Harish Shankar

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Harish Shankar
Born (1979-03-31) 31 March 1979 (age 36)
Karimnagar, Andhra Pradesh, India
(now in Telangana, India)
Residence Hyderabad, India
Nationality Indian
Occupation Screenwriter
dialogue writer

Harish Shankar (born 31 March 1979) is a film director and screenwriter who works in Telugu cinema. He is one of the successful directors introduced by Ravi Teja.

Early life[edit]

Harish Shankar was born in Dharmapuri, Karimnagar district to an orthodox kapu(caste) family . He spent his entire childhood in BHEL, Hyderabad.[1] Throughout his early teen years, he used to act in many stage dramas across Andhra Pradesh (present day Andhra Pradesh and Telangana) conducted by the Drama Companies 'Seeta Nilayam' and 'Lalitha kala Mandiram'.[2] In his next few years, he worked more on backsage writing, where he learned various aspects of writing such as dialogues, modulation, diction, dialect.[3]


Early career[edit]

In his pursue to join the world of cinema, he worked as an assistant director for the film 'Ninne Isthapaddanu', produced by S Gopal Reddy.[4] This is where he befriended Kona Venkat, another popular writer of this generation.[5] He worked as an associate director for his next film Veede, which also introduced him to Raviteja.[6] Impressed with his work, it was Raviteja who offered to act in the title role in Harish's debut directional venture.[7] Harish's debut flick Shock, with Raviteja and Jyothika in the lead roles, was a commercial disaster. It was a series of setbacks for Harish, as his next projects announced were both shelved in the midway.[8]

Mainstream breakthrough[edit]

It was Raviteja again who offered him his second chance as a director with Mirapakay.[9] Mirapakay was both a commercial and critical hit, winning many accolades for the former.[10] His next directional venture Gabbar Singh, which portrayed Pawan Kalyan in the lead role, was a blockbuster and in turn emerged as the highest-grossing Telugu film of the time, now only surpassed by Attarintiki Daredi, also starring Pawan Kalyan.[11] His next film, Ramayya Vasthavayya, with Jr.Ntr in the lead role, turned out to do average business[clarification needed] at the box office amid huge[clarification needed] expectations.[12] His new project is titled as Subramanyam For Sale with Sai Dharam Tej.[13]


As director[edit]

Year Film Cast Credits
2003 Veede Raviteja Associate Director
2003 Ninne Istapaddanu Tarun Co-Writer
2004 Naa Autograph Raviteja, Bhoomika Co-director
2006 Shock Ravi Teja, Jyothika Director
2007 Chirutha Ram Charan, Neha Sharma Co-Writer
2008 Bujjigadu Prabhas, Trisha Co-writer
2008 Chintakayala Ravi Venkatesh, Anushka Co-writer
2009 Konchem Ishtam Konchem Kashtam Siddartha, Tamanna Co-Writer
2011 Mirapakay Ravi Teja, Richa Gangopadhyaay, Deeksha Seth Director
2012 Gabbar Singh Pawan Kalyan, Shruti Haasan Director
2013 Ramayya Vasthavayya NTR, Samantha, Shruti Haasan Director
2015 Subramamanyam for Sale Sai Dharam Tej, Regina Director

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