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8 S Shankar movies available on OTT that you don’t want to miss
Akshay Krishna
Aug 17, 2021
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Shankar, who started his career as a writer and director is a filmmaker that has taken the industry by storm on multiple occasions. He loves using visual effects in his movies and is considered one of the earliest directors to make it popular across the country. The use of visual effects in movies like Jeans and Kadhalan were discussed in length during their release. As a writer, he often pens the everyday citizen around social issues and uses his direction to further make the character feel real. Shankar has an eye for the spectacular, and this has made him a fan favourite for many years now. 

Here are eight Shankar movies available on OTT that you don't want to miss.

1
Gentleman
8.3OTTplay Rating
This vigilante thriller was Shankar's debut film and showed signs of big things to come from him. In this modern-day Robin Hood story, Krishnamoorthy (Arjun Sarja) is a small businessman, who also is a robber who steals from the rich and gives it to the poor, with the help of his friend. The film is known for its screenplay and big scale production. Shankar dishes out a fast-paced entertainer that keeps the audience rooting for the protagonist and at the edge of their seats. The director also seamlessly integrates the movie with humour, emotions and well-choreographed action and stunt scenes.
2
Indian
8.4OTTplay Rating
Indian follows Senapathy (Kamal Haasan), an ex-freedom fighter who turns into a vigilante and fights corruption. Senapathy is also a well-trained fighter and a man on a mission in this blockbuster. The acting, make-up, cinematography and music all stand out in this cult classic, making it a must-watch. Kamal is seen in two roles and a sequel of the film is currently in the works, with Shankar helming it.
3
Jeans
7OTTplay Rating
Jeans revolve around Visu, who falls in love with Madhumitha. However, their plans to marry are opposed by Visu’s father. He wants Visu to get married along with his twin Ramu and that too to other twins. A solution comes when the father is introduced to Madhumitha’s twin, who doesn't exist. Jeans is one of the earliest movies that established visual effects in Indian cinema, with multiple twins appearing in the movie played by Prashanth, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Nassar. These effects that took the industry by storm during its release makes Jeans worth the watch even today.
4
Mudhalvan
8.4OTTplay Rating
Mudhalvan follows Pugazh (Arjun Sarja), a journalist who accepts the challenge of being the Chief Minister for a day from the CM himself. He follows by suspending corrupt officials and arresting the real CM. His actions have big ramifications and the CM is out to take revenge on Pugazh. Mudhalvan tells the story of a common man, and the director does the job of putting us in the protagonist's place. He also takes social issues and delivers them on screen with entertainment value and great performances from Arjun and Manisha Koirala make this film highly entertaining even today.
5
Boys
7OTTplay Rating
This 2003 Tamil hit follows the life of five boys and a girl. These boys, though from different backgrounds, spend their time doing nothing productive, smoking, drinking and having fun. When Munna (Siddharth) decides to marry Harini (Genelia Deshmukh) against the wishes of their parents, their life starts to change. Boys are adored by young audiences even today for the characters the story is built around. Some of the song sequences in the movie are still enjoyed of Shankar’s use of special effects and Boys is the movie to enjoy an idle evening.
6
Anniyan
8.6OTTplay Rating
Anniyan is the story of Ambi (Vikram), an everyday man who is fed up with the system, who has multiple personality disorders. While Ambi is a simple law-abiding citizen, he often turns into Anniyan, a vigilante who uses terror to punish people who do wrongs. Anniyan is a dark, gritty film that is fused with humour, romance and emotions and has to stand out action scenes that make the movie a fan favourite even today. Vikram delivers a powerful performance, with him playing three personas, and the interrogation scene sees Vikram deliver big and this movie is a must-watch.
7
Sivaji: The Boss
7.6OTTplay Rating
Sivaji (Rajinikanth) is a successful software systems architect who returns to India to invest in his country but is cheated out of all his wealth by corrupt politicians and officials. Sivaji hits back the only way he knows. Rajini as Sivaji is as charismatic as ever and the film compliments his persona with its story, music, camera work and even some song sequences. Shankar does what he does best and creates a character that the audience can back and this makes the movie more engaging and entertaining.
8
Enthiran
7.3OTTplay Rating
In this sci-fi thriller, Vaseegaran (Rajinikanth) builds Chitti, a functioning robot. When the robot is taught to feel emotions, he falls in love with Sana (Aishwarya Rai Bachchan), Vaseegaran’s girlfriend, and everything goes south. Enthiran is a ground-breaking movie because of how it is filmed and the visual effects. Rajini owns the role as a robot gone wrong and his trademark mannerisms add to the role. Shankar can build a world around the character and take the audience there and this makes Enthiran a highly rewatchable movie. Already a cult classic, this is not to be missed. A sequel named 2.0 was also made and it shot Shankar to greatness around the globe.

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