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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. 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.
Accident and Soaring Career
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.
|1988||Chiranjeevi Sudhakara||Debut as villain|
|1991||Ibbaru Hendira Muddina Police|
|1991||Gandanige Takka Hendathi|
|1992||Yedurmane Ganda Pakkadmane Hendthi|
|2000||Yaarige Saluthe Sambala|
|2002||Baanallu Neene Bhuviyallu Neene|
|2010||Rame Gowda Vs Krishna Reddy|
|2011||Sri Naga Shakthi|
|2011||Take It Easy|