Silambarasan

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Silambarasan
Silambarasan Rajendar Simbu.jpg
Born Silambarasan Thesingu Rajendar
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Residence Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Occupation Actor, director, playback singer

Silambarasan Thesingu Rajendar is an Indian film actor, director and playback singer 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 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 actor, director, and politician Vijaya T. Rajendar and former actress Usha Rajendar. He has two siblings, a brother Kuralarasan who is a music composer in the Tamil Film Industry and a sister Ilakiya.

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 then attended The Ashram School in Chennai and also completed an Audio Engineering Course in Diploma.

Film Career[edit]

1985-2001[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]

2002-2004[edit]

Silambarasan played his first starring role in Kadhal Azhivathillai (2002) directed by his father. The film open to average reviews and box office collections. His second film was Dhum (2002) which open to mixed reviews but emerged as a box office hit. His only release in 2003 was Alai which open to poor reviews and ended as a box office flop. Simbu had three releases in 2004. The first of three was Kovil. Kovil received positive reviews and became a box office hit. This was followed by Kuththu [3] which was also a box office hit. His final release in 2004 was Manmadhan which he wrote the story, screenplay, co-dialog and co-directed. Manmadhan became one of the highest grossing 2004 tamil films and was declared an all time Blockbuster at the end of a 275 days theatrical run. His popularity and fan base increased after 2004.

2005-2008[edit]

His next film, Thotti Jaya[4] garnered him rave reviews for his performances and made a good impact in commercial aspect. In 2006, he starred in Saravana, directed by K. S. Ravikumar and the film did good buisness at the box office.[5] He next starred and directed Vallavan (2006), as well as writing the story, screenplay and co-dialog for the the film. The film took a grand opening at the box office despite mixed reviews but became an above average grosser. In 2008, he starred in the action masala film Kaalai which open to negative reviews and became a flop at the box office.[6] Later that year, he appeared in another action masala film Silambattam. The film met with mixed reviews but was a super hit at the box office.

2010-2012[edit]

In 2010, his film Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa directed and written by Gautham Menon open to highly positive reviews worldwide and became an all time Blockbuster at the box office and ran successfully for more than 100 days. The film was hailed as a Tamil 'cult classic' film.[7] This film changed his media image.[8] Legendary Director K. Balachander in an open letter called Silambarasan's performance as his best in his career.[9]. The following year he appeared in two films, the drama film Vaanam and the action film Osthe.[10] Vaanam a remake of the 2010 blockbuster telugu film Vedam. The film open to positive reviews and became a super hit at the box office as well as completing a 100 days run. The movie did great buisness worldwide notably without much publicity. Malathi Rangarajan from The Hindu called it a significant film in his career.[11] His next release Osthe a remake of the 2010 blockbuster hindi film Dabangg [12] in which Silambarasan played a police officer for the first time in his career. Osthi open to mixed reviews but took a flying start at the box office and became a hit. [13] His only film in 2012 was the long-delayed movie Podaa Podi, released on 13 November 2012 on Diwali. The romantic-musical movie received mixed reviews from critics but was grandly welcome by the audience and became a super hit at the box office.

Other work[edit]

Silambarasan has frequently worked as a playback singer in the Tamil film industry. He first sang 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 the non-film single "Love Anthem For World Peace and Love" to promote world peace.[14]

Silambarasan became a voice actor after dubbing the Tamil dialogues for the protagonist in Slumdog Millionaire.[15]

Silambarasan was signed as the celebrity endorser of PepsiCo India for their soft drink 7 Up in Tamil Nadu.[16]

Awards[edit]

Honors
Nominations

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Happy Birthday STR". indiaglitz. 3 February 2011. Retrieved 20 December 2011. 
  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. ^ "Kaalai – Rebel sans cause". Behinndwoods. Retrieved 22 December 2011. 
  7. ^ "VINNAITHAANDI VARUVAAYAA MOVIE REVIEW". Retrieved 22 December 2011. 
  8. ^ Yuvan, Simbu in Dubai for musical nite, retrieved 22 December 2011 
  9. ^ "KB's open letter to Gautham Menon!". 3 March 2010. Retrieved 22 December 2011. 
  10. ^ "VAANAM MOVIE REVIEW". Retrieved 22 December 2011. 
  11. ^ "Stars stomp the sky – Vaanam", The Hindu (Chennai, India), 1 May 2011, retrieved 18 August 2011 
  12. ^ "Silambarasan". 6 December 2011. Retrieved 22 December 2011. 
  13. ^ "‘Osthi' goes bigger; releasing in 110 screens overseas". 6 December 2011. Retrieved 22 December 2011. 
  14. ^ Simbu’s global effect, 30 December 2011, retrieved 15 January 2011 
  15. ^ "'Slumdog Millionaire' now in Tamil", The Times of India, 9 February 2009, retrieved 21 December 2011 
  16. ^ "Silambarasan bags an ad deal", Deccan Chronicle, 4 December 2011, retrieved 22 December 2011 [dead link]
  17. ^ "Simbu, Trisha, Vishal win award". behindwoods. Retrieved 22 December 2011. 
  18. ^ "Vijay Awards 2011: List of Nominations". News365today. Retrieved 22 December 2011. 
  19. ^ "Nominees of Idea Filmfare Awards South". Indiaglitz. Retrieved 22 December 2011.