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Manoj Night Shyamalan

Why Is He Famous?
Manoj Night Shyamalan is a US based and internationally acclaimed Hollywood director, screenwriter and actor. Shyamalan was born in Pondicherry, India. Manoj Night Shyamalan had an intense passion for movies from an early childhood, when he used to make smallfilms using his father's cam. It is interesting to know that by the age of 16 he had made more than 45short films!

"The sixth Sense", his third directorial venture, was one of the biggest box office hits ever in Hollywood. It was released in the year 1999 and was nominated for 6 Academy Awards. The success of this film made him the most famous and most recognized Indian face in Hollywood. Other movies of Shyamalan are - "Unbreakable", "Signs" and "The Village". Presently, Shyamalan is working on a new project called "The Life of Pi". The most peculiar thing about Shyamalan is that he exhibits the image and understanding of India through his films.

Background
Manoj Night Shyamalan was born on 6th August 1970 in Pondicherry, India. His father, Nelliyate C Shyamalan and mother, Jayalakshmi were both doctors and moved to the United States when Shyamalan was still a young boy. Shyamalan had his early education at a Catholic School and Philadelphia's Episcopal Academy. Since his childhood, Shyamalan had shown an early aptitude for movies. It was because of this reason that he chose the Tisch School of Arts at New York University to study film-making. During his final year at the NYU, Shyamalan wrote, directed and starred in his first feature film, 'Praying with Anger'. He also wrote the script for 'Stuart Little' in 1995 and made his second movie 'Wide Awake' in 1997. Shyamalan now lives in Philadelphia with wife Bhavana and Selitha, their daughter.

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