5 films of Shankar that you cannot miss!

 With several awards in his kitty including the Tamil Nadu State Film Award and being named the highest-paid director in India – Shankar is undoubtedly the most sought after filmmaker in Tamil cinema. He is known for cranking out one amazing blockbuster after another. Director Shankar has earned the title of being one of the most-successful filmmakers. As we are gearing up to watch his latest film ‘I’, which will release on Pongal; we give you some of his best films you just cannot miss.

Gentleman (1993)
 
 
This action drama marked director Shankar’s début; and what a début! Focusing on the rich vs. poor divide, the story revolved around the lead who becomes a modern-day Robin Hood and provides financial and educational help for the poor. The deaths of Ramesh (Vineeth) and his mother, will leave you feeling unsettled.
 
Jeans (1998) 
 
 
With superb effects, great performances and fantastic music; Jeans became a massive-hit among the audience. Primarily because it was the first time the audience were able to watch Hollywood-like VFX in a Tamil movie. 
 
Mudhalvan (1999)
 
 
One of Shankar’s best films, Mudhalvan challenged the fate of politics and the Tamil government. With the late Sujatha‘s dialogues serving as a strong backbone, this intriguing political-thriller brought to light the plight of common man. It was also a sharp reminder for the government. The haunting background score by A.R.Rahman truly elevated this film. The film was remade in Hindi as Nayak.
 
Indian (1996) 
 
 
Starring the universal hero Kamal Haasan in a dual role; Indian highlighted the rampant corruption in the bureaucracy. This action-drama was nominated by India as its entry for Best Foreign Language Film category at the Academy Awards in 1996. It also went on to win three National Awards, including the Best Actor Award for Kamal Haasan. If you’re planning to watch this film on DVD, then don’t forget to play close attention to the engrossing ‘Varma Kalai‘ action sequence.
 
Anniyan (2005)
 
 
Shankar has always brought to the forefront certain medical conditions in his movies. And in this one, he highlighted the rare syndrome, Multiple Personality Disorder. This psychological-thriller featured Vikram in 3 different avatars. The powerful karate action sequence was filmed using 120 cameras. By employing the visual-effect known as bullet-time, we were captivated by the frozen-in-time effect. Vikram’s exuberant performance made this movie a winner!
 

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