The Rise of M. Night Shyamalan and his Movies

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M. Night Shyamalan is an Indian – American filmmaker, screenwriter, producer, and actor who has a net worth of over 80 Million USD. He was born in the Indian town of Mahe, Puducherry, India and raised in Penn Valley, Pennsylvania in the USA. Shyamalan is best known for making thriller movies with contemporary supernatural plots and interesting twist endings. These films have earned a cumulative sum of over 3 Million USD over the last few years. Shyamalan gained international recognition when he wrote and directed 1999’s The Sixth Sense. Since then, Shyamalan has directed a number of notable films and a few of them include Lady in the Water (2006), After Earth (2013) and many more. Shyamalan is also a producer and screenwriter with a number of additional credits on a range of projects. To explore more about M.Night Shyamalan and his movies, look through this complete blog below. 

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Quick Facts

Full NameManoj Nelliyattu Shyamalan
Date of BirthAug 16, 1970 (50 Years)
Nationality American
Alma MaterNew York University
Height5’10 ft.
OccupationFilmmaker, Philanthropist, Actor
Years Active1992 – Present
Net Worth80 Million USD ( Updated 2020)

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M. Night Shyamalan’s Early Life

M.Night Shyamalan was born on August 6, 1970, in Mahe, Pondicherry, India. Raised by parents who were both doctors, Shyamalan emigrated with his family to the United States when he was just six weeks old. He was then brought up in Penn Valley, Pennsylvania, where he attended a Roman Catholic Grammar School despite being raised as a Hindu. From a very early age, Manoj was passionate about filmmaking. At the age of 17, the young teen had created 45 home movies. 

After his completion of secondary school, Shyamalan attended New York University on a Merit Scholarship basis in 1988. Although his father wanted Manoj to follow in his footsteps and choose the career path of being a doctor, his mother realized his passion and inclination towards filmmaking. While attending the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, M. Night Shyamalan adopted the stylized “M.Night” prefix as a professional name and eventually graduated in 1992. 

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M. Night Shyamalan Movies

M.Night Shyamalan’s first major film was the 1992 independent film Praying with Anger which he produced while studying at college. His next film, Wider Awake, saw a wider release, although it grossed just $305,704 on a $6 Million budget. After gaining writing credits for films like Stuart Little and She’s All That, M. Night Shyamalan’s major breakthrough came with the 1999 horror movie The Sixth Sense. The film grossed over $672 Million to become the second-highest-grossing and was nominated for a number of awards. 

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In 2010, Shyamalan made a bounce back with Devil performing better and in 2015, The Visit, a film that became one of the highest-grossing thrillers of the year with box-office earnings of $98 Million. He reached even greater heights with his next film, Split which grossed over $278 Million and Glass managed to rake in over $245 Million at the box office, in the year 2019.  

Outside of filmmaking, M. Night Shyamalan has worked on series such as Apple TV’s Servant and Wayward Pines. He also owns his own production company called Blinding Edge Pictures. 

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Shyamalan’s Personal Life 

M. Night Shyamalan has been married for many years to Dr. Bhavna Vaswani. The couple originally met while studying together at New York University. Over the course of their relationship, Shyamalan and Vaswani have had three children. 

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