Here is a list of famous directors from Kollywood who are former assistant directors or been introduced by director Shankar. These directors really make director Shankar proud with their movies, we can expect more from them in the upcoming years
1. Balajee Sakthivel:
One of the most powerful content oriented directors of Tamil cinema was a former assistant director For Shankar in his early days. His first film Kadhal (starring Bharath and Sandhya) was produced by Shankar under his productions and become a trend setter in the industry. He directed some of the well appreciated movies in Kollywood like Vazhakku en 18/9, Kalloori etc
Vasanthabalan is another famous assistant for director Shankar who worked with him in movies like Jeans. He was identified with his script for the movie Veyyil and it was produced by Shankar’s S pictures. The movie was selected and screened in Cannes film international and the team of director Shankar, vasanthabalan and hero of the movie Pasupathi represented the movie in Cannes. The movie won national award and filmfare awards too.
3. Atlee Kumar:
He can be considered as the most popular assistant from the school of director Shankar, considering his blockbuster hit and association with actor Vijay in Theri, now the combo is also working together for the second time in Vijay 61 (unnamed project). Atlee worked closely with Shankar during Endhiran and he got opportunity to interact with Vijay during the shoot of Nanban (remake of 3 idiots)
Recently in the news for his super his Kutram 23 with Arun Vijay, is a former assistant director of Shankar (gold medal winner in the MGR film university) . His first film Earam with Aari in the lead was produced under s pictures banner and was a super hit
Chimbudevan also was not a direct assistant for Shankar, but his script was identified and appreciated by Shankar and also his first movie “Imsai Arasan 23 am Pulikesi” was produced under S pictures banner. Chimbudevan was well known after his association with Vijay in high budget ‘Puli’ movie. Now “Imsai Arasan 23 am Pulikesi” part 2 is rumored to be under works
Director A Venkatesh was a former associate director worked for Shankar in the movies Gentleman and Kadhalan. A Venkatesh known for making movies in span of months, gave hits like Aei starring Sarathkumar, Kuththu and Dum staring Simbhu aka STR
Director Madhesh is another popular director who was former assistant to director Shankar. He worked in the movies like Gentleman and Kadhalan. Madhesh is famous for making superhit movies like Chocolate (Prashanth and mumtaj starring) and ilayalathalapathy Vijay starring Madhura which was released immediately after Gilli.
Apart from these top 7 names there were others like Director shree of movie “Damaal dumeel” and Karthik of movie “kappal” (small budget comedy film) which may not known to general audience much as those movies did not make it big.