This film is Shankar’s least successful one at the box office. The story catered to the young audience and was not a film for all age-groups. Starring five debutants; Siddharth, Bharath, Thaman, Nakhul and Manikandan along with Genelia, the film was a coming-of-age film that focused on young love.
Once again the music of the film took centre-stage. AR Rahman and Shankar continued their successful collaboration. The film boasted of some novel picturisation techniques like the use of freeze frame in the song Ale ale and the animated girl in the Girlfriend song. Another song that really stood out was Boom boom. The entire look of the actors and the set was made out of waste materials.
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With Anniyan Shankar joined hands with the acting powerhouse Vikram. This was also the first film that he did not work with AR Rahman. Harris Jayaraj composed the music for this psychological thriller which made a strong commentary on Indian society as well. Of course the story telling was the high point of the film, but showcasing of cultural events like the Tyagaraja Aradhana music festival and the Brahmin agraharams and lifestyle were well executed. The reference to the Garuda Purana as the basis of the film is probably one of the best adaptations of Indian scriptures in modern cinema. The action scenes in the film were edge of the seat and truly entertaining. The climax scene of the film is a spine chilling moment and stays with you.
After 10 years the duo came together for I. Another thriller, the film was revenge action film. Just like in Anniyan, the transformation of Vikram in the film was talked about a lot. The film had its share of criticisms, but it was one of Vikram’s most successful films. The music for this film was AR Rahman which was once again a chartbuster. The film had a very long shooting schedule which lasted nearly three years.
8. Mottai Boss
Shankar’s career can be divided into two parts, before Sivaji and after Sivaji. When he cast Rajinikanth in Sivaji the Boss, the actor was making a comeback to acting. His previous film was Chandramukhi which came in 2005. Two years later Sivaji hit the screens. And with that Rajinikanth was back as the biggest Superstar. His slightly negative characterization and the bald look was the highlight of the film.
AR Rahman returned to Shankar’s films with Sivaji. The exquisite sets by Thotta Tharani, especially in the songs Sahana and Vaaji vaaji were unforgettable. The use of CGI to make the dark skinned Sivaji into a fair skinned man in the song Style was a novel idea.
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9. S Pictures
Shankar produced his former assistant Balaji Sakthivel’s film Kadhal, impressed by the story. The film starring Bharath and Sandhya, was a tragic love story. A commercial success, it went on to be remade in several regional languages. The film was made at a nominal budget and made a killing at the box office. With this film Shankar’s banner S Pictures was born. It came to be associated with a genre of films very different from his directorial ventures.
He followed it up with productions like Veyil and Kalloori. Veyil introduced music director GV Prakash Kumar to Kollywood.
10. Imsai Arasan 23am Pulikesi
One would never imagine that Shankar would be associated with a film like Imsai Arasan 23am Pulikesi. Except for the grand scale of the film, there was nothing ‘Shankar’ about it. It was a period comedy starring Vadivelu in the lead role. A comedy actor playing the hero, that too a dual role was a huge risk. And with it being a period film and the language being vintage Tamil, not many things were in favour of the film. To top it all it was directed by a debutant Chimbudevan.
But Shankar seemed to have gauged that the film was a hit waiting to happen and produced it under his banner. The contemporary social issues discussed in a period backdrop and with humour was the contributing factor for its success. The film became a landmark film for Vadivelu.