M. Night Shyamalan

American screenwriter, film director and producer

Manoj Nelliyattu Shyamalan (pronounced /ˈʃɑːməlɑːn/; മനോജ്‌ നെല്ലിയാട്ടു ശ്യാമളന്‍, Mitur Ben Es-Derti Tamil: மனோஜ் நெல்லியட்டு ஷ்யாமளன்,Latin English: Maṉōj Nelliyāṯṯu Ṣiyāmaḷaṉ, born 6 August 1970), known professionally as M. Night Shyamalan, is an American filmmaker and screenwriter who resides and works primarily in the United States. He is known for making movies with contemporary supernatural plots that climax with a twist ending. Some of his notable movies are The Sixth Sense (1999), Unbreakable (2000), Signs (2002), The Village (2004), Lady in the Water (2006), The Happening (2008) and The Last Airbender (2010). He is also known for filming his movies (and staging his plots) in and around Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he was raised.

M. Night Shyamalan
M. Night Shyamalan, 2008
Manoj Nelliyattu Shyamalan

(1970-08-06) August 6, 1970 (age 53)
Occupation(s)Film director, producer, screenwriter and actor
SpouseBhavna Vaswani (1993-Present)

Early Life


Shyamalan was born in a Hindu household in Mahé, Puducherry, India.[1][2] His father, Nelliate C. Shyamalan is a Malayali traditional physician (Vaidyar) from Mahé. His mother, Jayalakshmi is Tamil and is an obstetrician and gynecologist by profession.[3]


Year Film Director Producer Writer Actor Role Notes
1992 Praying with Anger Yes Yes Yes Yes Dev Raman
1998 Wide Awake Yes Yes
1999 The Sixth Sense Yes Yes Yes Dr. Hill
Stuart Little Yes
2000 Unbreakable Yes Yes Yes Yes Stadium drug dealer
2002 Signs Yes Yes Yes Yes Ray Reddy
The Four Feathers Yes
2004 The Village Yes Yes Yes Yes Jay (Guard at desk)
2006 Lady in the Water Yes Yes Yes Yes Vick Ran/The Vessel
2008 The Happening Yes Yes Yes Yes Joey Voice
2010 The Last Airbender Yes Yes Yes Yes Firebender at Earth Prison Camp
Devil Yes Yes Only credited for story concept; not screenplay
2013 After Earth Yes Yes 2015 The Visit

Other projects


Other websites



  1. 1.0 1.1 "The need for a Dev Patel in the Life of Pi". Rediff. 2009-02-20.
  2. Bamberger, Michael. The Man Who Heard Voices: Or, How M. Night Shyamalan Risked His Career on a Fairy Tale (Gotham Books, New York, 2006), p. 150.
  3. "Chennai Online". Archived from the original on 2009-02-09.