Sankar (writer and director)

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Born Sankar
(1981-04-13) 13 April 1981 (age 33)
Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India
Occupation Film director, writer
Years active 2005–present
Notable work(s) Streetlight, Oru Pennum Parayathathu, Priyappetta mammootty
Parents Vijayamma, Rajappan

Vijayamma Rajappan Sankar (v.r.sankar), commonly known as Sankar (Malayalamശങ്കർ ) is an Indian movie director, screenwriter, short story writer and Novelist. who works in Malayalam cinema and literature.

Early and personal life[edit]

Sankar was born in 13 April 1981 in Palamoodu village near Vembayam, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.[citation needed] After schooling from LPS and BHS Kanniakulangara, he completed his graduation from Govt. College Nedumangad. He started his career as a media journalist and short story writer. He has also done audio programmes for Aakashavani, Thiruvananthapuram.

Film career[edit]

Sankar is a self-taught filmmaker. His debut film as a director is Streetlight, starring Aparna Nair,[1] Krishnan Balakrishnan, Irshad (actor) and Maya Viswanath. The story of Streetlight is a free adaptation of the novel Oru Pennum Parayathathu (The Story Never Told by a Woman) and narrates the life of a prostitute who fights against the corrupt and maligned socio-political environment of the society of Kerala and finally makes her way successfully in to a committed social worker. Her life is a journey from social alienation and stigma in to transformed and socially concerned person who becomes a godsend for the large group of orphaned children.

Writing career[edit]

Sankar is also known for his bold stands, reactions and writings on social and political issues at various magazines. His articles made many controversies and widely discussed in Kerala. Oru valakilukkathinte Oarmakku (Memories of the Bangles) is his first published short story collection. Oru Pennum Parayathathu (The Story Never Told by a Woman) is his first published novel. Poopoloral (A Man Like a Rose) and Kaappi marangalkkidayile penkutty (The girl from coffee country) are his other books.

As Director[edit]

Year Film Language Role(s) Cast Notes
2012 Streetlight Malayalam Writer, Director Krishnan Balakrishnan, Aparna Nair, Irshad, Maya Vishwanath Malayalam Cinema Debut.

Television projects[edit]

He has scripted and directed few television programmes like 'Sindhurasmaranakal',[citation needed] 'Gramodhayam',[citation needed] 'Archana',[citation needed] 'Nakshatraperuma',[citation needed] 'Nirammankiya Ormangalilude',[citation needed] Priyappetta Mammootty Arangettam,[citation needed] Story Time,[citation needed] Oarmayiloode,[citation needed] etc. scripted documentary like "Havyam",[citation needed] 'Varnacharthu',[citation needed] etc. He received the Holy Faith Television Award for the TV programme Priyappetta Mammootty. He also got the Mahatmaji Kathasamanam for the year 1998.

As Writer[edit]

No. Title Category Publisher
1 Oru valakilukkathinte Oarmakku (A memorable symphony of bangles) short story collection Parithi pablications
2 Oru Pennum Parayathathu (The story never told by a woman) Novel Haritham Books
3 Poopoloral (A man like a rose) Novel Melinda Books
4 Kaappi marangalkkidayile penkutty (The girl from coffee country) Short story collection Haritham Books

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