“ನನ್ನ ತಮ್ಮ ಶಂಕರ” (My Brother Shankar) – A biography of Shankarnag

22 Feb

I just read the book “ನನ್ನ ತಮ್ಮ ಶಂಕರ” (My brother Shankar) a biography of Shankar Nag written and narrated by his brother Anant Nag. I have always been fascinated by Shankar Nag but never had a chance to get an  insight into his short but great life period until I read ‘My brother Shankar’. Not a surprise that lakhs of people even today worship Shankar Nag as a personality worth emulating. Not because he is an actor, Shankar became common man’s hero just cause of his simplicity, his restlessness, big power dreams, ideas and projects for societal development and for being close to common man in real life and his portrayal of real life characters in various movies.

In a short span of 36 years that he lived Shankar Nag reached a height which will remain unattainable for years to come.

You step out of your home in Bangalore and you will see an Auto or a Cab with Shankar Nag’s photo.  Majority of Auto stands in Bangalore are named after Shankar Nag – a tribute for his portrayal of an auto driver in the movie Auto Raja.

An entire generation grew up watching his films, hearing about stories of his life and his tragic death. But Shankar Nag still remains as a mystery for many of us. The book is a descent attempt by Ananth Nag to reveal the life and dreams of his much celebrated brother.

Below passage sheds enough light about Shankar Nag’s thought process and his big dreams.

Narrator – Anantnag.

Shankar had a big idea in his mind. A huge project comprising many projects:

 ‘If you consider the Studio, farm house and dairy projects we didn’t get anticipated results. But we shouldn’t lose heart, we have to move on. This is what it takes to get success. Diversification!!

We should consider 4-5 projects at a time. If one fails, there will be another. All of them can’t fail. One project will be a supplement to the other, they won’t result any harm to each other.

  1. First of all a country club – Let’s start a country club in our farm. Let’s take a loan and make arrangements to provide all the facilities of a club, and let’s advertise it. Thousands of people from foreign countries have come to Bangalore. They have money to spend. All the leading clubs are having waiting lists for memberships. It’s not so easy to get a membership. There are no places in and around Bangalore which would provide modern day entertainment to people. Moreover there are not enough good places to hang out with family. We will definitely get support.
    We both have earned the trust. Let’s see what we can do.

  2. We visited one in Canada, do you remember? Amusement  Park!
    Let’s start a similar one near Nandi Hill Base. Different Kinds of amusements, games, toys, garden, food court – A huge picnic spot. Thousands of people would come with their families, friends and kids.
    To add color to that, there has to be a rope way from Nandi base to Nandi hill with lower ticket charges for children and slightly higher amount for adults. Lakhs of people will come from neighboring states, from other parts of country and from foreign as well. They would definitely be amused by our achievement and would be proud of Indians.
    There is one more hill near Nandi. That hill would be altered to resemble the Chamundi Hill of
    Mysore by laying proper roads. On top of the hill a five star hotel should be built. Off course this would only be for rich people. But think about the revenue it would earn for government.

  3. There is a German technology to manufacture bricks. Those bricks are made using a mixture of chemical compounds and they last for long. Specialty is that there is no electricity required to manufacture the bricks. The brick factories use the wind mills and wind energy.  Because of this fact, the bricks would be made available at a very cheap rate and they would definitely help the middle class and lower middle class people to build their dream homes.

  4. There is an Austrian technology using which houses can be built with pre fabricated sheets. A machine manufactures these sheets, several thousand sheets per day. Houses could be built in mass scale – like a thousand houses per month. They offer good resistance against wind, rain and earthquake and have a life time of 50 years.
    A house with a bedroom, hall, kitchen and bathrooms would be made available for Rs 45000. The project would help millions of people who currently reside in slums; it would also help in eradication of slums.

  5. Ready wear garment factories: through which employment opportunities to thousands of people, export of manufactured garments, foreign exchange which would result in tax free national income.

  6. Reconsideration of BangaloreMetro Rail Project which is in sidelines for many a years.

Shankar said all these in a breath and turned towards the air hostess and said “Two doubles please”
I didn’t speak a word. I was reluctant to break his thought process. I had my own sets of doubts but still I was wondered by Shankar’s ideas and thoughts.

Upon receiving the ordered drink, Shankar said – “Cheers brother”.

“Cheers man”

“Why are you not speaking?”

“Plan is fabulous Shankar…” 

“Stop, don’t say anything more. Just be with me. I will do the driving”

I gazed at him as if he was a stranger.

“What are you staring at?”

“Nothing, of course I am with you Shankar”.

Pick a copy of “ನನ್ನ ತಮ್ಮ ಶಂಕರ”, though the narration seems slow and rickety at places, sure will it offer an interesting read, inspiring as well.


Posted by on February 22, 2012 in Books, Inspiring


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43 responses to ““ನನ್ನ ತಮ್ಮ ಶಂಕರ” (My Brother Shankar) – A biography of Shankarnag

  1. Deepika

    February 22, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    Definitely I want to read it .. Great review!

    • mithun

      December 30, 2013 at 6:36 am

      have u got that articles?

    • Vinay Ku Mar

      October 15, 2014 at 7:17 am

      hi deepika i wants to read “ನನ್ನ ತಮ್ಮ ಶಂಕರ” biography of shankar nag can u please send me the weblink of pdf document where i can able to download it & read

    • filmmaker ganesh

      February 10, 2015 at 1:27 pm we are going to do Documentory on this support us kinldly

  2. rajesh

    March 7, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    plzzzzzzzz read it, and makw his dreams come true, we r young generation we shul make our country has a wonderful country…

  3. manjunath.v.c

    March 31, 2012 at 10:35 am

    shankar nag one of the great son of bharath matha…………….

  4. Pooja

    April 11, 2012 at 11:41 am

    Mr.Shankar Nag is great human being with loads of uncountable intelligence.. Am a great fan of him..

    • shashidhar

      December 29, 2013 at 10:32 am

      im also a big fan of shankarnag, i won,t spend a day without speaking abt him ,his work, and listening songs of his film

    • mithun

      December 30, 2013 at 6:37 am


  5. keshavprashanth

    April 11, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    Thank you all for stopping by.. thanks for the read and comment.

  6. raghavendra sv

    July 7, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    shankar anna i miss u lot ,when ever i remember u i wil get tears on my eyes,love u lot forever and ever missssssssssssssssss u ,hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

  7. Kumuda

    August 19, 2012 at 8:30 am

    I picked up this book last week end 12th August 2012,started reading it on 18th Aug 2012. Finished reading it just now ,19th Aug @ 2:00 PM! Imagine i could not stop reading until i finished it…..Shankarnag was ahead of times in his work, every walk of his life. We are not lucky to have him with us!It was a good narration by Anatnag.

  8. keshavprashanth

    August 25, 2012 at 9:40 am

    So true.. a nice read, inspiring and encouraging as well.

  9. lava

    September 6, 2012 at 8:09 am

    shankar is in my heart !!!!!!!

  10. nikitha

    September 25, 2012 at 9:59 am

    shankar anna you are a true role model to all such young generation………… thanks for giving such a great teleserial malgudi days………..
    seriously i miss u a lot……. plz read this book and make worth in your life………..

    • mithun

      December 30, 2013 at 6:39 am

      wher u got book?

  11. Appu

    October 4, 2012 at 11:03 am

    Hi Shankaranna, u r being such a great person still their is no repect from the govenment side…what a silly government it is..We will try to make ur dreams successfull atleast by forwarding it

  12. Madhu V

    October 9, 2012 at 4:03 am

    sir ondu mathu helthini desha katto obba magana bharatha mathe kalkod edale

  13. N Vedakumar

    October 24, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    love you shankar anna i miss you lot.. ur the legend of kannada industry
    ..Nivu Nammanu Bittu hodru nimma nenapu sada namma hrudayadalli
    eruttira yakendre kala devaru nivu. ANNA MATTE HUTTI BHA

  14. Madhu

    November 9, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    forever Shankar Nag sir will be in our heart

  15. Babu u.l

    November 14, 2012 at 10:49 am

    Shankaranna obba kalaavidha alla kalege devaru ha devarannu kaledu kondu bari chitrarangavalla navu tabbali yagiddivi mathe hutti baruttare hendu nanage nambike ide


    December 1, 2012 at 11:02 am

    he is truly legendery ……… there is no more doubt. his walking style, exceptional vocal, its awesome. you can imagine…. of police inspector unifom with shankar nag …… iam great fan of him… when i saw my childwood first moovie sp sangliana. also he is ideal man for auto drivers, by auto raja moovie…. matte hutti baaaaaaa.{nagaraj +919611073625}

  17. Ramu

    December 10, 2012 at 10:52 am

    Shankar Anna i miss u lot iam a great fan of u
    i request god to send u again to Karnataka
    jai Karnataka

  18. raghu

    December 17, 2012 at 11:00 am

    shankaranna is a great person to introduce the kannada filam ,, like he has worked around 12 years , still he have a crores to gether fans ,, so plz try to come once agin to the earth ,,

  19. nagaraj yadav

    January 18, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    shankarnag is real perishable legend of Kannada cinema industry……………….Iam really mad about him………….

    please reborn Shankara nag …… hands off you………………………………… people are remember you lots………………

  20. megha kothari

    March 31, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    please read this book.because its helps young generation thanku

  21. MAHESH

    August 27, 2013 at 9:07 am

    please reborn shankar nag…………………………………………….i am fan

  22. kumar bk

    September 11, 2013 at 3:57 am

    kumar bk bhaktharahalli shankarnaga big boss

  23. Ravi.RS

    December 5, 2013 at 9:46 am

    My Role Model is a Shanker Nag, I am Big fan of Shanker anna,He is multitasking person,he is inspiration person for all young people, his estimation was very interesrting,his acting was real….his life styled was more impact on all leves people,,,,,, He was very very simple person,,,,,,,Superb…………….Hi Shanker Bro born again to karnataka,,,,,,,, your values was very very gooddddd…………


    December 13, 2013 at 6:04 am

    i treat u as god in my life shankaranna we r young we try and try to make ur dreams come true n ur blessing shld be there fr ever shankaranna though i cant remember sun and moon but i always remember u and i worship u as godddddddddddd shankaranna .nivu yale idru karnatakake mathe hutti banniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii

  25. Abhijeet

    December 20, 2013 at 11:19 am

    i will read this book and we can get types of ideas and how to work on life.


    December 23, 2013 at 10:55 am



      December 23, 2013 at 10:57 am


  27. Santhosh Nayaka

    April 15, 2014 at 11:09 pm

    “Shankar Nag”, his name shines till the sun shines in the universe. I will always pray for re-born of ‘Shankar Nag’ in Karnataka again.

  28. dhanu

    May 2, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    newer creyet the nag. but nag creyetar everting. thats shenkarnag

  29. Mahesh Raj

    May 10, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    Ever Green Hero of Kannad Film Industires. No One is There, No Will Born again in the Future… He is the God of Auto…..

  30. Chetan

    June 17, 2014 at 5:57 am

    A true human Being

  31. dharmesh

    June 18, 2014 at 4:54 am

    i have read this book really its wonderful,.. really we miss a great legend shankarnag sir

  32. s.kumar

    October 24, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    can i get english version of this book any one pls reply ….

  33. Santhosh kumar n

    October 28, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    Hats of shankaranna matte utti baa

  34. MANU

    November 9, 2014 at 7:48 pm


  35. Santosh

    November 28, 2014 at 7:56 am

    No words to say about him, Hats Off

  36. Deepak m badiger

    January 31, 2015 at 7:24 pm

    Mr Shankarnag is ‘Vivekanda of karna taka’, avaru ega iddire, surely mr narendra modi would have joined him in his team to develoup our nation. Hats off to shankar naag. He will be always with us.


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