P. Ravi Shankar

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Pudipeddi Ravi Shankar
Born Pudipeddi Ravi Shankar
(1966-11-28) 28 November 1966 (age 51)
Andhra Pradesh, India
Other names Armuga Ravi
Bommali Ravi Shankar
Sai Ravi
Kempegowda Ravi Shankar
Occupation Actor, dubbing artist, writer, director
Years active 1986–present
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Spouse(s) Suchil Pudipeddi
Children 1
Parent(s) P. J. Sarma
Krishna Jyothi (mother)
Relatives Sai Kumar (brother)
Ayyappa P. Sharma (brother)
Aadi (nephew)

Pudipeddi Ravi Shankar (born 28 November 1966) also known as Kempegowda Ravi, Armuga Ravishankar, Bommali Ravi Shankar or Sai Ravi[1] is an Indian film actor, dubbing artist, director and writer. He rose to fame with the 2011 blockbuster Kempe Gowda starring Sudeep.[2][3][4] He has also acted in a few Telugu and Tamil films. He dubbed for over 2600 films with more than 1000 films each in Telugu and Tamil languages.[5] He dubbed for over 150 Kannada films.

He is the brother of actor Saikumar Pudipeddi.[5] He won nine state Nandi Awards for Best Male Dubbing Artist and two Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Male Dubbing Artist. He made his directorial debut with the Kannada film Durgi in 2004. He also worked as a dialogue writer and penned dialogues for over 75 Telugu films and 150 Tamil films. He also worked as a playback singer for films such as Rakta Charitra and Bejawada.[6] He won his first Filmfare Award for his performance in the film Kempe Gowda that gave him a big break in his acting career.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Pudipeddi grew up as a child in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. Ravi's mother Krishna Jyothy Pudipeddi is a Telugu actress who acted with Kannada thespian Dr. Rajkumar and others in films such as Sri Krishna Garudi, Makkala Rajya and others. Pudipeddi's father, Pudipeddi Jogeswara Sharma, was also an actor and dubbing artist who worked in many Telugu, Kannada and Tamil films. His elder brother Pudipeddi Sai Kumar entered the film industry as dubbing artist and later became a very successful actor in Telugu.[5] He is married to a Punjabi woman, Suchil Pudipeddi and the couple has one son named Adhvey Pudipeddi.[5] Ravishankar is all set to launch Adhvey as a hero in his own directorial film in Kannada.[8]


P. Ravi Shankar made his film debut as a lead actor in 1986 with R. Narayana Murthy's film Aalochinchandi.[5] He later was seen in vital roles in films such as Madhura Nagarilo and Keechurallu. With no more offers, Ravi took a hiatus from acting and re-entered as a villain in 2001 with Gopi Chand's debut film Tholi Valapu. His acting and dubbing were immensely praised by the critics, but the film failed at the box office.[9] Lack of success in his acting career forced him to pursue dubbing as a profession like his father and brother. He started dubbing professionally with the Telugu film Rowdyism Zindabad, where he dubbed for Tamil actor Mohan Raj.[5] He continued to dub for many character artists from other languages such as Raghuvaran, Mohan Raj, Devaraj, Charan Raj, Captain Raju, Nassar, Ashish Vidyarthi, Prakash Raj, Ashutosh Rana, Sonu Sood, Mukesh Rishi, Upendra and Pradeep Rawat etc.[10] He dubbed for over 4000 films with more than 1000 films each in Telugu and Tamil and over 150 films in Kannada.[10] In 2004, he directed a Kannada film titled Durgi, starring Malashri, which was a huge runaway hit. The film was later remade in Telugu as Narasimhudu, starring N. T. Rama Rao Jr., Ameesha Patel and Sameera Reddy. Ravi provided the story for the film which was directed by B. Gopal.[11] The film was heavily criticised and bombed at the box office.[12]

His dubbing work in the 2009 film Arundhati, where he voiced for Sonu Sood was praised by the critics and became very popular with the audience.[13] He won a Nandi award for his performance and was referred to as "Bommali Ravi Shankar" by the media.

In a very recent Kannada TV show called Weekend with Ramesh on Zee Kannada Channel, Ravishankar said that even after his very successful career in the dubbing field, he was extremely frustrated in life to fulfill his and his mothers dream of becoming a successful actor and he had to wait for as long as 25 years for that to happen. The biggest break in his career was when he portrayed the character of a criminal named "Armuga" in the 2011 mega Blockbuster hit Kannada film Kempe Gowda, with superstar Sudeep. The film became so popular that Ravishankar was hence called "Kempegowda Ravishankar" or "Arumugam Ravishankar" and he grew to become a household name in Karnataka. His performance was not only widely praised by the critics,[14] but he also bagged his dream Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor – Kannada at the 59th Filmfare Awards South.[7] Ravi Shankar, on the TV show, continued by saying that his mother could not see his success since she had died in 2006.

Ravi Shankar, after Kempe Gowda, became the top most and the busiest supporting actor in the Kannada Film Industry and went on to become a household name in Karnataka.[2][3][4] He then acted in super hit films such as Manikya, Dandupalya, Adhyaksha, Charulatha, Bachchan, Edegarike, Varadanayaka and others. He was also seen in Telugu films such as Kurradu and Happy Happy Gaa and in Tamil films such as Vettaikaaran and Kollaikaran.[15]

Popularity in Kannada and fans[edit]

After the very successful Kempe Gowda that gave Ravishankar a huge break in his career, he went on to act in 60 Kannada films in just 5 years and became one of the busiest and the most sought after actors in Kannada. He has acted in many super-hit Kannada films since then. His popularity in Karnataka grew so much that he became a household name in the state. Ravishankar, in every film is welcomed by whistles and claps by his Kannada fans.[8]

It is very common for fans to form "Fans Associations" for film stars. Ravishankar's popularity as a supporting actor in Kannada grew to an extent where he has many fans associations across Karnataka. Fans throng to his house in Bengaluru on his birthdays like it happens for a big hero.[8][8] One of his biggest fans associations in Bengaluru is called "Akhila Karnataka Sakalakalavallabha Ravishankar Abhimanigala Sangha".[16][17]

Ravishankar, in the recent Zee Kannada show Weekend with Ramesh, said that it was his mother's all time dream and his 25-year dream to become a successful actor one day and that his mother is now not here to see my success. He went on to say that he was extremely frustrated even after Arundhati, of not being able to become a popular actor and he said that Karnataka was one state that fulfilled his dream and that he would always be indebted to the state and will always give the Kannada industry first preference. He also said: "Telugu might be my mother tongue, but Kannada is my language of life and I will proudly call myself a Kannadiga".

He had also revealed that his first Kannada movie was Halli Krishna Delhi Radha.[18][19] and his second Kannada movie was Mana Mecchida Sose.[18] His 50th movie was Jigarthanda.

Ravishankar appeared in the dance sequence for the song "Allah, Allah, Nataraja Bartaanalla" for the film Nataraja Service. This song, which tells about the protagonist of the film Nataraja (Sharan), went viral much before its release.


He won his first Nandi Award for Best Male Dubbing Artist in 1999 for Ram Gopal Varma's Prema Katha. He dubbed for Manoj Bajpai in the film. He won his second Nandi Award in 2002 for Chiranjeevi's Indra, in which he dubbed for Mukesh Rishi. His next Nandi Award was in 2004 for his dubbing in S. S. Rajamouli's Sye. He dubbed for Pradeep Rawat in the film. He won four consecutive Nandi Awards from 2006 to 2009 for the films Pokiri, Athidhi, Arundhati and Anjaneyulu respectively. He also won Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Male Dubbing Artist for his dubbing for Ashish Vidyarthi in 2001 film Dhill.

2015-SIIMA AWARD for best actor in a Negative Role - Maanikya

Partial filmography[edit]

As actor[edit]

Year Title Role(s) Language Notes
1979 Gorintaku Telugu
1981 Saptapadi Telugu
1986 Aalochinchandi Telugu
1991 Madhura Nagarilo Telugu
1991 Keechurallu Telugu
1991 Halli Krishna Delhi Radha Kannada
1992 Mana Mecchida Sose Kannada
1993 Allari Priyudu Telugu
2001 Tholi Valapu Kailash Telugu
2009 Kurradu Satya Telugu
2009 Vettaikaaran Chella Vedanayagam Tamil
2010 Happy Happy Gaa Suri Telugu
2011 Kote Katari Kannada
2011 Kempe Gowda Armugam Kannada Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor – Kannada
2011 Udhayan Appu Tamil
2011 Bodinayakanur Ganesan Thiruvaachi Tamil credited as Sai Ravi
2011 Dandam Dashagunam Tamate Shiva Kannada
2012 Kollaikaran Nagendran Tamil
2012 Shakti Kannada Nominated, SIIMA Award for Best Actor in a Negative Role
2012 Chaarulatha Samiyar Kannada/Tamil
2012 Dandupalya Chalapathi Kannada
2012 Dhamarukam Andhakasura Telugu
2012 Edegarike Police Inspector J. Nayak Kannada
2012 Yaare Koogadali Kannada
2013 Aadhi Bhagavan Tamil
2013 Varadanayaka Section Shankar Kannada Nominated, SIIMA Award for Best Actor in a Negative Role
2013 Myna Kannada
2013 Topiwala Sarkaar Kannada
2013 Dilwala Devaraj Kannada
2013 Bachchan Jayaraj Kannada
2013 Ramayya Vasthavayya Bhikshapathi (Main Villain) Telugu
2013 Victory Mafia Kannada
2014 Gharshane Kannada
2014 Huchudugaru Maari Gowda Kannada
2014 Maanikya Beera Kannada SIIMA Award for Best Actor in a Negative Role
2014 Adyaksha Shivarudre Gowda Kannada
2015 Shivam Amanulla Khan Kannada
2015 Abhinetri Betageri Gangaraju Kannada
2015 Raja Rajendra Bottle Mani Kannada
2015 Rudra Tandava Narasimha Reddy Kannada
2015 Indru Netru Naalai Kuzhandaivelu Tamil
2015 Aatagara Inspector Ravi Gowda Kannada
2015 RX Soori Kannada
2015 Luv U Alia Zulfi Kannada
2015 Plus Rankasura Kannada
2015 Mana Mechida Bangaru Kannada
2015 Rathavara Manikantha Kannada
2015 Masterpiece Boss (Drug Mafia Don) Kannada
2016 Kathe Chitrakathe Nirdeshana Puttanna Kannada
2016 Viraat Surender Singh Kannada
2016 Bhale Jodi Gejje Kesari Kannada
2016 Apoorva Kannada Guest appearance
2016 Jaggu Dada Shankar Dada Kannada
2016 Jigarthanda Aarumuga Kannada
2016 Kotigobba 2 / Mudinja Ivana Pudi ACP Kishore Kannada/Tamil
2016 Manamantha/ Vismayam (2016 film) Dass Telugu / Malayalam
2016 Nataraja Service Kannada
2016 Doddmane Hudga Cable Babu Kannada
2016 Mungaru Male 2 Ponnappa Kannada
2016 Mukunda Murari Leeladhara Swamy Kannada Nominated – SIIMA Award for Best Actor In A Negative Role
2016 Santhu Straight Forward Dubai Bhai (Dummy) Kannada
2017 Hebbuli "Arasikere" Anjanappa Kannada
2017 Raj Vishnu Kannada
2017 Dandupalya 2 Inspector Chalapathi Kannada
2017 College Kumar Shiva Kumar Kannada Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor – Kannada
Nominated—SIIMA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Male) - Kannada
2017 Upendra Matte Baa Kannada
2017 Kanaka Kannada
2018 Rajaratha
Uncle Kannada
2018 Dandupalya 3 Inspector Chalapathi Kannada
2018 Uppi Rupee Kannada
2018 Bharat Ane Nenu MLA Damu Telugu
2017 Raambo 2 Jocker Kannada
2018 Natasaarvabhowma Kannada
2018 Yajamana Kannada
2018 Ayogya Kannada

As dubbing artist[edit]

Year Title Voiced for Language Notes
1992 Antham Salim Ghouse Telugu
1995 Batcha Devan Tamil
1995 Ragasiya Police Devan Tamil
1997 Lelam Charan Raj Malayalam
1997 Hitler Prakash Raj Telugu
1998 Suswagatham Raghuvaran Telugu
1998 Vaettiya Madichu Kattu Sathya Prakash Tamil
1998 Golmaal Sathya Prakash Tamil
1999 Sneham Kosam Prakash Rai Telugu
1999 Narasimha Prakash Raj Telugu
1999 Prema Katha Manoj Bajpai Telugu Nandi Award for Best Male Dubbing Artist
1999 Oke Okkadu Raghuvaran Telugu
1999 Devi Abu Salim Telugu
1999 Adutha Kattam Raja Ravindra Tamil
1999 Sathriya Dharmam Nandamuri Harikrishna Tamil
2000 Independence Day Arun Pandiyan Tamil
2000 Azad Raghuvaran Telugu
2001 Badri Bhupinder Singh Tamil
2001 Sri Manjunatha Arjun Sarja Telugu
2001 Narasimha Rahul Dev Tamil
2001 Dhill Ashish Vidyarthi Tamil Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Male Dubbing Artist
2001 Kotigobba Ashish Vidyarthi Kannada
2002 Sreeram Ashish Vidyarthi Telugu
2002 Indra Mukesh Rishi Telugu Nandi Award for Best Male Dubbing Artist
2002 Bagavathi Ashish Vidyarthi Tamil
2002 Bagavathi Vijay Telugu
2002 Kadhal Azhivathillai Prakash Raj Tamil
2002 Thamizhan Ashish Vidyarthi Tamil
2002 Baba Ashish Vidyarthi
Sayaji Shinde
2002 Ezhumalai Ashish Vidyarthi Tamil
2002 Samasthanam Ashish Vidyarthi Tamil
2002 CID Moosa Ashish Vidyarthi (for his Tamil Voice as he is a Tamilian in this film) Malayalam
2003 Dhool Manoj K. Jayan
Sayaji Shinde
2003 Ramachandra Ashish Vidyarthi Tamil
2003 Villain Rajasekhar
2003 Dum Ashish Vidyarthi Tamil
2003 Palanati Brahmanaidu mukesh rishi Telugu
2003 Simhadri Nassar
Mukesh Rishi
2003 Veede Manoj K. Jayan
Sayaji Shinde
2004 Shankar Dada MBBS Paresh Rawal
Bhupinder Singh
2004 Gowri Atul Kulkarni Telugu
2004 Gudumba Shankar Ashish Vidyarthi Telugu
2004 Venky Ashutosh Rana Telugu
2004 Yagnam Devaraj Telugu
2004 Aai Ashish Vidyarthi
Vincent Asokan
2004 Sye Pradeep Rawat Telugu Nandi Award for Best Male Dubbing Artist
2004 Ghilli Ashish Vidyarthi Tamil
2004 Durgi Ashish Vidyarthi
Kalabhavan Mani
2005 Chatrapathi Pradeep Rawat,
Narendra Jha
2005 Athanokkade Ashish Vidyarthi Telugu
2005 Jai Chiranjeeva Arbaaz Khan Telugu
2005 Narasimhudu Ashish Vidyarthi
Puneet Issar
Rahul Dev
2005 Chandramukhi Avinash Telugu
2005 Athadu Sonu Sood
Charan Raj
Rahul Dev
2005 Sri Devaraj Telugu
2006 Ranam Biju Menon Telugu
2006 Pokiri Nassar
Ashish Vidyarthi
Telugu Nandi Award for Best Male Dubbing Artist
2006 Chess (2006 film) Ashish Vidyarthi Malayalam
2006 E Ashish Vidyarthi Tamil
2006 Sabari Pradeep Rawat Tamil
2006 Vathiyar Pradeep Rawat Tamil
2006 Manikanda Ashish Vidyarthi Tamil
2006 Sudesi Sayaji Shinde Tamil
2006 Annavaram Ashish Vidyarthi
2006 Vikramarkudu Vineet Kumar
2007 Athidhi Murali Sharma
Ashish Vidyarthi
Telugu Nandi Award for Best Male Dubbing Artist
2007 Pokkiri Mukesh Tiwari Tamil
2007 Police Ante Veedera Sarath Kumar
Prakash Raj
2007 Azhagiya Tamil Magan Ashish Vidyarthi
Sayaji Shinde
2007 Dada Suresh Gopi Telugu
2007 Athisayan

Jackie Shroff

2007 Police Story 2 Shobraj Telugu
2007 Munna Rahul Dev Telugu
2008 Jalsa Mukesh Rishi Telugu
2008 Bheemaa Ashish Vidyarthi Tamil
2008 Vaitheeswaran Sayaji Shinde Tamil
2008 Bhayya Ashish Vidyarthi Telugu
2008 Santhosh Subramaniam Sayaji Shinde Tamil
2008 Kuruvi Ashish Vidyarthi Tamil
2008 Souryam Manoj K. Jayan Telugu
2008 Sathyam / Salute Upendra Tamil / Telugu
2008 Thenavattu Saikumar Pudipeddi Tamil
2008 Krishna Mukul Dev Telugu
2009 Villu Devaraj Tamil
2009 Arundhati Sonu Sood Telugu/Tamil Bilingual Nandi /Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Male Dubbing Artist
Dialogue writer for Tamil version
2009 Engal Aasan Ramki Shetty Tamil
2009 Kanthaswamy Ashish Vidyarthi Tamil
2009 Jayeebhava Mukesh Rishi
Ashish Vidyarthi
2009 Anjaneyulu Sonu Sood
Telugu Nandi Award for Best Male Dubbing Artist
2009 Billa Rahman Telugu
2009 Magadheera Dev Gill Telugu
2009 Arya 2 Mukesh Rishi Telugu
2009 Drona Mukesh Rishi Telugu
2010 Golimaar Kelly Dorjee
2010 Varudu Arya Telugu
2010 Chandramukhi 2 @ Nagavalli Avinash Telugu
2011 Oosaravelli Shaam Telugu
2011 Siruthai Avinash
Bhanu Chander
Tamil Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Male Dubbing Artist
2011 Aaranya Kaandam Jackie Shroff Tamil
2011 Markandeyan Srihari Tamil
2011 Prema Kavali Dev Gill Telugu
2011 Dookudu-Adhiradi Vettai Sonu Sood Telugu-Tamil
2011 Muni 2: Kanchana Sarath Kumar Telugu
2011 Osthe Sonu Sood Tamil
2012 Only Vishnuvardhana Sonu Sood Kannada
2012 Snehitudu Sathyaraj Telugu
2012 Gabbar Singh Abhimanyu Singh Telugu
2012 Julayi Sonu Sood Telugu Nandi Award for Best Male Dubbing Artist
2012 Kalpana Upendra
Saikumar Pudipeddi
2013 Naayak Ashish Vidyarthi
Dev Gill
2013 Mirchi Sathyaraj Telugu
2013 Attarintiki Daredi Boman Irani Telugu
2014 Yevadu Rahul Dev Telugu
2014 Race Gurram Shaam, Ravi Kishan and Mukesh Rishi Telugu
2014 Aagadu Ashish Vidyarthi
Sonu Sood
2015 S/O Satyamurthy Upendra Telugu
2015 Baahubali: The Beginning Sathyaraj Telugu
2015 Kick 2 Ravi Kishan, Sanjay Mishra, Shaam Telugu
2015 Gopala Gopala Mithun Chakraborty Telugu
2016 Janatha Garage Ashish Vidyarthi Telugu
2016 Abhinethri Sonu Sood Telugu
2017 Khaidi No. 150 Tarun Arora Telugu
2017 Yamudu 3 Sharat Saxena Telugu
2017 Motta Shiva Ketta Shiva Ashutosh Rana Tamil
2017 Baahubali 2: The Conclusion Sathyaraj Telugu
2017 Spyder S. J. Surya Telugu
2017 Adhirindhi S. J. Surya Telugu
2018 Bhagmati Jayaram Telugu

As director[edit]

Year Title Actor(s) Language Notes
2004 Durgi Malashri, Avinash Kannada

As singer[edit]

Year Album Song Language Notes
2003 Santhosha Vaanile "Enuyire Enuyire" Tamil
2006 Mohini 9886788888 "Just Say Hai" Kannada
2010 Rakta Charitra – I "Thudilenidhi" Telugu
2010 Rakta Charitra – II "Kondani Dee" Telugu
2010 Raththa Sarithiram "Manidham Yendra" Tamil
2011 Kempe Gowda "Shankara" Kannada
2012 Bejawada "Aigiri Nandini" Telugu
2013 Varadanayaka "Rudram Pralaya" Kannada
2016 Jigarthanda "Kai Ethi Thatdha" Kannada
2016 Santhu Straight Forward "Self Made Shehzaada" Kannada
2016 Vangaveeti (film) "Aigiri Nandini" Telugu
2018 Rajaratha
"Chal Chal Gurram"
2018 Rambo 2 "Jocker" Kannada


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