Shashank (director)

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Born June 24
Taalya, Karnataka, India
Occupation Filmmaker, Kannada Movie Director
Years active 2007 - Present

Shashank is a maverick Indian director, who makes films in Kannada, Whose applauded for his experimentation with different genres. Along with critical acclaim, his films have set money ball rolling in box office right from his debut movie SIXER (2007) and then later on with Moggina Manasu (2008), Krishnan Love Story (2010) and Jarasandha (2011). He has also introduced many budding new talents to the film industry, some of whom have become influential stars i.e. Prajwal Devaraj, Yash, Radhika Pandit etc.

Early life[edit]

Shashank was born in a small village called TAALYA, in Chitradurga district, Karnataka. He is the third child of his parent’s Hanumanthappa and Lakkamma, his father was a small farmer. However he was later adopted by his maternal uncle and aunt, Chandrashekarappa and Shantamma. Since Chandrashekarappa worked in VISL, Bhadravati, Shashank completed his matriculation in Bhadravati.

Later he did his diploma in civil engineering (1988–91) in Chikmagalur.

Shashank birth name was Umesh B.H. which he later changed to Shashank at his mentor Hamsalekha’s advice. He is married to Veena H.M and has two beautiful daughters, Chaitra and Khushi.


Though Shashank had an engineering certificate, his passion, aspiration and dream was always on the paths of camera, lights and action. He took up a job in Bangalore as a site engineer, the sole intention of getting into the film industry. After a heavy turmoil of attempting for nearly two years, he became an assistant to S.Mahendar, in the film “Taayi illada tavaru” (1994). The journey continued for next 9 movies. Here he met legendary music director Hamsalekha and learned the tricks of screenplay constructions and musical narration. And after 13 years of patient Endeavour, he became an independent director with the movie SIXER (2007), which was produced by the great Ramoji rao and music was composed by Hamsalekha.

Apart from writing story, screenplay and dialogues for films, he has also penned the lyrics for Hudugigaagi, Giri, Ok sir ok, Yeshwant, Baa baaro Rasika, Moggina Manasu, Krishnan Love Story, Lucky and Jaraasandha. Songs like Moggina manasali, I Love You (Moggina Manasu), Mosa madalende (Krishnan Love Story), Neerige baare channi, Avarivara jothe serade (Jaraasandha) are among the list of evergreen songs.


Year Film Title Notes
2007 Sixer A love story blended with good commercial elements .It launched Prajwal Devraj as Hero. The film got decent reviews, ran for 75 days and declared as hit.
2008 Moggina Manasu A saga of teenage confusions and growing up seen through girls perspective. Reviewers heralded it as the most matured film of the decade. The Film introduced so many new comers including two of the top actors of sandal wood- Yash and Radhika Pandit. The film ran for 100 days in many centers, won 5 filmfare awards and Karnataka state award for best actress.
2010 Krishnan Love Story A dark interpretation of love's labour lost in today's economical jumble. The film was critically acclaimed, became a huge hit and ended a one year drought in film industry. The film ran for 125 days in several centers, got 4 Filmfare awards and many T.V. Channel awards.
2011 Jarasandha An experimental action film which ventured into the criminal analysis of every mind and dared to tell the bitter truth of 'CRIMINALS ARE NOT MADE, THEY ARE BORN'. The film got mixed reviews from critics but the audience responded positively and film ran for 50 days in several centers making it a Box-Office Hit.
2013 Bachchan A Path breaking Action/Thriller which redifened the movie making style of Kannada movies. Got great appreciation from Critics as well as Audience. Movie starring Sudeep. Bhavana, Parul Yadav, Nazer, Ashish Vidyarthy & Jagapathi Babu was released world wide on April 11 and went on to become Bockbuster collecting 25 Crores which was made in 11 Crores.
2014 Krishna-Leela Krishna-Leela is based on a true life incident.Shashank(director) and Ajay Rao, the hit pair of blockbuster Krishnan Love Story are coming together once again. Mayuri (Of Kannada serial Ashwini Nakshatra fame is paired opposite Ajai Rao. Shooting is in Progress. Its planned to release by July–August of this year.

Its an action film made with a budget of 11 crore and went to collect 25 crores at the box office. It was released in overseas countries like dubai sharjah germany canada and many more countries .


Movies Nominations Won
Moggina Manasu FILMFARE:Nominated for all 8 Categories FILM FARE:Best Film,Best Director,Best Actress,Best Supporting Actor (M),Best Supporting Actress (F) KARNATAKA STATE AWARD:Best Actress
Krishnan Love Story FILMFARE:Nominated for all 7 Categories out of 8 UDAYA CHANNEL AWARDS:Nominated for all Categories SUVARNA CHANNEL AWARDS:Nominated for all Categories & BENGALURU HABBA AWARD FILMFARE:Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor(F),Best Singer(F) UDAYA AWARDS:Best Director, Best Actress SUVARNA AWARDS:Best Director,Best Actress, Best Singer (M), Best Singer(F) & BENGALURU HABBA AWARD FOR BEST DIRECTOR
Bachchan FILMFARE AWARDS: Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress SIIMA:Best Film, Best Actor, Best Comedian, Best Actor in a Supporting Role (F), Best Dance Choreographer, Best Cinematographer GCC Puraskar Media:Blockbuster Movie of The Year


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