Shankar Nagarkatte (9 November 1954 – 30 September 1990), known as Shankar Nag, was an actor and director of Kannada cinema. He also directed and acted in the teleserial, Malgudi Days, based on celebrated novelist R.K.Narayan‘s short stories. Besides these, he was actively involved in Kannada theatre activities. He co-wrote 22 June 1897, an Indian national award-winning Marathi film.
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Minchina Ota (Kannada: ಮಿಂಚಿನ ಓಟ) is a 1980 Indian Kannada language heist film directed by and starring Shankar Nag with his brother Anant Nag and Lokanath in pivotal roles. The supporting cast features Priya Tendulkar and Ramesh Bhat, who made his debut in the film.
The film won seven awards at the 1979–80 Karnataka State Film Awards including Second Best Film, Best Actor (Anant Nag) and Best Supporting Actor (Lokanath). The film is seen as a milestone in the careers of the Nag brothers.
Geetha (Kannada: ಗೀತಾ) is a 1981 Indian Kannada language romance drama film directed by and starring Shankar Nag and Akshata Rao in the lead roles. The supporting cast features K. S. Ashwath, Ramesh Bhat and Gayathri. Ilayaraaja composed the soundtrack and the background score for the film that and was declared a blockbuster musical hit. The track “Santhoshakke” from the film became widely popular in Karnataka and is still performed for in concerts and other events.
Accident is a 1985 Indian Kannada language film directed by Shankar Nag. The film stars his elder brother Anant Nag and wife Arundhati Nag in lead roles. It was considered a landmark film in Kannada cinema.
The film won the National Film Award for Best Film on Other Social Issues at the 32nd National Film Awards in 1985. It also won multiple awards at the 1984-85 Karnataka State Film Awards including the award for First Best Film.
Nodi Swamy Navirodu Heege (Kannada: ನೋಡಿ ಸ್ವಾಮಿ ನಾವಿರೋದು ಹೀಗೆ) was a 1983 Indian Kannada language film directed by and starring Shankar Nag. It also stars Master Manjunath (“Chintoo”), Arundhati Nag and Ramesh Bhat.
The music was composed by noted composer G. K. Venkatesh. The title song became a chartbuster. Master singer Bhimsen Joshi sang in the film on insistence of G. K. Venkatesh. His song “Bhagyada Laxmi Baramma” was the highlight of the film.
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Malgudi Days is an Indian television series based on the works of R.K. Narayan. The series was directed by Kannada actor and director Shankar Nag. Carnatic musician L. Vaidyanathan composed the score. R. K Narayan’s brother and acclaimed cartoonist R. K. Laxman was the sketch artist. The series was made in 1986 by film producer T. S. Narasimhan with Anant Nag as the lead actor.