|Born||Silambarasan Thesingu Rajendar
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
|Residence||Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India|
|Other names||Simbu, STR|
|Occupation||Actor, singer, director, lyricist|
|Years active||1987–1995, 1998–present|
Silambarasan Thesingu Rajendar (born 3 February), popularly known as Silambarasan, 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, before essaying his first lead role in Kadhal Azhivathillai (2002), under his father's direction as well and produced by his mother Usha Rajender.
Silambarasan was born to director, music composer, singer, actor, screenwriter and politician Vijaya T. Rajendar and former actress Usha Rajendar. His mother tongue is Tamil. He has two younger siblings, a brother Kuralarasan  and a sister Illakiya. Ilakkiya has designed costumes for Silambarasan, while Kularasan will compose music for an upcoming film of his brother.
He studied at the Don Bosco Matriculation Higher Secondary School, 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.
Debut as child artiste
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".
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 followed by Kuththu (2003),. Which ran for 100 days and was his first commercial succses His fourth film Alai. Kovil was an average grosser at the box office. He then starred in Manmadhan which was also written and co-directed by him. The film was a major success in STR's career. His next film, Thotti Jaya had mixed reviews and was an average grosser.
In 2006, he starred in Saravana, directed by K. S. Ravikumar did average business at the box office. He next starred and directed Vallavan (2006), besides playing the lead in the film, acting opposite Nayantara, Reema Sen and Sandhya. Vallavan was a flop at the box office.
He had no releases in 2007 and his next film, the Tarun Gopi-directed masala film Kaalai was released in January 2008. 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. Althoug the film met with mixed reviews from critics and broke even at the box office.
In 2010, his film Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa released, in which he was paired with 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. 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. Director K. Balachander in an open letter called Silambarasan's performance as his best in his career.
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, opened to positive reviews and crossed 100-day mark and was declared a super hit at the box office. . Malathi Rangarajan from The Hindu wrote: "After the stupendous hits of VTV, Vaanam should be another significant film in STR's career". Osthe, directed by S. Dharani, released in more than 110 screens overseas in December 2011, 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". The film was reported to have got a "flying start" collecting over 7 crore (US$1.1 million) in the first day. The film ended up a hit 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 flop 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 untitled project with Pandiraj.
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. The song was composed by Silambarasan himself and the lyrics contain words of 96 global languages.
- Isaiyaruvi Tamil Music Awards – Best Dancer for Silambattam (2009)
- Isaiyaruvi Tamil Music Awards – Rising Star Lyricist for "Where is the Party" (Silambattam) (2009)
- Edison Award – Best Actor for Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa (2010)
- Big FM Tamil Entertainment Awards – Most Entertaining Actor Award for Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa (2011)
- International Tamil Film Awards – ITFA Best Actor Award for Vaanam (2012)
- Stylish Star of South Cinema from SIIMA Awards (2012)
- Audi RITZ Icon Award (2013)
- Vijay Award for Favourite Hero for Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa (2011)
- Filmfare Award for Best Actor - Tamil for Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa (2011)
|- || "The Love Anthem" ||
As an Actor
|1987||Oru Thayin Sabhatham||Child artist|
|1988||En Thangai Kalyani||Child artist|
|1989||Samsara Sangeetham||Child artist|
|1991||Shanti Enathu Shanti||Child artist|
|1992||Enga Veetu Velan||Child artist|
|1993||Sabash Babu||Child artist|
|1993||Pettredutha Pillai||Child artist|
|1993||Rajadi Rajavan||Child artist|
|1994||Oru Vasantha Geetham||Child artist|
|1995||Thai Thangai Paasam||Child artist|
|1999||Monisha En Monalisa||Special appearance|
|2001||Sonnal Thaan Kathala||Special appearance|
|2006||Vallavan||Vallavan||Also director, screenwriter|
|2010||Ye Maaya Chesave||Himself||Guest appearance (Telugu]] film)|
|2011||Vaanam||Cable Raja as Raja|
|2013||Kanna Laddu Thinna Aasaiya||Himself||Guest appearance|
|2014||Inga Enna Solluthu||Himself||Filming (Guest appearance)|
|2014||Kaaka Muttai||Himself||Filming (Guest appearance)|
|2014||Untitled Pandiraj project||Filming|
|2014||Untitled Gautham Menon Project||Filming|
As Playback Singer
|"Sonnal Thaan Kaadhala"||T. Rajender|
|2002||"Baila More"||Kadhal Virus||A. R. Rahman|
|Kadhal Azhivathillai||T. Rajender|
|2002||"Sight Adippom"||April Maadhathil||Yuvan Shankar Raja|
|2002||"Dil Dil Dil"||Red||Deva|
|2003||"Natpe Natpe"||Whistle||D. Imman|
|2003||"Kadhal Panna"||Kovil||Harris Jayaraj|
|2004||"Pothu Thaaku"||Kuththu||Srikanth Deva|
|2004||"En Aasai Mythiliae"
|Manmadhan||Yuvan Shankar Raja|
|2006||"Eppadiyum Oruthankidda"||Nee Venunda Chellam||Dhina|
"Loosu Penne (Club Mix)"
|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||Tamil version of Mabbe Masakesindile|
|Kaalai||G. V. Prakash Kumar|
|Silambattam||Yuvan Shankar Raja|
|2009||"Karuppayee"||Aathi Narayana||Srikanth Deva|
|2009||"Mansellam"||Kulir 100°||Bobo Shashi|
|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||"No Money No Honey"
"Evan Di Unna Pethan"
|Vaanam||Yuvan Shankar Raja|
|2011||"Nathiyile- Fully Loaded"
"Nathiyile Alai Ondru"
|2012||"Love Panlaama Venaama"
"I am a Kuthu Dancer"
|Podaa Podi||Dharan Kumar|
|2012||"Vandharai Vazhavaikum"||Mathil Mel Poonai||Ganesh Raghavendra|
|2013||"Oru Porambokku"||Kedi Billa Killadi Ranga||Yuvan Shankar Raja|
|2013||"Kalaipom"||Naan Rajavaga Pogiren||GV Prakash|
|2013||"Jagada Jagada Remix"||Backbench Student||Sunil Kashyap||Telugu Film|
|2013||"Diamond Girl"||Baadshah||Thaman||Telugu Film|
|2013||"Venannu Sonnada"||Anbha Azhaga|
|2013||"STRoda paadu"||Netru Indru||Rehaan|
|2006||"Loosu Penne"||Vallavan||Yuvan Shankar Raja|
|2009||"Where is the Party"||Silambattam||Yuvan Shankar Raja|
|2011||"Evan Di Unna Pethan"||Vaanam||Yuvan Shankar Raja||Co-written by Yuvan Shankar Raja|
|2012||"Love Panlaama Venaama"
"I am a Kuthu Dancer"
|Poda Podi||Dharan Kumar|
|2013||"Love Endravan"||Vaalu||S. Thaman|
As a Director
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- Review: Kuthu, IndiaGlitz, 25 April 2004, retrieved 20 September 2011
- Thotti Jaya Review, IndiaGlitz, 9 September 2005, retrieved 20 September 2011
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- "It's HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Simbu". IndiaGlitz. 3 February 2009. Retrieved 17 December 2011.
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- "VINNAITHAANDI VARUVAAYAA MOVIE REVIEW". Retrieved 22 December 2011.
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- "‘Osthi' goes bigger; releasing in 110 screens overseas". 6 December 2011. Retrieved 22 December 2011.
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