Yalamanchili Ravi Shankar is an Indian producer who works majorly in Tollywood, the Telugu film industry. He founded the Mythri Movie Makers with
Naveen Yerneni and
Mohan Cherukuri in 2015. The first production of the house was Koratala Siva’s blockbuster action-drama “
Srimanthudu” (2015), starring
Shruti Haasan and Mahesh Babu.
It narrated the story of an opulent man who inherits his father’s vast business empire and uses the money to improve the living standards of the people of Devarakota, his father’s ancestral village, only to anger the local mafia leader and his politician brother. The movie, along with its Tamil version “
Selvandhan,” was released worldwide on 7 August 2015 at more than 2500 screens and earned more than Rs. 140 crores, making it the highest-grossing Telugu movie after “
Baahubali” till 2017.
The commercially hit debut established Shankar and his team as a force to be revered and rightly so, for their next movie “
Janatha Garage” (2016), starring Jr. NTR and Mohanlal, was the highest-grossing Tollywood movie of the year. It was nominated for thirty honors at the 64th National Films, the Nandi, the 6th South Indian International Movie and the 2nd IIFA Utsavam Awards, of which it bagged twenty including those for best feature film, actor, supporting actor, director, lyricist, story writer, art director, music director, female playback singer, and choreographer.
Shankar had climbed great heights of success with just two productions but his supernova career did not culminate there since his third project “
Rangasthalam” (2018), starring
Ram Charan, generated much more sensational vibes in theatres than his previous ones. Revolving around an inspiring story of a man with hearing impairment who decides to subvert the village tyrant, the film screened for more than a hundred days in some theatres and collected Rs. 210 crore, making it the fifth highest-earning Telugu film to date. Commended for its rustic music and ingenious narration, the movie swept nearly all the major laurels at the 2018 Zee Cine Telugu Awards.
The Mythri trio next worked on “
Savyasachi” (2018), “
Amar Akbar Anthony” (2018) and “
Chitralahari” (2018), all of which fared well at the theatres but received mixed reviews from the spectators. Even bees would be embarrassed of themselves seeing the way the trio is currently laboring and overseeing the logistics and the finance of five movies simultaneously, of which four, “Uppena,” “
Gang Leader,” AA 20” and “RC 14,” are filming while “
Dear Comrade” is in its post-production stages.