Mani Shankar Mahadevan is not only a director of repute in the world of Indian films, but also has his own production house called Bhairav Films which produces short and documentary films, music videos, and, corporate films. He operates from his studio cum residence in Hyderabad.
Mani Shankar was born as Shankar Mani, on 3rd August, 1957 in Guntur. His father was a renowned scholar from Andhra University. Mani completed his graduation from BITS Pilani. He has three children called Bhairav, Rohini, and Prem. He started his career with directing Telugu serials. He then went on to direct music videos which became very popular.
He is also well known for his direction of some popular Hindi films like 16th December, Rudraksh, and, Tango Charlie. His latest directorial venture was a film called Mukhbir, starring Sameer Dattani, Om Puri and Suniel Shetty.
Mani served under the former Indian Prime Minister P. V. Narasimha Rao as his personal media advisor. During this stint he gained experience and fame as an editor. Mani Shankar was also a journalist for the United Nations.
Mani has made a presentation for President Bill Clinton when he visited India and received many accolades for the same. He also worked on a video presentation for President George W. Bush when he came to Hyderabad in 2006, which was very well received.
He was awarded an Honorary Rotary Award and a gold Nandi Award for his Screenplay in the film Manishi. He also won two bronze Nandi Awards for his direction.