Shankar Panicker is an Indian actor and director, best known as the superstar of the 80`s. Some of his blockbuster films are Oru Thalai Ragam (1980), Manjil Virinja Pookkal (1980), Kadathu (1981), Aranthe Mulla Kochu Mulla (1984) and Sughamo Devi (1986). Shankar`s directorial debut was Virus (2007), a film based on HIV/AIDS. He directed the film Keralotsavam 2009 (2009) which was commercially as well as critically acclaimed. Shankar has the films Sand City and Manal Naharam lined up.