Shanker Ramakrishnan

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Shanker Ramakrishnan
ResidenceGowreesha Pattom, Trivandrum, India
OccupationFilm director, actor, scriptwriter
Spouse(s)Shruthi Udayakumar
ChildrenRishikanth, Aagneya

Shanker Ramakrishnan is an Indian film screenwriter, director, producer and actor, who works primarily in the Malayalam cinema.


He started his career immediately after completing post-graduation from the School of Management Studies, CUSAT.

In the collective film Kerala Café, Shankar scripted and directed the critically acclaimed film segment "Island Express". Prithviraj who played the lead character “Leon” in the film invited Shankar to write August Cinema’s maiden venture “Urumi[1]”. Urumi was a historical drama film directed and filmed by Santosh Sivan with Prithviraj and Genelia in the lead roles. The movie created a turning point in Shankar's artistic career and gave him opportunities to work on the wider canvas.

V. K. Prakash, the National Award winner, invited Shankar to write the Malayalam version of the Hindi film "Freaky Chakra". The Malayalam version was titled "Netholi oru Cheriya Meen Alla[2]" and was a postmodern experimental film starring Fahadh Faasil and Kamalinee Mukherjee.

Shankar’s filmography took a surprise detour when his mentor Ranjith offered him a role to play Alexey Thadeus, the free-spirited cancer patient, in his movie “Spirit”. The role won Shankar the ‘SIIMA Award for Best Male Debutant and best supporting actor awards including the ‘Mathrubhumi Medimix Movie Award’.[citation needed] Spirit was followed by V.K.P's “Poppins” and G.S. Vijayan's “Bavuttiyude Namathil” written by Ranjith.

Shankar then went on to play vivid characters in movies like "Seconds", Sreebala K. Menon's “Love 24X7” with Dileep, and Bobby-Sanjay’s "How Old Are You" with Manju Warrier, directed by Roshan Andrews.

He took a break from acting and began working on the mega project "Kunjali Marikkar IV"[3]" originally written by T. P. Rajeevan. The movie was initially expected to hit screens by end of 2018; however the film was indefinitely postponed owing to prior commitments of the crew[4]. Shankar has also completed the scripting of "My Story", which will have Prithviraj and Parvathy playing the lead roles.

Shankar recently announced his directorial debut with Pathinettam Padi[5]" to be produced by August Cinema. The video casting call for the new movie was hosted by actor Nivin Pauly on 17 August 2017, which went viral in the social media. On 2 October 2017, actor Mohanlal unveiled the title art of the movie.


As Actor[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
2012 Spirit Alexy Nominated, SIIMA Award for Best Male Debutant
Poppins Hari
Bavuttiyude Namathil Sethu
2013 Silence Schoolbus Driver
2014 Peruchazhi Andy/Sachidhanandhan
How Old Are You Minister
Seconds Mahadev
2014 Ente Sathyanweshana Pareekshakal
2015 Nirnnayakam Dr.Prakash Mathew
Love 24x7 Murali Gopalakrishna Pillai
Loham Gangster
2016 White Anwar

As Scriptwriter[edit]

Year Film Director Notes
2009 Kerala Cafe Himself Segment: Island Express
2011 Urumi Santosh Sivan
2013 Natholi Oru Cheriya Meenalla V. K. Prakash
2014 Ente Sathyanweshana Pareekshakal Subil Surendran Delayed-Screenplay
2017 My Story Roshni Dinaker

As Director[edit]

Year Film Notes
2009 Kerala Cafe Segment: Island Express
2019 Pathinettam Padi Released
2020 Ayyappan Announced
Year Title Role Channel Notes
2016 October – 2017 Rahasya Sancharangal Host Asianet Plus Television Debut


  1. ^ "Urumi".
  2. ^ "Natholi review".
  3. ^ "Kunjali Marikkar IV".
  4. ^ "Kunjali Marikkar IV postponed".
  5. ^ "pathinettam padi".

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