Soundarya R. Ashwin

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Soundarya R Ashwin
Soundarya Rajinikanth Ashwin Directing Kochadaiiyaan.jpg
Soundarya on the sets of Kochadaiiyaan
Born Shaku Bai Rao Gaikwad
(1984-09-20) 20 September 1984 (age 31)
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India[1]
Other names Soundarya Rajinikanth Ashwin, Soundarya Rajinikanth
Occupation Graphic designer, film producer, director
Years active 2002–present
Spouse(s) Ashwin Ramkumar
Children 1
Parent(s) Rajinikanth
Latha Rajinikanth
Relatives Aishwarya Rajinikanth (Sister)
Dhanush (Brother-in-law)

Soundarya Rajinikanth Ashwin[2] born 20 September 1984 as Shaku Bai Rao Gaikwad[3][4] is an Indian graphic designer, producer and director who primarily works in the Tamil film industry. She is the founder and owner of Ocher Picture Productions. Soundarya began her career in films as a graphic designer. For those starring her father Rajinikanth, she designed the title sequences. She became a noted film producer through Goa (2010). She made her début as a director in the film Kochadaiyaan.


Soundarya did her childhood education in The Ashram Matriculation Higher Secondary School in Velachery, Chennai. Soundarya is also the founder and chief executive of Ocher Picture Productions. In 2007, Ocher Studios signed an agreement with Warner Bros Entertainment to partner up in producing and distributing Tamil films.[5] Her directorial début was supposed to be Sultan: The Warrior, a 3D animated film featuring her father Rajinikanth. Despite heavy pre-production promotion, including a teaser of the film and an interactive website, the film was dropped.[6] She instead directed Kochadaiiyaan, India's first motion capture film, with Rajinikanth in the lead role.[7] Through Kochadaiiyaan, Soundarya earned the distinction of becoming the first woman to direct her father in a feature film.[8] At the NDTV Indian of the Year awards 2014, she was honoured for "Technical Innovation In Film".[9]

Personal life[edit]

Soundarya is the younger daughter of Rajinikanth and his wife Latha Rajinikanth. Soundarya married Ashwin Ramkumar, an industrialist, on 3 September 2010 at Rani Meyyammai Hall in Chennai.[10] Soundarya and Ashwin have known each other for about four years. Her elder sister is Aishwarya Rajinikanth. Soundarya's first child, a son, Ved was born on 6 May 2015.[11]


Year Film Notes
1999 Padayappa Graphic Designer - Title sketch
2001 Baba Graphic Designer - Title
2005 Anbe Aaruyire Graphic Designer
Majaa Graphic Designer
Sandakozhi Graphic Designer
Chandramukhi Graphic Designer - Title
2006 Sivakasi Graphic Designer
2007 Chennai 600028 Graphic Designer
Sivaji Graphic Designer - Title
2010 Goa Producer
2014 Kochadaiiyaan Director & Graphic Designer


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