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Who is M. Night Shyamalan?

by Ratan Srivastava
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M. Night Shyamalan (Manoj Nelliyattu “M. Night”) is indeed an Indian-American director and performer. He’s most recognised for creating unique movies with current spooky themes as well as surprising conclusions. He was born in the Indian state of Mahé and reared in the Pennsylvania town of Penn Valley. His movies have grossed more than $3.3 billion worldwide.

In 1992, he made his directorial debut with the film Praying with Anger. Wide Awake, a comedy-drama, was his second feature (1998). The supernatural thriller The Sixth Sense (1999), the comic book thriller Unbreakable (2000), the science fiction thriller Signs (2002), as well as the period-piece thriller The Village are among his best-known movies (2004). Shyamalan was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Director as well as an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for The Sixth Sense.

Following that, Shyamalan released a string of critically panned but commercially successful films, such as the dark fantasy Lady in the Water (2006), the eco-thriller The Happening (2008), The Last Airbender (2010) (a remake of the Nickelodeon animated television series Avatar: The Last Airbender), as well as the science fiction movie After Earth (2013).

Following the commercial disaster of After Earth, Shyamalan’s career was resurrected well with releases of The Visit (2015), Split (2016), as well as Glass, a comic book thriller (2019). With a combined budget of $34 million, these three pictures grossed $625 million at the box office. The third and final instalment in his Unbreakable film trilogy, which began in 2000, is Glass.

His most recent feature picture was indeed the supernatural thriller Old, which grossed $90 million on an $18 million budget in 2021.

In addition to directing, Shyamalan worked upon that horror picture Devil as a narrative writer and producer (2010). Shyamalan was also a writer for Stuart Little and did an uncredited rewrite for the adolescent flick She’s All That (1999). (1999). He’s also an executive producer on Wayward Pines as well as the critically praised series Servant, as well as an occasional director.

Shyamalan is also renowned for shooting as well as setting his movies in and around Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, as well as Reading, Pennsylvania, which is close by. The Touchstone and Hollywood Pictures and Universal imprints of Walt Disney Studios co-produced and released the majority of his commercially popular movies. The Indian government honoured Shyamalan with the Padma Shri award in 2008.

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