Girija Shanker is a Indian actor as well as director and is popular for his roles in television serials like ‘
’ which was telecasted during the year 1988 to 1990, ‘Baghi’ which was released in the year 2006 and ‘Khwaab’ which was released in the year 2004.
The televisions serial that gave him a great exposure and the one that stills remains one of his best performances ever is the character Dridharastra, who is the helpless father of Duryodhana in the television serial ‘Mahabharat’. The serial was produced by B.R Chopra and is directed by his son
. The television was released during the year 1988 and had a total of 94 episodes with each episode running about 45 minutes. The televisions show went on to become a viral hit and was telecast in DD1 and Star Utsav. Besides the show received international attention and the satellite rights were bought by BBC channel to telecast the show in United Kingdom and for the equal amount FBC TV channel also bought the satellite rights to telecast the show in Fiji. The show was also dubbed in different languages which include Tamil, Telugu and also International languages like Indonesia.
Girija Shanker also made his debut as a director by shooting a English film, ‘Banana Brothers’, which tells the tale about two young men who went to San Francisco with a dream to earn big and to lead high life and they ultimately succeeds in it after facing many difficulties and obstacles throughout their life. He said during an interview that there were many Indians in USA and Canada who had every skill to become a successful actor but lacked the opportunity and had no platform to showcase their talents. So Girija Shanker met and called everyone of them to make this movie come true.