Sankar (writer & director)

Vijayamma Rajappan Sankar, commonly known as Sankar (Malayalamശങ്കർ), is an Indian film director, screenwriter, short story writer and novelist who works in Malayalam cinema and literature.

Sankar in 2013
Vijayamma Rajappan Sankar

(1981-04-13) 13 April 1981 (age 41)
Occupation(s)Film director, screenwriter, novelist
Years active2005–present
Notable workStreetlight, Oru Pennum Parayathathu, Priyappetta mammootty
Parent(s)Vijayamma, Rajappan Nair

Early and personal lifeEdit

Sankar was born on 13 April 1981 in Palamoodu village near Vembayam, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. After schooling from LPS and Gvt.BHS Kanniakulangara, he completed his graduation from Govt. College Nedumangad. He started his career as a media journalist and short story writer. He has also done audio programmes for Aakashavani, Thiruvananthapuram.

As directorEdit

Sankar is a self-taught filmmaker. His debut film as a director is Streetlight.

Year Film Language Role(s) Cast Notes
2012 Streetlight Malayalam Writer, director Krishnan Balakrishnan, Aparna Nair, Irshad, Maya Vishwanath Malayalam cinema debut


Streetlight (Malayalam - സ്ട്രീറ്റ്ലൈറ്റ് Sţrīṛṛlaiṛṛ) is a Malayalam film written and directed by Sankar. The film was shot entirely in Kerala with a cast that includes Aparna Nair, Irshad, Krishnan Balakrishnan and Maya Viswanath. The story of the movie is a free adaptation of the Malayalam novel written by Sankar named "Oru pennum parayathathu" (the story never told by a woman) and narrates the life of a prostitute who fights against the corrupt and malignant socio-political environment of Kerala society and finally makes her way successfully as a committed social worker. Her life is a journey from social alienation and stigma into a transformed and socially concerned person who becomes a godsend for the large group of orphaned children.

The central character, Hima hails from a middle-class family in southern Travancore. Her father under the influence of alcohol, rapes her while she is still an adolescent. Her mother learns about it and kills herself. Following this, her father leaves the family. Her brother misuses her to his own advantage. Left as almost an orphan, she ventures into labor work to make a livelihood. But there too she faces exploitation and harassment from male workers.

Later pressure from all sides drags her into prostitution. She adopts a minor girl raped and abandoned by some unknown persons. As she finds out the bitter truth of being an Aids patient, she decides to entrust the child to an orphanage and gets ready to face death. Her old friend Murukan seeks to sleep with her. But she backs out and forbids him, so as not to get him infected with the deadly disease. Her life takes a miraculous turn as she gives up the thought of suicide and takes up the role of a brave-hearted and committed social worker. Adopting many street children and pioneering women's and children's welfare, she carves out her own place in the society.

Her autobiography wins the state award for literature. And the Mother Teresa award for the best social worker is given to her.

The cast is Aparna Nair as Hima, Irshad as Sakhavu, Krishnan Balakrishnan as Murukan, Praveen Prem as Room Boy Kumar, Pro.Aliyar as Father, Krishna as Brother, Sunitha as Mother, Maya Viswanath as Dr Saraladevi, Ambika Mohan. The film was produced by R. K. Kurup under the banner of Ridge Event and media Pvt. Ltd., and distributed by SENSE Group. Songs are composed by Kaithapram Vishwanathan Nambudiri; singers are K. J. Yesudas, Madhu Balakrishnan and others. Cinematography is by AnishLal who had cranked camera for Sankar's earlier films; sound design is by N.Harikumar; art design is by Arkan S. Kollam.

Writing careerEdit

Sankar is also known for his bold stands, reactions, and writings on social and political issues at various magazines. His articles made many controversies and widely discussed in Kerala. Oru valakilukkathinte Oarmakku (Memories of the Bangles) is his first published short story collection. Oru Pennum Parayathathu (The Story Never Told by a Woman) is his first published novel. Poopoloral (A Man Like a Rose) and Kaappi marangalkkidayile penkutty (The Girl from Coffee Country) are his other books.

No. Title Category Publisher
1 Oru valakilukkathinte Oarmakku (A Memorable Symphony of Bangles) Short story collection Parithi Publications
2 Oru Pennum Parayathathu (The Story Never Told by a Woman) Novel Haritham Books
3 Poopoloral (A Man Like a Rose) Novel Melinda Books
4 Kaappi marangalkkidayile penkutty (The Girl from Coffee Country) Short story collection Haritham Books

Television projectsEdit

He has scripted and directed few television programmes like 'Sindhurasmaranakal', 'Gramodhayam',[citation needed] 'Archana',[citation needed] 'Nakshatraperuma', 'Nirammankiya Ormangalilude',[citation needed] Priyappetta Mammootty Arangettam,[citation needed] Story Time, Oarmayiloode,[citation needed] etc. scripted documentary like "Havyam",[citation needed] 'Varnacharthu',[citation needed] etc. He received the Holy Faith Television Award for the TV programme Priyappetta Mammootty. He also got the Mahatmaji Kathasamanam for the year 1998.


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