Abhishek Shankar

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Abhishek Shankar
Other namesAbhishek
OccupationActor, director
Years active1995–present

Abhishek Shankar is an Indian film actor and director who has worked on Tamil-language films and in television dramas.[1]


Abhishek made his debut as an actor with Gnana Rajasekaran's critically acclaimed drama film Mogamul (1995), playing a leading role alongside Archana Joglekar.[2] Unable to sustain a career in films, he switched over to television in 1999 after Ekta Kapoor offered him a role in her new serial, Kudumbam.[3] He subsequently assisted her in the production of the Tamil television series, as well as portraying a comedy role. He went on to work on nearly forty more serials and rose to prominence, portraying the character Bhaskaran in the serial, Kolangal.[4] The success of the show meant he was selected to feature in other shows in the late 2000s including Malargal, Girija and Kollywood Court on television.[5][6]

In 2009, he announced his intentions of directing and producing films under his home banner of Hollywood to Bollywood Films. He began work on his directorial debut Kathai featuring newcomers, and the film had a low-profile release in January 2012. The film won mixed reviews, with a critic from Sify.com noting he "should be patted on his back for touching up on such a heavy subject".[7] Abhishek then announced another project titled Kaiyazhuthu with Shaan, who played the lead role in Kathai, during the making of his first film, but the venture was later left incomplete.[8] He launched another directorial venture in May 2012, a police action adventure with Samuthirakani in the lead role, but the film failed to progress.[9]

Selected filmography[edit]

As actor[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1995 Mogamul Babu
2001 Asokavanam
2003 Pallavan
2010 Azhagaana Ponnuthan
2011 Pathinaaru Gopalakrishnan
2014 Thalaivan
2014 Vaayai Moodi Pesavum
2014 Samsaaram Aarogyathinu Haanikaram Malayalam
2015 Aambala
2016 Pencil
2017 Thupparivaalan Madhivannan
2018 Sketch Shakthivel

As director[edit]

Year Film Notes
2010 Kathai


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