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|Member of the Lok Sabha for Chitradurga|
10 October 1999 – 6 February 2004
|Preceded by||C. P. Mudala Giriyappa|
|Succeeded by||N. Y. Hanumanthappa|
2 December 1965
Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
|Political party||Indian National Congress|
|Janata Dal (Secular)|
Janata Dal (United) (–2004)
Saraswati (m. 1993)
Shashi Kumar (born 2 December 1965) is an actor and politician from the Indian State of Karnataka. A popular star in Kannada films, he was also seen in Tamil and Telugu cinema. He was a member of the 13th Lok Sabha representing Chitradurga and contesting on a Janata Dal (United) ticket. He joined the Indian National Congress in 2006.
Shashi Kumar's first released film was Chiranjeevi Sudhakara starring Raghavendra Rajkumar. In 1989 he became popular with Yuddha Kaanda starring V. Ravichandran and Poonam Dhillon and acted in key roles in big films like C.B.I Shankar and Sangliayana 2. Two successful 1990 films Rani Maharani and Baare Nanna Muddina Rani established him as a top hero of Kannada cinema. Shashi Kumar and Malashri, who acted together in several hit films together are considered one among the all-time great pairs of Kannada cinema. He was also paired with other popular actresses like Sudha Rani, Tara, Soundarya and Sitara. Shashi Kumar was also one of the most good-looking heroes of Kannada cinema only to veteran Anant Nag. Shashi Kumar also acted in a couple of Tamil and Telugu films, the prominent one being the Rajinikanth starrer Baasha.
Accident and career slump
At the peak of his acting career, he suffered a driving accident near the Bangalore Turf Club in the mid 1990s. The ensuing surgeries altered his looks. Consequently, he was no longer considered for lead roles with the huge banners. This also pushed him to take the plunge into politics. He made a comeback to cinema after a gap of 2-3 years and starred in supporting roles in multi-starrer films like Yajamana, Habba, Snehaloka and Yaarige Saluthe Sambala.