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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. He directed and acted in the teleserial, Malgudi Days, based on celebrated novelist R. K. Narayan's short stories.
9 November 1954
|Died||30 September 1990 (aged 35)|
|Occupation||Film maker, actor, television presenter|
|Family||Anant Nag (brother)|
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. 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.
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, 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 directingEdit
Following the modest success of Ondanondu Kaladalli and the critical accolades he won, Nag appeared in other films. Seetharamu, Auto Raja and Preethi Madu Thamashe Nodu were amongst his early commercial successes. 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, including that for best film. Janma Janmada Anubandha and Geetha 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 with top actress Bhavya who acted with him in 11 films.
His directorial ventures include Accident, which won many state and national awards, Ondu Muttina Kathe, which was loosely based on John Steinbeck's novel The Pearl), Nodi Swamy Navirodu Hige, Lalach and Hosa Theerpu, which was a remake of Dushman.
Television and theatreEdit
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. 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.
He anchored the Parichaya program on DD1-Kannada, in its starting days. 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.
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||Akshatha Rao||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||Suvarna|
|1980||Minchina Ota||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||None||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|
|Devara Aata||Yes||Sulakshana & Madhumalini||Double role|
|Bhaari Bharjari Bete||Yes||Jayamala|
|Dharma Daari Tappithu||Yes||Jayanthi|
|Gedda Maga||Yes||Aarati, Madhavi & Silk Smitha||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||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|
|Parameshi Prema Prasanga||Yes||Yes||None||Guest appearance|
|Manava Danava||Yes||Gayatri||Dual role|
|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
|Ee Bandha Anubandha||Yes||Zarina Wahab|
|Ondu Muttina Kathe||Yes||Yes||-|
|Mithileya Seetheyaru||Yes||-||Guest appearance|
|Anthintha Gandu Nanalla||Yes||Nishanti|
|Idu Saadhya||Yes||-||Guest appearance|
|Narasimha||Yes||Chandrika & Vanita Vasu|
|1990||S. P. Sangliyana Part 2||Yes||Bhavya|
|Ramarajyadalli Rakshasaru||Yes||Sonika Gill|
|Trinetra||Yes||None||Guest Appearance as Sangliyana|
|Nigooda Rahasya||Yes||Geetha & Vanita Vasu|
|1991||Nakkala Rajakumari||Yes||-||Guest Appearance|
|Punda Prachanda||Yes||Vanita Vasu|
|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 SouthEdit
IFFI Award for Best ActorEdit
- Silver Peacock Award for Best Actor (1979) for Ondanondu Kaladalli
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