Viswanathan Ravichandran

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Not to be confused with V. Ravichandran, an Indian actor and director.

Viswanathan Ravichandran also known as (Aascar V. Ravichandran) is an Indian film producer and distributor in Chennai (formerly known as Madras), India. He was born in Vellore and completed his graduation from Voorhees College, Vellore. He is younger brother of Mr.Sridhar, MD of (Celebrity Pictures) & Mr. Sundar ( Viswas Pictures). He started distributing films since he was 16 years old as he was the son of a leading distributor in vellore. He is the founder and owner of the production and distribution company, Aascar Film Pvt. Ltd.[1][2] Ravichandran started his venture in 1998 with the co-production of Kadhalukku Mariyadhai.

Ravichandran never attends any functions, even his own movie functions and maintains a low public profile.[citation needed] There are very few people in the Film Industry who have met him personally.[citation needed]


Prior to making his name as a film producer, Ravichandran had been a leading film distributor in Tamil cinema since the late 1970s and gained attention through the distribution of Jackie Chan films across Tamil Nadu.[3] Ravichandran made his debut as a producer in cinema through Fazil's romantic drama film Kadhalukku Mariyadhai (1997), which he co-produced with Sangili Murugan. Though Fazil offered him the opportunity to produce the Malayalam version of the film first, Ravichandran refused because he wanted his first venture to be in Tamil. The film went on to become one of the most successful films of the year, while his second venture, Vikraman's family drama Vaanathaippola (2000), received similar commercial success.[3] His third and fourth films, Ezhil's family drama Poovellam Un Vasam (2001) and Sasi's romantic film Roja Koottam (2002), were also highly profitable ventures.

In 2012, Ravichandran and director Shankar began work on the romantic thriller film, I (2015), featuring Vikram in the lead role. En route to becoming one of the most expensive Tamil films of all time, I took three years to complete, with over ten thousand people involved in the making of the film.[4] The team also subsequently held a grand audio launch event with Arnold Schwarzenegger being brought in as chief guest for the event, and I released shortly after, becoming a profitable venture.[5]

In the media[edit]

Ravichandran actively avoids being photographed and prefers to remain incognito at the promotional events of his films. In an interview with, he revealed that there were no photographers at his wedding and that in family photos, only his wife would appear with his children.[4]


As co-producer[edit]

Year Title Language Notes
1997 Kadhalukku_Mariyadhai Tamil hit

As producer[edit]

Year Title Language Notes
2000 Vanathai Pola Tamil hit
2001 Poovellam Un Vasam Tamil average
2002 Ezhumalai Tamil average
Roja Kootam Tamil hit
Ramana Tamil hit
En Mana Vaanil Tamil hit
2003 Jay Jay Tamil hit
Manasellam Tamil flop
2004 Thendral Tamil flop
2005 Anniyan Tamil hit
2006 Parijatham Tamil average
Thalai Nagaram Tamil hit
Dishyum Tamil hit
2007 Maruthamalai Tamil hit
Unnale Unnale Tamil hit
Pachaikili Muthucharam Tamil flop
2008 Dasavathaaram Tamil blockbuster
Vaaranam Aayiram Tamil Average
2009 Ananda Tandavam Tamil flop
2011 Leelai Tamil flop
Lucky Jokers Malayalam flop
Velayudham Tamil Hit
2013 Maryan Tamil flop
2014 Vallinam Tamil flop
Thirumanam Ennum Nikkah Tamil flop
2015 I Tamil blockbuster
Boologam Tamil Post-production
Vishwaroopam 2 Tamil Post-production

As distributor : Hollywood Movies[edit]

Top Hollywood and International movies distributed by AASCAR Film (P) Ltd in various parts of South India.

Year Title Notes
1978 Drunken Master
1982 Dragon Lord
First Blood
Rambo (Film)
1983 Project A
Winners and Sinners
1984 Wheels on Meals
1985 Police Story (1985 film)
Rambo: First Blood Part II
The Emerald Forest
The Protector (1985 film)
1986 Armour of God (film)
1987 Predator (film)
Project A Part II
1988 Bloodsport (film)
Police Story 2
Rambo III
1989 Kickboxer (1989 film)
1990 Lionheart (1990 film)
Total Recall (1990 film)
1991 Armour of God II: Operation Condor
Double Impact
Once Upon a Time in China
Terminator 2: Judgment Day
1992 Once Upon a Time in China II
Police Story 3: Super Cop
Twin Dragons
Universal Soldier (1992 film)
1993 City Hunter (film)
Crime Story (film)
Jurassic Park (film)
1994 Drunken Master II
True Lies
1995 GoldenEye
Rumble in the Bronx
Thunderbolt (1995 film)
1996 Black Mask (film)
Police Story 4: First Strike
The Quest (film)
1997 Anaconda (film)
Double Team (film)
Mr. Nice Guy (1997 film)
1998 Rush Hour (1998 film)
Who Am I? (1998 film)
1999 Gorgeous (film)
Universal Soldier: The Return
2000 Shanghai Noon
2001 The Accidental Spy
Replicant (film)
Rush Hour 2
The Mummy Returns
2002 Hero (2002 film)
2003 Shanghai Knights
The Medallion
The Order (2003 film)
The Twins Effect
2004 Miracle (film)
2007 Hitman (2007 film)
Spider-Man 3
2008 Kung Fu Panda
2010 The Expendables (2010 film)
The Karate Kid (2010 film)
2012 The Amazing Spider-Man (2012 film)
2013 My Lucky Star (2013 film)
2014 Into the Storm (2014 film)
2015 Furious 7
Jurassic World
San Andreas (film)
Avengers: Age of Ultron