Anirudh Ravichander at South Indian International Movie Awards 2013 Dubai
16 October 1990 |
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
|Origin||Tamil Nadu, India|
|Occupations||Film composer, music director|
Anirudh Ravichander is an Indian film composer and singer. He made his debut in the Tamil film, 3 directed by Aishwarya R. Dhanush. The song, "Why This Kolaveri Di", that Anirudh had composed for the Tamil film 3, went viral on YouTube and has tracked more than 72 million views.
Anirudh was born on 16 October 1990 Chennai, Tamil Nadu. He is the son of actor Ravi Raghavendra, nephew of Latha Rajinikanth, and cousin of Aishwarya and Soundarya Rajinikanth. His mother Lakshmi is a dancer. Anirudh was a part of a band in school called Zinx. At the age of 10, he started composing music and landed his first break - '3' at the age of 21.
He did his schooling at Padma Seshadri Bala Bhavan, K.K. Nagar. He graduated from Loyola College, Chennai in 2011, which according to him was just a back up in case his music career did not take off. Anirudh learnt classical piano from Trinity College of Music, London. He also learnt Carnatic music, and was part of a Carnatic fusion band.
Nothing is known of Anirudh's personal life at this moment except a few leaked Internet pictures with Andrea Jeremiah, making out. For more details see, Andrea Jeremiah, confirmed that she had been in a relationship with composer Anirudh Ravichander after private photos had been leaked in August 2013. Anirudh had confirmed about his relationship on a talk show and he said "the relationship between Andrea and me was true but we broke up one year ago". He also said that he is too busy for a relationship right now and he is more focused to his music.
Anirudh was selected to make his debut as music composer in his cousin Aishwarya R. Dhanush's directorial debut 3 starring Dhanush and Shruti Haasan. While pursuing his degree at Loyola College, he had done background scores for about short films by Aishwaryaa and was convinced by her to also work on her first commercial venture. Furthermore at the launch of the film in August 2011, Anirudh revealed that he had played the keyboard for compositions by A. R. Rahman and was a part of a band called Zinx. In early November 2011, a leaked version of a song from the film, "Why This Kolaveri Di" circulated online and the film's team decided to subsequently release it officially on 16 November 2011 with a music video shot featuring Dhanush singing the song at AM studios, accompanied by composer Anirudh on a keyboard. It instantly became viral on social networking sites for its quirky "Tanglish" (portmanteau word of Tamil and English) lyrics. Soon, the song became the most searched YouTube video in India and an internet phenomenon across Asia. Within a few weeks, YouTube honoured the video with a '"Recently Most Popular" Gold Medal award and "Trending" silver medal award for receiving a large number of hits in a short time. The song was been built around a South Indian folk rhythm. Its instrumentation consists of nadaswaram, shehnai, saxophone, urumee and thavil drums, acoustic guitar, and keyboards mixed with electronic synths and scratches. The vocals utilize the singing style of Tamil folk culture. Lyrically, the song revolves around the film's main actor being dumped by his girlfriend; the song is sung by the character in a drunken state, with many of the lines nonsensical. According to composer, 3's director Aishwarya Rajinikanth Dhanush wanted a light-hearted song about failed love. Ravichander quickly composed the tune in about 10 minutes. Dhanush then began work on the lyrics, which he completed in about 20 minutes of playful singing and writing.
The rest of the songs of the album were released in December 2011 and also won very positive reviews from critics. The album featured Mohit Chauhan debuting in Tamil with "Po Nee Po", while Dhanush, Shruti Haasan and Airtel Super Singer contestant Sathyaprakash also amongst the performers. A reviewer from Behindwoods.com noted "Anirudh Ravichander has delivered so much variety in his very first album. Such a promising debut by a composer hasn't been seen in recent Tamil cinema history", while Rediff.com's reviewer noted that "all the songs in 3 are good and come with appealing instrumental arrangements", concluding that it was "an intriguing collection." Anirudh also won critical acclaim for his background score in the film. He consequently went on to gain recognition for the film through accolades, notably the Vijay Award for Best Find of the Year as well as nominations at the South Indian Movie Awards and the Filmfare Awards. He also worked on the Telugu and Hindi version of the film with Adnan Sami and Vishal Dadlani also singing as a part of the album, though the dubbed Hindi film never released. Anirudh teamed up with Dhanush soon after to produce a Kolaveri-inspired track titled "Sachin anthem" commemorating Sachin Tendulkar in association with health drink, Boost.
Next, he sang and composed a single for David (2013) - a multilingual multi-starrer directed by Bejoy Nambiar, "Kanave Kanave" in Tamil and "Yun Hi Re" in Hindi. The album also opened to very positive reviews, with a critic noting Anirudh's song was "the pick of the album". His next album was Dhanush's maiden home production Ethir Neechal, which became his third successive success winning positive reviews. Behindwoods.com noted "the album does well to consolidate Anirudh’s sensational debut". While Dhanush sang two songs in the film and Mohit Chauhan was also used again, Anirudh introduced rappers Yo Yo Honey Singh, Hiphop Tamizha into Tamil film music. Similarly the background music of the film was praised with a reviewer noting Anirudh "certainly proved his mettle yet again with his exceptional music." Moreover, in a trend-setting move by Sony Music India, the complete background score of Ethir Neechal, was been released on the organization’s YouTube channel owing to its popularity.
His next soundtrack, Vanakkam Chennai released in July 2013. He has also confirmed that he will provide music for A. R. Murugadoss's home production Maan Karate starring actor Siva Karthikeyan and then for another venture by the director with Vijay. In early 2013, it was announced that Anirudh would make his acting debut Vignesh Shivan's Naanum Rowdythaan produced by Gautham Menon, after selecting it from twenty other scripts he had heard. However production work on the film has since been stalled, with Anirudh noting he will give priority to a career in music composing.
|2012||3 •||3||3||Vijay Award for Best Find of the Year
Nominated—SIIMA Award for Best Music Director
Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Music Director – Tamil
Nominated—Vijay Award for Best Music Director
|2013||David •||David||David •||1 song|
|Ethir Neechal •|
|Vanakkam Chennai •|
|Irandaam Ulagam •||Varnaa||Film score only|
- The films are listed in order that the music released, regardless of the dates the film released.
- The year next to the title of the affected films indicates the release year of the either dubbed or remade version in the named language later than the original version.
- • indicates original language release. Indicates simultaneous makes, if featuring in more languages
- ♦ indicates a remade version, the remaining ones being dubbed versions
|2012||Edison Awards||Best Music Director||3||Won|
|Filmfare Awards South||Best Music Director||Nominated|
|Vijay Awards||Favourite Song||Nominated|
|Best Find of the Year||Won|
|Best Music Director||Nominated|
|2nd South Indian International Movie Awards||Best Music Director||Nominated|
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