Arun Shankar (born Arun Shankar Mohan on 1 August) is an Indian Film actor who appears in South Indian films. Arun Shankar during his school time wanted to be a lead singer of a musical Band. He had formed his own band with a few students of his school, however the band didn't manage to function successfully as two of the members backed out after a while. Arun decided that he wanted to pursue a career in arts which would not make him feel depended on others. Soon he found his calling as an actor in films. In 2013, Arun made his debut in Jayaraj's film Camel Safari which released on 4 October 2013. He has also acted in TV commercials like Malabar Gold and K.C.P cements directed by V.K.Prakash.
Arun Shankar was born on 1 August, in Mavelikara (Alleppey district), Kerala into a Hindu Family. His Father Shankar Mohan was a yesteryear actor in Malayalam films starring in films like Manju (directed by veteran Filmmaker M.T Vasudevan Nair), Veenapoovu, Layam, Katile patu and many more. Presently he is the Director Of the International Film Festival Of India (IFFI) and his mother Prabha Shankar is a housewife. He has an elder sister. When Arun was nine months old the Family shifted to New Delhi as his father joined the Directorate of Film Festivals in Delhi. Arun did his schooling from Fr. Agnel, New Delhi up to class 10th. There on he completed his schooling from K.R. Mangalam World School, New Delhi. During his School days Arun was active in sports though he was also good with his academics. In K.R.Mangalam School he was elected as the Captain of Ruby house. Arun's parents had made him join shotokan karate at 13 years of age and he went up to blue belt. He developed a strong interest in music from a very young age though acting has always been his fascination as his family centered around the film Industry. From his Mother's side Arun is the great grandson of the Great well known renowned celebrated painter Raja Ravi Verma. Though he Says he doesn't have a flavor for painting but states that his mother and Grandmother can paint really well. His grandfather P.R.S Pillay was the Chairman and Managing Director of Kerala State Film Development Corporation (K.S.F.D.C) who was instrumental in setting up the Chitranjali Studio in Kerala. His grandmother Rajam. P.R.S Pillay runs a special school for the mentally handicapped in Kerala. Arun had formed a music band as the lead vocalist and they used to Jam in one of the band members house but due to various difference of opinion the band split even before it could taste a little bit success. Once out of school he pursued his further studies from Delhi college of Arts and commerce. It was during this period that Arun developed his interest in acting and joined with a theater troupe in Delhi called pierrots troupe run by theater personality Dr. Sayeed Alam. Arun Says' Theater helped me develop my individuality, it helped me shed my inhibitions and grow as an actor. Though during my time their I really wasn't allowed to act or perform on stage. whatever knowledge I got was from observing and learning from other actors'. Arun is also a good swimmer and dancer and has a craze for fast cars.
During his college days apart from theater Arun was also a runway model and has done ramp shows for autumn woolen innovation show, Asian paints, Max city launch and a few more. It was then that he got his big break into the advertisement world through Print and T.V commercials like Malabar Gold and K.C.P cements directed by veteran ad film maker V.K Prakash. Arun had once met Director Jayaraj Rajashekharan Nair in Delhi. Jayaraj had encouraged Arun to take up acting seriously and also assured him a launch through his film. It was in 2012 that Jayaraj had called him up and offered the lead role in Camel Safari. Arun Says ' When Jayaraj sir had narrated the story and my character to me on the phone I was super thrilled to start it. I took a flight to Kerala and met him in person to finalise the project. It was like a dream come true to have got a big break like this with a veteran National Film Award winning filmmaker'. The filming of Camel Safari had begun on 22 November 2012 from the Pushkar Fair in Rajasthan. It was completed in three schedules with the maximum being shot in Rajasthan( Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Jaipur) and the rest in Cochin, Kerala. The song rights of the film have been sold to Manorama Music. The first rough cut teaser of the film was released and aired on Indiavision channel. The film Camel Safari released on 4 October 2013 and did an above average business at the box office. Arun's performance as the main protagonist was highly appreciated and applauded by both the critics and the viewers!!
- "Love in the sands of Pushkar". The New Indian Express.