Auto Shankar (film)

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Auto Shankar
Auto Shankar Grand 100 Days poster.jpg
Directed byD. Rajendra Babu
Produced byRamu
Written byB. L. Venu

Tushar Ranganath

Screenplay byAjay kumar
Story byAjay kumar
Shilpa Shetty
Radhika Kumaraswamy
Music byGurukiran
CinematographyH.C. Venu
Edited byT. Shashikumar
Ramu Films
Release date
  • 9 September 2005 (2005-09-09)
Running time
170 minutes

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]

As the director wasn’t healthy during the majority of the shoot, Telugu film Industry's renowned associate director Shiva Rama Krishna, an associate of Puri Jagannadh, directed the songs and fight sequences and major portions of Shilpa Shetty. 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 , in Hindi as Shilpa - The Big Don and in Malayalam as Sarappa Sundari.

The movie was remade in Bangladeshi in 2017 as Ohongkar [3] thereby becoming the fifth Kannada film to be remade in Bangladeshi as well as the fifth Kannada movie to be remade in a foreign language after Anuraga Aralithu , Appu, Kothigalu Saar Kothigalu and Appayya.[4]


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,[5][6] but Auto Shankar turned out to be more successful than Namma Basava.[7]Shilpa is still known for her villanious performance in the film.


Music Director: Guru Kiran

The music of the song "Ready Ready" was used in the Telugu film Nagavalli and the music was given by Guru Kiran.

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".[8]


  1. ^ a b "Auto Shankar (2005) - IMDb" – via
  2. ^ "Auto Shankar (2005) - IMDb" – via
  3. ^ Unlimited Audio Video (12 June 2017). "Ohongkar Teaser - Shakib Khan - Bubly - Toma Mirza - Ohongkar Bengali Movie 2017" – via YouTube.
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  5. ^ "Namma Basava and Auto Shankar hit the 100days mark". 13 March 2011. Retrieved 23 July 2012.
  6. ^ "Kannada audio race : Jogi, Amrithdhare, Vishnu Sena, Anna Thangi, Uppi Dada MBBS, top five films : Jogi, Amrithdhare, Auto Shankar, Namma Basava, Swamy, Guru Kiran has now become the toast of Kannada film music fans". Archived from the original on 27 April 2014. Retrieved 23 July 2012.
  7. ^ "Upendra vs Puneeth !". Chakpak. 19 March 2012. Archived from the original on 4 May 2012. Retrieved 23 July 2012.
  8. ^ "I won't endorse vulgarity: Shilpa". Hindustan Times. 8 August 2006. Archived from the original on 27 April 2014. Retrieved 26 April 2014.

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