Sankar (film director)

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Born Sankar
(1981-04-13) 13 April 1981 (age 39)
Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India
Occupation Film director, writer
Years active 2005–present
Notable work(s) Streetlight, Oru Pennum Parayathathu, Priyappetta mammootty
Parents Vijayamma, Rajappan

Vijayamma Rajappan Sankar (v.r.sankar), commonly known as Sankar (Malayalamശങ്കർ ) is an Indian movie director, screenwriter, short story writer and Novelist. who works in Malayalam cinema and literature.

Early and personal life

Sankar was born in 13 April 1981 in Palamoodu village near Vembayam, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.[no citations needed here] After schooling from LPS and BHS Kanniakulangara, he completed his graduation from Govt. College Nedumangad.[no citations needed here] He started his career as a media journalist and short story writer. He has also done audio programmes for Aakashavani, Thiruvananthapuram.[no citations needed here]

Film career

Sankar is a self-taught filmmaker.[no citations needed here] His debut film as a director is Streetlight (2012), starring Aparna Nair, Krishnan Balakrishnan, Irshad (actor) and Maya Viswanath. The story of Streetlight is a free adaptation of the novel Oru Pennum Parayathathu (The Story Never Told by a Woman) and narrates the life of a prostitute who fights against the corrupt and maligned socio-political environment of the society of Kerala and finally makes her way successfully in to a committed social worker. Her life is a journey from social alienation and stigma in to transformed and socially concerned person who becomes a godsend for the large group of orphaned children.

Writing career

Sankar is also known for his bold stands, reactions and writings on social and political issues at various magazines.[no citations needed here] His articles made many controversies and widely discussed in Kerala.[no citations needed here] 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.

As Director

Year Film Language Role(s) Cast Notes
2012 Streetlight Malayalam Writer, Director Krishnan Balakrishnan, Aparna Nair, Irshad, Maya Vishwanath Malayalam Cinema Debut.

Television projects

He has scripted and directed few television programmes like 'Sindhurasmaranakal',[no citations needed here] 'Gramodhayam',[no citations needed here] 'Archana',[no citations needed here] 'Nakshatraperuma',[no citations needed here] 'Nirammankiya Ormangalilude',[no citations needed here] 'Priyapetta Mamootty' Arangettam,[no citations needed here] Story Time,[no citations needed here] Oarmayiloode,[no citations needed here] etc. scripted documentary like "Havyam",[no citations needed here] 'Varnacharthu',[no citations needed here] etc. He received the Holy Faith Television Award for the TV programme 'Priyappetta mammootty'.[no citations needed here] He also got the Mahatmaji Kathasamanam for the year 1998.[no citations needed here]

As Writer

No. Title Category Publisher
1 Oru valakilukkathinte Oarmakku (A memorable symphony of bangles) short story collection Parithi pablications
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