Anirudh Ravichander

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Anirudh Ravichander
Anirudh at Audi Ritz Style Awards
Anirudh at Audi Ritz Style Awards
Background information
Born (1990-10-16) 16 October 1990 (age 33)[1]
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Genres
Occupations
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • keyboards
Years active2011–present
Labels

Anirudh Ravichander (born 16 October 1990), also credited mononymously as Anirudh, is an Indian music composer and playback singer who works primarily in Tamil Cinema. He has also composed music for few Hindi and Telugu films. He has won two Filmfare Awards South, nine SIIMA Awards, six Edison Awards and five Vijay Awards.[2]

His debut song "Why This Kolaveri Di", composed for the 2012 film 3, went viral across the globe and has achieved over 400 million views on YouTube.[3] A.R. Murugadoss signed him to compose music for Kaththi (2014) starring Vijay,[4] which included the viral hit "Selfie Pulla".[5] The soundtrack for the film became Anirudh's highest profile soundtrack until he was signed to compose music for Rajinikanth's Petta in 2019.[5]

In 2016, he signed a record deal with Sony Music, which publishes his independent albums and live concerts.[6] In the same year, he featured with Diplo on the remix of Major Lazer's hit single "Cold Water".[7]

Early life and family[edit]

Anirudh Ravichander is the son of actor Ravichander "Ravi" Raghavendra and classical dancer Lakshmi Ravichander and nephew of Latha Rajinikanth,[8] thus making Aishwarya, Soundarya and Hrishikesh his cousins and Rajinikanth his uncle. Anirudh's great-grandfather was director Krishnaswami Subrahmanyam, a filmmaker in the 1930s.[9]

He graduated from the Loyola College, Chennai[10] in 2011, which according to him was just a backup in case his music career did not take off.[11] Anirudh learnt piano from Trinity College of Music, London. He also was part of a fusion band.[12] Anirudh also pursued a diploma in sound engineering from Soundtech Media Audio Engineering Institute, Chennai.[13][14] In his school days, Anirudh and his band participated in a reality TV show judged by A. R. Rahman, and his band was one of the winners along with five other bands.[15]

Career[edit]

2011–2012: Debut and early success[edit]

Anirudh Ravichander made his debut as a music composer in his cousin Aishwarya Rajinikanth's directorial debut 3, starring Dhanush. While pursuing his degree at Loyola College, he had done background scores for the short films made by Aishwarya and his work on short films convinced her to have him work on her first commercial venture.[16] 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. It instantly became popular on social networking sites for its quirky Tanglish lyrics.[17] Soon, the song became the most searched YouTube video in India and internet phenomenon across Asia.[18][19][20][21] 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 Rajinikanth wanted a light-hearted song about failed love. Anirudh quickly composed the tune in about 10 minutes.[21][22]

The remaining songs of the album were released in December and also received very positive reviews from critics. A reviewer from Behindwoods noted, "Such a promising debut by a composer hasn't been seen in recent Tamil cinema history", while Rediff.com's reviewer noted that "all the songs in 3 are good and come with appealing instrumental arrangements", concluding that it was "an intriguing collection."[23][24] 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.[25] He also worked on the Telugu dubbed version of the film.[26] 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.[27][28]

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".[29][30] His next album was Ethir Neechal, starring Sivakarthikeyan. Anirudh introduced rappers Yo Yo Honey Singh and Hiphop Tamizha in the album. Moreover, Sony Music India released the complete background score of Ethir Neechal via YouTube owing to its popularity.[31] His next soundtrack, Vanakkam Chennai released in July 2013. For the song "Oh Penne", he roped in Vishal Dadlani for the first time in Tamil music. Another promotional song, "Chennai City Gangster", saw him collaborate again with Hiphop Tamizha and British Indian rapper Hard Kaur, with the trio also featuring in a music video for the film.[32][33] 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.[34]

Anirudh's next release Velaiyilla Pattathari, featured a song by veteran singer S. Janaki.[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 receiving the Filmfare award for best music director. His next film was Maan Karate, starring Sivakarthikeyan.[37]

A.R. Murugadoss then signed him on to compose music for Kaththi, starring Vijay, becoming Anirudh's highest profile album at the time. The album and especially the background score received positive reviews from critics and topped the iTunes India Charts.[38][39]

Next, Anirudh again collaborated with Sivakarthikeyan for the film Kaaki Sattai, produced by Dhanush under his production company. Then, Anirudh scored music for Maari, with Dhanush. The music received positive reviews, with the song "Don'u Don'u Don'u" becoming exceptionally popular.[40] He also received critical acclaim for his work in the Vijay Sethupathi starrer Naanum Rowdy Dhaan, leading him to receive many accolades for his achievement in the film.[41] 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", became a hit.[42] Anirudh concluded the year with Thangamagan, starring Dhanush.

2016–2017[edit]

In February 2016, for Valentine's Day, he released a single titled "Avalukena", under 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 for his independent albums and live concerts.[43][44]

Anirudh again teamed up with Sivakarthikeyan For Remo. In late 2017, for the film Vivegam, Anirudh launched the first single "Surviva" and became fastest Tamil song to get 1 million streams,[45] this track saw Yogi B performing in a Tamil film after a long hiatus.

He again teamed up with Sivakarthikeyan for the fifth time with Velaikkaaran, for which he won a Filmfare Award for Best Music Director.[46] A Hindi pop music video Bewajah, composed and sung by Anirudh, Irene and Srinidhi Venkatesh was released by Sony Music India. The song became an instant hit etching several million views.[47]

2018–present[edit]

In 2018, he made his Telugu debut with Agnyaathavaasi which was received well.[48][49] Next, he composed for Suriya's Thaanaa Serndha Koottam, a remake of Special 26. After that, he composed for Nayanthara's Kolamavu Kokila, which was well received and was praised for being unique.

His next big project came with Petta, directed by Karthik Subbaraj and starring his uncle Rajinikanth. 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 composed for Gang Leader which was directed by Vikram K Kumar. This marked his second collaboration with Nani. After that was Darbar, directed by AR Murugadoss. 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.[50] The second single sung by Gana Balachander, "Vaathi Coming", became an instant viral hit universally.[51]

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.[52] In 2021, he worked with Vijay[53] for the 3rd time in Beast directed by Nelson, whom he also worked with for the 3rd consecutive time. The first single "Arabic Kuthu", was 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 500 million views.[54]

His work in Vikram marked his first release with Kamal Haasan, although the duo collaborated first on Indian 2 yet to be released.[55] The first single of Vikram titled "Pathala Pathala" received several million views from fans.[56] He also composed for Sivakarthikeyan's Don and Vijay Sethupathi's Kaathuvaakula Rendu Kaadhal.[57][58]

After a hiatus, he returned to compose for Dhanush with Thiruchitrambalam.[59] The first single of Thiruchitrambalam titled "Thaai Kelavi" was released on 24 June 2022 and its lyrics proved controversial.[60] A social activist lodged a complaint against the makers of the film asking them to change the lyrics of the song,[61] citing disrespect to elderly people.[62]

After A. R. Rahman turned down an offer by Atlee to compose for his Bollywood film Jawan with Shah Rukh Khan,[63] Anirudh was chosen to compose for the film. An announcement teaser featuring Anirudh's score was released in June 2022.[64] Jawan marks the first full-fledged debut for Anirudh in Hindi cinema as a composer as his previous Hindi films David and Jersey featured just a single and reused film from the original, respectively. He is also composing the soundtrack for Leo, in his fourth collaboration with Vijay after Kaththi (2014), Master and Beast; third collaboration with Lokesh after Master and Vikram (2022).[65] The track "Bloody Sweet" that was featured in the two-minute promo video for the movie was released on 3 February 2023, the same date as the promo.[66][67] It has gathered 76 million views so far on YouTube, his highest. He also composed music for Rajinikanth’s 169th film titled Jailer directed by Nelson. The film marks Anirudh’s third collaboration with Rajini after Petta and Darbar and fourth with Nelson after Kolamaavu Kokila, Doctor and Beast.[68]

He is also set to collaborate with Ajith for his 62nd film Vidaa Muyarchi directed by Magizh Thirumeni which marks his third collaboration with Ajith after Vedalam and Vivegam. He is also set to compose music for N. T. Rama Rao Jr.'s upcoming Telugu film Devara which is directed by Koratala Siva.[69][70]

Discography[edit]

Filmography[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Anirudh Ravichander awards and nominations
Totals[a]
Wins30
Nominations52
Note
  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 Work Result
2012 60th Filmfare Awards South Best Male Playback Singer – Tamil 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 – Tamil 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 – Tamil 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 – Tamil Won
Best Male Playback Singer – Tamil Nominated
Behindwoods Gold Medal[71] Best Music Director Vanakkam Chennai, Ethirneechal Won
2014 Edison Awards Best Music Director Kaththi Won
62nd Filmfare Awards South Best Music Director – Tamil 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 – Tamil Won
Most Streamed Song – Tamil Kaththi Won
1st IIFA Utsavam Best Music Director – Tamil Won
2015 5th South Indian International Movie Awards Best Music Director – Tamil Naanum Rowdy Dhaan Won
Best Male Playback Singer – Tamil Won
Edison Awards Best Background Score Vedalam Won
2nd IIFA Utsavam Best Male Playback Singer – Tamil Naanum Rowdy Dhaan Won
2016 Edison Awards Best Music Director Remo Won
64th Filmfare Awards South Best Music Director – Tamil Nominated
Best Male Playback Singer – Tamil Nominated
6th South Indian International Movie Awards Best Male Playback Singer – Tamil Won
Best Music Director – Tamil Nominated
2017 Ananda Vikatan Cinema Awards Best Playback Singer Male "Karuthavanlaam Galeejam" from Velaikkaran

"Yaanji Yaanji" from Vikram Vedha

Won
65th Filmfare Awards South 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 – Tamil "Kalyana Vayasu" from Kolamavu Kokila Nominated
Best Music Director – Tamil Kolamavu Kokila Won
2020 Zee Cine Awards Tamil Best Music Director Petta Won
Mirchi Music Awards South Listeners Choice Album – Tamil Won
Viral Song of the Year – Tamil "Marana Mass" from Petta Won
Album of the Year – Telugu Gang Leader Won
2021 9th South Indian International Movie Awards Best Music Director Petta Nominated
Best Best Male Playback Singer – Tamil Ispade Rajavum Idhaya Raniyum Nominated
Best Music Director Jersey Nominated
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
Ananda Vikatan Cinema Awards Best Music Director Doctor Won
Master
2023 11th South Indian International Movie Awards Best Male Playback Singer – Tamil "Arabic Kuthu" from Beast Nominated
Best Music Director – Tamil Vikram Won
2024 69th Filmfare Awards Best Music Director Jawan Nominated
Ishq Music Awards[72] Best Music Composer Won
Best Romantic Hit "Chalaya" from Jawan
Zee Cine Awards Best Music Director Jawan Won
Best Background Score

Other honors[edit]

Year Award
2012 Mirchi Music Awards for Royal Stag Make It Large Award
2016 Mirchi Music Awards Tamil for the best Music composer, Song of the Year, Album of the year for Naanum Rowdy Dhaan[73]
Provoke Lifestyle Awards – Best Music Director 2015–2016[74]
2017 Social Media Summit and Awards (SMSA) (from Government of AP) for Music Sensation on Social Media[75][76]
Pride of Tamil Nadu 2017 awards[77]
Oscar Awards -South India's Most Admired Musical Prodigy Award[78]
BehindWoods MS Vishwanathan Gold Medal For Next Gen Music Director[79]
Social Media Icon award at the Global Mobile Apps Summit & Awards[80]
2020 Listeners choice - Album of the year for Petta, Viral song of the year - Marana Mass & Album of the year - Gang Leader[81]
2021 Listeners choice & cult song of the decade for 3[82]
2024 Youth Icon (Popular Choice) award at the CNN News18 Indian of the Year 2023[83]

Music Streaming Platforms Records[edit]

This section refers the records and achievements of Anirudh Ravichander in Music Streaming Platforms such as Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, YouTube, Gaana etc.

  • 2022 - ''Arabic Kuthu'' for Beast becomes The First South Indian Song to reach 100 Million Streams on Spotify.[84]
  • 2022 - ''Arabic Kuthu'' for Beast is the first Indian song to trend on the Global Top 200 Chart worldwide on Spotify.[85][86]
  • 2022 - 'Arabic Kuthu'' for Beast becomes the most viewed south Indian video song with 23.77 Million views and most liked video song with 2.2 Million Likes in 24 Hours on Youtube.[87]
  • 2023 - "Naa Ready" for Leo got 1 Million + Streams within 24 Hours on Spotify. It Becomes the highest Streams for a Tamil Song within 24 Hours on Spotify.[88]
  • 2023 - "Hukum" for Jailer is the First Ever South Indian Song to Become No.1 on Spotify Weekly Charts in India.[89]

Concerts & Tours[edit]

Once Upon a Time World Tour (2022-2023)[edit]

Date City Venue
September 17, 2022 Kuala Lumpur Axiata Arena[90]
October 1, 2022 Coimbatore Codissia Ground[91]
October 21, 2022 Chennai Nithyakalyana Perumal Temple Grounds[92]
December 2, 2022 London OVO Arena[93]
December 4, 2022 Paris Accor Arena[94]
March 4, 2023 Singapore Singapore Indoor Stadium[95]
March 31, 2023 Washington EagleBank Arena[96]
April 1, 2023 Newark Prudential Center[97]
April 7, 2023 Dallas Curtis Culwell Center[98]
April 9, 2023 Atlanta Gas South Arena[99]
April 14, 2023 Seattle Angel of the Winds Arena[100]
April 15, 2023 Oakland Oakland Arena[101]
June 10, 2023 Oberhausen Rudolf Weber-Arena[102]
June 24, 2023 Kochi Adlux Convention Center[103]

Others artists in attendance included Jonita Gandhi, Inno Genga and Adithya RK.[104]

Hukum World Tour (2024)[edit]

Date City Venue
February 10, 2024 Dubai Coca-Cola Arena[105]
April 1, 2024 London The O2 Arena[106]
April 6, 2024 Zürich Hallenstadion[107]
May 9, 2024 Melbourne John Cain Arena[108]
May 11, 2024 Sydney Qudos Bank Arena[109]

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