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For the Indian diplomat, see S Jaishankar.
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Jaishankar in one of his early films
Born Subramaniam Shankar
(1938-07-12)July 12, 1938[1]
Chennai, India
Died June 3, 2000(2000-06-03) (aged 61)
Chennai, India
Years active 1965-1998

Jaishankar (12 July 1938—3 June 2000)[1] was an actor in Tamil cinema. He was credited onscreen with title of Makkal Kalingnar Jaishankar in most of the film starring him and is sometimes referred to as the Thennagathu James Bond (South Indian James Bond) because of his roles in films such as Vallavan Oruvan and CID Shankar.


Jaishankar was called Subramaniam Shankar at birth, on 12 July 1938.[1] His father was a magistrate, and Jaishankar was educated at PS High School and The New College, Chennai, where he was awarded an honours degree. He studied law but gave it up after a year because of his interests in the theater and other art forms.[citation needed]

He joined Cho's Viveka Fine Arts, which consisted mostly of Mylaporeans where he did insignificantly small roles. Obviously not happy he moved out and the break came with Koothabiran's Kalki Fine Arts where he made a mark playing a lead role in Kalki's 'Amara Thaara'.


In an era dominated by Sivaji Ganesan, M. G. Ramachandran and Gemini Ganesan, he created his own niche with portrayals of interesting characters. He was popularly known as South Indian James Bond because of his roles as the investigative detective in Vallavan Oruvan and CID Shankar,[2][3] and "Friday star" because he invariably had a release every week, He was also adept at comedy and contemporary portrayals as seen in Pattanathil Bhootham, Noottrukku Nooru and Kuzhandaiyum Deivamum. With the emergence of Rajinikanth and Kamal Hassan, he began to play villain and father roles in many films, among them Murattu Kaalai, Apoorva Sagodharargal and Thalapathi.

He is also remembered for his philanthropy as he helped the needy without any publicity.[4]

Among his more memorable roles was the teacher's role in the K Balachander film, Noothukku Nooru. He was last seen on screen in Iravum Pagalum, which had also been the title of his debut film.[5][6]


Jaishankar died of heart attack on 3 June 2000, at the age of 61 in Chennai. He is survived by his wife and sons.

Medical Trust[edit]

Each year his son, Dr.Vijay Shankar, conducts 15 free eye surgeries on his father’s birthday.[7] He planned to create a trust in his father’s memory and conduct these camps on a larger scale and later include some more specialities like cardiac surgeries also.[8]

Selected filmography[edit]

Year Film Notes
1965 Iravum pagalum 1st Film
1965 Vallavanuku Vallavan
1965 Kuzhandaiyum Deivamum
1965 Panchavarna Kili
1966 Vallavan Oruvan
1966 Yaar Nee Remake of woh kaun thi 1964 Hindi movie
1966 Iru Vallavargal
1966 Naam moovar
1967 Pattanathil Bhootham
1967 Bhavani
1967 Muhurtha Naal
1968 Neelagiri Express
1968 Jeevanaamsam
1968 Bommalaattam
1968 Uyira Manama
1968 Muthuchippi
1968 Ner Vazhi
1969 Poova Thalaiya
1969 Mannippu
1969 Akka Thangai
1969 Aayiram poi one of the best comedy movies.
1969 Anbalippu
1969 Nangu killadigal
1970 C.I.D. Shankar
1970 Veettukku Veedu Remade later on as vishwanathan-Ramamoorthy
1970 Kannan Varuvan
1970 Maanavan
1971 Kulama Gunama
1971 Thanga Gopuram Precursor of Moondru Mudichu
1971 Soodhattam
1972 Unakkum Enakkum
1972 Ganga
1972 Jakamma
1972 Delhi To Madras
1973 Ponvandu
1973 Rani yaar kuzhandai
1973 Amman Arul
1973 Vayaadi
1974 Karunthel kannayiram
1974 Vairam
1974 Idhayam Paarkiradhu 100th film
1974 Pandhattam
1974 Kaliyuga Kannan
1974 Akkarai pachai
1974 Athaya Maamiya
1975 Enga Pattan Sothu
1976 Thunivey Thunai
1978 Vandikkaran Magan
1979 Kizakkum Merkkum Santhikkindrana
1979 Ore Vaanam Ore Bhoomi
1980 Jambu
1980 Murattu Kaalai
1980 Ore Thayin Sapatham
1981 Ellam Inba Mayam
1981 Keezh Vaanam Sivakkum
1982 Vazhvey Maayam
1983 Paayum Puli
1983 Thudikkum Karangal
1984 Vaazhkai
1984 Vidhi
1984 24 Mani Neram
1985 Bandham
1985 Padikkadavan
1985 Pillai Nila
1986 Marumagal
1987 Kadhal Parisu
1989 Mappillai
1989 Apoorva Sagodharargal
1991 Thalapathi
1995 Vishnu
1997 Arunachalam
1997 Kaalamellam Kaathiruppen
1998 Ini Ellam Sugamae


  1. ^ a b c "Friday Review Chennai / Cinema : Bond of Tamil screen". Chennai, India: The Hindu. 2008-11-07. Retrieved 2011-05-13. 
  2. ^ "Metro Plus Coimbatore / Cinema : Simbu's a fan!". Chennai, India: The Hindu. 2010-10-09. Retrieved 2011-05-13. 
  3. ^ "Find Tamil Actor Jaishankar Filmography, Movies, Pictures and Videos". Jointscene.com. Retrieved 2011-05-13. 
  4. ^ "Tamil movies : Jaishankar’s son to set up medical trust for poor!!". Behindwoods.com. 2006-03-31. Retrieved 2011-05-13. 
  5. ^ "Tribute". Screenindia.com. Retrieved 2011-05-13. 
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ "Tamil Nadu / Chennai News : Charitable trust launched". Chennai, India: The Hindu. 2006-04-26. Retrieved 2011-05-13. 
  8. ^ "Retail Plus Chennai : First Take". Chennai, India: The Hindu. 2010-05-02. Retrieved 2011-05-13. 

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