There's no denying the fact that Shankar is one of the biggest and most popular directors in Tamil cinema today. The maverick film-maker is a pro at making 'larger-than-life' commercial films that feature a liberal dose of mass elements and a strong message. Over the years, he has worked with some of the biggest stars in the industry and this has established him as a 'star director'. Today(August 17, 2018), as Shankar turns a year older we take a look at some of his best films and celebrate his career.
Shankar's directorial debut, Gentleman was an engaging heist thriller that featured 'Action King' Arjun in the role of a vigilante. Released in 1993, it emerged as a blockbuster and received rave reviews upon release. It was later remade in Hindi as The Gentleman with Megastar Chiranjeevi in the lead.
A vigilante-thriller, Indian revolved an old freedom fighter's fight against corruption and featured Kamal Haasan in the lead. Upon release, it received rave reviews from all quarters and ended up being India's official entry to the Academy Awards. The film also featured Manisha Koirala and Urmila Matondkar in the lead.
A political thriller, Mudhalvan featured Arjun Sarja in the lead and revolved around how a reporter ends up becoming the CM of Tamil Nadu for a day. A big hit at the box office, the film ran into trouble with the DMK government as many in the party felt that its antagonist was modelled on the then CM M Karunanidhi. However, it was praised by the government in Andhra Pradesh.
Featuring Vikram and Sadha in the lead, Anniyan was a psychological-thriller and served as strong proof of Shankar's abilities as a director. Released in 2005, it emerged as a big hit at the box office and impressed the critics. Anniyan's success helped Shankar bag the National award for 'Best Director'
Arguably the biggest film of Shankar's career, Enthiran was a sci-fi thriller and featured Rajinikanth in the role of the much-loved Chitti. Boasting of stellar CGI and plenty of commercial elements, the film also featured Aishwarya Rai in the lead and opened to a blockbuster response at the box office. Its 'spiritual successor' 2.0 is set to hit the screens this year.