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Silambarasan in February 2010
Born Silambarasan Thesingu Rajendar Prasad
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Other names STR / Simbu
Ethnicity Tamil
Occupation Actor, director, Screenwriter, playback singer, Lyricist, Voice Actor
Years active 1984-present
Parent(s) T.Rajendar,[1]
Usha Rajendar

Silambarasan Tesingu Rajendar (credited as T. R. Silambarasan, Silambarasan, Simbu, or S. T. R.)[2] is an Indian film actor, director and playback singer in the Tamil film industry. He began his career by playing roles as a child artist in films directed by his father T. Rajendar,[3] 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,[4] 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 made his acting debut as a child artist in 1984 and acted in his father T. Rajendar's Uravai Kaatha Kili, in which he acted in a friendly appearance.

He further acted in his father`s movies, 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".[3]

Silambarasan played his first protaginist role in Kadhal Azhivathillai (2002) directed by his father.The movie had a successful run. His second film was Dhum (2002), which loosely based on Jagannadh's 2002 Kannada film Appu starring Puneet Rajkumar, had mixed reviews but a good run at the theatres. His release in 2003 was Alai,which marks the first collabration of Simbu and Trisha, was a box office flop. This film remains the only unsuccessful film in the career of director Vikram Kumar till date.

Silambarasan had three releases in 2004. The first of three was Kovil.This film, which deals with the relationship between a Hindu boy and a Christian girl, had mixed reviews, but Simbhu was praised due to his "restraint and matured"performance.[5] It was a box office hit. After this, Silambarasan acted in a movie called Kuththu,[6] which is a remake of the Telugu film Dil.The movie opened with mixed reviews, but had successful run at the theatres. His final release in 2004 was Manmadhan,[7] which had good reviews.The movie described as a good thriller.[8] This movie has been written by himself. He also co-wrote the dialogues.

In Thotti Jaya Silambarasan played the role of an orphaned gangster who finds love. This movie was described by the critics as realistic.[9] In 2006, he starred in Saravana, directed by K. S. Ravikumar.

He next starred and directedVallavan (2006), as well as writing the story, screenplay and co-dialogue for the film. The movie opened with mostly negative reviews. Despite this, it had decent collections, due its opening.

In 2008, he starred in the action masala film Kaalai,which was a flop.[10] 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.[11] Director K. Balachander in an open letter called Silambarasan's performance as his best in his career.[12] The following year he appeared in two films.In early 2011, he appeared in the multi-starrer Vaanam [13] as Cable Raja,a poor youngster. Malathi Rangarajan from The Hindu called it a significant film in his career.[14] Later that year, his next release was Osthe[15] in which Silambarasan played a police officer,had a decent box office run.After a delay of three years,Podaa Podi released on 13 November 2012, and became a hit. After sabbatical of three years, he acted in Vaalu which released on 14 August 2015 with mixed reviews, followed by Idhu Namma Aalu in 2016.


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.[16]

He also cited on Summer 2015 that he will collabrate with Yuvan Shankar Raja to release the non-film single titled "Karma".[17]


After releasing a promotional version of "The Love Anthem" song in 2011, Silambarasan announced that a final version would be released thereafter and announced his desire to bring in international artists Akon and Rihanna for the venture.[18] He subsequently headed to Los Angeles in January 2012 and recorded an original version of the song by himself at Studio Zappa with music producer Elan Morrison on the keyboards.[19] The failure to sign in the international artists prompted the project's producer, Silambarasan's father T. Rajendar to lodge a police complaint against two agents who had misled his production company into supposed connections with the international artists concerned. Rajendar noted that the sound editor Ramji Soma and a Canadian entrepreneur Talvinder Bathh had charged Rs 1.2 crore ($200,000) from his company and failed to return it despite promises made to sign on Akon, David Guetta and either Rihanna or Nicole Scherzinger for the project.[20] In May 2013, Silambarasan was finally successfully able to bring in Akon to collaborate for an alternate version of the song, with the move being facilitated by Tracktical Entertainment.[21] The latest version of the song is yet to be released, with Silambarasan hinting in early 2014 that the song may be launched before the end of 2014.[22] In an interview in June 2015, he revealed that the venture would be resumed soon, though that he was busy with other commitments.[23]

In December 2015, a song, referred to by the media as the "Beep Song" was leaked online and was widely circulated. The song was initially reported to be written and sung by Silambarasan and composed by music director Anirudh Ravichander, and featured an expletive degrading women which had been beeped out. Subsequently, Anirudh denied any involvement in the song and Silambarasan clarified that he had written, composed and sung the song himself, stating he was unsure how the song was leaked and uploaded onto the internet.[24] The song provoked widespread criticism from pressure groups and film personalities. Women activists organised protests in front of Silambarasan house in T. Nagar and other places.[25] Meanwhile, the Left-wing of All India Democratic Women's Association (AIDWA) alleged that the song was sexist and derogatory to women and filed a case against Silambarasan in Coimbatore.[26] Based on the complaint, The Racecourse Police Station registered FIR against the actor and Anirudh. Likewise, the Cyber Crime Police in Egmore also registered a similar case against them. Silambarasan stated on his Twitter page that he will not hide anywhere and will face the course of law. However, he failed to appear in the Racecourse Police station on 19 December 2015 as per the summons sent to him. Fearing arrest, Silambarasan had moved the case to the Madras High Court for anticipatory bail.[27] The Madras High Court consequently refused to issue an interim stay to arrest Silambarasan.[28] In late February 2016, Silambarasan appeared before the Coimbatore City police in connection with the "Beep Song" case and claimed that he had composed the song long ago when he was depressed due to a love failure; he further stated that Anirudh had no role in it.[29]





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