Shankar Nag

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Shankar Nag
Shankar Nagarakatte

(1954-11-09)9 November 1954
Died30 September 1990(1990-09-30) (aged 35)
OccupationFilm maker, actor, television presenter
Years active1977–1990
(m. 1980)
FamilyAnant Nag (brother)

Shankar Nagarakatte (9 November 1954 – 30 September 1990) was an Indian actor, screenwriter, director, and producer known for his work in Kannada-language films and television.[1][2] He directed and acted in the teleserial, Malgudi Days, based on novelist R. K. Narayan's short stories.

Nag received the inaugural IFFI Best Actor Award (Male): Silver Peacock Award" at the 7th International Film Festival of India for his work in the film Ondanondu Kaladalli.[3] He co-wrote 22 June 1897, an Indian national award-winning Marathi film. He is the younger brother of actor Anant Nag.[4][5] Vincent Canby, the chief film critic of The New York Times had opined that Shankar's performance in Ondanondu Kaladalli had the force and humour of the younger Toshiro Mifune.[6]

Early career[edit]

Shankar Nagarkatte was born on 9 November 1954 in Honnavar, in the state of Mysore, (present-day Karnataka), India.[7] His parents were Anandi and Sadanand Nagarkatte. Born into a Konkani-speaking family, his family settled in Shirali, a village near Bhatkal in Uttara Kannada of Karnataka State. He had an elder sister, Shyamala, and an elder brother, actor Anant Nag. After completing formal education, Nag moved to Bombay. There, he was attracted to Marathi theatre and immersed himself in theatrical activities. Incidentally, he met his future wife, Arundhathi during a drama rehearsal.

Nag then shifted base to Karnataka. His elder brother Anant had already established himself as an actor and urged Nag to act in films. In 1978 Nag made his debut in the role of a mercenary in Girish Karnad's epic film Ondanondu Kaladalli, where he played a mercenary who earns a position in a rival army to get even with his brother, whom he considers his enemy.

Acting and directing[edit]

Following the modest success[citation needed] of Ondanondu Kaladalli and the critical accolades he won,[citation needed] Nag appeared in other films. Seetharamu, Auto Raja and Preethi Madu Thamashe Nodu were amongst his early commercial successes.[citation needed] He eventually became known for his action films, and while he had never undergone any martial arts training, he earned the nickname "Karate King".

Around the same time,[when?] he also made his directorial debut with Minchina Ota, one of the earliest heist movie in Kannada cinema. This won him seven state awards,[citation needed] including that for best film. Janma Janmada Anubandha and Geetha[8] followed. There was no looking back after that.

Some of his most popular commercial movies as an actor include Nyaya Ellide, Nyaya Gedditu,Gedda Maga, Sangliyana and S. P. Sangliyana Part 2 and C.B.I. Shankar. He formed a popular pair[citation needed] with top actress Bhavya who acted with him in 11 films.

His directorial ventures include Accident, which won many state and national awards,[citation needed] Ondu Muttina Kathe, which was loosely based on John Steinbeck's novel The Pearl),[citation needed] Nodi Swamy Navirodu Hige, Lalach and Hosa Theerpu, which was a remake of Dushman.

Television and theatre[edit]

In 1987, Nag directed the Doordarshan series Malgudi Days, which was based on a collection of short stories by R.K. Narayan. The series featured Vishnuvardhan and Anant Nag, with music by was composed by L. Vaidyanathan.[9] The series was shot in Agumbe, Shimoga district, Karnataka. Nag went to direct another teleserial, Swami, in the same year. Malgudi Days has been rated as one of the finest serials ever to be made in the history of Indian television.[10][11]

He anchored the Parichaya program on DD1-Kannada, in its starting days.[citation needed] Nag retained an interest in theatre. His brother Anant Nag and he founded Sanket, an amateur theatre group, which still[when?] produces plays. His first directorial effort in Kannada theatre was Anju Mallige by Girish Karnad. He continued with productions like Barrister, Sandhya Chhaya. He was later joined by T. N. Narasimhan, who wrote and co-directed Nodi Swamy Navirodu Hige which had, apart from himself, his wife Arundhati Nag and Ramesh Bhat in the cast.

Social Work[edit]

Shankar Nag, was multi-faceted person, involved in various aspects of Karnataka's Infrastructure. He is credited with pioneering efforts in initiating

  • Rope Way/Cable Car to heighten the tourist experience at [ Nandi_Hills][12]
  • Metro Train for Bengaluru[13]
  • Low Cost Houses that could be built in 8 days [14][15]
  • Club for Amusement [16]
  • Theater for performing Arts, including Drama [17]


Nag died in a car crash at Anagodu village on the outskirts of Davanagere town on 30 September 1990 during the pre-production work for his film Jokumaraswamy.[18][19] His last film as an actor, Sundarakanda, was released a few days after his death. For Sundarakanda, Nag's voice was dubbed by Murali.[citation needed]Nigooda Rahasya, one of his last films also had his brother, Anant Nag, complete the voice dubbing.[citation needed]


Year Title Credited as Heroine Notes
Actor Director Producer Writer
1978 Sarvasakshi Yes None Marathi film
Ondanondu Kaladalli Yes Akshatha Rao Silver Peacock for the Best Actor Award (Male)[20]
National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Kannada
1979 22 June 1897 Yes - Marathi film
National Film Award for Best Film on National Integration
Seetharamu Yes Manjula
Preethi Madu Thamashe Nodu Yes Manjula
Madhu Chandra Yes Jayamala
I Love You Yes Suvarna
1980 Minchina Ota Yes Yes Yes Yes None Karnataka State Film Award for Second Best Film
Karnataka State Film Award for Best Screenplay
Auto Raja Yes Gayatri
Moogana Sedu Yes Manjula
Haddina Kannu Yes Manjula
Ondu Hennu Aaru Kannu Yes Fatafat
Aarada Gaaya Yes Gayatri
Rusthum Jodi Yes Gayatri & Manjula
Janma Janmada Anubandha Yes Yes Yes Yes Manjula
1981 Thayiya Madilalli Yes Aarati
Kula Puthra Yes Gayatri
Hanabalavo Janabalavo Yes Gayatri
Geetha Yes Yes Yes Yes Akshata
Devara Aata Yes Sulakshana & Madhumalini Double role
Bhaari Bharjari Bete Yes Jayamala
Muniyana Madari Yes None
Jeevakke Jeeva Yes Sarita
1982 Archana Yes Manjula Guest Appearance
Benki Chendu Yes Manjula
Karmika Kallanalla Yes Swapna
Nyaya Ellide Yes Sangeetha
Dharma Daari Tappithu Yes Jayanthi
1983 Lalach Yes - Hindi film
Gedda Maga Yes Aarati, Madhavi & Silk Smitha Triple role
Nyaya Gedditu Yes Roopadevi
Hosa Theerpu Yes Yes -
Chandi Chamundi Yes Jayamala
Keralida Hennu Yes Manjula & Vijayshanti
Swargadalli Maduve Yes None
Aakrosha Yes Aarati
Nodi Swamy Navirodu Hige Yes Yes Yes Mysore Matha Karnataka State Film Award for Third Best Film
1984 Nagabekamma Nagabeku Yes Pavitra
Raktha Thilaka Yes Jayamala
Gandu Bherunda Yes Jayamala
Thaliya Bhagya Yes Sapna
Benki Birugali Yes Jayamala
Kalinga Sarpa Yes Manjula
Indina Bharatha Yes Ambika
Bedaru Bombe Yes Jayamala
Shapatha Yes Nalini
Pavithra Prema Yes Aarati
Accident Yes Yes None National Film Award for Best Film on Social Issues
Karnataka State Film Award for Best Film
Aasha Kirana Yes Geetha & Shyamlee
Makkaliralavva Mane Thumba Yes Yes - Cameo
Apoorva Sangama Yes None
1985 Thayi Kanasu Yes Sumalata
Parameshi Prema Prasanga Yes Yes None Guest appearance
Manava Danava Yes Gayatri Dual role
Kiladi Aliya Yes Gayatri
Vajra Mushti Yes Gayatri
Kari Naga Yes Veteran Nirmala
1986 Thayiye Nanna Devaru Yes Pallavi
Na Ninna Preetisuve Yes None
The Watchman Yes None English film
National Award for Best Feature Film in a language other than those specified in the VIII Schedule to the Constitution[21]
Agni Parikshe Yes Bhavya
Rasthe Raja Yes Gayatri
Samsarada Guttu Yes Mahalakshmi
1987 Thayi Yes Bhavya
Ee Bandha Anubandha Yes Zarina Wahab
Huli Hebbuli Yes Bhavya
Digvijaya Yes None
Lorry Driver Yes Bhavya
Anthima Ghatta Yes Urvashi
Ondu Muttina Kathe Yes Yes -
1988 Shakthi Yes Ramya Krishna
Sangliyana Yes Bhavya
Dharmathma Yes Ambika
Mithileya Seetheyaru Yes - Guest appearance
1989 Tarka Yes Vanita Vasu
Mahayuddha Yes
Anthintha Gandu Nanalla Yes Nishanti
C.B.I. Shankar Yes Tara
Idu Saadhya Yes - Guest appearance
Raja Simha Yes Bhavya
Jayabheri Yes Bhavya
Narasimha Yes Chandrika & Vanita Vasu
1990 S. P. Sangliyana Part 2 Yes Bhavya
Ramarajyadalli Rakshasaru Yes Sonika Gill
Maheshwara Yes Sumalata Dual role
Trinetra Yes None Guest Appearance as Sangliyana
Aavesha Yes Bhavya
Hosa Jeevana Yes Deepika
Halliya Surasuraru Yes Bhavya
Bhale Chathura Yes Chandrika
Aata Bombata Yes Srilata
Nigooda Rahasya Yes Geetha & Vanita Vasu
1991 Nakkala Rajakumari Yes - Guest Appearance
Punda Prachanda Yes Vanita Vasu
Sundara Kanda Yes Sivaranjani
Nagini Yes Rajani
1992 Prana Snehitha Yes Bhavya


Year Title Language Notes
1987 Malgudi Days Hindi TV series


Karnataka State Film Awards[edit]

Filmfare Awards South[edit]

IFFI Award for Best Actor[edit]


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