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Malgudi days is a series made by India Doordarshan back in the 1986. The excellent writing style of the famous writer RK Narain and the hard workf actors and directors of the series make this series of short TV plays unique and un-compareable.

Shankar Nag

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Shankar Nag originally known as Shankar Nagarakatte, along with his elder brother Anant Nag was a popular 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

Shankar Nag was born on 9 November 1954 in Karnataka (in Mallapur village from Honnavar taluk (Near Kumta) of Uttara Kannada district). After completing formal education, Shankar moved to Mumbai). In Mumbai he was attracted to Marathi theatre and immersed himself in theatrical activities. Incidentally, he met his future wife, Arundhathi (ಅರುಂಧತಿ) during a drama rehearsal.

Shankar Nag then shifted base to Karnataka. His elder brother Anant Nag had already established himself as an actor and urged Shankar to act in films. He was offered a role of a mercenary by Girish Karnad in the epic movie, Ondanondu Kaaldalli, which was loosely based on Akira Kurosawa's masterpiece, Seven Samurai. His debut film as actor fetched him a national award at the Delhi International Film Festival. Thus began his film career, where, in a span of 12 years (from 1978 to 1990) he acted in some 90 Kannada movies, as a leading man, besides co-producing (with actor-brother Anant Nag ) and directing some films like 'Minchina Ota' (a rare example of a heist movie in Kannada) "Janma Janmada Anubandha" and "Geetha" (both of which had melodious music by South Indian maestro Ilayaraja)

Commercial film producers took notice of Shankar Nag and he began acting in typical masala movies. Shankar was an unconventional hero with an unshaven face, distinict swagger, dark eyes and a rough voice. Although he had never undergone any martial arts training, he earned the sobriquet of Karate King. His popular films include Auto Raja, Geeta, S.P.Sangliana, and Minchina Ota.

He had also identified himself with the Janata Party in 1980s.