Soundarya promoting Velaiilla Pattadhari 2, 2017
|Born||Shaku Bai Gaikwad
20 September 1984
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
|Occupation||Graphic designer, film producer, director|
|Spouse(s)||Ashwin (m. 2010; div. 2017)|
|Relatives||see Rajinikanth Family Tree|
Soundarya Rajinikanth (born 20 September 1984) 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 film producer with Goa (2010). She made her debut as a director with the film Kochadaiyaan.
Soundarya did her childhood education in the Ashram Matriculation Higher Secondary School in Velachery, Chennai.
In 2007, Ocher Studios signed an agreement with Warner Bros Entertainment to partner up in producing and distributing Tamil films. 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. She instead directed Kochadaiiyaan, India's first motion capture film, with Rajinikanth in the lead role. Through Kochadaiiyaan, Soundarya earned the distinction of becoming the first woman to direct her father in a feature film. At the NDTV Indian of the Year awards 2014, she was honoured for "Technical Innovation In Film". Her next directorial venture, Velaiilla Pattadhari 2, will be produced by S. Thanu in Tamil and Telugu languages.
Soundarya is the younger daughter of actor Rajinikanth and his wife Latha. She has one older sister, Aishwarya R. Dhanush. Soundarya married Ashwin Ramkumar, an industrialist, on 3 September 2010 at Rani Meyyammai Hall in Chennai. The couple has a son, Ved, born on 6 May 2015. In September 2016, Soundarya revealed that she and her husband had filed for divorce by mutual consent due to irreconcilable differences. In July 2017, the couple officially divorced.
|1999||Padayappa||Graphic designer (Title sketch only)|
|2001||Baba||Graphic designer (Title sequence only)|
|2005||Anbe Aaruyire||Graphic designer|
|Chandramukhi||Graphic designer (Title sequence only)|
|2007||Chennai 600028||Graphic designer|
|Sivaji||Graphic designer (Title sequence only)|
|2014||Kochadaiiyaan||Director, graphic designer|
|2017||Velaiilla Pattadhari 2||Director|
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