V. Ravichandran

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Not to be confused with Viswanathan Ravichandran, a tamil film producer.
Veeraswamy Ravichandaran
Born (1961-05-30) 30 May 1961 (age 53)
Residence Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Nationality Indian
Other names Crazy Star
Occupation Film actor, director, producer, editor, screenwriter, music director, lyricist
Years active 1981–present
Spouse(s) Sumathy (m. 1986)
Children 3
Parents N. Veerasami (Father)
Pattammal (Mother)

Veeraswamy Ravichandran (born 30 May 1961), known as Ravichandran (Kannada: ವಿ .ರವಿಚಂದ್ರನ್), is an Indian film actor, director, music director and editor best known for his work in Kannada cinema. He is often considered as "The Show Man" of Kannada cinema for his multi-faceted works in his associated films.[1]

Son of notable film producer N. Veeraswamy, Ravichandran made his acting debut in Khadeema Kallaru (1982) at the age of 21 as an antagonist and followed it up with Chakravyuha in 1983. After starring in a series of multi-starrers in supporting and lead roles, he cast himself in his directorial debut Premaloka (1987) which became one of the highest grossing blockbuster films in Kannada cinema.[2] As a producer, he continues to run Sri Eswari Productions.[3] [4] He is fondly and popularly known as the Crazy Star of Kannada cinema.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Ravichandran was born in Karnataka, India on 30 May 1961. His parents were notable producer N. Veeraswamy and Pattammal. He married Sumathi, on the Valentine's Day; 14 February 1986.[6] The couple have a daughter Geethanjali and two sons Manoranjan and Vikram. Manoranjan is making his acting debut in a Kannada film slated for release in 2015.[7][8]

Film career[edit]

As an actor[edit]

Ravichandran started his film career in the early 1980s and acted in many movies produced by his father and grandfather along with well-known actors of the Kannada industry, including Vishnuvardhan, Ambarish, Prabhakar and Rajesh. His first movie was Khadeema Kallaru(as one of the villains). Ravichandran's initial movies were box-office hits.[citation needed] His major commercial success as a leading actor came from Premaloka, a romantic comedy movie starring Juhi Chawla in the female lead role.[9] Post-Premaloka, Ravichandran starred in several hits, most notably Ranadheera (which was a remake of Subhash Ghai's Hero), Anjada Gandu, Yuddha Kaanda, Ramachaari, Halli Meshtru, Gadibidi Ganda, Annayya, Sipayi, Yaare Neenu Cheluve, Mangalyam Tantunanena Preethsod Thappa and Malla. Ravichandran best pairs with South Indian actress Kushboo.

His role as a mentally challenged adult in Ramachaari was featured at the Ontario Film Festival. He has stuck to mostly stereotyped roles: a police officer (Shanti Kranti and Abhimanyu), lover (Premaloka, Anjada Gandu, and Preethsod Thappa), pop singer (Yuga Purusha, and Gadibidi Ganda), rustic Sipayi, Chikkejamanru, Halli Meshtru, and Malla, and lawyer (Brahma Vishnu Maheshwara and Yuddha Kaanda).[10]

As director[edit]

Ravichandran shot to instant fame when Premaloka, which he produced, directed, and starred in, became one of the landmark films in Kannada film history. It was made with a budget of a crore rupees, the most expensive Kannada film in its time. It starred Juhi Chawla as the female lead. Also Vishnuvardhan, Ambarish, Tiger Prabhakar and other superstars of that period played guest role in the movie. Premaloka also established Hamsalekha, who would teamed up with Ravichandran for a long period.

Premaloka broke several records and defined much of Ravichandran's later film making. It set the stage for lavish productions in the Kannada film industry, and inspired a generation of directors. Ravichandran is generally credited with introducing a culture of producing big-budget films in Kannada. Ravichandran initially acted in and directed movies produced by his own banner, Eswari Productions. After Premaloka, he accepted acting offers from other producers. He has worked with directors of the Kannada film industry such as S. V. Rajendra Singh Babu and D. Rajendra Babu.

As producer[edit]

Ravichandran first movie as a producer is not from his father company, he started his own company(Ravi Cine Creation)and produced "Prema Matsara" he announced the date of release with list of theatre on the Muhurth day itself. The movie turned out a break even financially for him.The second movie he produced was "Kadima Kallaru" and also appeared in a small role for the first time and this was his first movie as actor. It was financial disaster in the box office. He also produced a Hindi movie with Amitabh bachchan and Shridevi "Inquilab" which was a remake of blockbuster Kannada movie "Chakravyuha" starring Ambareesh and Ambika in lead role

In 1991, Ravichandran released Shanti Kranti,[11] the costliest movie ever made in South India till then. Considered his magnum opus, the film was shot over four years with a budget of 40 million rupees, and was simultaneously made in Kannada, Telugu, and Tamil.

Music director[edit]

Ravichandran is credited with "discovering" the talented Hamsalekha. Together, they worked in over 50 films and created several popular numbers. However, the duo parted company after Preethsod Thappa, only to work again in Ondagona Baa, which was a commercial and musical failure. In Hamsalekha's absence, Ravichandran took up the role of a music director and created a few popular tunes in Ekangi and Aham Premasmi. But critics generally consider him a below average music director. He also got a state award as the best musical director.

Ravichandran started his own audio company, "Eswari Audio", which later was renamed into "Eshwari Entertainments". For his brother's debut movie, Aham Premasmi, he bypassed the entire music industry and sold the music cassettes through cable operators to beat piracy and brought " Digital Grading " Technology to Kannada Film Industry and also brought color technicians from abroad.

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Credited as Notes
Actor Director Producer Music director
1982 Khadeema Kallaru Yes Yes
1983 Chakravyuha Yes Yes Co-produced with N. Veeraswamy
1984 Naane Raja Yes
Premigala Saval Yes
Pralayanthaka Yes Yes Co-produced with N. Veeraswamy
1985 Savira Sullu Yes Yes Co-produced with N. Veeraswamy
Pithamaha Yes Remake of Hindi film Vidhaata
Swabhimana Yes
Naanu Nanna Hendthi Yes Yes Co-produced with N. Veeraswamy
Padikkathavan Yes Tamil film; co-produced along with N. Veerasamy
1986 Naa Ninna Preethisuve Yes
Asambhava Yes
1987 Premaloka Yes Yes Yes Story inspired from English film Grease 2
Sangrama Yes Remake of Hindi film Arjun
1988 Brahma Vishnu Maheshwara Yes
Ranadheera Yes Yes Yes Remake of Hindi film Hero
Anjada Gandu Yes Remake of Tamil film Thambikku Entha Ooru
Ramanna Shamanna Yes
1989 Yuddha Kaanda Yes Remake of Hindi film Meri Jung
Yuga Purusha Yes Remake of Hindi film Karz
Kindari Jogi Yes Yes Yes Co-produced with N. Veeraswamy
Poli Huduga Yes
1990 Bannada Gejje Yes
Abhimanyu Yes Remake of Telugu film Ankusham
1991 Ramachaari Yes Remake of Tamil film Chinna Thambi
Shanti Kranti Yes Yes Yes Winner Karnataka State Film Award for Special Technical category
Nattukku Oru Nallavan Yes Yes Yes Tamil film
Shanti Kranti Yes Yes Yes Telugu film
1992 Halli Meshtru Yes Yes Remake of Tamil film Mundhanai Mudichu
Gopi Krishna Yes Yes Yes Remake of Tamil film Nadigan
Guru Brahma Yes Played dual roles
Chikkejamanru Yes Remake of Tamil film Chinna Gounder
Sriramachandra Yes Played dual roles
Remake of Tamil film Kalyanaraman
1993 Gadibidi Ganda Yes Played dual roles
Remake of Telugu film Allari Mogudu
Annayya Yes Remake of Kannada Movie Mallammana Pavaada
Mane Devru Yes Remake of Tamil film Mouna Geethangal
1994 Chinna Yes Yes
Rasika Yes
Jaana Yes
1995 Putnanja Yes Yes Yes Remake of Tamil film Pattikada Pattanama
1996 Sipayi Yes Yes Yes
1997 Kalavida Yes Yes
Mommaga Yes Yes
Cheluva Yes Played dual roles
Remake of Telugu film Hello Brother
1998 Yaare Neenu Cheluve Yes Remake of Tamil film Kadhal Kottai
Mangalyam Tantunanena Yes Remake of Telugu film Pavitra Bandham
Preethsod Thappa Yes Yes Remake of Telugu film Ninne Pelladatha
1999 Ravimama Yes Remake of Hindi film Aaj Ka Arjun
Naanu Nanna Hendthiru Yes Yes Remake of Tamil film Thaikulame Thaikulame
Sneha Yes Yes Remake of Telugu film Snehithulu
O Premave Yes Yes Remake of Telugu film Premante Idera
Chora Chittha Chora Yes Yes Remake of Telugu film Allari Priyudu
2000 Mahathma Yes Yes Remake of Telugu film
Preethsu Thappenilla Yes Yes Remake of Telugu film Tholi Prema
O Nanna Nalle Yes Yes Remake of Tamil film Thulladha Manamum Thullum
2001 Premakke Sai Yes Remake of Telugu film Chirunavvutho
Kanasugara Yes Yes Remake of Tamil film Unnidathil Ennai Koduthen
Usire Yes Remake of Tamil film Bharathi Kannamma
2002 Preethi Mado Hudugarigella Yes
Ekangi Yes Yes Yes Yes Winner - Karnataka State Film Award for Best Director
Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actor
Karnataka State Film Award for Best Music Director
Kodanda Rama Yes Yes Yes Remake of Malayalam film Thenkasi Pattanam
2003 Ondagona Baa Yes Yes Yes Remake of Telugu film Kalisundam Raa
2004 Malla Yes Yes Also a lyricist
Rama Krishna Yes Remake of Tamil film Aan Paavam
Sahukara Yes Remake of Tamil film Mutthu
2005 Ayya Yes
Aham Premasmi Yes Yes Yes Yes Winner - Udaya Film Award for Best Supporting Actor
Pandu Ranga Vittala Yes Yes
2006 Hatavadi Yes Yes Yes Yes
Odahuttidavalu Yes Remake of Tamil film Porkaalam
Ravi Shastri Yes Remake of Tamil film Idhu Namma Aalu
Neelakanta Yes Yes Remake of Tamil film Aranmanai Kili
2007 Ugadi Yes Remake of Telugu film Santosham
2008 Nee Tata Naa Birla Yes
2009 Rajakumari Yes Remake of Tamil film Anandha Poongatre
2010 Hoo Yes Yes Remake of Telugu film Vasantham
Naariya Seere Kadda Yes
2011 Mallikarjuna Yes Remake of Tamil film Thavasi
Kalla Malla Sulla Yes Remake of Tamil film Charlie Chaplin
2012 Narasimha Yes Remake of Tamil film Maayi
Dashamukha Yes Remake of English film 12 Angry Men
Crazy Loka Yes
2014 Crazy Star Yes Yes Yes Remake of Malayalam film Traffic
Maanikya[12][13] Yes Remake of Telugu film Mirchi
Drishya Yes Remake of Malayalam film Drishyam
Paramashiva Yes Remake of Tamil film Samuthiram
Apoorva Yes Yes Yes Under production
2015 Manjina Hani Yes Yes Yes Yes Shooting in progress

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