Auto Shankar (film)

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Auto Shankar
Auto Shankar Grand 100 Days poster.jpg
Directed by D. Rajendra Babu
Produced by Ramu
Written by Ajaykumar
B. L. Venu
Starring Upendra
Shilpa Shetty
Radhika Kumaraswamy
Music by Gurukiran
Cinematography H.S. Venu
Edited by T. Shashikumar
G. Sasikumar
Release date
  • 9 September 2005 (2005-09-09)
Running time
170 minutes
Country India
Language Kannada

Auto Shankar is a 2005 Kannada film starring Upendra, Shilpa Shetty, Kutty Radhika and Sudharani.[1] The film was directed by D. Rajendra Babu and produced by Ramu, of Ramu Enterprises.[1]

The movie was filmed in a variety of locations including Austria, Finland, the Bangalore Palace, and the Mysore Lamps Factory, Mysore.[2] The film was dubbed in Tamil as "Aanavakari" and in Hindi as " Shilpa - The Big Don". The move was also dubbed in Malayalam as " Sarappa Sundari".


Shankar (Upendra) is a middle class auto driver. He is friendly and jovial. Maya (Shilpa Shetty), a money-lender, is brought up in a rich family. She is portrayed as a boorish character. She is unscrupulous in recovering loans given to the poor and has designed crude methods to recover the money. She is also the daughter of a lady don.

Shankar defends the poor and fights the moneylenders. Several interesting battles follow, after which the Maya loses all her property and prestige. It is also revealed that she is not really the daughter of the lady don. She then learns a lesson that reforms her attitude. She makes amends and Shankar embraces her as the two fall in love. Shankar finally fights all the gangsters led by the lady don and brings an end to all the injustice being imposed on the poor.


Box office[edit]

Auto Shankar successfully ran for 100 days. The film was released at the same time as the Puneeth Rajkumar starrer Namma Basava and there was a fierce competition between the two films. Both the films were successful at the box office,[3][4] but Auto Shankar turned out to be more successful than Namma Basava.[5]


Music Director : Guru Kiran The song " Ready Ready" music was used in Telugu film Nagavalli and the music was given by Guru Kiran only.

Song title Singers
" Kabaddi Kabaddi " Rajesh Krishnan, Malathi
" Kachhi Kachhi " Udit Narayan
" Line Hodi" Malgudi Subha, Guru Kiran
" Raja Muddu Raja" S. Janaki , P.B. Sreenivas
" Ready Ready" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
" Yen Madlo " Sundar


The movie sparked off a controversy with regard to a photo of Shilpa Shetty from the movie. A Madurai based lawyer filed an obscenity case against Shetty. Shetty however, protested by saying that "It (the photo) is not vulgar. I am an actor and an entertainer and I won't endorse vulgarity".[6]


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