Yuvan Shankar Raja

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Yuvan Shankar Raja
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Yuvan Shankar Raja in 2009
Background information
Birth name Yuvan Shankar Raja
Also known as Yuvan, Yuvanshankar, YSR, U1
Born (1979-08-31) 31 August 1979 (age 34)
Madras, Tamil Nadu, India
Origin Pannaipuram, Tamil Nadu, India
Genres Film score, world music
Occupations Film composer, music director, record producer, instrumentalist, arranger, singer, songwriter, lyricist
Instruments Guitar, keyboard/piano, vocals (playback singing)
Years active 1996–present

Yuvan Shankar Raja (born 31 August 1979) is an Indian singer-songwriter, film score, and soundtrack composer, singer and occasional lyricist from Chennai, Tamil Nadu. He has predominantly scored music for Tamil films. Being the youngest son of noted film composer Ilaiyaraaja, he began his musical career in 1996, at age 16, as he composed the film score for Aravindhan. After initial struggle, he made his big break with the Thulluvadho Ilamai soundtrack (2001), and evolved as one of Tamil cinema's most sought-after composers by the mid-2000s.[1][2] Now He has converted in Islam, Recently He has announced that he doesn't choose the Islam, The Islam chosen him. He explained about the Islam: When I returned to Chennai, my mom was coughing badly and me and my sister rushed her to the hospital. I was driving the car. We reached the hospital and I was sitting next to her holding her hand and the next second her hand fell and she had died. I was crying but wondered where her soul went within seconds as she was alive just a few seconds back. I was in search of the answers and I should say that I got a direct calling from Allah. It was a spiritual experience. My friend had just been to Mecca and he said to me, 'You seem to be really low. You have to move on.' He gave me the musalla (the prayer mat) and said, 'This one mat I used in Mecca and it has touched Mecca so if you are feeling really heavy, just sit on it.' I kept the mat in one corner of my room and forgot all about it. A few months later I was speaking to one of my cousins about my mother and I started feeling really heavy. I entered my room and coincidentally saw the mat which all this while I had missed even though it was kept in the same corner. I sat on it for the first time just started crying saying, 'Ya Allah please forgive my sins.' That was 2012. I started reading the Quran and the translations and it connected with me really fast. I started practising Islam and learnt how to pray and by January 2014, felt sure about converting. Since I am known as Yuvan Shankar Raja in films, I have still not changed my name officially in my passport and other records, but maybe later, I might do that too. My father was the last one I told in my house to. I told him, 'I have started reading the Quran and it gives me a lot of peace.' He said to me, 'Yuvan, I am not comfortable with you becoming Islamic.' My brother and his wife were very supportive. It's odd but in some way I used to get that spiritual feeling that it was my mom, who held my hand, and said, 'Yuvan, you are alone. I want you to stand here under the tree called Islam.'

Within a span of 15 years, Yuvan Shankar Raja has worked on over 100 films. Considered a versatile composer,[3] he often strives for different and innovative music[2] and has explored and used elements of various genres in his compositions that range from folk and R&B to techno and heavy metal.[4][5] He is particularly known for his use of western music elements in his pieces and often credited with having introduced Hip hop to the Tamil film and music industry and having started the "era of remixes" in Tamil Nadu.[6][7][8] Being immensely popular among the younger generation,[6][9] he is frequently referred to as the "Rockstar",[10][11][12] and the "Youth Icon of Tamil Film Music".[8][13][14] In addition, Yuvan Shankar Raja is recognized for his background score in films (re-recording) that have fetched him accolades among critics.[15][16]

He has won two Filmfare Awards; the Best Music Director Award in 2004 for his score in the drama 7G Rainbow Colony at age 25, remaining the youngest winner of the award, and the Special Jury Award in 2009 for his Telugu musical Oy!. Besides, he received six nominations for Filmfare Awards, one Tamil Nadu State Film Award in 2006 and the Cyprus International Film Festival Award in 2006 for Raam, becoming the only Indian composer to win it.[3]

Early life[edit]

Born on 31 August 1979, in Chennai, Tamil Nadu into a Tamil family, Yuvan Shankar Raja is the third and youngest child of musician and film composer Ilaiyaraaja and his late wife Jeeva. He is the younger brother of music director Karthik Raja and playback singer-cum-music director Bhavatharini. Yuvan once confessed, that his brother Karthik Raja is more talented than him, but did not get a successful break into the music business, since he did not get a "good team to work with".[17] His father as well as his siblings have sung many songs under his direction.

Film director and film composer Gangai Amaran and R. D. Bhaskar are his uncles and their sons Venkat Prabhu, Premgi Amaren and Parthi Bhaskar, who are working in the Tamil film industry as well, are his cousins. Moreover, Yuvan Shankar and both the sons of Gangai Amaran, do often associate with each other and have often worked together, the results of which have been very successful.[18] Venkat Prabhu's films have had all musical score by Yuvan, while Premji had assisted him composing music for some years,[19] before becoming an independent composer aside from the fact, that both have sung several songs under the direction of Yuvan Shankar Raja.

Yuvan Shankar did his schooling at St. Bede's Anglo Indian Higher Secondary School in Chennai,[20][21] and discontinued his education after his tenth class. He started learning music from Jacob Master,[22] attending piano classes at "Musee Musical" in Chennai, which is affiliated to Trinity College in London, UK.[23] Yuvan Shankar Raja stated, that he always wanted to become a pilot and travel "all around the world", but as he grew up "with music around him", he eventually became a musician.[22] He admires the work of his father and other composers such as S. D. Burman, R. D. Burman, M. S. Viswanathan and Naushad Ali and the voices of singers Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle, P. B. Sreenivas, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam and P. Susheela.[22]

Career[edit]

Film score and soundtracks[edit]

Early years (1997–2000)[edit]

In 1996, following his mother's suggestion to take up music as a profession, Yuvan Shankar Raja started composing tunes for an album.[24] It was then that T. Siva, the producer of the Tamil language film Aravindhan, after hearing some of the tunes, asked to compose a trailer music. As the producer was so much impressed of which, he gave Yuvan Shankar the assignment to compose the entire film score including a soundtrack for that film.[24] After consulting and getting consent from his parents, he accepted the offer; his music career started. His entry into the Tamil film and music industry had happened at age 16, thus becoming one of the youngest composers ever in the industry, which, he says, was "purely accidental".[25]

However, both the soundtrack album as well as the film itself failed to attract audiences and to do well and Yuvan Shankar Raja's following projects Velai (1998) and Kalyana Galatta (1998) were not successful either; his compositions for these films did not receive good reviews or responses,[26][27] with one reviewer labelling the music and re-recording in the latter as "cacophony" and "poor".[28] The failures of his first projects caused that he was not offered any film projects and assignments subsequently.[29] During this time of struggling, he was approached and assigned by director Vasanth to compose the music for his film Poovellam Kettuppar (1999). The soundtrack received very positive response, bring described as "fresh" and "different", with a critic from The New Indian Express citing that his "absolutely enchanting musical score [...] bears testimony to his 'Raja' surname."[30] The album became very popular, particularly songs like "Irava Pagala" and "Chudithar Aninthu", gaining him first time notice, especially among young people and children.[26][31] The album would make possible his first breakthrough in the industry and proved to be a major turning point in his career.[4] After working for two Sundar C. films, Unakkaga Ellam Unakkaga (1999) and Rishi (2000), which both fared averagely at the box office, he got to work for A. R. Murugadoss' directorial debut in 2000, the action flick Dheena starring Ajith Kumar, which went on to become a blockbuster and Yuvan Shankar Raja's first major successful film.[32] Yuvan Shankar's songs were equally successful,[33][34] which are considered to have played a major role for the film's great success.[35] while his background score in the film was also well appreciated.

Rise to prominence (2001–2003)[edit]

Thanks to this film's enormous success, he eventually broke into the Tamil music scene as offers were pouring in subsequently. He was mainly approached by many young new directors. In 2001 he had three album releases, the first being Thulluvadho Ilamai, collaborating with Selvaraghavan for the first time.[36] The soundtrack album of Thulluvadho Ilamai particularly appealed to the younger generation. The film itself, marking the debut of Selvaraghavan's brother Dhanush, released one year later and became a sleeper hit at the Chennai box office.[37][38] This was followed by Bala's Nandha (2001), for which he received rave reviews.[26] He then gained notice by churning out "youthful music" in the college-life based April Maadhathil (2002), the romantic comedy films Kadhal Samrajyam (2002),[39] and Mounam Pesiyadhe (2002), Ameer's directorial debut film, and the triangular love story Punnagai Poove (2002), in which he also made his on-screen debut, appearing in some scenes and one song sequence.[40] At the same time he made his Telugu debut with Seshu and Malli Malli Chudali and also composed for the Tamil films Junior Senior and Pop Carn, starring Malayalam actors Mammootty and Mohan Lal, respectively, all of which performing poorly at the box offices, though.

In 2003 Selvaraghavan's first independent directorial, the drama-thriller film Kaadhal Kondein released, which is considered a milestone for Yuvan Shankar Raja.[41] His work in the film, particularly his background score, was unanimously praised, leading to the release of a separate CD consisting of several film score pieces, a la "Hollywood-style", which was reportedly the first film score CD release in India. Furthermore, the film went on to become a blockbuster, cementing the film's lead artist Dhanush and Yuvan Shankar in the Tamil film and music industry.[42] The same year, he worked in Vishnuvardhan's debut film, Kurumbu, which featured the first remix song in a Tamil film. By that time, in a career spanning less than a decade, Yuvan Shankar Raja had established himself as one of the leading and most-sought after music directors in the Tamil film industry, despite having worked predominantly with newcomers and in low-budget productions.[41][42]

Success (2004–2007)[edit]

Yuvan Shankar's 2004 releases, 7G Rainbow Colony, another Selvaraghavan film, and Silambarasan's Penmadhan, were both critically and commercially successful films, featuring acclaimed as well as popular music by Yuvan Shankar Raja, which also contributed to the films' successes.[41][43][44] His work in the former, in particular, got critically acclaimed and eventually led him to win the Best Music Direction Award at the 2004 Filmfare Awards South;[45] receiving the award at the age of 25, he remains the youngest winning music composer of the award. From since, he has had nine to ten releases every year on average, making him one of the most prolific film composers of India.[9][46]

His first of nine album releases of 2005 was Raam pota Bom. His score for the Ameer-directed thriller, labelled as "soul-stirring", fetched him further accolades[47][48] and eventually yielded a win at the 2006 Cyprus International Film Festival for Best Musical score in a Feature Film,[49][50] the first such award for an Indian composer. His success streak continued with his following releases of that year, low-budget films such as Sorinthum Soriyamalum, Kanda Naal Mudhal and Sandakozhi surprisingly becoming successful ventures at the box office, since also Yuvan Shankar's compositions like "Theepidikka",[51] "Panithuli" and "Dhavani Potta" from the respective soundtracks enjoyed popularity and played an important role for the films's successes.[52] After the release of the soundtrack for the S. J. Suryaah-starring romantic comedy, Kalvanin Kadhali that also enjoyed popularity post the film's release,[50][53] his final album of 2005, Pudhupettai, released, which saw him once again collaborating with director Selvaraghavan. The ten-track experimental album, receiving exceptionally rave reviews, was considered Yuvan Shankar Raja's finest work till then and being hailed as a "musical masterpiece".[54][55] The soundtrack and score of the film featured a traditional orchestral score played by the "Chapraya Symphony" of Bangkok,[56] the first time in a Tamil film. Critics felt that this project, in particular, proved his abilities and talent to produce innovative and experimentative scores as well.[57] The film itself, releasing only in May 2006, did average business, despite opening to outstanding reviews.

He next worked on the romantic comedies Happy and Azhagai Irukkirai Bayamai Irukkirathu and the gangster film Pattiyal, which all released in early 2006. His Happy songs and score received positive reviews, with critics labelling the "youthful music" as "excellent",[58] and the film's "main strength",[59] while his score for Pattiyal was highly praised by critics; a Sify reviewer wrote, "Yuvan Shankar Raja's music and background score is the life of the film".[60] Further more, both films went on to become very successful ventures, both commercially and critically. His subsequent releases that year include Silambarasan's debut directorial, Vallavan and the action entertainer Thimiru. Yuvan Shankar Raja was hailed as the "real hero" of the former,[61] which featured some of the year's most listened tracks like "Loosu Penne paradesi penne" and "Yammadi Aathadi",[62] while the latter film ranked amongst the year's highest-grossing films. In November 2006, the Paruthiveeran soundtrack album got released, which saw the composer foraying into pure rural folk music,[63] using traditional music instruments.[64] Though initially releasing to mixed reviews, with critics doubting whether the songs could attract modern youth audience,[65][66] his first attempt at rural music turned out to be a major success, following the film's outstanding run at the box office.[67][68] The film, Ameer's third feature film as well as Karthi's debut venture, received universal critical acclaim after its release in February 2007 and became a blockbuster, while particularly the song "Oororam Puliyamaram" was a chartbuster number in Tamil Nadu.[69][70]

In 2007, he had a record ten album releases in one year. The first was the soundtrack of the romantic drama film Papaali, following which the audios of the sports comedy film Chennai 600028, the Telugu family entertainer Aadavari Matalaku Ardhalu Verule, Vasanth's bilingual thriller film Sathama pesathey (Kelkaatha Shabdam in Malayalam) and the romantic films Thottal Poo Malarum and Kannamoochi Yenada released, with the former three being well-received besides garnering positive reviews. The films, Chennai 600028, Venkat Prabhu's directorial debut, and Aadavari Matalaku Ardhalu Verule, Selvaraghavan's Telugu debut, in particular, were high commercial successes and became one of the year's most successful films in Tamil and Telugu, respectively. In late 2007 then, the audio and the film Kattradhu Thamizh got released. The soundtrack album, which was released as Tamil M. A., as well as the film itself, had been met with exceptionally positive reviews and critical acclaim. The music was widely considered a "musical sensation" and noted to be a proof of Yuvan Shankar Raja's "composing skills".[71][72][73] However, despite outstanding reviews by critics, the venture failed to evoke the interest of the audience and did not enjoy much popularity. His final release of 2007 was Billa, a remake of the 1980 Rajinikanth-starrer of the same title. This film, remade by Vishnuvardhan, starring Ajith Kumar in the title role, also featured two remixes from the original version. The film emerged one of the top-grossers of the year,[74] while also fetching rave reviews for Yuvan Shankar's stylish musical score.[75]

Recent work (2008–present)[edit]

In 2008, five films, featuring Yuvan's music were released, two of them being the Tamil and Kannada remakes of Aadavari Matalaku Ardhalu Verule, titled Yaaradi Nee Mohini and Anthu Inthu Preethi Banthu, respectively, which partly featured the original score and songs. The Tamil version, in particular, was able to repeat the success of the original film, emerging a high commercial success, while yielding Yuvan his second Filmfare nomination. The other releases that year include Seeman's Vaazhthugal, Venkat Prabhu's comedy-thriller Saroja, Ajith Kumar's action thriller Aegan and Silambarasan Rajendar's masala flick Silambattam, out of which, Saroja and Silambattam proved to be successful at the box office, with Yuvan Shankar's score in the former and his songs in the latter garnering accolades and several awards at the 2009 Isaiyaruvi Tamil Music Awards.[76] In 2009, nine of his soundtrack albums released. Excluding the romantic comedy Siva Manasula Sakthi, featuring his most popular song of the year "Oru Kal Oru Kannadi", all other films failed at the box office. Besides "Oru Kal", the songs "Siragual" (Sarvam) and "Aedho Saigiral" (Vaamanan) also became popular.[77][78] He had provided a rural score again in Kunguma Poovum Konjum Puravum and a sarangi-based score for the urban action drama of Ameer's Yogi. His score for his Telugu romantic musical Oy! fetched him the Special Jury Award at the 2010 South Filmfare Awards.

In late 2009, the soundtrack album of Paiyaa released, which was regarded as a "blockbuster album" and "magnum opus",[79][80] as it went on to become exceptionally popular, much prior to the film's release,[81] and probably one of Yuvan Shankar Raja's biggest success of his career. The song "Thuli Thuli" had become the first Tamil song to be featured in the India Top 20 list for April 2010, indicating that it was the most frequently played Tamil song on all Indian FM radio stations in the history of Tamil film music.[82] The film itself became one the highest earners of the year, particularly supported by Yuvan's score and songs. Along with Paiyaa, songs from three more films for which he composed music that year – Naan Mahaan Alla, Baana Kaathadi and Boss Engira Bhaskaran – featured among the Top 10 chartbusters of the year.[9] In early 2010 he composed his first Bollywood song "Haq Se" as part of the ensemble soundtrack of the film Striker, starring his close friend Siddharth, which received thoroughly positive reviews. In 2011, he teamed up with Silambarasan again for the anthology film Vaanam, with the song "Evan Di Unna Pethan" from the album, that was released as a single, gaining popularity. His next film was Bala's Avan Ivan; Yuvan's songs generally fetched positive reviews.[83] He next composed a score that drew influence from several world music styles for the critically acclaimed independent gangster film Aaranya Kaandam,[84] winning high praise from critics.[85] He went on to work in Venkat Prabhu's action thriller Mankatha, his biggest project till date, and Vishnuvardhan's first Telugu venture Panjaa. His last two releases of 2011 were the soundtrack albums to the action-masala films Rajapattai and Vettai, both of which received mixed response and failed to reach success. Yuvan Shankar Raja is currently working on nearly ten projects simultaneously, including Billa II, starring Ajith Kumar and Ameer's long-delayed Aadhi Bhagavan, aside from a couple of small films.

Besides Tamil films, he has also scored music for films in other South Indian languages. Around 35 of the Tamil films, for which he had composed music, were afterwards dubbed into Telugu, Kannada or Malayalam languages as were the respective soundtracks. Apart from these ones, he also worked "straightly" on Telugu projects such as Seshu, Malli Malli Chudali, Happy, Raam, Raju Bhai and Aadavari Matalaku Ardhalu Verule, making him a well-known popular composer in Andhra Pradesh, too.[86] His latest Telugu album Oy! has become a grand success as it topped the charts for several weeks. Yuvan's latest album of 2011, Panjaa has created all-time records, creating new waves (trends) as a rocking album in Andhra Pradesh.[87]

Yuvan Shankar Raja's collaborations with several film directors such as Selvaraghavan,[88][89] Ameer Sultan,[90] Vishnuvardhan,[50] Venkat Prabhu[91] and Linguswamy have always resulted in highly successful soundtracks. Likewise he has often worked together with noted Tamil poet Vaali and young Tamil lyricists including Na. Muthukumar, Pa. Vijay and Snehan and come up with successful compositions.

Other work[edit]

Playback singing[edit]

Besides, Yuvan Shankar Raja is a noted playback singer as well. As of August 2011, he has sung over 80 songs, mostly his own composed songs and several times for his father Ilaiyaraaja and his brother Karthik Raja. He lent his voice first in 1988, when he was eight years old for a song in the film En Bommukutty Ammavukku, composed by his father. Since, he frequently sang for his father in films such as Anjali (1990), Chatriyan (1990), Thalattu Ketkuthamma (1991), Friends (2001), Kaathal Jaathi (2002), Ramana (2003) and Neethane En Ponvasantham (2012).[92] Under his brother's direction, he had sung in the films Naam Iruvar Namakku Iruvar (1998), Ullam Kollai Poguthae (2001) and Veyilodu Vilayadu (2012). He had also performed a song for the film Siddu +2 (2010), composed by his friend Dharan,[93] and had lent his voice for the theme song for the World Classical Tamil Conference 2010, set to tune by A. R. Rahman.[94] In 2013, he sang a song for Rahman in the film Maryan.

However, he is better known as a singer of his own composed songs. Films, featuring some of his most popular songs as a singer, include Thulluvadho Ilamai, April Maadhathil, Pudhupettai, Pattiyal, Azhagai Irukkirai Bayamai Irukkirathu (in which he had sung all songs),[95] Deepavali, Kattradhu Thamizh, Siva Manasula Sakthi, Sarvam, Paiyaa and Naan Mahaan Alla, the latter earning him a Filmfare nomination for the Best Male Playback Singer Award.[96]

Non-cinematic output[edit]

Aside from scoring film music and soundtracks, he also produces personal music albums from time to time. In his very early years, in 1999, when he was not familiar to most people yet, he made the Tamil pop album The Blast, that contained 12 tracks, featuring vocals by Kamal Haasan, Unnikrishnan and Nithyashree Mahadevan.[97] However, the album went downright unnoticed. In 2008, he started working on his second album, the rights of which had been acquired by Sony BMG then.[98][99][100] Reportedly a bilingual album produced in both Tamil and Hindi, the album never was released.

In 2010, he joined hands with former President of India A. P. J. Abdul Kalam for a grand music video album titled "Song of Youth".[101] The popular song of the same title, based on which the album is made, was written by Kalam and is set to tunes by Yuvan Shankar Raja, who, along with Kalam and many other celebrities from the field of sports and entertainment, will feature in the video as well.[102] The album was made as a trilingual, produced in the three languages Tamil, Hindi and English,[101][103] and remains also unreleased as of 2012.

Concerts[edit]

In January 2009, Yuvan had announced his first live performance, which was planned to be held at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Canada on 25 April 2009. According to Yuvan, the show would have featured around 30 songs, sung by well-known singers and his father Ilaiyaraaja, as well as some stage dances in between by actresses Sana Khan and Meenakshi.[104][105][106] However, the concert had been postponed eventually, with Yuvan Shankar stating, that he was working on novel ideas to make the show memorable and hence, postponed the concert.[107]

In October 2009 then, he announced that a world tour, titled "Oru Naalil", is planned with a three-hour stage show to be held in various cities all over the world.[108] The tour began with a show on 1 December 2009 at the Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium in Dubai, United Arab Emirates,[109][110] featuring performances by singers like Shankar Mahadevan, Hariharan, Karthik, Harish Raghavendra and Silambarasan and professional dancers from Mumbai,[108] which was expected to be followed by shows in Canada, the U. S. and South Africa.[108] Also it was planned to conduct the shows in Muscat, Oman and Kuwait,[108][110] but following the Dubai concert, the tour was cancelled.

In October 2010, Yuvan Shankar Raja disclosed that he had signed for his first live concert in Chennai.[111] The event, named Yuvan - Live in Concert, which was sponsored, organized and later telecasted on STAR Vijay, was held at the YMCA Grounds, Nandanam, Chennai, on 16 January 2011.[112] Additionally, a promotional music video, "I'll Be There for You", composed and sung by Yuvan Shankar, himself, directed by Vishnuvardhan and shot by Nirav Shah, was made,[113] while STAR Vijay aired a 3-week, 14 episode serial on Yuvan Shankar Raja as a run-up to the concert.[114]

In February 2012 Techofes organized a live-in tribute concert for Yuvan Shankar Raja where he also performed.[115] He will be performing at the inaugural Kuala Lumpur International Indian Music Festival 2012 to be held at the Bukit Jalil Stadium, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 15 December 2012.[116] A pre-launch event to promote the concert was held in Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur in September, where Yuvan Shankar Raja met his fans and sang a couple of songs, as well.[117]

In January 2013, Yuvan will be performing in Coimbatore for the first time, the event is named as 'Yuvan 100'. This concert will be a part of his 100 films in Indian Cinema celebration.

Music style and impact[edit]

Yuvan Shankar Raja's music predominantly displays the use of Western musical elements. He is credited with having introduced Hip-hop in the Tamil film music industry and having successfully integrated the genre into the Tamil musical mainstream. He has explored various genres,[108] and experimented with new sounds. Yuvan Shankar Raja has not learnt Indian classical music,[118] although he has used complex swara patterns and carnatic rāgas in several films, including Nandha and Thulluvadho Ilamai. Critics have noted that Yuvan Shankar Raja's music has a "youthful character to it",[118] with his compositions in particular appealing to the younger generation.

Yuvan Shankar Raja started the "era of remixes"; "Aasai Nooru Vagai" from Kurumbu (2004) is considered as the first remix in a Tamil film, following which several composers began remixing Tamil film songs from the 1970s and 80s. He has experimented with the fusion of old songs with his own original compositions, mixing and incorporating parts of them into his songs.[119] In 2010, he and his friend and fellow actor Silambarasan released the song "Evan Di Unna Pethan" from the film Vaanam (2011) as a single, which generated the trend of releasing single tracks from film soundtracks in Tamil cinema several months prior to the actual release,[120][121] although the first single in Tamil cinema had been released in 2001 already.[122]

Personal life[edit]

Yuvan Shankar Raja married his longtime girlfriend Sujaya Chandran on 21 March 2005, at the Mayor Sri Ramanathan Chettiyar Hall in Chennai, India.[123][124] Yuvan had met her in 2002 as a fan at a music cultural program in London and both fell in love later.[125] Sujaya was a London-based singer and the daughter of Dr. C. R. Velayutham and Dr. Sarojini Chandran.[126] They had a secret registered marriage in September 2003 in London, before the formal public wedding was held in 2005 with the consent of their parents.[125] In August 2007, they filed for divorce with mutual consent, which was granted in February 2008, after 6 months.[125][127] The reason for the divorce was cited to be "irreconcilable differences".[127]

On 1 September 2011, he married Shilpa Mohan at the Tirumala Venkateswara Temple, Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh.[128] The marriage was held in a simple ceremony with only family members and close friends being present.[129] Shilpa was revealed to be a B.Pharm graduate from the University of Adelaide, Australia.[130] A wedding reception was arranged a day later in Chennai.[131]

In February 2014, he announced through his Twitter account that he had embraced Islam.[132]

Filmography[edit]

Released soundtrack albums
Year Tamil Telugu Other Languages
1996 Aravindhan
1997 Velai
1998 Kalyana Galatta
1999 Poovellam Kettuppar Deal (2007)
Unakkaga Ellam Unakkaga
2000 Rishi
Dheena Dada (2007) Jigarwala (Hindi)
2001 Thulluvadho Ilamai #
Manadhai Thirudivittai Manasuna Manasai (2005)
Nandha Aakrosham (2006)
Pratheekaram (2009)
Bala-Surya (2011)
2002 Seshu
(4 out of 8 songs)
Malli Malli Chudali
Junior Senior Hum Hai Bade Miyan Chote Miyan (2008) (Hindi)
Super (2009) (Malayalam)
Kadhal Samrajyam
April Maadhathil Vaallidharu (2004) Mr. Rangeela (Hindi)
Bala
Mounam Pesiyadhe Aadanthe Ado Type (2003) ♦
Kanchu (2006)
Ghatak Returns (Hindi)
Punnagai Poove
Pop Carn Popcarn (2007) (Malayalam)
2003 Winner Winner (Hindi)
Kaadhal Kondein
Pudhiya Geethai #
Thennavan
Kurumbu
Pudhukottaiyilirundhu Saravanan Sowrya (2006)
Five by Four #2 (English) •
2004 Ullam
Aethiree Bottle Mani
Perazhagan Sundarangadu
7G Rainbow Colony 7G Brindhavan Colony Gilli (2009) (Kannada)#
Manmadhan Manmadha Madana (2006) (Kannada)#
Bose Rakshana (2005)
Adhu #2
2005 Raam
Arinthum Ariyamalum Kalisunte
Daas
Thotti Jaya
(1 song; special thanks)
Jalakanda
Oru Kalluriyin Kathai College Days (2008)
Kanda Naal Mudhal
Sandakozhi Pandhem Kodi (2006) Jeet Hamari (Hindi)
Kalvanin Kadhali Chilipi
Agaram
Pudhupettai Dhoolpeta (2006)
2006 Happy Happy (Malayalam)
Pattiyal Gayam
Raam Jeene Do – Let Us Live (Hindi)
Azhagai Irukkirai Bayamai Irukkirathu Maha Andamga Vunnavani Bhayam
Vallavan Vallabha
Kedi Jadoo
Thimiru Pogaru (2007) Minchu (2008) (Kannada) #
(uncredited)
The Return of Zid (Hindi)
Paruthiveeran Malligadu (2012)
Thaamirabharani Bharani (2007)
2007 Deepavali Paga (2011) Billu Bachan – Ek Diljala (2010) (Hindi)
Chennai 600028 # Kodithe Kottali Raa
Yaaradi Nee Mohini (2008) ♦ Aadavari Matalaku Ardhalu Verule Anthu Inthu Preethi Banthu (2008) (Kannada) #
(4 out of 7 songs; uncredited)
Parattai Engira Azhagu Sundaram
(1 song; special thanks)
Raju Bhai
Satham Podathey Kelkaatha Shabdam • (Malayalam)
Thottal Poo Malarum
Kannamoochi Yenada Aarodum Parayaathe (2008) (Malayalam)
Kattradhu Thamizh Dare (2011)
Vel Deva
Machakaaran Dheera (2009)
Billa
2008 Vaazhthugal Prema Nilayam (2012)
Saroja Saroja
Aegan Mallika I Love You (2009)
Silambattam Maa Vaadu (2009)
2009 Kunguma Poovum Konjum Puravum
Siva Manasula Sakthi Shiva Manasulo Shruti
(2 songs; uncredited)
Rangam Modalaindi (2014)
Sarvam Sarvam (2010)
Vaamanan Live (2012)
Muthirai
Kadhal Alai (2013) Oy!
Yogi
Paiyaa Awara (2010) Ajith (2014) (Kannada)#
Theeradha Vilaiyattu Pillai Khiladi (2010)
2010 Goa Goa (2011)
Striker Striker (Hindi) •
(1 song)
Baana Kaathadi Kurralloi Kurrallu (2011)
Kaadhal Solla Vandhen Modalaindi Ila (2011)
Thillalangadi#
(5 out of 7 songs)
Naan Mahaan Alla Naa Peru Shiva (2011)
Boss Engira Bhaskaran Nene Ambani
Pathinaaru Jolly Boy (2011) (Kannada)#
2011 Pesu
Kadhal 2 Kalyanam
Vaanam Vaanam (Malayalam)
Zindagi Ek Sangharsh (Hindi)
Avan Ivan Vaadu Veedu
Aaranya Kaandam #2
Mankatha Gambler
Jai (2012) Panjaa
Kazhugu
Rajapattai Veedinthe
Vettai
2012 Mr. Nookayya# Mr. Mobile (Hindi)
Billa II David Billa
Naangellam Appave Appadi (2014) Dhenikaina Ready
(2 out of 5 songs)
Endhinum Ready (Malayalam)
Ameerin Aadhi Baghavan Main Shareef Tu Badmash (2013) (Hindi)
Aadhalal Kadhal Seiveer Preminchali (2013)
Moondru Per Moondru Kaadhal Itlu Prematho (2013)
Samar# Vetadu Ventadu
2013 Kedi Billa Killadi Ranga
Thanga Meenkal
Thillu Mullu
Biriyani Biriyani
Arrambam Aata Arambam
2014 Vadacurry
(1 song)
Kulfi
Vanavarayan Vallavarayan
Thirudan Police
Anjaan Sikinder
Raja Natwarlal (Hindi)#
#Only soundtrack, film score composed by another composer
#2Only film score, no soundtrack released
  • The films are listed in order of the album release date, irrespective of the film release date.
  • The year next to the title of the affected films indicates the release year of the either dubbed or remade version in the named language later than the original version.
  • • indicates original language release. Indicates simultaneous makes, if featuring in more languages
  • ♦ indicates a remade version, the remaining ones being dubbed versions

Forthcoming releases[edit]

Year Tamil Telugu Other languages
2014 Sippai
Vai Raja Vai
Taramani
Idam Porul Eval
Poojai
Govindudu Andarivadele
Yatchan
Nee Nalla Varuvada
2015 Masss
Aambala
Vettai Mannan

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

Albums[edit]

Awards[edit]

Cyprus International Film Festival
  • Best Musical Score Feature Film for Raam (2006)[133]
Filmfare Awards South
Tamil Nadu State Film Awards
Vijay Awards
Other awards

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