Shekher was born Sattanathapuram Venkataraman Shekher on 26 December 1950. He completed his diploma in Mechanical Engineering and post diploma in Air Conditioning and Refrigeration. He is married to Uma (Grand daughter of G. Ramanathan).The couple have a daughter named Anuradha and a son named Ashwin who debuted in the Tamil flick Vegam. He is a Tamil playwright and film actor known best for his slapstick humour and for his public welfare initiatives. In 2006, he made an entry into politics by contesting and winning the Legislative Assembly Elections as an All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) candidate from Mylapore. S. Ve. Shekher's stage career began in 1974 when he acted in his first stage play. Since then, there has been no looking back. He was spotted by director K. Balachander who cast him in his movie "Varumai Niram Sevappu". After performing movie roles in around 70 Tamil films, S. Ve. Shekher eased his way into the television screen, delivering hits such as "Vanna Kolangal" and "Nam Kudumbam".
Shekhar and his Mylapore Boys provided stiff competition for another popular drama troupe in Madras, The Crazy Troupe, led by Crazy Mohan. They have also worked together, with Crazy Mohan writing two plays for Shekher's troupe, Crazy Thieves in Palavakkam and Oru Sondha Veedu Vaadagai Veedagiradhu, and the cult comedy Katha Nayagan (1988 film) starring Pandiarajan and Shekher. An expert in broadcast, sound effects and theatrics, he won the Best All India Programme Producer Award for four years in a row from RAPA (Radio & Television Advertisers & Producers Association). As a photographer, his colour transparencies have adorned the covers of popular Tamil magazines. Encouraged by the success of a Singapore drama tour in 1973, he formed his drama troupe, Natakhapriya, which has so far staged 24 plays, with over 6,200 shows. His troupe frequently tours the United States, Europe, South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia and the United Arab Emirates.
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