About M Night Shyamalan
Manoj Shyamalan, better known as M Night Shyamalan, is an Indian-American film producer, director, actor and screenwriter. He ascended to stardom in the late 1990s, following the success of his supernatural thriller movie The Sixth Sense, which garnered six Academy Award nominations, including the one for Best Picture. The other notable movies created by Shyamalan include Unbreakable, Signs, The Village and The Happening, one of his latest productions. Most of Manoj’s movies that achieved commercial success resulted from his cooperation with Hollywood imprints and Touchstone Pictures, one of distribution labels that belong to Walt Disney Studios. The filmmaker is also known for his inclination to stage his plots in the region of Pensylvania, where he grew up. As for 2013, M Night Shyamalan net worth is estimated at $50 million.
Manoj was born in India, in a family of Nelliate C. and Jayalakshmi Shyamalan. Although their fortune never came close to M Night Shyamalan net worth, both of his parents were considered wealthy in their hometown, Mahe. His father was a physician, while his mother specialized at gynecology.
Before Manoj, the second child of Nelliate and Jayalakshmi, was born, the whole family has moved to live in the United States. The future filmmaker was raised in Philadelphia, in an affluent suburban neighborhood. Although his parents affiliated with Hindu traditions, the boy attended private Roman Catholic Schools that provided the best secondary education. Following graduation from high school Shyamalan enrolled at New York University where he studied arts.
The first movie written, directed and produced by Manoj was a drama entitled Praying with Anger, partially based on his personal life. The main character of this film, portrayed by Shyamalan himself, was an Indian-American student, who travels to the land of his ancestors as part of student exchange program. Although this directorial debut did not result in a significant increase in M Night Shyamalan net worth, the box office revenues exceeded the budget: the movie cost $800 thousand and grossed $1.4 million. It joined relatively limited ranks of films dealing with problems relevant for South Asian American community, such as Green card Fever, The Nemesake, ABCD, American Chai and American Desi.
In 1999 Manoj released his most critically acclaimed movie so far, The Sixth Sense. This twisted plot film tells the story of fictitious child psychologist Dr. Malcolm Crowe, who tries to help the child suffering from hallucinations. As the movie goes on the protagonist discovers that the boy is not mentally ill, he’s just gifted with a supernatural ability to see and talk to the dead people. For the greatest surprise of the audience, by the end of the movie Dr. Malcolm Crowe appears to be one of the unhappy ghosts following the boy. The Sixth Sense was almost unanimously praised by critics and grossed more than $670 million worldwide. Needless to say, id added a solid sum to M Night Shyamalan net worth.