Shashikumar

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Shashikumar Nayaka
Born Karnataka
Nationality India Indian
Occupation Actor

Shashikumar (Kannada:ಶಶಿಕುಮಾರ್) is an actor and politician from Karnataka, India. He is considered[by whom?] to be one of the 1990s' top actors in the Kannada film industry with a vast number of commercially successful movies. He is also known for his distinct dancing skills. In addition to Kannada movies, he has acted in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi movies.

His first released film was Yuddha Kaanda in 1989 which starred V. Ravichandran and Poonam Dhillon. Later he starred in some unsuccessful films like Baa Nanna Preetisu, Gandharva and Kollura Kaala.[1] The 1990 film Rani Maharani made him a successful star. Further, he went on to become one of the most sought after stars. Shashikumar, along with fellow South Indian actress Malashri, have been known as all time greatest pairs in Kannada movies. Other actresses Sudha Rani, Tara and Shruti were also paired with him in many films.

He has also acted in many Tamil and Telugu films. The prominent one is Rajinikanth starrer Baasha.

Accident and Soaring Career[edit]

Shashikumar was long considered one of the few handsome heroes and an able actor. At the peak of his acting career, he suffered a drunken-driving accident near the Bangalore Turf Club. Ensuing surgeries changed his looks. Consequently, he was no longer considered for leading roles with the huge banners. This also pushed him to take the plunge into politics. After a long gap, he has made a comeback to cinema and has acted in supporting roles in multi-starrer films like Yejamana, Habba and Yaarige Saluthe Sambala.

Political career[edit]

He has successfully contested and won the Member of Parliament elections for Chitradurga constituency.[2]

Selected filmography[edit]

Year Film Notes
1988 Chiranjeevi Sudhakara Debut as villain
1989 Yuddha Kaanda
1989 Indrajith
1989 C.B.I. Shankar
1990 Mruthyunjaya
1990 Rani Maharani
1990 Trinetra
1990 Wanted
1991 Ibbaru Hendira Muddina Police
1991 Anatha Rakshaka
1991 Readymade Ganda
1991 Kitturina Huli
1991 Gandanige Takka Hendathi
1991 Kalla Malla
1991 Keralida Kesari
1992 Kanasina Rani
1992 Shambhavi
1992 Yedurmane Ganda Pakkadmane Hendthi
1992 Aathma Bandhana
1993 Muddina Maava
1993 Kempaiah IPS
1993 Dharma Peeta
1993 Kalyana Rekhe
1994 Mutthanna
1994 Sammilana
1994 Kunti Putra
1994 Swathi
1995 Baasha Tamil film
1995 Thumbida Mane
1995 Anuraga Sangama
1998 Doni Sagali
1999 Khalayanaka
1999 Habba
1999 Snehaloka
1999 Coolie Raja
2000 Yaarige Saluthe Sambala
2000 Yajamana
2001 Bahala Chennagide
2001 Kanasugara
2002 Baanallu Neene Bhuviyallu Neene
2004 Sahukara
2007 Sringaram Tamil film
2007 Masti
2008 Slum Baala
2010 Lift Kodla
2010 Naradha Vijaya
2010 Rame Gowda Vs Krishna Reddy
2011 Sri Naga Shakthi
2011 Take It Easy
2012 Sangolli Rayanna
2013 Galaate
2013 Viraat Post production
2013 Vighna Filming
2013 Naa Mahabuddhivantha Announced

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