K. S. Ravi

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K. S. Ravi (1959 – 6 September 2010) was a Tamil film director. His films included a mixture of genres from dramas to action thrillers.

Early life[edit]

Ravi finished his schooling in Delhi and did his graduation in Tiruchirappalli. Despite being a gold-medalist in engineering, he chose cinema as his career. From 1989 to 1990, he was an assistant director to prominent film director Mani Ratnam for the movie Anjali, before breaking on his own in 1993. Ravi also worked as an assistant director to Major Sundarrajan in the film Andha Oru Nimidam.

Personal life[edit]

Ravi was born in 1959 in Paramakudi, Ramnad district. He was born to Mr. Karpurasundharam, an ex-serviceman, and Mrs. Vasantha Karpurasundharam. He has three siblings: Rajan, Kripakaran and Latha. He married Ms. Sumathy, and had a daughter named Aishwarya.

Career[edit]

Ravi's first movie was a Telugu film named Aagraham, produced by Shyam Prasad Reddy and starring Rajasekhar and Amala, was released in 1993. The movie became a super hit, and Ravi received the Nandi Award for it. Later, it was dubbed as Evanayiruntha Enakkenna in Tamil and was also successful.

Ravi's second movie, Honest Raj, was a Tamil film that was released on 14 April 1994. Produced by Sathya Jothi Films Thiagarajan, the film starred Vijayakanth, Gouthami, and Aamani with music by Ilaiyaraaja. The film released to positive reviews. It was renowned cinematographer Ravi K. Chandran's first Tamil movie. The film was remade in Hindi as Rakshak with Sunil Shetty.

Ravi's third movie, Mr. Romeo, released on 10 November 1996. It was produced by R. B. Choudary and starred Prabhu Deva, Bollywood actresses Shilpa Shetty and Madhubala, and Tamil comedian Vadivelu. The film had music by A. R. Rahman.

Ravi's fourth film was En Swasa Katre, which released on 26 February 1999. The film starred Arvind Swamy, Isha Koppikar, and Prakash Raj. The music was composed by A. R. Rahman in his second collaboration with Ravi. The film opened to average reviews. Also, Isha Koppikar debuted in the South Indian film industry with this film.

Ravi's fifth and final film was Shahjahan, which released on 14 November 2001. Produced by R. B. Choudary, the film starred Vijay and Richa Pallod. This time, the music was composed by Mani Sharma.

Awards[edit]

Ravi secured the most acclaimed "Nandi Award" for his first movie, Aagraham.

Death[edit]

On 6 September 2010, Ravi died of cardiac arrest in Chennai.

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Credited as Language Notes
Director Writer
1993 Aagraham Green tickY Telugu
1994 Honest Raj Green tickY Green tickY Tamil Remade in Hindi as Rakshak
1996 Mr. Romeo Green tickY Green tickY Tamil Dubbed in Telugu and Hindi
1999 En Swasa Katre Green tickY Green tickY Tamil
2001 Shahjahan Green tickY Green tickY Tamil

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