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Anirudh Ravichander
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Background information
Birth name Anirudh Ravichander
Born (1990-10-16) 16 October 1990 (age 25)
Madras, Tamil Nadu, India
Genres Film score, world
Occupation(s) Film composer, music director, record producer, instrumentalist, arranger, singer
Years active 2011–present

Anirudh Ravichander (born 16 October 1990)[1] is an Indian film composer and singer, who works predominantly in Tamil films. The song, "Why This Kolaveri Di", that Anirudh had composed for the Tamil film 3, went viral on YouTube[2] and tracked more than 100 million views.[3]

Early life[edit]

Anirudh is the son of actor Ravi Raghavendra, nephew of Rajinikanth and Latha Rajinikanth, and cousin of Aishwarya and Soundarya Rajinikanth.[4][5] His mother Lakshmi is a dancer.[6] Anirudh was a part of a band in school called Zinx. At the age of 10, he started composing music and landed his first break – '3' at the age of 21

He did his schooling at Padma Seshadri Bala Bhavan, K.K. Nagar. He graduated from Loyola College, Chennai in 2011, which according to him was just a back up in case his music career did not take off. Anirudh learnt classical piano from Trinity College of Music, London. He also learnt Carnatic music, and was part of a Carnatic fusion band.[7]


2011–2012: Debut and early success[edit]

Anirudh made his debut as music composer in his cousin Aishwarya R. Dhanush's directorial debut 3 starring Dhanush and Shruti Haasan. While pursuing his degree at Loyola College, he had done background scores for about short films by Aishwaryaa and was convinced by her to also work on her first commercial venture.[8] Furthermore, at the launch of the film in August 2011, Anirudh revealed that he had played the keyboard for compositions by A. R. Rahman and was a part of a band called Zinx.[9] 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 with a music video shot featuring Dhanush singing the song at AM studios, accompanied by composer Anirudh on a keyboard. It instantly became viral on social networking sites for its quirky "Tanglish" (portmanteau word of Tamil and English) lyrics.[10] Soon, the song became the most searched YouTube video in India and an internet phenomenon across Asia.[11][12][13][14] 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.[15][16] 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 composer, 3's director Aishwarya R. Dhanush wanted a light-hearted song about failed love. Ravichander quickly composed the tune in about 10 minutes.[14] Dhanush then began work on the lyrics, which he completed in about 20 minutes of playful singing and writing.[17]

The remaining songs of the album were released in December 2011 and also won very positive reviews from critics. The album featured Mohit Chauhan debuting in Tamil with "Po Nee Po", while Dhanush, Shruti Haasan and Airtel Super Singer contestant Sathya Prakash were also amongst the performers. 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."[18][19] 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.[20] He also worked on the Telugu and Hindi version of the film with Adnan Sami and Vishal Dadlani singing as a part of the album, though the dubbed Hindi film never released.[21] Anirudh teamed up with Dhanush soon after to produce a Kolaveri-inspired track titled "Sachin anthem" commemorating Sachin Tendulkar in association with health drink, Boost.[22][23]

2013–present: Continued success[edit]

Anirudh Ravichander at South Indian International Movie Awards 2013

Next, he sang and composed a single for David – a bilingual multi-starrer directed by Bejoy Nambiar, "Kanave Kanave" in Tamil and "Yun 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".[24][25] His next album was Dhanush's maiden home production Ethir Neechal, which won positive reviews. noted "the album does well to consolidate Anirudh's sensational debut".[26] While Dhanush sang two songs in the film and Mohit Chauhan was also used again, 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 Anirudh "certainly proved his mettle yet again with his exceptional music."[27] Moreover, Sony Music India released the complete background score of Ethir Neechal via YouTube owing to its popularity.[28] His next soundtrack, Vanakkam Chennai released in July 2013, and reached top spot in iTunes India Top Album category within 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 used 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. Anirudh also recorded songs with Assamese jazz singer Papon and with Andrea Jeremiah, while also working with lyricist Madhan Karky in the well-received folk love song "Osaka Osaka".[29] 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.[30][31] In September 2013, he was signed on to compose the background music and re-recording 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.[32] The film opened to mixed reviews and became a box office disaster, however reactions to Anirudh's work were positive.[33]

His next film was Maan Karate starring one of his close friend Siva Karthikeyan.This album became the highest grosser in iTunes within few days of release. Anirudh's next release saw him work with Dhanush again, as a lyricist and producer, for Velaiyilla Pattathari. The album featured veteran S. Janaki as the only other singer apart from Dhanush and Anirudh, and won positive reviews upon release in February 2014.[34] Critics noted that it was a third consecutive "solid album from the Anirudh Ravichander - Dhanush combination".,[35] while adding "in all, the album is soulful, lively and truly Anirudh".[36] The film subsequently became a blockbuster at the box office, with Anirudh's work in re-recording also receiving critical acclaim; stated he "has created magic once again", while noted his "BGM lifts all manner of scenes".[37][38] Maan Karate's soundtrack released shortly after and also won favourable reviews from critics.[39] He collaborated for a song for the second time with Shruti Haasan, while the film's lead actor Sivakarthikeyan also performed a Dappan koothu song in the soundtrack alongside veteran folk singer Paravai Muniyamma. Anirudh also recorded a gaana song with Deva, widely considered the pioneer of the gaana genre, marking his comeback after a sabbatical.[40] 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."[41]

Anirudh Ravichander performing at South Indian International Movie Awards 2013

AR Murugadoss then signed him on to compose music for Kaththi starring Vijay, becoming Anirudh's highest profile album till date. 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.[42] Moreover, Anirudh recorded songs with veteran singers K. J. Yesudas and Shankar Mahadevan 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.[43] The album received positive reviews from critics and topped the iTunes India Charts.[44][45] 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".[46] 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.[47][48]

For the third time Anirudh collabarated with his close friend Sivakarthikeyan for the film Kaaki Sattai produced by Dhanush under his production company. The album was released on the birthday of Superstar Rajinikanth in 2014. 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.[49] However production work stalled, with Anirudh noting 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.[50] 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.[51] 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.[52] 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. The film itself became a blockbuster and was one of the highest grossing films of 2015.[53][54] Anirudh concluded the year with Thangamagan starring Dhanush which also received positive reviews for his music.[55]

2016–present: International Success[edit]

After five months break Anirudh released a single from Rum on 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's will be published and promoted by the global giant.[56] For the fourth time Anirudh Ravichander is collabarating with his close friend Sivakarthikeyan for the film Remo.[57]


Released soundtracks[edit]

  • The films are listed in order that the music released, regardless of the dates the film released.
  • 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
Year Tamil Other Languages Dubbed Releases Notes Music Label
2011 3 3 (Hindi, Telugu) Sony Music
2012 Ethir Neechal Naa Love Story Modalaindi (Telugu) Cameo appearance in "Local Boys" Sony Music
2013 David David • (Hindi) David (Telugu) 1 Song only T-Series
Vanakkam Chennai Sony Music
Irandaam Ulagam Varnaa (Telugu) Film score & 2 Songs only Sony Music
2014 Velaiyilla Pattathari Raghuvaran, B.Tech (Telugu) Wunderbar Studios
Maan Karate Cameo appearance in "Open The Tasmac". Sony Music
Kaththi Kaththi (Telugu) Eros Music
Kakki Sattai Wunderbar Studios
2015 Maari Mass (Telugu) Cameo appearance in "Maari Thara Local" Sony Music
Naanum Rowdydhaan Nenu Rowdy Ne (Telugu) Wunderbar Studios
Vedalam Avesham (Telugu) Sony Music
Thanga Magan Nava Manmadhudu (Telugu) Sony Music
2016 Remo Sony Music

Upcoming projects[edit]

Year Film Music Label
2016 Rum Sony Music India
2016 Aakko Sony Music India
2017 Thala 57
2017 Mohan Raja untitled project with Sivakarthikeyan
2017 Thaanaa Serndha Koottam

Independent work[edit]

  • 2012 - "Ai Dil Mere" (Promotional track for MTV's Rush)
  • 2012 - "Sachin Anthem" (Promotional track as an ode to Sachin Tendulkar for health drink company Boost)
  • 2014 – "Chancey Illa" (Promotional track for the city connect campaign by Times of India)
  • 2015 - "Enakenna Yaarum Illaye" (Single from "Aakko")
  • 2016 – "Avalukena" (Single for Valentine's Day)
  • 2016 - "Hola Amigo" (Single from Rum)
  • 2016 - "Damkutla Dumkutla" (Promotional track of Tamil Nadu Premier League Anthem)

As a Playback singer[edit]

Year Film Song Notes
2012 3 "Idhazhin Oram", "Come on Girls"
2013 Ethir Neechal "Nijamellam", "Boomi Ennai", "Un Paarvayil", " Ethir Neechal"
2013 David "Kanave Kanave"
2013 David "Yu Hi Re"
2013 Vanakkam Chennai "Chennai City", "Engadi Porandha", " Ailasa Ailasa", "Osaka", "Oh Penne"
2013 Irandaam Ulagam "Penne Naa Enna Solla"
2013 Backbench Student (Telugu) "Sachin Tendulkar Back Bencher" Composed by Sunil Kashyap
2014 Velaiyilla Pattathari "Velaiyilla Pattathari", "Udhungada Sangu", " What a Karavaad", "Ey Inga Paaru"
2014 Maan Karate "Maanja", "Open The Tasmac", "Un Vizhigalil"
2014 Vadacurry "Low Aana Life-u" Composed by Vivek-Mervin
2014 Vaalu "Hey Vasamoakka" Composed by S.Thaman
2014 I "Mersalaayiten","Mersalaayiten (Remix)" Composed by A. R. Rahman
2014 Yennamo Yedho "Nee Yenna Periya Appatakkaraa ?" Composed by D.Imman
2014 Kaththi "Pakkam Vanthu", "Aathi"
2014 Kaththi (Telugu) "Selfie Bomma"
2014 Kaaki Sattai "Kadhal Kan Kattudhe", "I'm So Cool", " Shake That", "Trooper Theme"
2015 Romeo Juliet "Dandanakka" Composed by D. Imman
2015 Premam (Malayalam) "Rockankuthu" Composed by Rajesh Murugesan
2015 Palakkattu Madhavan "Uchi Mela" Composed by Srikanth Deva
2015 Demonte Colony "Vaada Vaa Machi" Composed by Keba Jeremiah
2015 Maari "Thara Local", "Don'u Don'u Don'u"
2015 Pugazh "Naanga Podiyan" Composed by Vivek-Mervin
2015 Vil Ambu "Aale Saachuputta Kannale" Composed by Naveen
2015 Saahasam "Oh Madhu" Composed by S. Thaman
2015 Naanum Rowdydhaan "Thangamey", "Neeyum Naanum", " Yennai Maatrum Kadhale", "Varavaa Varavaa"
2015 Vedalam "Aaluma Doluma", "The Theri Theme", "Veera Vinayaka"
2015 Jil Jung Juk "Shoot The Kuruvi" Composed by Vishal Chandrasekhar
2015 Thanga Magan "Tak Bak"
2016 Sethupathi "Hey Mama" Composed by Nivas K. Prasanna
2016 Kanithan "Yappa Chappa" Composed by Sivamani
2016 Zero "Uyire Un Uyirena" Composed by Nivas K. Prasanna
2016 Mappillai Singam "Edhuku Machan Kadhalu" Composed by N.R.Ragunathan
2016 Thozha "Thozhaa" Composed by Gopi Sunder
2016 Manithan "Munsellada" Composed by Santhosh Narayanan
2016 Rum "Hola Amigo","Peiyophobilia"
2016 Marudhu "Akka Petha Jakkavandi" Composed by D. Imman
2016 Remo "Remo Nee Kadhalan","Senjitaley","Meesa Beauty","Tamilselvi","Daavuya"


Year Award Category Film Result
2013 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
2014 Edison Awards Best Music Director Vanakkam Chennai Won
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
2015 Edison Awards Best Music Director Kaththi Won
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
Kaththi Nominated
4th South Indian International Movie Awards Best Music Director Won


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