Silambarasan

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Silambarasan
Silambarasan Rajendar Simbu.jpg
Born Silambarasan Thesingu Rajendar
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Residence Chennai, Tamil Nadu,
Occupation Actor, Director, Producer, Story-writer, Screenwriter, Dialog-writer, Playback singer, Lyricist, Dancer, Model

Silambarasan Thesingu Rajendar known as Silambarasan and also Simbu or STR is an Indian Film actor, director, producer, story-writer, screenwriter, dialog-writer, playback singer, lyricist, dancer and model 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 and produced by his mother Usha Rajendar.

Early and personal life[edit]

Silambarasan was born to director, music composer, singer, actor, screenwriter and politician nandha kumar and former actress Usha Rajendar. He has two siblings, brother Kuralarasan and sister Illakiya.

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 great passion for dance right from his school days and used to choreograph dances even back then and perform in live events. He then attended the Ashram School in Chennai and also completed a diploma course in audio engineering.

Film career[edit]

Silambarasan started his career as a child artist in 1987 and acted in 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]

Silambarasan played his first starring role in Kadhal Azhivathillai (2002) directed by his father. His second film was Dum (2002). In 2003, he appeared in Alai. He had three releases in 2004 including Kovil and Kuththu.[3] He then starred Manmadhan which he also wrote and co-directed. His next film was Thotti Jaya.[4] He received rave reviews for his performance.

In 2006, he starred in Saravana, directed by K. S. Ravikumar.[5] He next starred and directed Vallavan (2006).[6]

His next film, the Tarun Gopi-directed masala film Kaalai, was released in January 2008.[7] Later that year, he appeared in another action-masala film Silambattam.

In 2010, his film Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa released. Directed and written by Gautham Menon, the film became a Tamil cult film.[8] The film changed 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 appeared in two films, the drama film Vaanam and the masala film Osthe.[11] Malathi Rangarajan from The Hindu called it a significant film in his career.[12] Osthe, directed by S. Dharani, released in more than 110 screens overseas in December 2011,[13] in which Silambarasan played a police officer.[14] Podaa Podi released on 13 November 2012.

Other work[edit]

Silambarasan has frequently worked as a Playback Singer in the Tamil film industry. He first sung in Sonnal Thaan Kaadhala and went on to sing over 60 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 also wrote lyrics for several songs of his films.

On 27 December 2011, Silambarasan released his non-film promo single "Love Anthem For World Peace and Love" to promote world peace.[15] The song was composed by Silambarasan himself and the lyrics contain words of 96 global languages.[16]

Silambarasan became a voice actor after dubbing the Tamil dialogues for the protagonist in Slumdog Millionaire.[17]

Silambarasan was signed as the brand ambassador of PepsiCo India for their soft drink 7 Up in Tamil Nadu.[18]

Awards[edit]

Honors
Nominations

Discography[edit]

Year Album
2011 The Love Anthem

Filmography[edit]

As child actor[edit]

Year Film Role
1984 Uravai Kaatha Kili
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 Simbhu
1995 Thai Thangai Paasam

As actor[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1999 Monisha En Monalisa
2001 Sonnal Thaan Kaadhala
2002 Kadhal Azhivathillai Simbhu
2003 Dum Sathya
Alai Aathi
Kovil Sakthivel
2004 Kuththu Gurumoorthy
Manmadhan Madhankumar, Madhanraj
2005 Thotti Jaya Jayachandran
2006 Saravana Saravana
Vallavan Vallavan
2008 Kaalai Jeeva
Silambattam Vichu,
Thamizharasan
2010 Goa Madhankumar
Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa Karthik
Ye Maaya Chesave Himself
2011 Vaanam Raja
Osthe Osthe Velan
2012 Podaa Podi Arjun
2013 Kanna Laddu Thinna Aasaiya Himself
2014 Inga Enna Solluthu Raghu
2015 Vaalu Sharp March 27 release
Idhu Namma Aalu Shiva Post-production
Vettai Mannan Sakthivel Filming
Achcham Enbadhu Madamaiyada Filming
Untitled Selvaraghavan Project Pre-production

As playback singer[edit]

Year Song Film Composer
2002 "Mullaaga Kuththakkodaathu"
"Chukkumala Chukkumala"
Sonnal Thaan Kaadhala T. Rajender
"Baila More" Kadhal Virus A. R. Rahman
"Jothikava"
"Clinton Magalo"
Kadhal Azhivathillai T. Rajender
"Queen Marys" Maaran Deva
"Sight Adippom" April Maadhathil Yuvan Shankar Raja
"Stella Maris"
"Koththamalli"
Samasthanam Deva
"Dil Dil Dil" Red Deva
2003 "Natpe Natpe" Whistle D. Imman
"Kuththadi Kuththadi" Ramachandra Deva
"Kalakkuven" Dum Deva
"Kadhal Panna" Kovil Harris Jayaraj
2004 "Pothu Thaaku" Kuththu Srikanth Deva
"En Aasai Mythiliae"
"Thathai Thathai"
Manmadhan Yuvan Shankar Raja
2006 "Gori Thera"
"Kadhal Keedal"
Saravana Srikanth Deva
"Eppadiyum Oruthankidda" Nee Venunda Chellam Dhina
"Loosu Penne"
"Loosu Penne (Club Mix)"
"Kadhal Vanthirichu"
"Yammaadi Aathaadi"
Vallavan
2007 "Hello Hello I Love You" Veerasamy T Rajender
2008 "Mabbe Masakesindile" Nenu Meeku Telusa...? Achu Rajamani
"Thanni Karuthuruchi" Ennai Theriyuma Achu Rajamani
"Kutti Pisase"
"Vanthutaanda Kaalai"
Kaalai G. V. Prakash Kumar
"Nallamdhana"
"Vechikkava"
Silambattam Yuvan Shankar Raja
2009 "Karuppayee" Aathi Narayana Srikanth Deva
"Mansellam" Kulir 100° Bobo Shashi
"Thallakulam" Renigunta Ganesh Raghavendra
"Mallakottai Kannu " Anthony Yaar? Srikanth Deva
2010 "Kannakkol Thiruda " Nellu SS Kumaran
"Ka Ka Ka" Naanayam James Vasanthan
"Pattu Pattu" Thillalangadi Yuvan Shankar Raja
"Sundara Purusha" Murattu Kaalai Srikanth Deva
"Sama Sama Yama Yama" Drohi V. Selvaganesh
"Oola Vediyae" Thottupaar Srikanth Deva
2011 "Kaattuvazhi" Mambattiyan S. Thaman
"No Money No Honey"
"Evan Di Unna Pethan"
Vaanam Yuvan Shankar Raja
"Pondati" Osthi S. Thaman
"Nathiyile- Fully Loaded"
"Nathiyile Alai Ondru"
Doo Abishek-Lawrence
2012 "Love Panlaama Venaama"
"I am a Kuthu Dancer"
"Appan Mavane"
Podaa Podi Dharan Kumar
"Natpukkillai Ellai" Sridar Rahul Raj
"Vandharai Vazhavaikum" Mathil Mel Poonai Ganesh Raghavendra
2013 "Oru Porambokku" Kedi Billa Killadi Ranga Yuvan Shankar Raja
"Love Endraven Nee" Vaalu Thaman
"Kalaipom" Naan Rajavaga Pogiren GV Prakash
"Jagada Jagada Remix" Backbench Student Sunil Kashyap
"Maaman Machan" Vallinam Thaman
"Diamond Girl" Baadshah Thaman
"Venannu Sonnada" Anbha Azhaga Pradeep
"STRoda paadu" Netru Indru Rehaan
"Bujji pilla" Potugadu Achu
"Kuttipayale" Inga Enna Solluthu Dharan Kumar
2014 "Penne Penne" Marumunai
"Enga thaan Porantha",
"Love Endravan"
Vaalu S.Thaman
2015 "Desi Girl" Saahasam S.Thaman
"Adiye Rathiye" Sagaptham Karthik Raja

As lyricist[edit]

Year Song(s) Film Composer
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
Vaalu S. Thaman

As director[edit]

Year Title Language
2006 Vallavan Tamil

As producer[edit]

Year Title Language
2015 Idhu Namma Aalu Tamil

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Silambarasan plays five separate roles in Tamil mythological film : EYECATCHERS - India Today". indiatoday.intoday.in. Retrieved 20 July 2014. 
  3. ^ Review: Kuthu, IndiaGlitz, 25 April 2004, retrieved 20 September 2011 
  4. ^ Thotti Jaya Review, IndiaGlitz, 9 September 2005, retrieved 20 September 2011 
  5. ^ "Silambarasan". http://www.southdreamz.com. Retrieved 17 December 2011. 
  6. ^ "It's HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Simbu". IndiaGlitz. 3 February 2009. Retrieved 17 December 2011. 
  7. ^ "Kaalai – Rebel sans cause". Behinndwoods. Retrieved 22 December 2011. 
  8. ^ "VINNAITHAANDI VARUVAAYAA MOVIE REVIEW". Retrieved 22 December 2011. 
  9. ^ Yuvan, Simbu in Dubai for musical nite, retrieved 22 December 2011 
  10. ^ "KB's open letter to Gautham Menon!". 3 March 2010. Retrieved 22 December 2011. 
  11. ^ "VAANAM MOVIE REVIEW". Retrieved 22 December 2011. 
  12. ^ "Stars stomp the sky – Vaanam", The Hindu (Chennai, India), 1 May 2011, retrieved 18 August 2011 
  13. ^ "The biggest release ever for Silambarasan". 6 December 2011. Retrieved 22 December 2011. 
  14. ^ "‘Osthi' goes bigger; releasing in 110 screens overseas". 6 December 2011. Retrieved 22 December 2011. 
  15. ^ Simbu’s global effect, 30 December 2011, retrieved 15 January 2011 
  16. ^ Love Anthem: Simbu (STR) bags YouTube’s Bronze Award, 6 January 2011, retrieved 15 January 2011 
  17. ^ "'Slumdog Millionaire' now in Tamil", The Times of India, 9 February 2009, retrieved 21 December 2011 
  18. ^ "Silambarasan bags an ad deal", Deccan Chronicle, 4 December 2011, retrieved 22 December 2011 [dead link]
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  20. ^ "Vijay Awards 2011: List of Nominations". News365today. Retrieved 22 December 2011. 
  21. ^ "Nominees of Idea Filmfare Awards South". Indiaglitz. Retrieved 22 December 2011.