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The final accident. About real life and reel lives. Anant Nag Actor Photos. Jamuura Blog. By Deepak Venkatesha.

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Posted on December 02, 2015 Numbers always gives perspective, it's said and hence I start this note, that I meant to write for a long time, with numbers. 35 years old. 90+ films in his career, of which he directed 9, wrote another 9 (not all same) across Kannada (predominantly) and Marathi. He was also a producer and set up the first indie production house, so to speak. He was the only one who was loved by the two segments of the film watching population that never seem to agree on the idea of films. Auto drivers in the city of Bangalore, even today, after 25 years of his death, have photos of him on the back of their autos and the street corners, where the autos line up have, either a poster of him or a photo of him. He is called 'Auto Raja' and 'Karate King' by the masses.

He was Shankar Nag (Shankar Nagarkatte) and I am writing this as my ode to the man who made me love movies & forced me to look at this profession. This was great cinema to us. The man who still is every Karnataka auto driver's hero: Happy 60th birthday Shankar Nag. The man who still is every Karnataka auto driver's hero: Happy 60th birthday Shankar Nag The News Minute | November 9, 2014 | 4.50 pm IST Today would have been Shankar Nag’s 60th birthday, had he not died in a car accident on September 30, 1990.

The man who still is every Karnataka auto driver's hero: Happy 60th birthday Shankar Nag

But despite the passage of so many years, the man and the actor remains popular among many of Bangalore’s auto drivers, because his portrayal of Raja, an auto driver in Auto Raja struck a chord in a way that no other film did. Even today, auto drivers who were not even born when Nag died, carry images of the actor on their vehicles. The phenomenon was so widely prevalent, that a filmmaker named Sushma Veerappa made a documentary on it. IT IS A RAINY EVENING in early May when I squeeze into an autorickshaw at Mathikere in north Bangalore with some friends.

Electric blue lights blink above the driver’s seat; fluorescent stickers glow on the windshield; and speakers at the back play loud Kannada film music. “Where, madam?” The auto driver asks, over the blaring music, expertly turning on the auto meter with his left hand while adjusting the rearview mirror with his right. “Cantonment,” I reply, and then, spotting the photograph of a stylish man with thick hair at the bottom-right corner of the windshield, whose features I can only dimly make out through the white, sticky flipside of the sticker, ask, “Is that Shankar Nag?” The driver smiles, and shakes his head. Shankar Nag. Team Shankarnag. ನನ್ನ ನೆನಪಿನಂಗಳದಿಂದ..: ಶಂಕರ್ ನಾಗ್ - ಒಂದು ನೆನಪು!!

ಶಂಕರ್ ನಾಗ್ ಹುಟ್ಟಿದ್ದು Nov 9 - 1954.

ನನ್ನ ನೆನಪಿನಂಗಳದಿಂದ..: ಶಂಕರ್ ನಾಗ್ - ಒಂದು ನೆನಪು!!

ಊರು ಉತ್ತರ ಕನ್ನಡ ಜಿಲ್ಲೆಯ ಕುಮಟ ಹತ್ತಿರದ ಮಲ್ಲಾಪುರ್ ಎಂಬ ಊರು. ಕೆಲಸ ಮಾಡಲೆಂದು ಆಯ್ಕೆ ಮಾಡಿಕೊಂಡ ಊರು ಬಾಂಬೆ. ಅಲ್ಲಿ ತಮ್ಮ ಅಣ್ಣ ಅನಂತ್ ನಾಗ್ ಜೊತೆ ಇರುತ್ತಿದರು. ಅಣ್ಣನಂತೆ ನಾಟಕ ರಂಗ ಮತ್ತು ಬ್ಯಾಂಕ್ ಒಂದರಲ್ಲಿ ಕೆಲಸ ಮಾಡುತ್ತಿದ್ದರು. ಅನಂತ್ ನಾಗ್ ತಮ್ಮ ನಟನಾ ಕಲೆಯನ್ನು ಹಿಂದಿ ಚಿತ್ರೋದ್ಯಮದಲ್ಲಿ ಮೊದಲು ಬಾರಿಗೆ ಶ್ಯಾಮ್ ಬೆನೆಗಲ್ ಅವರ "ಅಂಕುರ್" ಚಿತ್ರದಲ್ಲಿ ತೋರಿಸಿದರು. ಅವರು ಚಲನಚಿತ್ರ ರಂಗಕ್ಕೆ ನಟನಾಗಿ ಬಂದಿದ್ದು ಆಕಸ್ಮಿಕ. ಈ ಚಿತ್ರವು ದಾಂಡೇಲಿ ಮತ್ತು ಬೆಳಗಾವಿ ಹತ್ತಿರದ ತುರಮುರಿ ಮತ್ತು ಹುನಸಿಕಟ್ಟಿ ಎಂಬ ಗ್ರಾಮದಲ್ಲಿ ಚಿತ್ರೀಕರಣ ಗೊಂಡಿದ್ದು.

ತಾನು ಅಳಕುತ್ತ ಒಪ್ಪಿ ನಟಿಸಿದ ಚಿತ್ರಕ್ಕೆ ಅವರಿಗೆ ಅಂತಾರಾಷ್ಟ್ರೀಯ ಮನ್ನಣೆ ಮತ್ತು ಗೌರವ ತಂದು ಕೊಟ್ಟಿತು. ಈ ಮುಖಾಂತರ ನಿಮಗೆಲ್ಲ ಶಂಕರ್ ನಾಗ್ ಅವರ ಪ್ರಥಮ ಚಿತ್ರ "ಒಂದಾನೊಂದು ಕಾಲದಲ್ಲಿ" ಕೆಲವು ಚಿತ್ರಗಳನ್ನು ಒಟ್ಟಿಗೆ ಇಲ್ಲಿ ಇಡುತ್ತಿದ್ದೇನೆ. ಕೊನೆಯ ಮಾತು: ಪ್ರತಿಯೊಬ್ಬ ಕನ್ನಡಿಗರು ತಮ್ಮ ಜೀವನದಲ್ಲಿ ಒಂದಿಲ್ಲ ಒಂದು ಸಾರಿ ಅಂದುಕೊಂಡಿರುತ್ತಾರೆ "ಇವತ್ತು ಶಂಕರ್ ನಾಗ್ ಇದ್ದಿದ್ದರೆ ನಮ್ಮ ಕನ್ನಡ ಚಿತ್ರರಂಗ ಇಂದು ಪೂರ್ತಿ ಬೇರೆಥರಾನೇ ಇರುತ್ತಿತ್ತು"!!

Anant Nag is the Keynote in Gadda Viji’s Film. Anant Nag at 66 is still hungry for good roles.

Anant Nag is the Keynote in Gadda Viji’s Film

One look at the latest stills of his upcoming film + (plus) and everybody can vouch that he can still give a run to the younger crop of actors. Director Gadda Viji, who has envisioned the new look of this veteran actor, has taken us back to his earlier days. This is Viji’s second film after Dyavre. Gadda Viji's next film has a hatke title. SHANKAR NAG: History of Shankar nag. Karnataka. In July last year I came across a Kannada book called 'Nanna tamma Shankara' (My brother Shankara) written by Anant Nag, brother of the late film maker and actor Shankar Nag.


I grew up on a strong diet of Shankar's 'Malgudi Days' and was witness to the Nag brothers in the 80s via their many Kannada and Hindi movies. It was only over the last few years that I have had the chance to properly process the impact of Shankar's untimely demise not only on Kannada cinema but also on Karnataka. Over this time period I have read a lot about Shankar's off screen life, his passionate associations with theater, his immersion in literature of Pablo Neruda and Gabriel Garcia Marquez among others and his highly ambitious visions for both Bengaluru and the rest of the state.

Raju Hiremath: Shankar Nag - Memories Recalled. Shankar Nag - noted Kannada film director, actor was born on Nov 9 - 1954 in Mallapur Village near Kumta, Uttara Kannada (present karwar) district in karnataka, India.

Raju Hiremath: Shankar Nag - Memories Recalled

His elder Brother is Ananth Nag - a noted kannada film actor. Being born in a orthodox Brahmin family - these two brothers were not the ones who tread an orthodox path. However they were good in their studies. Frontline October 18, 2013 ANANT NAG ‘Films were bolder in the past’ ANANT NAG, unarguably one of Kannada cinema’s greatest actors, has also been one of its most recognised faces.

Frontline October 18, 2013 ANANT NAG ‘Films were bolder in the past’

The “handsome-as-hell” actor has acted in more than 100 films in Kannada, Marathi, Konkani, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam in a career spanning over four decades. About real life and reel lives. Malgudi Days videos by travel & culture services. Shankar Nag, auto-man for the people. Updated: Thu, Apr 11 2013. 09 10 PM IST.

Shankar Nag, auto-man for the people

Team Shankarnag. Nanna Tamma Shankara: Anant Nag: Kannada Books at SapnaOnline. Remembering Shankar Nag. Kashi, actor and member of Sanket theatre recalls working with Shankar.

Remembering Shankar Nag

Unique, that was Shankar Nag for me. He was a leader and a visionary, the sort I am yet to come across again. He was ahead of his times and always had the interest of the society in mind. Ropeway for Nandi Hills, low cost housing for the poor and metro rail for Bangalore were among his futuristic visions. In fact in 1986, he had even built a low cost house in just three days in Yalahanka. He was also for building hospitals for the poor. Having also felt the need for a metro for Bangalore, he had sent us to Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai to observe the train system.

Speaking of the serial, I still remember the time when he had taken four test episodes to Doordarshan for approval. Shankar was like a bubbling soda bottle. The final accident. Shankar Nag.