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Full Name Manoj Nelliyattu Shyamalan
Other Name Night Shyamalan
Profession Director, Screenwriter and Actor
Date of birth 6th August 1970
Place of birth Pondicherry, India
Religion Hindu
Sun Sign Leo
  • Filmmaking -> Tisch School of the Arts –
  • Graduation -> New York University – 1992
  • Episcopal Academy, a private school in Lower Merion, PA
Hair Coal-black
Eyes Lively brown
  • Father : Nelliate C. Shyamalan-> Is a cardiologist.
  • Mother : Jayalakshmi Shyamalan -> Is an obstetrician
  • Spouse : Bhavna – having 2 Kids ( Married since 1993 )
Name of his company Blinding Edge Pictures
Residence Wayne, Pennsylvania
Likes to read Comic books
Fueled the passion for filmaking Super-8 camera he received when he was 8 years old.
Idol   Steven Spielberg
First Film   Praying With Anger (1993)
Favorite films 
  • Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Godfather” – all time film
  • “Raiders of the Lost Ark”
  • “The Exorcist”
  • “Die Hard”
Favourite Director Alfred Hitchcock
  • Signs (2002) -> $12,500,000
  • Unbreakable (2000) -> $10,000,000
  • Sixth Sense, The (1999) -> $3,000,000
Sixth sense The movie made him a world famous screenwriter and director in 1999 and it was the  No.2 box-office phenomenon, surpassed only by Star Wars I.
Premiere’s annual Power 100 List
  • Ranked #23 in 2004
  • Ranked #21 in 2003
  • Ranked #64 in 2002
  • 5th-highest ranked director
Awards and  Honors
  • Episcopal Academy’s 2001 Distinguished Alumni Award
  • Gold in the 1999 blockbuster
  • Two Oscar nominations for Best Director and Best Picture for the film Sixth Sense
  • Golden Satellite 1999
  • Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (2004)
  • The Village (2004)
  • Signs (2002) -> Producer, Actor, Director, Writer
  • Unbreakable (2000) -> Producer, Actor, Director, Writer
  • The Sixth Sense (1999) -> Actor, Director, Writer
  • Stuart Little (1999) -> Writer
  • Wide Awake (1998) -> Director, Writer
  • Praying With Anger (1993) ->Producer,Actor,Director,Writer
  • With family moved from India to Penn Valley, Pennsylvania.
  • 1980 Began making film at age 10 (date approximate).
  • 1986 By age 16, had completed 45th short film.
  • 1992 Feature film debut as writer, director and star of “Praying With Anger”, filmed in Madras, India in 1992.
  • 1993-1994 Wrote screenplay for “Labor of Love”; sold to Fox for $750,000
  • 1995 Sold the script for “Wide Awake” to Miramax for $250,000 on condition the film will be done in  Philadelphia.
  • 1997 Hired to rewrite script for “Stuart Little” (1999).
  • 1999 Breakthrough film, “The Sixth Sense”, starring Bruce Willis and Haley Joel Osment; wrote and directed and made cameo appearance as a doctor.
  • 2000 Reportedly received $5 million to write and $5 million to direct the thriller “Unbreakable”, starring Willis and Samuel L Jackson.
  • 2002 Wrote and directed the supernatural thriller “Signs,” starring Mel Gibson and Joaquin Phoenix.
  • 2003 Reunited with Joaquin Phoenix for the horror feature  “The Woods”, for which he served as writer and director.
Fast Facts
  • Name pronounced SHAH-ma-lawn.
  • Middle name Night was made up during college.
  • 1988 Graduate of Episcopal Academy.
  • The silver charm worn around his neck was given to him by his father and contains Sanskrit proverbs to keep him safe.
  • Films are  religiously themed.
  • Next film The Life Of Pi which will be shot in Pondicherry, India
  • Got married when he was only 22 years old.
  • Well versed in martial art Kempo
  • Highest paid screenwriter in Hollywood (Disney gave him $5 million to write Signs (2002))
Quote “I play for a living…Success is tied to a feeling of magic, which I can protect and My hope is we broke so many rules we created a new rule”.

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