22 June 1960 
|Other names||Oru Thalai Ragam Shankar|
|Parents||Kecheriyil Thekkeveettil NK Panicker
Shankar Panikkar, popularly known as Shankar (Malayalam: ശങ്കര്) is an Indian film actor and director. He was one of the prominent lead actors of Malayalam cinema during the 1980s. Galatta Cinema magazine described him as the True romantic hero of Mollywood in their special edition on 100 years of Indian cinema 
As an Actor
Shankar had a dream opening with the T. Rajendar's Tamil mega hit Oru Thalai Ragam which completed 365 days in theatres. Luck favoured him in Malayalam films too with Fazil's directorial venture Manjil Virinja Pookkal, where Mohanlal debuted as villain became a musical hit. Overnight Shankar became a hot property in both Tamil and Malayalam film industry and almost all his films doing good business. He was the second super star of Malayalam films of 80s after late action star "Jayan". He never experimented with his roles, still he had a very large fan base in kerala. Most of his ordinary films were hits just because of his presence. In 1982, he had the opportunity to work with director P. Venu for his film Aranjyanam. His teaming with Mohan Lal is very popular with many hits. Shankar's pairing with actresses Menaka and Ambika were considered as safe bets. During late 80's, he cut down his film assignments and shifted to USA for personal and business reasons, however, most of his come back ventures failed to ignite the Box office.
As a Director
His first commercial Malayalam directorial venture Keralotsavam 2009  starring Kalabhavan Mani and Vinu Mohan has been already released. Apart from Keralotsavam 2009, Shankar has also directed Virus, a film on AIDS, which was censored in 2007. His next Malayalam film, would probably star Mohan Lal. Now he is directing Manal Nagaram, a Tamil-Malayalam bi-lingual based at U.A.E. expected to get released in July 2014. 
|2007||Virus||Malayalam||Abhinay, Sajitha Beti, Shankar||Theatrical release unlikely|
|2009||December 17||Keralotsavam 2009||Malayalam||Vinu Mohan, Vishnu Priya, Nedumudi Venu|
|2014||Manal Nagaram||Tamil||Prajin, Gowtham, Tejaswini Prakash, Varuna Shetty||Shooting in progress|
Shankar moved to television media with a successful serial Ithu Manju Pole. He continued to perform in hit serials like Swararaagam and Parasparam. His last serial Ammakkayi aired in Surya TV was a success mainly due to his teaming with Menaka, his hit pair of 80's. The recent Malayalam films Shankar appeared was Ividam Swargamanu directed by Roshan Andrews, alongside Mohanlal, Rhythm, Koottukar. 2012 had 6 releases of Shankar. They are Casanovva, Banking Hours 10 to 4, Hide N' Seek and the critically acclaimed films Father's Day, Oomakkuyil Padumbol and Bhoomiyude Avakashikal. In 2013, he has been appreciated for his comic role in Anoop Menon scripted hit film Hotel California, directed by Aji John. His other releases were Miss Lekha Tharoor Kaanunnathu and Cleopatra.
He is also playing an important role along with Indrajith and Murali Gopy in Naku Penda Naku Taka shot at Kenya, moreover Shankar is appearing without moustache for the first time in Malayalam in the same film eventhough he had the same appearance in his 1982 Tamil film Udhayamahirathu. He has also completed 80% shooting of his Tamil directorial venture Manal Nagaram based at U.A.E.. Shankar's solo starrer Malayalam film Akashangalil is also getting ready to release.
Shankar was instrumental in giving break to directors Bhadran and Priyadarshan in two super hit movies Ente Mohangal Poovaninju (1982) and Poochakkoru Mookkuthi (1984) respectively. Director Sibi Malayil changed to serious family films with Shankar's home production Chekkaeran Oru Chilla (1986).
- "The lover boys of Indian cinema-100 years of Indian cinema". Galatta Cinema. December 2012.
- "Ninaithu Ninaithu Parthen's music is brilliant". rediff.com. 13 March 2007. Retrieved 12 April 2010.
- "Shankar directs Tamil film". deccanchronicle. 16 Dec 2013. Retrieved 5 February 2014.
- "Mohanlal and Shankar are back together!". Oneindia.in. 20 October 2009. Retrieved 12 April 2010.
- "Kalabhavan Mani in Shankar's Keralotsavam". Oneindia.in. 26 October 2009. Retrieved 12 April 2010.
- "The circle of life". The Hindu. 26 June 2010. Retrieved 6 October 2010.
- "Manal Nagaram: Dreams in Danger". djmassociates.net. 28 February 2012. Retrieved 2012-02-28.