He chose Mysskin as his name inspired by Prince Myshkin, the protagonist in Dostoevsky's novel The Idiot.Mysskin (pronounced MiSHkin, born Shanmugha Raja on 20 September 1971) is an Indian film director, screenwriter, actor, singer and producer. His schooling was in Tamil and he is an avid book reader.

He was working in a book store when director Kathir first asked him to join him. He was with him for nearly 8 months but did not work in any movie. It was under director Vincent Selva that he did his first movie Youth, followed by Jithan, again under Vincent Selva. Mysskin made his directorial debut with the low -budget film which went to become one of the biggest hits of the year.

Mysskin is known for his peculiar combat sequences using elaborate storyboard and real unarmed martial' strikes and stances; Mysskin is known to start film shoot only after a bound script is ready. He rigorously annotates his scripts with cues and camera lens' focal lengths for each scene. He admits that his films are influenced by the works of Akira Kurosawa. His plots predominantly deal with urban poor and middle class. His films also has a recurring theme of compassion and redemption. His Favorite directors are Robert Bresson, Melville & Takeshi Kitano.

He made his directorial debut in 2006 with Chithiram Pesuthadi. His subsequent films Anjathe (2008), Nandalala (2010) and Onaayum Aattukkuttiyum (2013) have received critical acclaim. He made his acting debut with Nandalala (2010), where he played a mentally-challenged man.

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