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Shankar Nag

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Shankar Nagarakatte 9 November 1954 – 30 September 1990, popularly known as Shankar Nag, was an acclaimed Indian film actor, screenwriter, director, producer and philanthropist who worked primarily in the Kannada film industry Besides films, he established himself as a writer and actor in Television and theatre Widely acclaimed for his visionary filmmaking , he directed and acted in the most talked-about teleserial, Malgudi Days, based on celebrated novelist RKNarayan's short stories He co-wrote 22 June 1897, an Indian national award-winning Marathi film He is the younger brother of actor Anant Nag He has taken the Indian film Industry to worldwide among which Malgudi days is one


  • 1 Early career
  • 2 Later days
    • 21 Directorial debut
    • 22 Malgudi Days
  • 3 Death
  • 4 Legacy
  • 5 Filmography
    • 51 Television
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links

Early career

Shankar Nagarkatte was born on 9 November 1954 in Mallapura, Honnavara His parents were Anandi and Sadanand Nagarkatte Born into a Konkani-speaking family, his family settled in Shirali, a village near Bhatkal in Uttara Kannada of Karnataka State He had an elder sister, Shyamala, and an elder brother, actor Ananth Nag After completing formal education, Shankar moved to Mumbai In Mumbai, he was attracted to Marathi theatre and immersed himself in theatrical activities Incidentally, he met his future wife, Arundhathi during a drama rehearsal He was his mother's favourite son

Nag then shifted base to Karnataka His elder brother Anant had already established himself as an actor and urged Shankar to act in films He was offered a role of a mercenary by Girish Karnad in the epic film Ondanondu Kaladalli 1978 He played Gandugali, a mercenary who earns a position in a rival army after he rescues a few wounded soldiers He wishes to get even with his rival brother, whom he considers his enemy The film was largely based on Akira Kurosawa's masterpiece, Yojimbo Nag's debut film as actor fetched him a national award at the Delhi International Film Festival Thus began his film career, where, in a span of 12 years from 1978 to 1990 he acted in some 80 Kannada movies, as a leading man, besides co-producing with actor-brother Anant Nag and directing some films like Minchina Ota a rare example of a heist movie in Kannada, Janma Janmada Anubandha and Geetha both of which had music by South Indian maestro Ilayaraja

Later days

Commercial film producers took notice of Shankar Nag and he began acting in typical masala movies Seetaramu was Shankar Nag's first commercial movie Shankar was an unconventional hero with an unshaven face, distinct swagger, dark eyes and had a rough voice Although he had never undergone any martial arts training, he earned the sobriquet of Karate King His popular films include Auto Raja, Geeta, SP Sangliana, and Minchina Ota He had also identified himself with the Janata Party in 1980s

Directorial debut

Shankar began his directorial with Minchina Ota This won him seven state awards, including the best film And then came a series of films directed by him Janma Janmada Anubandha, Geetha, Accident which won many state and national awards, Ondu Muttina Kathe with Rajkumar in the lead – loosely based on John Steinbeck's novel The Pearl, Nodi Swamy Navirodu Hige, Lalach and Hosa Theerpu remake of Dushman – his only directorial remakeHis film accident has treated as a landmark and revolutionary in the Indian Cinema

Malgudi Days

Shankar did not limit his efforts to cinema He was equally immersed in theatre and television Malgudi Days is the best example of Shankar's oeuvre on television Prior to globalisation, Doordarshan was the only broadcaster in India In addition to programme production, Doordarshan used to invite private producers to produce television serials Shankar accepted the offer and directed Malgudi Days, based on the collection of short stories by RKNarayan in 1987, under the banner of Padam Rag Films Well known actors Vishnuvardhan and Anant Nag appeared in the serial Master Manjunath, who played the role of impish Swami, became a household name The music, accompanied by the nasal twang "Tananaa tana na naa" on YouTube was composed by L Vaidyanathan The teleserial was shot in Agumbe, Shimoga district, Karnataka Shankar went to direct another teleserial, titled Swami in the same year Malgudi Days has been rated as one of the finest serials ever to be made in the history of Indian television

He anchored the Parichaya program on DD1-Kannada, in its starting days Shankar retained an interest in theatre His brother Anant Nag and he founded SANKET, an amateur theatre group, which still produces plays His first ever directorial effort in Kannada was Anju Mallige by Girish Karnad He continued with productions like Barrister, Sandhya Chhaya Sometime here he was joined by T N Narasimhan who wrote and co-directed Nodi Swamy Navirodu Hige which had, apart from himself, his wife Arundhati Nag and Ramesh Bhat in the cast


Shankar Nag died in a car crash at Anagodu village on the outskirts of Davanagere town on 30 September 1990, during the shooting of his film Jokumaraswamy His wife and daughter, who were in the car with him, were injured but survived the accident His last film as an actor, Sundarakanda, was released a few days after his death

For Sundarakanda, Shankar Nag's voice dubbing was fulfilled by Murali, critically acclaimed dubbing artist in the film industry and the second brother of popular actress Sudha Rani

Nigooda Rahasya, one of his last films also had his brother and the one of the most successful and respected actors Anant Nag complete the voice dubbing for Shankar


Nag is considered one of the most influential, talented, exciting, dedicated and experimental artists in Indian cinema The quick mindedness with no-nonsense thoughts were his strongest characteristics

Many of his stories are still talked about among his fan base which include his visions for development, eradicating poverty, working unitedly for a better society, etc

His films Autoraja, Moogana Sedu, Muniyana Madari, Karmika Kallanalla, Nodi Swamy Navirodu Hige, Indina Bharatha, Accident, Parameshi Prema Prasanga, Lorry Driver, etc were a reflection of his affection towards the working class of the society Not only did he showed it through films, but also had a "big picture" which he was to bring it to the forefront at some point of time in his future life, which unfortunately ended soon

It is also a well known fact that among the celebrity stars of the 1980s, two of the actors were famous for driving the tricky Agumbe ghats with only fingers fiercely and enjoying it One among them was Shankar, the other actor being rebel star Ambareesh, both having terrific interest in cars

Ranga Shankara, a brain child of Shankar is one of the leading theatres for stage plays and an important place for the people of Karnataka as this is one of Shankar's dreams that people take it with their love for plays The committee has Arundathi Nag, Girish Karnad, among others and it is an important stage for not only national plays and event but also for hosting international plays in more than 10 languages

It is because of his film Autoraja that his pictures are found on the auto rickshaws of Karnataka even 25 years after his death This is a record for having the maximum number of autorickshaws having his picture in one form or the other which is a slight edge over all the other actors of Kannada film industry He is a symbol of assurance of hope towards social improvement and a friendly gesture towards each other in the state

There was a project initiated in the 2000s to bring him back to the big screen with an animated movie The director planned to use his character to send out meaningful and positive messages to the society Due to unknown reasons, the project was shelved It was titled Pravadi


YearTitleCredited asRoleNotes
1978SarvasakshiYesMarathi film
Ondanondu KaladalliYesGandugali
National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Kannada
197922 June 1897YesMarathi film
National Film Award for Best Film on National Integration
Preethi Madu Thamashe NoduYesRavi
Madhu ChandraYes
1980Minchina OtaYesYesYesYesKatteKarnataka State Film Award for Second Best Film
Karnataka State Film Award for Best Screenplay
Auto RajaYesRaja
Moogana SeduYesNagaraja
Haddina KannuYes
Ondu Hennu Aaru KannuYes
Aarada GaayaYesMohan
Rusthum JodiYesRamu
Janma Janmada AnubandhaYesYesYesYesShiva Achari
1981Thayiya MadilalliYes
Kula PuthraYes
Hanabalavo JanabalavoYes
Devara AataYes
Bhaari Bharjari BeteYes
Muniyana MadariYesMuniya
Jeevakke JeevaYes
Benki ChenduYes
Karmika KallanallaYes
Nyaya EllideYes
Dharma Daari TappithuYes
1983LalachYesHindi film
Nyaya GeddituYes
Hosa TheerpuYesYes
Chandi ChamundiYes
Keralida HennuYes
Swargadalli MaduveYes
Nodi Swamy Navirodu HigeYesYesYesMysore MathaKarnataka State Film Award for Third Best Film
1984Nagabekamma NagabekuYes
Raktha ThilakaYes
Gandu BherundaYesNayar
Thaliya BhagyaYes
Benki BirugaliYes
Kalinga SarpaYes
Indina BharathaYes
Bedaru BombeYes
Pavitra PremaYes
AccidentYesYesRaviNational Film Award for Best Film on Social Issues
Karnataka State Film Award for Best Film
Aasha KiranaYesKiran
Makkaliralavva Mane ThumbaYesYes
Apoorva SangamaYes
1985Thayi KanasuYes
Parameshi Prema PrasangaYesYesGuest appearance
Manava DanavaYes
Kiladi AliyaYes
Vajra MushtiYes
Kari NagaYes
1986Thayiye Nanna DevaruYes
Naa Ninna PreethisuveYes
The WatchmanYesEnglish film
National Award for Best Feature Film in a language other than those specified in the VIII Schedule to the Constitution
Agni PariksheYes
Rasthe RajaYesRaja
Samsarada GuttuYes
Ee Bandha AnubandhaYes
Huli HebbuliYes
Lorry DriverYes
Anthima GhattaYes
Ondu Muttina KatheYesYes
Mithileya SeetheyaruYesGuest appearance
Anthintha Gandu NanallaYes
CBI ShankarYesShankar
Idu SaadhyaYesDirectorGuest appearance
Raja SimhaYes
1990S P Sangliyana Part 2YesSangliyana
Ramarajyadalli RakshasaruYes
Hosa JeevanaYes
Halliya SurasuraruYes
Bhale ChathuraYes
Aata BombataYes
Nigooda RahasyaYes
1991Nakkala RajakumariYes
Punda PrachandaYes
Sundara KandaYes
1993Prana SnehithaYesRam


1987Malgudi DaysHindiTV series
1987SwamiHindiTV series


  1. ^ Nag, Anant 2001 'Nanna tamma Shankara' My brother Shankara Bangalore:Total Kannada ISBN 9788192226903 
  2. ^ L, Vaidyanathan "Signature tune – Malgudi days" Retrieved 16 January 2014 – via YouTube 
  3. ^ "Music director L Vaidyanathan dead" The Hindu 20 May 2007 Retrieved 16 January 2014 
  4. ^ "Shanker Nag's 'Malgudi Days' is back on television" IBN Live 12 June 2012 Retrieved 16 January 2014 
  5. ^ "Malgudi days :Reviews" IMDb Retrieved 16 January 2014 
  6. ^ "Shankar Nag accident:Family to get Rs 268 lakk" The Times of India TNimes News Network 30 January 2009 Retrieved 8 February 2017 
  7. ^ "Ready for an encore" 28 September 2003 Retrieved 3 November 2015 
  8. ^ http://wwwknowitoncecom/entertainment/pravadi-kannada-shankar-nag-movie-reviewhtml
  9. ^ Tv9 Filmy Funda Pravadi Shankar Nag Comes Alive Shankar Nag S Animation Filmy Pravadhi – Free MP3, Lyrics, Albums & Video Mp3lootninja Retrieved 1 October 2016
  10. ^ "34th National Film Festival, 1987" PDF International Film Festival of India iffinicin p 66 

External links

  • Shankar Nag on IMDb
  • Sanket Trust, Bangalore's Ranga Shankara a project in the memory of late actor
  • Article on TOI , Article on Shankar Nag
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  • Shankar Nag Last Interview – Rare Audio Interview on All India Radio AIR given on July 1988 1 Last Interview Part-1| 2 Last Interview Part-2 | 3 Last Interview Part-3

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