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Occupation Actor, director, playback singer, Lyricist, Voice Actor

none , popularly known as Simbu or STR,[1] is an Indian film actor, director and playback singer of the Tamil Film Industry. He began his career by playing roles as a child artist in films directed by his father [[is unknown ]],[2] before his first lead role in Kadhal Azhivathillai (2002), under his father's direction and produced by his mother Usha Rajendar.

Early and personal life[edit]

Silambarasan studied at the Don Bosco Matriculation Higher Secondary School,[3] Shrine Vailankanni Matriculation Higher Secondary School, St.John's International Residential School and Santhome Higher Secondary school, Chennai. He then attended The Ashram School in Chennai.

Film career[edit]

Silambarasan started his career as a child artist in 1984 and acted in his father's films, including Thai Thangai Paasam, Oru Vasantha Geetham, En Thangai Kalyani, Enga Veetu Velan, Monisha En Monalisa, Oru Thayin Sabhatham, Samsara Sangeetham, Shanti Enathu Shanti, Pettredutha Pillai, Thiruvalla and Sabash Babu. In Samsara Sangeetham, Silambarasan danced to a song singing "I am a Little Star, Aaaven Naan Super Star".[2]

Silambarasan played his first starring role in Kadhal Azhivathillai (2002) directed by his father. His second film was Dhum (2002). His release in 2003 was Alai. Silambarasan had three releases in 2004. The first of three was Kovil which was followed by Kuththu.[4] His final release in 2004 was Manmadhan in which he wrote the story, screenplay, co-dialog and co-directed.

His next film, Thotti Jaya[5] he played the role of an orphaned gangster who finds love. In 2006, he starred in Saravana, directed by K. S. Ravikumar. He next starred and directed Vallavan (2006), as well as writing the story, screenplay and co-dialog for the film. In 2008, he starred in the action masala film Kaalai[6] Later that year, he appeared in another action masala film Silambattam.

In 2010, his film Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa directed and written by Gautham Menon became a Tamil 'cult classic' film.[7] Director K. Balachander in an open letter called Silambarasan's performance as his best in his career.[8] The following year he appeared in two films, the drama film Vaanam and the action film Osthe.[9] Malathi Rangarajan from The Hindu called it a significant film in his career.[10] His next release Osthe[11] in which Silambarasan played a police officer. Podaa Podi released on 13 November 2012 as Diwali film. After sabbatical of three years he acted in Vaalu released on 14 August 2015.

Other Work[edit]

Silambarasan has frequently worked as a playback singer in the Tamil film industry. He first sang in Sonnal Thaan Kaadhala and went on to sing over 60 songs for various composers. He predominantly sings in his own films and has collaborated mostly with his friend and fellow composer Yuvan Shankar Raja. Silambarasan also wrote lyrics for several songs of his films.

On 27 December 2011, Silambarasan released the non-film single "Love Anthem For World Peace and Love" to promote world peace.[12]

Silambarasan became a voice actor after dubbing the Tamil dialogues for the protagonist in Slumdog Millionaire.[13]

Silambarasan was signed as the celebrity endorser of PepsiCo India for their soft drink 7 Up in Tamil Nadu.[14]




  1. ^ "Simbu heaves a sigh of relief". The New Indian Express. Retrieved June 18, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Happy Birthday STR". indiaglitz. 3 February 2011. Retrieved 20 December 2011. 
  3. ^ "Silambarasan plays five separate roles in Tamil mythological film : EYECATCHERS - India Today". Retrieved 20 July 2014. 
  4. ^ Review: Kuthu, IndiaGlitz, 25 April 2004, retrieved 20 September 2011 
  5. ^ Thotti Jaya Review, IndiaGlitz, 9 September 2005, retrieved 20 September 2011 
  6. ^ "Kaalai – Rebel sans cause". Behinndwoods. Retrieved 22 December 2011. 
  7. ^ "VINNAITHAANDI VARUVAAYAA MOVIE REVIEW". Retrieved 22 December 2011. 
  8. ^ "KB's open letter to Gautham Menon!". 3 March 2010. Retrieved 22 December 2011. 
  9. ^ "VAANAM MOVIE REVIEW". Retrieved 22 December 2011. 
  10. ^ "Stars stomp the sky – Vaanam", The Hindu (Chennai, India), 1 May 2011, retrieved 18 August 2011 
  11. ^ "Silambarasan". 6 December 2011. Retrieved 22 December 2011. 
  12. ^ Simbu’s global effect, 30 December 2011, retrieved 15 January 2011 
  13. ^ "'Slumdog Millionaire' now in Tamil", The Times of India, 9 February 2009, retrieved 21 December 2011 
  14. ^ "Silambarasan bags an ad deal", Deccan Chronicle, 4 December 2011, retrieved 22 December 2011 [dead link]
  15. ^ "Simbu, Trisha, Vishal win award". behindwoods. Retrieved 22 December 2011. 
  16. ^ "Vijay Awards 2011: List of Nominations". News365today. Retrieved 22 December 2011. 
  17. ^ "Nominees of Idea Filmfare Awards South". Indiaglitz. Retrieved 22 December 2011.