Shashikumar, hailing from Karnataka, India is an actor and politician who has acted in movies of various languages, like Kannada, Tamil, Telugu and even Hindi. His central prominence and presence has, however, been in Kannada cinema only. He was one of the top actors in the Kannada film industry in the 1990s and is famous for his phenomenal dancing skills that differentiate him from the others.
As for the political front, he contested and became victorious in the MP elections for the constituency of Chitradurga. He made his debut in 1989 with the film Yuddha Kaanda and returned to success in 1990 with the movie Rani Maharani after giving a few flops. He went on to become and is one of the most popular and sought after actor. He acted alongside Rajinikanth in the Telugu film Basha. At the peak of his career, he suffered a tragedy that almost finished his career as a lead actor. He suffered an accident, following which his looks changed due to the ongoing surgeries. Due to this reason, big banners and production houses became reluctant to cast him as the lead actor. This is the main reason he had to take a plunge and try his hand at politics.
However, he didn’t lose hope and did make a comeback to cinema with films like Yejamana, Habba, etc.
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Shashikumar was born in the state of Karnataka, India. He is an Indian actor who has predominantly worked in Kannada cinema.
He did his first film in 1989, titled Yuddha Kaanda. This movie was a K.V. Raju film, starring
, and Shashi in the lead. The movie was a remake of the Hindi movie, Meri Jung (1985). The movie received positive reviews from the audience.
His career stumbled a bit because of three back to back flops, including Kollura Kaala, Gandharva, and Baa Nanna Preetisu.
In 1988, Shashi did his first role as a villain in the movie, Chiranjeevi Sudhakara. Since then he started receiving many films to play negative characters
He did a movie with P. Nanjundappa, titled C.B.I. Shankar in 1989. The movie was a drama film in Kannada, starring
in the lead. Shashi played the side role of a dancer named Santosh, who receives an opportunity from a political party to contest the elections of the local Zilla, but later he gets murdered. Santosh’s case was shut by the local police after a very casual investigation and concluded the death to be a suicide. C.B.I. officer Sathya later takes up this case and solves the mystery of Santosh’s death. The movie received a mixed response.
Shashi became a super-star after his role in the film Rani Maharani in 1990.
Shashi and actress Malashri have worked together in many films. Other actress with whom he has mostly worked include, Tara, Shruti, and
Kumar did his first major lead role in the film Policena Henthi in 1990. The movie was an action drama film by
and the Dynamic Films. The movie had Devaraj and Malashri along with Shashi. The songs of this film were a great success including Hari Om Hari and Modalane Chumbana.
He has also worked with the Tamil superstar Rajnikanth in the film Baashha in 1995. The film was a Tamil action film by
The actor is currently filming a Telugu film, titled Vighna and has announced that he will be doing a film revolving around the life of Buddha, titled Naa Mahabuddhivantha, which will be released in the early months of 2017.
Shashi suffered a major accident because of drunken-driving in the peak years of his career. He suffered face injuries and had to undergo many surgeries. He is now no longer given the lead roles in films and thus had to take up a path towards building a political career. He is currently a Member of the Parliament and has won the elections from the Chitradurga constituency of Karnataka.