S. P. B. Charan

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S. P. B. Charan
S. P. B. Charan.jpg
Native name చరణ్ శ్రీపతి పండితారాధ్యుల బాలసుబ్రహ్మణ్యం
Born Charan Sripathi Panditaradhyula Balasubrahmanyam
(1972-01-07) 7 January 1972 (age 45)[1]
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Occupation Actor, singer, film producer, anchor
Years active 1997–present
Spouse(s) Aparna
Parent(s) S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Savitri

Sripathi Panditharadhyula Balasubrahmanyam Charan, popularly known as S. P. B. 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.[2] 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.[3]

Early life[edit]

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 degree in Bachelors in Business Administration from Pace University in New York, USA in 1997 and completed a two-year course in Film and Television.[4][5]

Career[edit]

Actor[edit]

Charan first acted with his father in a film called Maha Yedabidangi directed by K. S. L. Swamy but the film did not release.[6][7] Kailasam, Balachander's son approached him to act in television serial Oonjal produced by K. Balachander and directed by Sundar K. Vijayan.[5] It was followed by Radan's Annamalai. He also starred in a TV serial named Bommaigal in Tamil and Akka Chellulu in Telugu.[4] His first release was the Kannada film Hudugigagi in 2003 directed by B. Manjunath.[8] 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".[9] He acted in Va in which he played shiva's prospective brother-in-law.[10] He is currently action in two Tamil films Vanavarayan Vallavarayan[11] and Vizhithiru.

Producer[edit]

Charan established a 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.[3][12] The film, which notably featured musical score by Charan's father, Balasubrahmanyam, received four Tamil Nadu State Film Awards.[3] Charan revealed that he decided to produce the film after hearing Samuthirakani's narration.[5] He further produced the Jayam Ravi-starrer Mazhai (2005), a remake of the Telugu film Varsham ,[13] which was not well received.[5] 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.[5][14] 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.[15] 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.[16] His next production will be Thirudan Police by another debutant Caarthick Raju.[17]

Playback singer[edit]

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?"[18] 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,[10] for which they both won the Vijay Award for Best Male Playback Singer.[19]

Personal life[edit]

In 1996, he and childhood friends Venkat Prabhu and Premgi Amaren set up a music band called Next Generation which also had Yugendran and Thaman as members.[5][20][21]

In September 2011, Sona Heiden pressed sexual assault charges against Charan after an encounter at a party.[22][23] While on bail, he counter-sued for defamation. In a deal brokered by his father, the case was withdrawn after Charan made an apology.[24] After his first marriage ended in divorce, he married again in early 2012.[25] Charan underwent a notable weight loss in late 2010.[26] In response to speculation, he stated it was in response to becoming health-conscious.[18]

Filmography[edit]

As Actor[edit]

Year Film Role Language Notes
2003 Hudugigagi Kannada
2003 Unnai Charanadainthen Nandha Tamil
2004 Naalo Telugu
2007 Nyabagam Varuthe Tamil
2008 Saroja Jagapathi Babu Tamil
2010 Drohi Venkat Tamil Guest appearance
Va Marthandan Tamil
2014 Vanavarayan Vallavarayan Tamil
2017 Rukkumani Vandi Varudhu Tamil Filming
Vizhithiru Tamil Filming

Television[edit]

Year Show Channel Language Notes
2001 Oonjal Vijay TV Tamil
2002-2005 Annamalai Sun TV Tamil
Akka Chellellu Telugu
2014–2015 Nenjathai Killaadhe Zee Tamil Tamil As Murali

As Producer[edit]

Year Film Cast Director Notes
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
2010 Naanayam Prasanna, Sibiraj Shakthi
2011 Aaranya Kaandam Jackie Shroff, Ravi Krishna, Sampath Raj Thiagarajan Kumararaja Indira Gandhi Award for Best First 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

As singer[edit]

List of songs sung by S. P. B. Charan.[27]

No Song Music Director Film Co-singers Notes
1 "Aaja Meri Soniye" Yuvan Shankar Raja Saroja Premji Amaren, Vijay Yesudas
2 "Adidaa Nayaandiyaa" Yuvan Shankar Raja Goa Yugendran
3 "Ayyayo Nenju" G. V. Prakash Kumar Aadukalam S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Prashanthini
4 "Chik Chik Chinna" Deva Azhagana Natkal Sujatha
5 "Deepangal Pesum" Ilayaraja Devathai Sandhya
6 "Devaloga Rani" Devi Sri Prasad Mayavi Kalpana
7 "Happy New Year" Srikanth Deva Adhi Narayana Preethi
8 "Hey Vaada" Bharani (music director) Tharagu Sadhana Sargam
9 "Inithu Inithu" Devi Sri Prasad Inithu Inithu Kadhal Inithu Sumangali
10 "Jumbo" Yuvan Shankar Raja Rishi Sujatha
11 "Kadaloram" Yuvan Shankar Raja Kungama Poovum Konjum Puravum
12 "Kadhal Sadugudu" A. R. Rahman Alaipayuthey
13 "Maja Maja" A. R. Rahman Sillunu Oru Kadhal Shreya Ghoshal
14 "Mannile" Devi Sri Prasad Mazhai Sumangali
15 "Nee Naan" Yuvan Shankar Raja Mankatha Bhavatharini
16 "Oh Shanthi" Harris Jayaraj Vaaranam Aayiram Clinton
17 "Oru Nanban" A. R. Rahman Enakku 20 Unakku 18 Chinmayi
18 "Please Sir" A. R. Rahman Boys Chinmayi, Clinton, Kunal
19 "Yaro Yarukkul" Yuvan Shankar Raja Chennai 600028 Venkat Prabhu, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
20 "Vellaikodi" Yuvan Shankar Raja Kadhal 2 Kalyanam
21 "Maalai Pon Maalai" G V Prakash Kumar Udhayam NH4 Bela Shende
22 "Kanipinchavamma" M. M. Keeravani Ee Abbai Chala Manchodu
23 "Enakkaaga Poranthaayae" Justin Prabhakaran Pannaiyarum Padminiyum Anu Anand
24 "Kadavul Thandha" Devi Sri Prasad Maayavi Kalpana, Tippu
25 "Dheivam" Yuvan Shankar Raja Thirudan Police
26 "Chigaraku chatu chinuka" Mani Sharma Gudumba Shankar Sujhata
27 "Unmela Aasapattu" Yuvan Shankar Raja Vaazhthukal Anuradha Sriram
28 "Felomina Ni Enthan" Deva Maaran S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Mathangi
29 "Vizhamale irukka mudiyuma" Maragadhamani student No.1 K. S. Chithra
30 "Pa Paba Pa" Karthikeya Murthy Moone Moonu Varthai Mukesh
31 "Ketta News" Karthikeya Murthy Moone Moonu Varthai Ilaiyaraja
32 "Devare Devare" Vidyasagar Chandramukhi Hindi Dubbed**
33 "Athindom -Kali ho tum koi mehki re mehki" Vidyasagar Chandramukhi Hindi Dubbed **

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