Shankar Nag, most influential and talented Kannada actor and director, who acted in around 90 Kannada movies, in a career spanning 12 years from 1978 to 1990. Shankar also produced R.K. Narayan's novel,
as a teleserial and also acted in it. He was also a part a Kannada theater. He co-wrote 22 June 1897, an Indian national award-winning Marathi film. One of his films, Autoraja is appreciated by the audience to the level that even now his posters are there on auto rickshaws of Karnataka even after 25 years of his death. He was also focused towards social improvement as his films portrayed that. He was of friendly nature and loved by all. Shankar Nag was a versatile personality and has left his mark on the Kannada Film Industry in many ways. Nationally, he will be remembered for his famous work, Malgudi Days, which was well directed and telecasted along. Personal Life: Shankar Nagarkatte, better known as Shankar Nag, was born to a Brahmin family on November 9, 1954, to Sadanand and Anandi Nagarkatte. After finishing his studies, Shankar Nag lived in Mumbai for some time. During this period, he was involved in Marathi theater. Incidentally, it was at this time that he met his wife, Arundhati. On Sep 30 1990, while on his way to Dharwad for a film shoot, Shankar Nag died in a car accident. Career: After completing his education from Mumbai, Shankar returned to Karnataka. When Shankar Nag shifted back to Karnataka, he began to get involved in the Kannada Movie Industry.
, Shankar’s elder brother, was already a famous actor and Shankar Nag was offered a role in the movie Ondanondu Kaladalli in 1978 (debut). This debut movie, which became a classic hit in Kannada, earned him a National Award at the Delhi International Film Festival.
He acted in around 90 movies. Among his major hits were movies like
, Geetha, S.P. Sangliana and Minchina Ota. He also produced some movies with his brother Anant Nag. He directed a few movies like Janma Janmadha Anubandha, Geetha, and Minchina Ota. Minchina Ota, in which he starred along with his brother, is considered to be Shankar Nag’s best work as a director. Apart from the Kannada Film industry, Shankar Nag is best known for the television series Malgudi Days, based on R.K. Narayan’s popular work of the same name. Shankar Nag directed the series and the stories were taken from R.K. Narayan’s books like Malgudi Days, Swami and Friends, and the Vendor of Sweets. This popular series ran for thirty-nine episodes. Shanker had a strong relation with theater, and he always retained his love for theater even when he was a movie star. He and his wife Arundhati created an amateur theater group called Sanket, which still produces many plays. He set up Sanket Electronics, Karnataka’s first electronic recording studio, in Bangalore. Not only acting but he worked for the betterment of the state and also devised a Metro Railway project for Bangalore. He had many other plans and vision to create more, but unfortunately, his untimely death left many of his dreams unfulfilled. Awards: Shankar Nagarkatte received the prestigious ‘National Award at International Film Festival’, Delhi. He was also awarded state awards as a Director, that includes ‘Best Film’ award for seven times.