M. Night Shyamalan

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Manoj Nelliyattu Shyamalan (pronounced /ˈʃæməlɑːn/;[2] Malayalam: മനോജ് നെല്ലിയാട്ട് ശ്യാമളന്‍ Maṉōj Nelliyāṯṯu Ṣiyāmaḷaṉ, born 6 August 1970), known professionally as M. Night Shyamalan, is an Indian-born American filmmaker and screenwriter, known for making movies with contemporary supernatural plots that climax with a twist ending. He is also known for filming his movies (and staging his plots) in and around Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he was raised. Shyamalan released his first film, Praying with Anger, in 1992 while he was a New York University student. His second movie, the major feature film Wide Awake, made in 1996 but not released until three years later, failed to find financial success.

Shyamalan gained international recognition when he wrote and directed 1999's The Sixth Sense, which was a commercial success and nominated for six Academy Awards, including: Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay. He followed The Sixth Sense by writing and directing Unbreakable, released in 2000, which received positive reviews. His 2002 film Signs, where he also played Ray Reddy, gained both critical and financial success. His next movie The Village (2004) received negative to mixed results and plummeted at the box office after a strong opening weekend, his later fantasy film Lady in the Water (2006) performed even worse critically and financially. The film The Happening (2008) did financially better than his previous effort but was also panned by critics. His film, The Last Airbender (2010) has also received extremely negative reviews. His latest film, Devil (2010), which he produced and wrote the story for, but did not direct, was released on September 17, 2010 and has received mixed reviews.


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