Anirudh (composer)

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Anirudh Ravichander
Anirudh in 2017
Anirudh in 2017
Background information
Born (1990-10-16) October 16, 1990 (age 32)[1]
Chennai, India
  • Vocals
  • keyboards
Years active2011–present

Anirudh Ravichander (born 16 October 1990), also known mononymously as Anirudh, is an Indian film scorer music composer music producer singer and instrumentalist who primarily works in Tamil films. He is the son of actor Ravi Raghavendra. He has won three Filmfare Awards,[2] nine SIIMA Awards, six Edison Awards and five Vijay Awards. His debut song "Why This Kolaveri Di", composed for the 2012 film 3, went viral across the globe and has achieved over 300 million views on YouTube.[3] In 2017, he was described by Times of India as the Most Desirable Man in Chennai.[4] In 2018, he again bagged the title, becoming the first musician to achieve this title two times in a row.

A.R. Murugadoss signed him to compose music for Kaththi (2014) starring Vijay,[5] which included the viral hit "Selfie Pulla".[6] The soundtrack for the film became Anirudh's highest profile soundtrack until he was signed to compose music for Rajinikanth's Petta in 2019.[6]

In 2016, he signed a record deal with Sony Music, which publishes his independent albums and live concerts.[7] In the same year, he featured with Diplo on the remix of Major Lazer's hit single "Cold Water".[8]

Early life and family[edit]

Anirudh Ravichander is the son of actor Ravi Raghavendra and classical dancer Lakshmi Ravichander and nephew of Latha Rajinikanth.[9] Thus, making Aishwarya, Soundarya and Hrishikesh his cousins. His maternal grandfather S. V. Ramanan has made documentaries, commercials and music. Anirudh's great-grandfather was director Krishnaswami Subrahmanyam, a filmmaker in the 1930s.[10] His great-grandmother Meenakshi was the first female music composer in Kollywood.[citation needed] He was part of a band in school called Zinx. At the age of 10, he started composing music and landed his first break with '3' at the age of 21.[citation needed]

He was the School Pupil Leader (SPL) at Padma Seshadri Bala Bhavan, K.K. Nagar, Chennai. He graduated from the Loyola College, Chennai[11] in 2011, which according to him was just a backup in case his music career did not take off.[12] Anirudh learnt piano from Trinity College of Music, London and did his sound engineering diploma from soundtech-media (Chennai). He also was part of a fusion band.[13] In his school days, Anirudh had entered a TV show that was judged by A. R. Rahman, and his band was one of the winners along with 5 other bands. Anirudh was awarded the Best Instrumentalist by his idol.[14]


2011–2012: Debut and early success[edit]

Anirudh Ravichander at the Velaikkaran Audio Launch in 2017

Anirudh Ravichander made his debut as a music composer in his cousin Aishwarya R. Dhanush's directorial debut 3, starring Dhanush. While pursuing his degree at Loyola College, he had done background scores for the short films made by Aishwaryaa and his work on short films convinced her to have him work on her first commercial venture.[15] In early November 2011, a leaked version of a song from the film Why This Kolaveri Di!, circulated online and the film's team decided to subsequently release it officially on 16 November 2011. It instantly became popular on social networking sites for its quirky "Tanglish" (portmanteau word of Tamil and English) and foot-tapping kuthu beats.[16] Soon, the song became the most searched YouTube video in India and internet phenomenon across Asia.[17][18][19][20] Within a few weeks, YouTube honoured the video with a "Recently Most Popular" Gold Medal award and "Trending" silver medal award for receiving a large number of hits in a short time.[21][22] The song was built around a South Indian folk rhythm. Its instrumentation consists of nadaswaram, shehnai, saxophone, urumee and thavil drums, acoustic guitar and keyboards mixed with electronic synths and scratches. The vocals utilize the singing style of Tamil folk culture. Lyrically, the song revolves around the film's main actor being dumped by his girlfriend; the song is sung by the character in a drunken state, with many of the lines nonsensical. According to the composer, 3's director Aishwarya R. Dhanush wanted a light-hearted song about failed love. Ravichander quickly composed the tune in about 10 minutes.[20][23]

The remaining songs of the album were released in December 2011 and also won very positive reviews from critics. A reviewer from noted: "Anirudh Ravichander has delivered so much variety in his very first album. Such a promising debut by a composer hasn't been seen in recent Tamil cinema history", while's reviewer noted that "all the songs in 3 are good and come with appealing instrumental arrangements", concluding that it was "an intriguing collection."[24][25] Anirudh also received praise for his background score in the film. He consequently went on to gain recognition for the film through accolades, notably the Vijay Award for Best Find of the Year as well as nominations at the South Indian International Movie Awards and the 60th Filmfare Awards South.[26] He also worked on the Telugu dubbed version of the film.[27] Anirudh teamed up with Dhanush soon after to produce a Kolaveri-inspired track titled "Sachin anthem" commemorating Sachin Tendulkar in association with the health drink, Boost.[28][29]

2013–2015: Continued success[edit]

Catherine Tresa, Anirudh Ravichander and Dhanush at 60th Filmfare Awards South in 2013

Next, he sang and composed a single for David – a multi-starrer directed by Bejoy Nambiar; "Kanave Kanave" in Tamil and "Yu Hi Re" in Hindi. The album also opened to very positive reviews, with a critic noting: Anirudh's song was "the pick of the album".[30][31] His next album was Ethir Neechal, which won positive reviews. noted "the album does well to consolidate Anirudh's sensational debut".[32] Anirudh introduced rappers Yo Yo Honey Singh and Adhi of Hiphop Tamizha into Tamil film music. Similarly, the background music of the film was praised with a reviewer noting that Anirudh "certainly proved his mettle yet again with his exceptional music."[33] Moreover, Sony Music India released the complete background score of Ethir Neechal via YouTube owing to its popularity.[34] His next soundtrack, Vanakkam Chennai released in July 2013, and reached top spot in iTunes India Top Album category within a few days of its release. Prior to release, Anirudh had revealed that it was his "best work til date", and the composer featured as a vocalist in six of the seven songs in the film. For the song "Oh Penne", he roped in Vishal Dadlani for the first time in Tamil music, while a promotional international version was also recorded featuring British singer Arjun. Another promotional song, "Chennai City Gangster", saw him collaborate again with Adhi of Hiphop Tamizha and British Indian rapper Hard Kaur, with the trio also featuring in a music video for the film.[35] A critic from Behindwoods noted: "Anirudh exploded onto the Tamil music scene with a hat-trick". His background music for the film was well received by reviewers.[36][37] In September 2013, he was signed on to compose the background score for Selvaraghavan's fantasy film Irandam Ulagam, after Harris Jayaraj had opted out. Anirudh noted his happiness at working with Selvaraghavan early in his career, despite being called up as a replacement and subsequently recorded for the film in Budapest.[38] The film opened to mixed reviews and became a box office disaster, but Anirudh's work received a positive response.[39]

Anirudh's next release Velaiyilla Pattathari, featured veteran singer S. Janaki, Dhanush and Anirudh, and won positive reviews upon release in February 2014.[40][41] while adding "in all, the album is soulful, lively and truly Anirudh".[42] The film subsequently became a blockbuster at the box office, with Anirudh's work in re-recording also receiving critical acclaim and won the Filmfare award for best music director; stated he "has created magic once again", while noted his "BGM lifts all manner of scenes".[43][44] His next film was Maan Karate, starring one of his close friends, Sivakarthikeyan. This album topped the iTunes chart within a few days of release. This album is a perfect mix of different genres, be it a lovely breezy ‘Un Vizhigalil’ song or ‘Royapuram Peter Kuthu’ vibe, its truly a treat. Maan Karate's soundtrack released shortly after and also won favourable reviews from critics.[45] The film opened to mixed reviews, but became a box office success, with a critic from praising that "Anirudh has proved once again that he understands the pulse of the youngsters. In fact, the BGM and sound tracks in the film, make the film appear more exciting than it actually is."[46]

A.R. Murugadoss then signed him on to compose music for Kaththi, starring Vijay, becoming Anirudh's highest profile album until he was signed to compose music for Superstar Rajinikanth's Petta in 2018. He composed the film's theme music within four days of signing, and also went on to collaborate again on songs with Adhi of Hip Hop Tamizha and Vishal Dadlani.[47] Moreover, Anirudh recorded songs with veteran singers K. J. Yesudas and Vijay for the first time in his career, while he also created a "love kuthu" song "Selfie Pulla" to be sung by the film's lead actor Vijay and Sunidhi Chauhan, which became a big hit.[6] The album received positive reviews from critics and topped the iTunes India Charts.[48][49] Durgesh Haridas of The Indian Express stated: "The OST is arguably the best for a Vijay movie in recent times and Anirudh's variety and experimentation is helping him establishing himself as one of Kollywood's top music makers.", and labelled "Selfie Pulla" as "a number that even kids will be humming." adding that the song "doesn't disappoint".[50] His work for re-recording also won acclaim, with a critic noting: "Anirudh's music and BGM reaches a new level", while the film went on to become one of the highest grossers in Tamil films history and he won several accolades for his work in the album Kaththi.[51][52]

For the third time, Anirudh collaborated with his close friend Sivakarthikeyan for the film Kaaki Sattai, produced by Dhanush under his production company. The album received mostly positive reviews and boosted the streak of Anirudh. In early 2013, it was announced that Anirudh would make his acting debut in Vignesh Shivan's Naanum Rowdydhaan, after selecting it from twenty other scripts he had heard.[53] However, production work stalled, with Anirudh noting that he will give priority to a career in music composing and agreed to work on the soundtrack for the film, now featuring Vijay Sethupathi. Furthermore, he signed on to compose music for a film made by and featuring newcomers; Aakko, with initial publicity posters for the film featuring solely on Anirudh's status as the movie's composer.[54] Anirudh scored music for Maari, which was another project with Dhanush. The music received positive reviews, with the song "Don'u Don'u Don'u" becoming exceptionally popular.[55] He also received critical acclaim for his work in the Vijay Sethupathi starrer Naanum Rowdydhaan, leading him to receive many accolades for his achievement in the film.[56] He released a single from the movie Aakko on Valentine's Day in 2015 of the name "Ennakenna Yaarum Illaiye". He also scored his first Ajith Kumar film in Vedalam, directed by Siva. Anirudh's music received mixed reviews, however, the song "Aaluma Doluma", which uses North Madras slang, became very popular[57][58] Anirudh concluded the year with Thangamagan, starring Dhanush which also received positive reviews for his music.[59]


On Valentine's eve in 2016, he released a single dedicated to lovers, a song titled "Avalukena", under the banner of Sony Music. After a short break, Anirudh released a single from Rum in April 2016; "Hola Amigo". In May 2016, Anirudh signed a deal with Sony Music India. As per the deal, from here on, the independent albums and live concerts of Anirudh will be published and promoted by the global giant.[60][61] Music giant Sony music presented a multi-platinum disc plaque for his successful collaborations with Sony[citation needed] Anirudh again teamed up with Sivakarthikeyan For Remo. The album featured 8 tracks, with Behindwoods and Indiaglitz crediting "Remo's music is definitely a cupid's arrow from Anirudh" and "Some beats, a little melody, and a whole lot of fun, Remo is soulful jukebox",[62][63] it became one of his album topping the iTunes charts.[64][non-primary source needed] Then, on 12 November 2016, he launched the audio of his cousin Hrishikesh's horror flick Rum. In late 2017, for the film Vivegam, Anirudh launched the first single "Surviva" and became fastest Tamil song to get 1 million streams,[65] this track saw the comeback of Yogi B back to the Tamil music. Anirudh launched the next single, "Thalai Viduthalai". It was written by director Siva and sung by Anirudh and Harish Swaminathan. Anirudh used the "Death Metal" first time in kollywood for this track. This song was also considered a tribute to the ultimate star Ajith Kumar, who had completed 25 years in the Tamil film industry. After a HipHop and Death Metal, the third single was a romantic classical fusion; "Kadhalaada", featuring Pradeep Kumar and Sasha Tripathi. Anirudh launched the complete album with 4 other tracks. The English song "Never Give Up" featuring Raja Kumari. The album was topping iTunes, Saavn and other digital platforms,[66][non-primary source needed] its completely an international album.[67] He again teamed up with Sivakarthikeyan for Velaikkaaran, it was their 5th collaboration. He has experimented with genre and given variety in the album.[68] It has a kuthu vibe Karuthavanlaam Galeejam expressing about colour and caste, sung by Anirudh himself. A romantic melody track Iraiva which features Anirudh and Jonita Gandhi, the track breaks into two genres it starts as a soft melody expressing love, then suddenly enter into a metal genre. Another melody Idhayane by Neeti Mohan and Anirudh. Vaa Velaikkara song sung by Shakthishree Gopalan, Bjorn Surrao is offbeat, and an introduction to trance-psychedelic music.[68] It has a motivational track Ezhu Velaikkara sung by Siddharth Mahadevan. It's overall a catchy emotional album'[69] A Hindi pop music video Bewajah, composed by Anirudh and sung by Anirudh, Irene and Srinidhi Venkatesh, which is also India's first ever vertical video was released by Sony Music India. The video features a love-torn duo whose romance is narrated through animated movie posters.[70] The song became an instant hit etching several million views.[71]


In 2018, he made his Telugu debut with Agnyaathavaasi, which has 6 tracks, a fast-paced massy introductory track Dhaga Dhagamaney sung by Anirudh himself, a sweet melody Baitikochi Chuste song ruled by the guitar chords and enchanting flute, It was an instant hit among youngsters with its quirky lyrics and a catchy foot-tapping tune, Gaali Vaaluga sung by Anirudh was also instant hit among music lovers. Niranjana Raman has sung a beautiful classical number, Swagatham Krishna, the inclusion of the guitars and synths gives an enchanting experience throughout the track. Nakash Aziz has crooned peppy number AB Yevaro Nee Baby and Pawan Kalyan has sung a folk number Kodakaa Koteswar Rao. The whole album has been received well.[72][73] His BGM received praises for his fresh sound.[74][75] Next, he composed for Suriya's Thaanaa Serndha Koottam, which was a remake of Special 26. The song "Sodakku" was an instant hit among the masses. After that, he composed for Nayanthara's Kolamavu Kokila, which was well received and was praised for being unique. The song "Gun Kadhal" became popular among Anirudh fans. The first single of Petta titled "Marana Mass" was an instant hit.[76] On 10 December, the full album for Rajinikanth's Petta was released by Anirudh. His next project was Nani's Telugu film Jersey, which is directed by Gowtam Tinnanuri. He later appeared in Gang Leader which was directed by Vikram K Kumar. This marked his second collaboration with Nani. After that he appeared in Darbar, which was directed by AR Murugadoss. The song "Chumma Kizhi" sung by legendary singer SPB was a hit, and rapper Yogi B was roped in for "Thani Vazhi". He then composed one of the songs of the soundtrack for Dharala Prabhu, the title track, which garnered success. In 2020, he collaborated with Vijay for the 2nd time in Master, directed by Lokesh Kanagaraj. The first single, "Kutti Story", sung by Vijay himself, received great praise and became popular around the world for its Tanglish lyrics. The second single sung by Gana Balachander, "Vaathi Coming", became an instant viral hit universally, with the kuthu song collecting 400 million views on YouTube, breaking many records rapidly from the get-go. This is the second most viewed song composed by Anirudh. He also came to work on the soundtrack of Doctor, directed by Nelson Dilipkumar. The first single "Chellamma" was a hit among the youth with the fun and romantic lyrics, collecting over 100 million views on YouTube.[77] In 2021, he worked with Vijay[78] for the 3rd time in Beast directed by Nelson, whom he also worked with for the 3rd consecutive time. The first single "Arabic Kuthu", is a fusion featuring Arabic phrases and rhyming verses in Tamil. The song set the record for the most-viewed and liked South Indian song within 24 hours, and is currently his most-viewed single with over 490 million views.

In 2022, Anirudh scored hits with films like, Beast and Vikram, with the latter marking his first release with Kamal Haasan, although the duo collaborated for Indian 2 first which is yet to be released.[79] The first single of Vikram titled "Pathala Pathala" received several million views from Kamal Haasan’s fans and was the most viewed song on YouTube.[80] The song also received praise for Kamal Haasan’s dance performances which went viral. Despite facing controversies from the song, it became an instant hit.[81] He also scored hits from films like Don and Kaathuvaakula Rendu Kaadhal. The songs from the Don received several million views and was an instant hit.[82] The first single of Kaathuvaakula Rendu Kaadhal titled "Two Two Two" was also a hit on YouTube.[83] He is also composing music for Dhanush starrer Thiruchitrambalam which marks his fifth collaboration with the actor after 3, Velaiyilla Pattathari, Maari and Thanga Magan.[84] The first single of Thiruchitrambalam titled "Thaai Kelavi" was released on 24 June 2022 and received several million views which also became very viral and also became a huge hit.[85] Although the song faced some controversies.[86] A social activist has lodged a complaint against the makers of the film asking them to change the lyrics of the song,[87] as the lyrics of the song are shown to be disrespectful to the elders.[88] The second single titled "Megham Karukkatha", was released on July 15, 2022 which also received positive reviews.[89] The third and the fourth singles of Thiruchitrambalam titled "Life of Pazham" and "Thenmozhi" which was sung by Anirudh himself for the former song and Santhosh Narayanan for the latter were released on 27 July 2022 and 30 July 2022 respectively.[90][91] The entire soundtrack of Thiruchitrambalam was released on 31 July 2022.[92] While Academy Award-winner A. R. Rahman was reportedly approached by Atlee to compose for his Bollywood film with Shah Rukh Khan,[93] Rahman subsequently turned down the offer and Anirudh was chosen to compose for the film titled Jawan. An announcement teaser featuring Anirudh's score was released in June 2022.[94] His previous Hindi films were David and Jersey, the former featuring just a single song by him Yun Hi Re and the latter featuring film score by him, mostly reused from his score for the original Telugu film on which the 2022 film Jersey was based upon. Thus Jawan marks the first full-fledged debut for Anirudh in Bollywood as a song and score composer. He is also set to compose music for Rajinikanth’s 169th film titled Jailer which will be directed by Nelson. The film will also mark Anirudh’s third collaboration with Rajini after Petta and Darbar and also with Nelson after Kolamaavu Kokila, Doctor and Beast.[95]He is set to collaborate with Vijay for his 67th film tentatively titled Thalapathy 67 directed by Lokesh Kanagaraj and is a part of Lokesh Cinematic Universe which marks his third collaboration with Lokesh after Master and Vikram and his fourth collaboration with Vijay after Kaththi, Master and Beast. He is also set to collaborate with Ajith for his 62nd film tentatively titled AK62 directed by Vignesh Shivan which marks his third collaboration with Ajith after Vedalam and Vivegam.[96] He is also set to compose music for Jr.NTR’s untitled 30th Telugu film tentatively titled NTR30 which is directed by Koratala Siva.[97]


As a film composer[edit]

  • The films are listed in order of music release, regardless of the dates of film release.
  • The year next to the super of the indicated 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 guest composer of the film released
Year Tamil Other Languages Dubbed Releases Notes Music Label
2012 3 3 (Telugu, Hindi) Tamil Debut Sony Music India
2013 Ethir Neechal Naa Love Story Modalaindi (Telugu) Cameo Appearance in the song "Local Boys".
David* David • (Hindi)* David (Telugu)

Hindi Debut, Guest composer; 1 song only

Guest composer; 1 song only

Reliance Big Music
Vanakkam Chennai Cameo Appearance in the song "Chennai City Gangsta" Sony Music India
Irandaam Ulagam* Varnaa (Telugu) 3 songs and Background score
2014 Velaiilla Pattadhari Raghuvaran BTech (Telugu) Wunderbar Studios
Maan Karate Cameo Appearance in the "Open The Tasmac". Sony Music India
Kaththi Kaththi (Telugu, Malayalam) Eros Music
Kaaki Sattai Wunderbar Studios
2015 Maari Maass (Telugu)
Maari (Malayalam)
Cameo Appearance in the song "Maari Thara Local" Sony Music India
Naanum Rowdydhaan Nenu Rowdy Ne (Telugu) Wunderbar Studios
Vedalam Aavesam (Telugu) Sony Music India
Thanga Magan Nava Manmadhudu (Telugu)
2016 Remo Remo (Telugu, Malayalam)
Rum Manthri Gari Bangla (Telugu)
2017 Vivegam Vivekam (Telugu), Commando (Kannada)
2018 Agnyaathavaasi • (Telugu) Telugu Debut Aditya Music
Thaanaa Serndha Koottam Gang (Telugu) Sony Music India
CoCo (Kolamaavu Kokila) KoKo Kokila (Telugu) Zee Music Company
U Turn* U Turn • (Telugu)* Guest composer; 1 song only
2019 Petta Petta (Telugu, Hindi, Kannada) Sony Music India
Jersey • (Telugu) The Cricketer - My Dear Father (2021) (Tamil) 1 song made exclusively in Tamil Zee Music Company
Thumbaa* Thumbaa (Telugu, Malayalam, Hindi #) Guest composer; 1 song only Sony Music India
Gang Leader • (Telugu) Special Appearance in "Gang-u leader" song
2020 Darbar Darbar (Hindi, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada) Divo
Dharala Prabhu* Guest composer; 1 song only

Reused from Gang Leader

Sony Music India
Paava Kadhaigal* Paava Kadhaigal (English, Hindi, Telugu, Malayalam) Guest composer; Netflix film, Segment - Love Panna Uttranum Zee Music South
2021 Master Master (Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada)
Vijay The Master (Hindi)
Sony Music India
Doctor Varun Doctor (Telugu), Doctor (Kannada, Malayalam)
2022 Naai Sekar* Guest composer; 1 song only
Beast Beast (Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada)
Raw (Hindi)
Cameo Appearance in the song "Jolly O Gymkhana". Sun Pictures
Jersey* (Hindi) Background score only
Remake of Telugu film of the same name
Zee Music Company
Kaathuvaakula Rendu Kaadhal Kanmani Rambo Khatija (Telugu) 25th Film Sony Music India
Don College Don (Telugu)
Vikram Vikram Hit List (Telugu, Hindi, Kannada)
Vikram (Malayalam)
Additional track included in Hindi dubbed version, featured an extended rap verses performed by Raftaar.
Thiruchitrambalam Thiru (Telugu), Thiruchitrambalam (Malayalam, Kannada & Hindi) Sun Pictures

Upcoming films[edit]

Year Tamil Other Languages Dubbed Releases Notes Music Label
2023 Jailer
Jawan (Hindi) Jawan (Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam)
Indian 2
2024 NTR30 (Telugu)

Independent works and music videos[edit]

Year Title Languages Artist Notes
2012 Sachin Anthem Tamil with Dhanush Promotional video as an ode to Sachin Tendulkar for health drink company Boost
TATA Nano Hindi Promotional Jingle for Tata Nano by Tata Motors
Ai Dil Mere Promotional video for MTV Rush in collaboration with Bejoy Nambiar
2014 Chancey Illa Tamil Promotional video for the city connect campaign by Times of India
2015 Enakenna Yaarum Illaye Single from Aakko Released on Valentine's Day
2016 Avalukena with Srinidhi Venkatesh Single for Valentine's Day
Damkutla Dumkutla with Shabareesh Varma Promotional anthem of Tamil Nadu Premier League
Cold Water Diwali Edition English Remix of Major Lazer-Cold Water (feat. Justin Bieber & )
2017 Onnume Aagala Tamil with Mali Manoj Single for Valentine's Day
Bewajah Hindi with Irene, Srinidhi Venkatesh and Caesar & Loui India's First Vertical Video in collaboration with Sony Music India
2018 Julie (Free play) Tamil Single for Valentine's Day
Going to America English with Anthony Daasan & Nucleya Promotional song for TotaMyna
Kettavano Tamil with Sajith Satya 7UP Madras Gig S01 Single track in collaboration with Sony Music and Knack Studios

*Composed by Sajith Satya

Enakenna Yaarum Illaye (Zingaroe Remix) with Zingaroe 7UP Madras Gig S01 bonus track in collaboration with Sony Music and Knack Studios

*Produced & remixed by Zingaroe

Myntra's Kids Day Out Hindi Advert Jingle in collaboration with Myntra for Kids Day Out Sale
GumOn Groove English Promotional song for GumOn in collaboration with Sony Music India
2020 Arivum Anbum Tamil with Ghibran, Kamal Haasan and 9 others Song in response to the COVID-19 pandemic crisis in India, in collaboration with Think Music India

*Composed and Arranged by Ghibran

Its All Gonna Be Okay Tamil, Telugu with Alisha Thomas Orchestral version of "The Karma Theme" from the film U Turn, as an Ode to the frontline workers of COVID-19 pandemic
2021 Nithirai Nila Tamil with Chinmayee, Nakkhul and Sunainaa Independent Single Album in collaboration with Maii Studios International.

*Composed by Mathews Pulickan

Summa Semma Zomato Promotional Jingle for Zomato
Criminal Crush with Godson Rudolph, Srinisha Jayaseelan Independent Single Album featuring Cooku with Comali fame Ashwin Kumar & Tanya Ravichandran, in collaboration with Vels Signature

*Composed by Godson Rudolph

Oosingo with Arivu PSA on taking the COVID-19 Vaccine[98] in collaboration with Sundaram Finance
2022 Aitha Lakka with Ganesh Chandrasekaran Independent Single featuring [Tharshan] in association with Lahari Music

*Composed by Ganesh Chandrasekaran

Payani with Ankit Tiwari Independent Single Album by Aishwarya Rajinikanth, in association with Tips Music

*Composed by Ankit Tiwari

Swipe Right Material English, Hindi, Tamil with Guru Randhawa, Dee MC Promotional video as an ode to Tinder India

*Composed by Kartik Shah

Varlaam Vaa.. Tamil Promotional Jingle for Casagrand Platinum by Casagrand Builder (Pvt) Ltd.
2023 Summa Semma Zomato 2 Promotional Jingle for Zomato

As a playback singer[edit]

Year Album Language Song Notes
2012 3 Tamil "Come on Girls"
2013 Ethir Neechal "Boomi Ennai", "Un Paarvayil", " Ethir Neechal"
David "Kanave Kanave"
David Hindi "Yu Hi Re" Sung with Shweta Mohan
Vanakkam Chennai Tamil "Chennai City", "Engadi Porandha", " Ailasa Ailasa", "Osaka", "Oh Penne"
Irandaam Ulagam "Penne Naa Enna Solla", "Iravinil Oruvanai", "Un Kaadhal Ingu Unmaiya"
Backbench Student Telugu "Sachin Tendulkar Back Bencher" Composed by Sunil Kashyap
2014 Velaiyilla Pattathari Tamil "Velaiyilla Pattathari", "Udhungada Sangu", " What a Karuvaad", "Ey Inga Paaru"
Maan Karate "Maanja", "Open The Tasmac", "Un Vizhigalil"
Vadacurry "Low Aana Life-u" Composed by Vivek-Mervin
Vaalu "Hey Vasamoakka" Composed by S.Thaman
Yennamo Yedho "Nee Yenna Periya Appatakkaraa ?" Composed by D.Imman
Kaththi "Pakkam Vanthu", "Aathi",
Telugu "Selfie Bomma"
Kaaki Sattai Tamil "Kadhal Kan Kattudhe", "I'm So Cool", " Shake That", "Trooper Theme"
2015 I "Mersalaayiten", "Mersalaayiten (Remix)" Composed by A. R. Rahman
Romeo Juliet "Dandanakka" Composed by D. Imman
Premam Malayalam "Rockankuthu" Composed by Rajesh Murugesan
Palakkattu Madhavan Tamil "Uchi Mela" Composed by Srikanth Deva
Demonte Colony "Vaada Vaa Machi" Composed by Keba Jeremiah
Maari "Maari Thara Local", "Don'u Don'u Don'u"
Pugazh "Naanga Podiyan" Composed by Vivek-Mervin
Jwalantham Kannada "Tamate Tamate" Composed by Vikram Subramanya
Vil Ambu Tamil "Aale Saachuputta Kannale" Composed by Naveen
Saahasam "Oh Madhu" Composed by S. Thaman
Naanum Rowdy Dhaan "Thangamey", "Neeyum Naanum", " Yennai Maatrum Kadhale", "Varavaa Varavaa"
Vedalam "Aaluma Doluma", "The Theri Theme", "Veera Vinayaka"
Jil Jung Juk "Shoot The Kuruvi" Composed by Vishal Chandrasekhar
Thanga Magan "Tak Bak"
2016 Sethupathi "Hey Mama" Composed by Nivas K. Prasanna
Kanithan "Yappa Chappa" Composed by Sivamani
Zero "Uyire Un Uyirena" Composed by Nivas K. Prasanna
Mappillai Singam "Edhuku Machan Kadhalu" Composed by N.R.Ragunathan
Thozha "Thozhaa" Composed by Gopi Sunder
Manal Kayiru 2 "Adiye Thangamatanya" Composed by Dharan Kumar
Manithan "Munsellada" Composed by Santhosh Narayanan
Marudhu "Akka Petha Jakkavandi" Composed by D. Imman
Remo "Remo Nee Kadhalan", "Senjitaley", "Meesa Beauty", "Tamilselvi", "Veshangalil Poiyillai (Additional Song)"
Telugu "Remo Nee Styleki", "Kollegottey"
2017 Enakku Vaaitha Adimaigal Tamil "Ondroduthan Ondroga" Composed by Santhosh Dhayanidhi
Bogan "Damaalu Dumeelu" Composed by D. Imman
Rum "Holá Amigö", "Peiyophobilia", "Kadavulae Vidai (Reprise)","Hola Senorita"
Shivalinga "Rangu Rakkara" Composed by S.Thaman
Dora "Ra Ra Ra" Composed by Vivek-Mervin
Simba "Marandhadhae" Composed by Vishal Chandrasekhar
Neruppu Da "Karukku Kallangolu" Composed by Sean Roldan
Sangili Bungili Kadhava Thorae "Hai En Kai Mela" Composed by Vishal Chandrasekhar
Rangoon Foreign return
Vivegam "Surviva", Thalai Viduthalai, Kadhalaada (Reprise)
Vikram Vedha "Yaanji" Composed by Sam C. S.
Katha Nayagan "On Nenappu" Composed by Sean Roldan.
Balloon "Shut Up Pannunga Titbit","Shut Up Pannunga" Composed by Yuvan Shankar Raja
Agnyaathavaasi Telugu "Baitikochi Chuste", "Gaali Vaaluga", "Dhaga Dhagamaney"
Thaana Serndha Kootam Tamil "Naana Thaana", "Enge Endru Povadhu", "Thaana Serntha Kootam Title song"
Velaikkaran "Karuthavanlaam Galeejaam", "Iraiva". "Uyire", "Idhayane"
Sakka Podu Podu Raja "Kalakku Machan" Composed by Silambarasan
Gulaebaghavali "Guleba" Composed by Vivek-Mervin
2018 Kolamavu Kokila "Kalyana Vayasu", "Orey Oru", "Thittam Poda Theriyala"
NOTA "Raja Raja Kula" Composed by Sam C. S.
Kanaa "Othayadi Paathaiyila" Composed by Dhibu Ninan Thomas
Party "Kanampoochi" Composed by Premgi Amaren
Ezhumin "Ezhu Ezhu" Composed by Ganesh Chandrasekaran
2019 Petta "Marana Mass", "Ilamai Thirumbuthe", "Petta Paraak"
Ispade Rajavum Idhaya Raniyum Tamil "Kanamma" Composed by Sam C. S.
Jersey Telugu "Adhento Gaani Vunnapaatuga", "Padhe Padhe", "Aarambhame Le"
Tamil "Marakkavillayae"
Mr.Local "Takkunu Takkunu" Composed by Hiphop Tamizha
Thumbaa "Pudhusaatam"
Ayogya "Kanne Kanne" Composed by Sam C.S.
Saaho Telugu "Psycho Saiyaan" Composed by Tanishk Bagchi
Tamil "Kadhal Psycho"
Sixer "Baa Baa Black Sheep" Composed by Ghibran
Gang Leader Telugu "Gang-u Leader", "Hoyna Hoyna"
Namma Veetu Pillai Tamil "GaandaKannazhagi" Composed by D. Imman
Puppy "Superstar song" Composed by Dharan Kumar
Sangathamizhan "Sandakaari Neethan" Composed by Vivek-Mervin
Vennila Kabaddi Kuzhu 2 "Tiruvizha" Composed by V. Selvaganesh
Dhanusu Raasi Neyargale "I Want A Girl" Composed by Ghibran
Oh My Kadavule "Friendship Anthem" Composed by Leon James
Capmaari "Ummunu Irukkanum Usupethuna" Composed by Siddharth Vipin
Pattas "Jigidi Killaadi" Composed by Vivek-Mervin
2020 Darbar "Chumma Kizhi", "Thani Vazhi", "Tharam Maara"
Kannum Kannum Kollaiyadithaal "Yelo Pullelo" Composed by Masala Coffee
Dharala Prabhu "Dharala Prabhu"
Paava Kadhaigal "Love Panna Uttranum" (Dad Song)
2021 Krack Telugu "Balega Tagilavey Bangaram" Composed by S. Thaman
Teddy Tamil "Nanbiye" Composed by D. Imman
Ranga "Theeramal" Composed by Ramjeevan
Master "Vaathi Coming", "Vaathi Raid", "Kutti Story","Quit Pannuda"
Bhoomi "Thamizhan Endru Sollada" Composed by D. Imman
Sulthan "Jai Sulthan" Composed by Vivek-Mervin
Jagame Thandhiram "Bujji" Composed by Santhosh Narayanan
Doctor "Chellamma", "Nenjame", "So baby"
Varun Doctor Telugu "Chittemma", "So Baby"
Arasiyalla Idhellam Saadharnamappa Tamil "Knockout song" Composed by Madley Blues
Oh Manapenne "Bodhai Kaname" Composed by Vishal Chandrashekhar
Enna Solla Pogirai "Cute Ponnu" Composed by Vivek–Mervin
Kaathu Vaakula Rendu Kaadhal "Rendu Kadhal", "Two Two Two"
Bommala Koluvu Telugu "Mudhiche Na Sukumari" Composed by Pravin Lakkaraju
2022 Etharkkum Thunindhavan Tamil "Vaada Thambi" Composed by D Imman, sung with GV Prakash Kumar
Radhe Shyam Telugu "Sanchari" Composed by Justin Prabhakaran
RRR Tamil "Natpu" Composed by M. M. Keeravani
Don "Jalabula Jangu", "Private Party"
DJ Tillu Telugu "Pataas Pilla" Composed by Sricharan Pakala
Beast Tamil "Arabic Kuthu", "Beast Mode"
Telugu "Halamathi Habibo", "Beast Mode"
Raw Hindi
Kaathu Vaakula Rendu Kaadhal Tamil "Kaathu Vaakula Rendu (Title Track)", "Kanne Kanmaniyae", "Azha Thonudhe" Additional tracks, sung with Santhosh Narayanan for KRK Title Track
Vikram "Vikram (Title Track)", "Wasted", "Once Upon A Time", "Porkanda Singam (EDM Version)"
Thiruchitrambalam "Life of Pazham"
Brahmāstra: Part One – Shiva "Dancela Bodha Yethuda" Composed by Pritam
Prince Tamil "Bimbilikki Pilapi" Composed by S.Thaman
Ori Devuda Telugu "Gundellonaa" Composed by Leon James
2023 Thunivu Tamil "Chilla Chilla" Composed by Ghibran
Varisu Tamil "Jimikki Ponnu" Composed by S.Thaman


Appearances in songs[edit]

Year Song Languages Artist Notes
2012 Why This Kolaveri Di Tamil Dhanush Song for 3, appeared alongside the film's lead actors Dhanush and Shruti Haasan.
2013 Ethir Neechal Anirudh Ravichander, Yo Yo Honey Singh, Hiphop Tamizha Making video of Ethir Neechal, appeared alongside the film's lead actors and song artists.
Chennai City Gangsta Hiphop Tamizha, Hard Kaur & Country Chicken Promotional video for film Vanakkam Chennai.
Vanakkam Chennai Mashup with Papon, Vishal Dadlani, Pragathi, Andrea Jeremiah, Suchitra, Arjun, Hard Kaur, Hiphop Tamizha Promotional Mashup video for film Vanakkam Chennai.

*Remixed by Vivek Siva

2016 Sirikkadhey Anirudh Ravichander, Arjun Kanungo & Srinidhi Venkatesh Promotional video for film Remo.
2017 Iraiva Anirudh Ravichander, Jonita Gandhi Promotional video for film Velaikkaran.
Gaali Vaaluga Telugu Anirudh Ravichander Tribute to Pawan Kalyan; Promotional video for film Agnyaathavaasi.
2018 Gun In Kadhal Tamil Vijay Yesudas Promotional video for Kolamaavu Kokila, appeared alongside the film's lead actress Nayanthara.
Orey Oru Anirudh Ravichander, Jonita Gandhi Lyrical video of Orey Oru from Kolamaavu Kokila.
Thittam Poda Theriyala Anirudh Ravichander Promotional video for Kolamaavu Kokila.
U-Turn Tamil
Anirudh Ravichander Sung the song "The Karma theme" and appeared in the promotional video song alongside the film's lead actress Samantha.
2019 Nani's Gang Leader Telugu Nani, Anirudh Ravichandar Promotional video for Gangu leader song, appeared alongside the film's lead actor Nani.
2020 Vaathi Coming Tamil Anirudh Ravichander, Gana Balachandar Lyrical video of Vaathi Coming for Master
Chellamma Anirudh Ravichander, Jonita Gandhi Lyrical video of Chellama for Doctor
2021 Rendu Kaadhal Anirudh Ravichander, Shakthisree Gopalan, Aishwarya Suresh Bindra Song for Kaathu Vaakula Rendu Kaadhal.
Two Two Two Sanjana Kalmanje, Sunidhi Chauhan, Anirudh Ravichander
2022 RRR Telugu
M. M Keeravani, Anirudh Ravichandar Promotional video for Dosti, Natpu, and Priyam along with Vijay Yesudas, Amit Trivedi, Hemachandra, Yazin Nizar
Arabic Kuthu Tamil, Telugu, Hindi Anirudh Ravichander, Jonita Gandhi Lyrical video of Arabic Kuthu for Beast (Raw in Hindi)
Jolly O Gymkhana Tamil, Telugu, Hindi Thalapathy Vijay, Anirudh Ravichander Video Song of Jolly O Gymkhana for Beast
Dippam Dappam Tamil Anirudh Ravichander, Anthony Daasan Lyrical video for Kaathuvaakula Rendu Kaadhal
Private Party Tamil Anirudh Ravichander, Jonita Gandhi Lyrical video of Private Party for Don
2023 Chilla Chilla Tamil Anirudh Ravichander, Ghibran and Vaisagh Lyrical video of Chilla Chilla for Thunivu


Anirudh Ravichander awards and nominations
  1. ^ Certain award groups do not simply award one winner. They recognize several different recipients, have runners-up, and have third place. Since this is a specific recognition and is different from losing an award, runner-up mentions are considered wins in this award tally. For simplification and to avoid errors, each award in this list has been presumed to have had a prior nomination.
Year Award Category Film Result
2012 60th Filmfare Awards South Best Music Director 3 Nominated
Vijay Awards Favourite Song Nominated
Best Find of the Year Won
Best Music Director Nominated
2nd South Indian International Movie Awards Best Music Director Nominated
Sensational Music Director Won
Edison Awards Best Music Director Won
2013 Edison Awards Best Music Director Vanakkam Chennai Won
61st Filmfare Awards South Best Music Director Nominated
Ethir Neechal Nominated
Vijay Awards Favourite Song Nominated
Best Song Won
Best Music Director Nominated
3rd South Indian International Movie Awards Best Music Director Won
Best Male Playback Singer Nominated
Behindwoods Gold Medal[99] Best Music Director Vanakkam Chennai, Ethirneechal Won
2014 Edison Awards Best Music Director Kaththi Won
62nd Filmfare Awards South Best Music Director Nominated
Maan Karate Nominated
Velaiyilla Pattathari Won
Vijay Awards Best Music Director Won
Best Background Score Nominated
Favourite Song Won
4th South Indian International Movie Awards Best Music Director Won
Most Streamed Song – Tamil Won
1st IIFA Utsavam Best Music Director Kaththi Won
2015 5th South Indian International Movie Awards Best Music Director Naanum Rowdy Dhaan Won
Best Male Playback Singer Won
Edison Awards Best Background Score Vedalam Won
2nd IIFA Utsavam Playback Singer – Male Naanum Rowdy Dhaan Won
2016 Edison Awards Best Music Director Remo Won
64th Filmfare Awards South Best Music Director Nominated
Best Playback Singer-Male Nominated
6th South Indian International Movie Awards Best Singer Male Won
Best Music Director Nominated
2017 BehindWoods MS Vishwanathan Gold Medal For Next Gen Music Director[100] Best Music Director Won
Social Media Summit and Awards (SMSA) (from Government of AP)[101][102] Music Sensation on Social Media Won
Ananda Vikatan Cinema Awards Best Playback Singer Male Karuthavanlaam Galeejam from Velaikkaran, Yaanji Yaanji from Vikram Vedha Won
65th Filmfare Awards South Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer – Tamil Yaanji Yaanji from Vikram Vedha Won
Edison Awards Best music director Velaikaran Won
2018 Vijay Awards Best Male Playback Singer Iraivaa from Velaikkaran Won
2019 8th South Indian International Movie Awards Best Male Playback Singer 'Kalyana Vayasu' from Kolamavu Kokila Nominated
Best Music Director Kolamavu Kokila Won
2020 Zee Cine Awards Tamil Best Music Director Petta Won
Mirchi Music Awards South Listeners Choice Album Petta Won
Viral Song of the Year Marana Mass Won
Album of the year Gang Leader Won
2021 9th South Indian International Movie Awards Best Music Director Petta Nominated
Best Music Director Jersey Nominated
Best Best Male Playback Singer - Tamil Ispade Rajavum Idhaya Raniyum Nominated
2021 10th South Indian International Movie Awards Best Male Playback Singer - Tamil Dharala Prabhu Nominated
Best Male Playback Singer - Tamil Doctor Nominated
Best Music Director - Tamil Master Nominated

Other honors[edit]

Year Award
2011 UK Music Academy Awards for Most World Popular Music Director for the film 3
Best Indian of the Year award for the film 3 honored by Government of India
Government of Uttar Pradesh award for Best New talent music director for the film 3
2012 New York Best New Music Talent Award for "Ai Dil Mere" (Promotional track for MTV's Rush)
Mirchi Listeners' Choice – Album of the Year Mirchi Music Awards South for the film 3
2016 Cinema Express Award – Best Music Director for Naanum Rowdy Dhaan
Mirchi Music Awards Tamil for the best Music composer, Song of the Year, Album of the year for Naanum Rowdy Dhaan[103]
Provoke Lifestyle Awards – Best Music Director 2015–2016[104]
2017 Pride of Tamil Nadu 2017 awards[105]
Oscar Awards -South India's Most Admired Musical Prodigy Award[106]
Social Media Icon award at the Global Mobile Apps Summit & Awards[107]
2020 Listeners choice - Album of the year for Petta, Viral song of the year - Marana Mass & Album of the year - Gang Leader[108]
2021 Listeners choice & cult song of the decade for 3[109]


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