Shankar Nag – Unforgettable Hero of Kannada Cinema

Shankar Nag – Unforgettable Hero of Kannada Cinema

A Tribute of Shankarnag

Shankar Nagarakatte (9 November 1954 – 30 September 1990) was a Kannada actor, screenwriter, director, and producer known for his work in Kannada Cinema and and television. He directed and acted in the teleserial Malgudi Days, based on celebrated novelist R.K.Narayan’s short stories.

Shankar Nagarkatte was born on 9 November 1954 in Mallapura, Honnavara.. His parents were Anandi and Sadanand Nagarkatte. 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 Arundathi  during a drama rehearsal. He was his mother’s favourite son.

Shankar Nag, a name that reverberates in the heart of every Kannadiga is indubitably an undisputed glory. Its been 28 years, Shankar has left us forever but that grief is still there like a newfangled wound. Every time when someone talks about creativity, every time when someone talks about innovation, and every time when someone speaks about a cinema of an offbeat genre, Shankar strikes. We wonder what Shankar would do in these days where technology and digital media is in the forefront. He would be just unstoppable.

Shankar Nag started his cinema career with a movie called ‘Ondanondu Kaaladalli’ which was directed by Girish Karnad. Thereafter, Shankar appears in a couple of movies but his first commercial break was ‘Seetha Raamu.’ With this, he becomes a Star and continues to give so many super hits. It so happened that all his movies from 1978 to 1990 were massive hits. Some of Shankar’s classic cults are Saangliyaana series, CBI Shankar, Moogana Sedu, Geetha, and the legendary Malgudi Days.

Music and art was Shankar Nag’s favorite. He was a master of Tabala, Harmonium, and Flute. One can see the influence of his interest towards music in the movies and in the efforts put to set up the Karnataka’s own Sanketh Studio.

Shankar mesmerized the industry with his direction skills. He used to direct plays but had not tried directing a movie. His first directorial venture was ‘Minchina Ota’ which was followed by stories like Hosa Theerpu, Nodi Swamy Naavirodu Heege, Accident, and Geetha. Shankar has also directed a Hindi movie called ‘Laalach’ and ‘The Watchman’ in both English and Hindi.

One can go on and on like this. Shankar Nag is such a person who inspired many and the very thought of him will trigger your creative instincts. We  @ believe that the works of Shankar will continue to inspire and motivate you to follow your heart and passion.

We miss you, your films and your creativity.

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