of high esteem.


The 2010 Rajinikanth-Aishwarya starrer paved way to various technological advancements in Indian cinema as director Shankar gave Hollywood films a run for their money with blockbuster Enthiran. The film was not only the biggest money grosser of the year, but was raved by fans and critics alike for the sheer grandness of it. With Enthiran 2 in the pipeline, we believe that Shankar will go all guns blazing to churn out yet another visual spectacle.


One of the biggest blockbusters of the year, Vikram-Amy Jackson starrer I again gave a proof of director Shankar’s brilliance in delivering breath taking visuals. Be it songs or fight sequences, Shankar’s cinematic craftsmanship was always on top. The way he recreated the tale of beauty and the beast in the song Ennoda Nee Irundhaal is one of the biggest highlights of I.