Mani Shankar, born on 3rd August in 1957 is from Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, India. He was originally known as Shankar Mani, but later he changed his name to Mani Shankar. After few years, his family shifted to Hyderabad due to his father’s occupation. Hence he completed his schooling and Engineering in Hyderabad. Mani Shankar studied at Hyderabad Public School up to 12th standard. His zodiac sign is Leo. Mani Shankar loves to read books written in different languages by different authors. When he is free, he watches movies of all kinds to understand the director’s perspective. He is a married man and loves to spend his time with family by traveling and taking them to new places.
Mani Shankar’s favorite colors are white and green. Later he attended BITS, Pilani campus to study Chemical Engineering. In 1978 he graduated from BITS and for two years he worked as a research engineer for drug delivery and process engineering.Mani Shankar always wanted to write and was passionate to become a writer. After quitting his engineering job, he joined as a copywriter for a small advertisement agency in Chennai. With little experience and enthusiasm, he directed and produced a Telugu serial in 1986, Thenali Rama Krishna. He also made a telefilm Manishi and received Nandi Awards from Andhra Pradesh Government in 1991.
He is not only a writer, producer and a director; but has also composed music and made music videos. His first music video released in 1994 called Mujhko Hai Aasha and won critics reviews. Mani Shankar had started his film career by making many short films. He directed almost 300 small screen pictures. Mani Shankar’s first feature film was December 16 released on March 22nd, 2002. This movie received a huge response from contemporary directors, critics, and audience and became a top grossing movie. The story was based on white-collar crimes in India starring
Aditi Gowitrikar, and
Dipannita Sharma. Within five years till 2010, Mani Shankar directed five movie.
Each and every movie turned out to be a gem with nice story plot and place for direction. His latest film
Knock Out released in 2010 starring
Sanjay Dutt, and
Kangana Ranaut was a turning point in his movie career. In 2012, Mani Shankar who is famous for his holograms had made a first ever political holographic campaign for national government elections supporting
Narendra Modi. We can say that this had affected elections and helped Modi in a way. Mani Shankar made a feature film for Bill Clinton during his visit to India. The then US president loved it so much that he sent an in-person letter thanking Mani Shankar for the movie.