Manoj Shyamalan (born 6 August 1970), known professionally as M. Night Shyamalan, is an American screenwriter, film director, and producer known for making movies with contemporary supernatural plots. He is also known for filming his movies (and staging his plots) in and around Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he was raised. Most of Shyamalan's commercially successful films were co-produced by Disney's Touchstone Pictures film division. In 2008, Shyamalan was awarded the Padma Shri by the government of India. Shyamalan was born in a Hindu household in Mahe, Pondicherry, India. His father, Nelliate C. Shyamalan, is a Malayali physician from Mahe. His mother, Jayalakshmi, speaks Tamil and is an obstetrician and gynecologist by profession. In the 1960s, after medical school (at the Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research in Pondicherry) and the birth of their first child, Veena, his parents moved to the United States.
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