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Born Silambarasan Thesingu Rajendar
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Residence Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Occupation Actor, Director, Screenwriter, Dancer, Playback Singer, Lyricistmodel
Years active 1987–1995, 1998–present

Silambarasan Thesingu Rajendar, also known as Simbu or S. T. R., is an Indian film actor, director, playback singer and lyricist of the Tamil film industry. He began his career by playing roles as a child artist in films directed by his father T. Rajendar,[1] before essaying his first lead role in Kadhal Azhivathillai (2002), under his father's direction as well and produced by his mother Usha Rajender.

Personal life[edit]

Silambarasan was born to director, music composer, singer, actor, screenwriter and politician Vijaya T. Rajendar and former actress Usha Rajendar. He has two siblings, brother Kuralarasan and sister Illakiya. He also recently opened an website []


He studied at the Don Bosco Matriculation Higher Secondary School,[2] Shrine Vailankanni Matriculation Higher Secondary School, St.John's International Residential School and Santhome Higher Secondary school, Chennai. He had a great passion for dance right from his school days and used to choreograph dances even back then. He then attended The Ashram School in Chennai and also completed an Audio Engineering Course in Diploma.

Film career[edit]

Debut as child artiste[edit]

Silambarasan started his career as a child artiste in 1987 and acted of his Father's films, including Thai Thangai Paasam, Oru Vasantha Geetham, En Thangai Kalyani, Enga Veetu Velan, Monisha En Monalisa, Oru Thayin Sabhatham, Samsara Sangeetham, Shanti Enathu Shanti, Pettredutha Pillai, Thiruvalla and Sabash Babu. In Samsara Sangeetham, Silambarasan danced to a song singing "I am a Little Star, Aaaven Naan Super Star".[1]


STR played his First Starring role in Kadhal Azhivathillai (2002) directed by his father Vijaya T. Rajendar, co-starring Charmy Kaur. His second film was Dhum (2003) which was a hit at the box office and was his first commercial success, followed by Kuththu (2003), .[3] which was another super hit and a commercial success, and which made his stardom stronger. His fourth film Alai was an flop gaining negative reviews from public. Kovil was a super hit at the box office. He then starred in Manmadhan which was also written and co-directed by him. It went on to become his highest successful film and was declared a blockbuster. His next film, Thotti Jaya[4] again made a good impact in commercial aspect.

In 2006, he starred in Saravana, directed by K. S. Ravikumar was at box office hit.[5] He next starred and directed Vallavan (2006), besides playing the lead in the film, acting opposite Nayantara, Reema Sen and Sandhya. Vallavan was another highly successful film in his career.[6]

He had no releases in 2007 and his next film, the Tarun Gopi-directed masala film Kaalai was released in January 2008.[7] The film generated huge buzz and got a grand opening at the box office but the film was panned by critics but was a box office disaster. Later that year, he appeared in another action-masala film Silambattam. The film met mixed reviews but was a super hit at the box office.


In 2010, his film Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa released, in which he was paired with Tamil actress Trisha Krishnan. Directed and written by Gautham Menon, the film fetched highly positive reviews and became his biggest success and one of the biggest blockbusters not only in Tamil earning a cult status.[8] Silambarasan received critical acclaim for his performance as Karthik, resulting in several awards and nominations. The film proved to be a significant turning point in his career, changing his media image.[9] Director K. Balachander in an open letter called Silambarasan's performance as his best in his career.[10]

The following year he was seen in two films, the drama film Vaanam and the masala film Osthe, both remakes of the critically acclaimed Telugu film Vedam (2010) and the Hindi blockbuster Dabangg (2010), respectively. Vaanam, which featured Silambarasan as part of an ensemble cast including Bharath, Anushka Shetty, Prakash Raj and Saranya Ponvannan,[11] opened to positive reviews and crossed 100-day mark and was declared a super hit at the box office.[12] Malathi Rangarajan from The Hindu wrote: "After the stupendous hits of VTV, Vaanam should be another significant film in STR's career".[13] Osthe, directed by S. Dharani, released in more than 110 screens overseas in December 2011,[14] in which Silambarasan played a police officer for the first time in his career. Osthe was the biggest ever overseas release in Silambarasan's career, with the actor naming it the "biggest action film that he has done so far".[15] The film was reported to have got a "flying start" collecting over INR70 million (US$1.1 million) in the first day turning out to be decent money spinner at the box office. His only film in 2012 was the long-delayed movie Podaa Podi, released on 13 November 2012 on Diwali, which had a lacklustre reception among critics but was greatly welcomed by the audience, and was declared a super hit at the box office. Currently, he is shooting for Tamil comedy film Vaalu directed by debutant Vijay chander and action thriller film Vettai Mannan directed by debutant Nelson and Idhu namma allu with Pandiraj and Sattendru Maaruthu Vaanilai. Directed and written by Gautham Menon along with an untitled Selvaraghavan film.

Other work[edit]

Silambarasan has frequently worked as playback singer in the Tamil film industry. He first sung playback in Sonnal Thaan Kaadhala and has since sung over 40 songs for various composers. He predominantly sings in his own films and has collaborated mostly with his friend and fellow composer Yuvan Shankar Raja. Silambarasan has also penned lyrics for several songs from his films. On 27 December 2011, Silambarasan released his first non-filmy promo single "Love Anthem For World Peace and Love" to promote world peace.[16] The song was composed by Silambarasan himself and the lyrics contain words of 96 global languages.[17]

Silambarasan became a voice actor after dubbing the Tamil dialogues for the protagonist in the Academy Award-winning film Slumdog Millionaire.[18]

Silambarasan was recently signed as the Brand Ambassador of PepsiCo India for their soft drink 7 Up softdrinks in Tamil Nadu.[19]




Year Album Notes
2011 The Love Anthem


As a child actor[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1987 Oru Thayin Sabhatham
1989 Samsara Sangeetham
1990 En Thangai Kalyani
1991 Shanti Enathu Shanti
1992 Enga Veetu Velan
1993 Pettredutha Pillai
1993 Sabash Babu Babu
1994 Oru Vasantha Geetham
1995 Thai Thangai Paasam

As actor[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1999 Monisha En Monalisa Special appearance
2001 Sonnal Thaan Kaadhala Special appearance
2002 Kadhal Azhivathillai Simbhu
2003 Dum Sathya
2003 Alai Aathi
2003 Kovil Sakthivel
2004 Kuththu Gurumoorthy
2004 Manmadhan Madhankumar,
Also screenwriter
2005 Thotti Jaya Jayachandran
2006 Saravana Saravana
2006 Vallavan Vallavan Also director, screenwriter
2008 Kaalai
2008 Silambattam Vichu,
2010 Goa Madhankumar Special appearance
2010 Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa Karthik
2010 Ye Maaya Chesave Himself Guest appearance (Telugu film)
2011 Vaanam Raja
2011 Osthe Osthe Velan
2012 Podaa Podi Arjun
2013 Kanna Laddu Thinna Aasaiya Himself Guest appearance
2014 Inga Enna Solluthu Raghu Guest appearance
2014 Kaaka Muttai Films that have not yet been released Himself Guest appearance
2014 Vaalu Films that have not yet been released Post-production
2014 Idhu Namma Aalu Films that have not yet been released Shiva Post-production
2015 Sattendru Maaruthu Vaanilai Films that have not yet been released Filming
2015 Vettai Mannan Films that have not yet been released Filming

As playback singer[edit]

Year Song Film Composer Notes
2002 "Mullaaga Kuththakkodaathu"
"Chukkumala Chukkumala"
Sonnal Thaan Kaadhala T. Rajender
2002 "Baila More" Kadhal Virus A. R. Rahman
2002 "Jothikava"
"Clinton Magalo"
Kadhal Azhivathillai T. Rajender
2002 "Queen Marys" Maaran Deva
2002 "Sight Adippom" April Maadhathil Yuvan Shankar Raja
2002 "Stella Maris"
Samasthanam Deva
2002 "Dil Dil Dil" Red Deva
2003 "Natpe Natpe" Whistle D. Imman
2003 "Kuththadi Kuththadi" Ramachandra Deva
2003 "Kalakkuven" Dum Deva
2003 "Kadhal Panna" Kovil Harris Jayaraj
2004 "Pothu Thaaku" Kuththu Srikanth Deva
2004 "En Aasai Mythiliae"
"Thathai Thathai"
Manmadhan Yuvan Shankar Raja
2006 "Gori Thera"
"Kadhal Keedal"
Saravana Srikanth Deva
2006 "Eppadiyum Oruthankidda" Nee Venunda Chellam Dhina
2006 "Loosu Penne"
"Loosu Penne (Club Mix)"
"Kadhal Vanthirichu"
"Yammaadi Aathaadi"
Vallavan Yuvan Shankar Raja
2007 "Hello Hello I Love You" Veerasamy T Rajender
2008 "Mabbe Masakesindile" Nenu Meeku Telusa...? Achu Rajamani First Telugu song
2008 "Thanni Karuthuruchi" Ennai Theriyuma Achu Rajamani
2008 "Kutti Pisase"
"Vanthutaanda Kaalai"
Kaalai G. V. Prakash Kumar
2008 "Nallamdhana"
Silambattam Yuvan Shankar Raja
2009 "Karuppayee" Aathi Narayana Srikanth Deva
2009 "Mansellam" Kulir 100° Bobo Shashi
2009 "Thallakulam" Renigunta Ganesh Raghavendra
2009 "Mallakottai Kannu " Anthony Yaar? Srikanth Deva
2010 "Kannakkol Thiruda " Nellu SS Kumaran
2010 "Ka Ka Ka" Naanayam James Vasanthan
2010 "Pattu Pattu" Thillalangadi Yuvan Shankar Raja
2010 "Sundara Purusha" Murattu Kaalai Srikanth Deva
2010 "Sama Sama Yama Yama" Drohi V. Selvaganesh
2010 "Oola Vediyae" Thottupaar Srikanth Deva
2011 "Kaattuvazhi" Mambattiyan S. Thaman
2011 "No Money No Honey"
"Evan Di Unna Pethan"
Vaanam Yuvan Shankar Raja
2011 "Pondati" Osthi S. thaman
2011 "Nathiyile- Fully Loaded"
"Nathiyile Alai Ondru"
Doo Abishek-Lawrence
2012 "Love Panlaama Venaama"
"I am a Kuthu Dancer"
"Appan Mavane"
Podaa Podi Dharan Kumar
2012 "Natpukkillai Ellai" Sridar Rahul Raj
2012 "Vandharai Vazhavaikum" Mathil Mel Poonai Ganesh Raghavendra
2013 "Oru Porambokku" Kedi Billa Killadi Ranga Yuvan Shankar Raja
2013 "Love Endraven Nee" Vaalu Thaman
2013 "Kalaipom" Naan Rajavaga Pogiren GV Prakash
2013 "Jagada Jagada Remix" Backbench Student Sunil Kashyap Telugu Film
2013 "Maaman Machan" Vallinam Thaman
2013 "Diamond Girl" Baadshah Thaman Telugu Film
2013 "Venannu Sonnada" Anbha Azhaga Pradeep
2013 "STRoda paadu" Netru Indru Rehaan
2013 "Bujji pilla" Potugadu Achu Telugu
2013 "Kuttipayale" Inga Enna Solluthu Dharan Kumar
2014 "Penne Penne" Marumunai Pradeep
2014 "Enga thaan Porantha" Vaalu S.Thaman
2014 "You are my Darling" Vaalu Thaman
2014 "Love Endravan" Vaalu Thaman

As lyricist[edit]

Year Song(s) Film Composer Notes
2006 Loosu Penne Vallavan Yuvan Shankar Raja
2008 Where is the Party Silambattam Yuvan Shankar Raja
2011 Evan Di Unna Pethan Vaanam Yuvan Shankar Raja
2011 Pondati Osthi S. Thaman
2012 Love Panlaama Venaama
I am a Kuthu Dancer
Podaa Podi Dharan Kumar
2014 Love Endravan
Enga thaan Porantha
You are my Darling
Vaalu S. Thaman

As a Director[edit]

Year Title Language Notes
2006 Vallavan Tamil


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