S. P. B. Charan
|S. P. B. Charan|
|Native name||చరణ్ శ్రీపతి పండితారాధ్యుల బాలసుబ్రహ్మణ్యం|
Charan Sripathi Panditaradhyula Balasubrahmanyam|
7 January 1972
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
|Occupation||Actor, singer, film producer, anchor|
|Parent(s)||S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Savitri|
Sripathi Panditharadhyula Gonda Balasubrahmanyam Charan , popularly known as S. P. B. Charan, or Charan is an Indian film playback singer, actor and producer known for his works primarily in Tamil cinema.
Son of popular Indian singer S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, he first worked as a playback singer in Tamil and Telugu cinema. He ventured into acting with the 2003 Kannada film Hudugigagi and is probably best known for his performance in the 2008 film Saroja. He has established a film production company called Capital Film Works, and produced several Tamil films, including the cult hit Chennai 600028 in 2007 and the National Film Award-winning Aaranya Kaandam in 2012.
Charan was born to singer S. P. Balasubrahmanyam and his wife, Savitri in a Telugu Brahmin family. He was born and raised in Chennai. He has a sister, Pallavi. He received a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Pace University in New York, USA in 1997 and completed a two-year course in Film and Television.
Charan first acted with his father in a film called Maha Yedabidangi, directed by K. S. L. Swamy, but the film was not released. Balachander's son Kailasam approached him to act in the television serial Oonjal, produced by K. Balachander and directed by Sundar K. Vijayan. It was followed by Radan's Annamalai. He also starred in a TV serial named Bommaigal in Tamil and Akka Chellulu in Telugu. His first release was the Kannada film Hudugigagi in 2003, directed by B. Manjunath. In 2008, he played one of the lead roles in Venkat Prabhu's Saroja. On his performance, Sify wrote: "S.P.B Charan as Jagapathy Babu suits the role and is fantastic". He acted in Va, in which he played Shiva's prospective brother-in-law. He is currently acting in two Tamil films Vanavarayan Vallavarayan and Vizhithiru.
Charan established the film production company Capital Film Works, in 2002. Their first production was the film Unnai Charanadainthen, in which Charan played the lead role, alongside his friend Venkat Prabhu. The film, which notably featured musical score by Charan's father, Balasubrahmanyam, received four Tamil Nadu State Film Awards. Charan revealed that he decided to produce the film after hearing Samuthirakani's narration. He further produced the Jayam Ravi-starrer Mazhai (2005), a remake of the Telugu film Varsham, which was not well received. His next production was Venkat Prabhu's directorial debut Chennai 600028 (2007), considered a trend-setting film that featured 11 newcomers in the lead and became one of 2007's biggest commercial as well as critical successes. In 2011, his sixth production Aaranya Kaandam, was released to critical acclaim and became noted for getting 52 cuts by the regional Central Board of Film Certification. Although it did not achieve the expected box office success, Charan won a Swarna Kamal at the 59th National Film Awards as a producer of the film. His next production will be Thirudan Police, by another debutant, Caarthick Raju.
Charan began working as a playback singer in 1997 with "Deepangal pesum" from Devathai, under Ilaiyaraaja's direction. About being the son of an icon, he stated: "my voice sounds so much like appa, people might not want to use a similar voice. When SPB himself is rocking, why would composers need his clone?" He has sung for composers A. R. Rahman and Devi Sri Prasad. Charan's most popular songs include "Nagila Nagila" from Alaipayuthey, "Mellaga" from Varsham, "Nenu Nenuga Lene" from Manmadhudu, "I Love you Shailaja" from Mazhai, "Please Sir" from Boys, "Maaja Maaja" from Jillunu Oru Kadhal, "Oru Nanban Irundhal" from Enakku 20 Unakku 18, "O Shanti" from Vaaranam Aayiram, "Nee Naan" from Mankatha. In 2010, he recorded a song on the Kadhal 2 Kalyanam soundtrack for Yuvan Shankar Raja and recorded with his father for the first time in Tamil for the film Aadukalam, for which they both won the Vijay Award for Best Male Playback Singer.
In September 2011, Sona Heiden pressed sexual assault charges against Charan after an encounter at a party. While on bail, he counter-sued for defamation. In a deal brokered by his father, the case was withdrawn after Charan made an apology. After his first marriage ended in divorce, he married again in early 2012. Charan underwent a notable weight loss in late 2010. In response to speculation, he stated it was in response to becoming health-conscious.
|Rukkumani Vandi Varudhu||Tamil||Filming|
|2014–2015||Nenjathai Killaadhe||Zee Tamil||Tamil||As Murali|
|2003||Unnai Charanadainthen||S. P. B. Charan, Venkat Prabhu||Samuthirakani|
|2005||Mazhai||Jayam Ravi, Shriya Saran||S. Rajkumar|
|2007||Chennai 600028||Jai, Nithin Sathya, Shiva, Premji Amaren, Vijayalakshmi||Venkat Prabhu||Nominated, Vijay Award for Best Film|
|2009||Kunguma Poovum Konjum Puravum||Ramakrishnan, Tharshana||Rajamohan|
|2011||Aaranya Kaandam||Jackie Shroff, Ravi Krishna, Sampath Raj||Thiagarajan Kumararaja||Indira Gandhi Award for Best Debut Film of a Director|
(Won a Golden Lotus Award as the producer)
Nominated, Vijay Award for Best Film
|2014||Thirudan Police||Attakathi Dinesh, Iyshwarya Rajesh||Caarthick Raju|
|2015||Moone Moonu Varthai||Arjun Chidambaram, Venkatesh Harinathan, Aditi Chengappa, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Lakshmi, K. Bhagyaraj||Madhumitha|
|2016||Chennai 600028 II||Jai, Nithin Sathya, Shiva, Premji Amaren, Vijayalakshmi||Venkat Prabhu|
List of songs sung by S. P. B. Charan.
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