9 November 1954
|Died||30 September 1990 (aged 35)|
|Occupation||Film maker, actor, television presenter|
Arundathi Rao (m. 1980)
|Parent(s)||Sadanand Rao (father), Anandi (mother)|
|Family||Anant Nag (brother)|
Shankar Nagarakatte (Kannada: ಶಂಕರ್ ನಾಗರಕಟ್ಟೆ), better known as Shankar Nag (9 November 1954 – 30 September 1990) was an Indian actor, screenwriter, director, and producer known for his work in Kannada-language films and television. He directed and acted in the teleserial, Malgudi Days, based on celebrated novelist R. K. Narayan's short stories.
Shankar 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. He co-wrote 22 June 1897, an Indian national award-winning Marathi film. He is the younger brother of actor Anant Nag.
Shankar Nagarkatte was born on 9 November 1954 in Honnavar, in the state of Mysore, (present-day Karnataka), India. 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, Shankar moved to Mumbai. In Mumbai, 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 Shankar to act in films. In 1978 Shankar 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
Shankar was lapped up by commercial cinema. Seetharamu, Auto Raja and Preethi Madu Thamashe Nodu were amongst his early commercial successes. He made for an unconventional hero with an unshaven face, distinct swagger, dark eyes and had a rough voice.The masses accepted him as an action hero. Although he had never undergone any martial arts training, he earned the sobriquet of Karate King. At the same time he made his directorial debut with Minchina Ota, the pioneering heist movie in Kannada cinema. This won him seven state awards, including best film. Janma Janmada Anubandha and Geetha (both with music by Ilayaraja) followed. There was no looking back after that. Shankar became the pioneer of balancing acting with directing, massy commercial movies with classy meaningful movies. Some of his most popular movies include Nyaya Gedditu, Sangliayana and C.B.I Shankar.
His directorial ventures include Accident (which won many state and national awards), Ondu Muttina Kathe (with Rajkumar in the lead – loosely based on John Steinbeck's novel The Pearl), Nodi Swamy Navirodu Hige, Lalach and Hosa Theerpu (remake of Dushman – his only directorial remake in Kannada). Accident particularly is a landmark in Indian Cinema.
Shankar did not limit his efforts to cinema. He was equally immersed in theatre and television. Malgudi Days is the best example of Shankar's oeuvre on television. Prior to globalisation, Doordarshan was the only broadcaster in India. In addition to programme production, Doordarshan used to invite private producers to produce television serials. Shankar accepted the offer and directed Malgudi Days, based on the collection of short stories by R.K.Narayan in 1987, under the banner of Padam Rag Films. Well known actors Vishnuvardhan and Anant Nag appeared in the serial. Master Manjunath, who played the role of impish Swami, became a household name. The music, accompanied by the nasal twang on YouTube was composed by L. Vaidyanathan. The teleserial was shot in Agumbe, Shimoga district, Karnataka. Shankar went to direct another teleserial, titled 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.
He anchored the Parichaya program on DD1-Kannada, in its starting days. Shankar retained an interest in theatre. His brother Anant Nag and he founded SANKET, an amateur theatre group, which still produces plays. His first ever directorial effort in Kannada was Anju Mallige by Girish Karnad. He continued with productions like Barrister, Sandhya Chhaya. Sometime here he was 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.
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. His last film as an actor, Sundarakanda, was released a few days after his death. For Sundarakanda, Nag's voice was dubbed by Murali.Nigooda Rahasya, one of his last films also had his brother, Anant Nag, complete the voice dubbing.
|Ondanondu Kaladalli||Yes||-||Silver Peacock for the Best Actor Award (Male)|
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
|Preethi Madu Thamashe Nodu||Yes||Manjula|
|I Love You||Yes|
|1980||Minchina Ota||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Katte||Karnataka State Film Award for Second Best Film|
Karnataka State Film Award for Best Screenplay
|Ondu Hennu Aaru Kannu||Yes||Fatafat|
|Rusthum Jodi||Yes||Gayatri & Manjula|
|Janma Janmada Anubandha||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Manjula|
|Bhaari Bharjari Bete||Yes||Jayamala|
|Dharma Daari Tappithu||Yes||Jayanthi|
|Gedda Maga||Yes||Aarati & Madhavi||Triple role|
|Keralida Hennu||Yes||Manjula & Vijayshanti|
|Nodi Swamy Navirodu Hige||Yes||Yes||Yes||Mysore Matha||Karnataka State Film Award for Third Best Film|
|Accident||Yes||Yes||Ravi||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|
|Parameshi Prema Prasanga||Yes||Yes||Guest appearance|
|Manava Danava||Yes||Gayatri||Dual role|
|1986||Thayiye Nanna Devaru||Yes|
|Na Ninna Preetisuve||Yes|
|The Watchman||Yes||English film|
National Award for Best Feature Film in a language other than those specified in the VIII Schedule to the Constitution
|Ee Bandha Anubandha||Yes||Zarina Wahab|
|Ondu Muttina Kathe||Yes||Yes|
|Mithileya Seetheyaru||Yes||Guest appearance|
|Anthintha Gandu Nanalla||Yes|
|Idu Saadhya||Yes||Director||Guest appearance|
|1990||S. P. Sangliyana Part 2||Yes||Bhavya|
|Ramarajyadalli Rakshasaru||Yes||Sonika Gill|
|Trinetra||Yes||Guest Appearance as Sangliyana|
|1991||Nakkala Rajakumari||Yes||Guest Appearance|
|1987||Malgudi Days||Hindi||TV series|
- Best Second Film (1979–80) along with Anant Nag for Minchina Ota
- Best Screenplay (1979–80) along with Mariyam Jetpurwala for Minchina Ota
- Best First Film (1984–85) for Accident
- Best Director (1984–85) for Accident
Filmfare Awards South
- Best Director (1980) for Minchina Ota
IFFI Award for Best Actor
- Silver Peacock Award for Best Actor (1979) for Ondanondu Kaladalli
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