Shaji Kailas is an Indian film director who directs predominantly Malayalam movies and known for his commercially successful movies in Kerala circuit. He had a long association with screenwriters
Renji Panicker and Ranjith. With his association with both the screenwriters, he directed most successful movies in Mollywood.
Shaji Kailas started ‘News’ simultaneously with ‘Sunday 7 PM’, but ‘News’ (1989) became his debut release followed by ‘Sunday 7 PM’. These films did not get wider acceptance. There was a magic touch in screenwriter Renji Panicker and as many as five films Shaji and Renji got associated together broke the box office records in the industry. In 1993, three films ‘Sthalathe Pradhana Payyans’, ‘Ekalavyan', ‘Mafia’ saw the collaborations of Shaji and Renji, which fetched gold and broke previous records in the box office collections. In 1994 and 1995, they repeated the same magic with the release of ‘Commissioner’ and ‘
The King’. Later on, Shaji formed a new team with Ranjith and scored at the box office with the release of as ‘Aaraam Thampuran’ (1997), ‘
Narasimham’ (2000), and ‘Valliettan’ (2000). Ranjith sketched tailor-made role for Mammootty in ‘Valliettan’ and the film was a huge hit. Similarly, Ranjith tried to satisfy Mohanlal’s fans and sketched another stereotype role for the actor in ‘Narasimham’, which brought out two huge hits in a row in 2000. Following the success of the two films, Shaji tried in hands in making Tamil film ‘Vaanchinathan‘(2001) but the film did not do well in box office. Shaji then faced a setback in his career as his films created a commercial fiasco, and many films were pulled out of theaters owing to poor response.
Shaji then took a sabbatical for few years. In 2004, he again started directing films In Tamil and made ‘Jana’ with
Ajith Kumar in the title role; the film was a big flop at the box office. Later, he turned to Telugu debut with ‘
Vishnu’ which was the launch pad of Vishnu Manchu. Even this film failed at the box office. He gave successive flops like ‘The Don’, ‘
Drona 2010’, ‘
Simhasanam’ and his attempts to bounce back to success did not yield any results. After giving a series of biggest flops, he turned to comedy genre films but even then he could not retain his Midas touch in the box office anymore. Many releases in 2014 and 2015 had only proved that his films do not have the same box office draw. He was born on 15 August 1965 in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.