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30 May 1961 |
Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India
|Residence||Rajajinagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India|
|Occupation||Film actor, director, producer, editor, screenwriter, music director, lyricist|
|Spouse(s)||Sumathy (m. 1986)|
|Parents||N. Veerasami (Father)
Veeraswamy Ravichandaran or V. Ravichandaran (Kannada: ವಿ .ರವಿಚಂದ್ರನ್; born 30 May 1961) is an Indian actor, director, producer, music director, editor and lyricist who primarily works in the Kannada film industry. He is the son of notable film producer N. Veerasami. As a producer, he continues to run his father's production house, "Sri Eswari Productions", which produces his own films.
Majorly credited for his technical excellence, high degree of quality, precise approach, apt selections of subjects whether it is straight or remakes and always vouching for a pleasant atmosphere in films, Ravichandran has been in the industry for 20 years with many firsts to his credit. He is fondly and popularly known as the "Crazy Star" of Kannada cinema.
As an actor
Ravichandran started his film career in the early 1980s and acted in many movies produced by his father and grandfather along with well-known actors of the Kannada industry, including Vishnuvardhan, Ambarish, Prabhakar and Rajesh. His first movie was Khadeema Kallaru(as one of the villan). Ravichandran's initial movies were box-office hits. His major commercial success as a leading actor prior from Premaloka, a romantic comedy movie starring Juhi Chawla in the female lead role. Post-Premaloka, Ravichandran starred in several hits, most notably Ranadheera (which was a remake of Subhash Ghai's Hero), Anjada Gandu, Yuddha Kaanda, Ramachaari, Halli Meshtru, Gadibidi Ganda, Annayya, Sipayi, Yaare Neenu Cheluve, Mangalyam Tantunanena Preethsod Tappa and Malla. Ravichandran best pairs with South Indian actress Kushboo.
His role as a mentally challenged adult in Ramachaari won him critical praise[not specific enough to verify] and was featured at the Ontario Film Festival. He has stuck to mostly stereotyped roles: a police officer (Shanti Kranti and Abhimanyu), lover (Premaloka, Anjada Gandu, and Preethsod Tappa), pop singer (Yuga Purusha, and Gadibidi Ganda), rustic Sipayi, Halli Meshtru, and Malla, and lawyer (Brahma Vishnu Maheshwara and Yudha Kaanda). He continues to act and has a few projects awaiting release.
He persuaded Chiranjeevi to play a guest role in Sipayi. He introduced Juhi Chawla in his 1987 movie Premaloka before she showed up in Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (1988). Poonam Dhillon paired with Ravichandran in Yuddha Kaanda.
Ravichandran has introduced a number of actresses from other parts of Indian cinema to Kannada cinema, including Juhi Chawla, Kushboo, Mohini and Shilpa Shetty. Ravichandran also got 5 awards
Ravichandran shot to instant fame when Premaloka, which he produced, directed, and starred in, became one of the landmark films in Kannada film history. It was made with a budget of a crore rupees, the most expensive Kannada film in its time. It starred Juhi Chawla as the female lead. Also Vishnuvardhan, Ambarish, Tiger Prabhakar and other superstars of that period played guest role in the movie.
Premaloka also established Hamsalekha, who would teamed up with Ravichandran for a long period and gave consistently popular music for the next 10 years.
Premaloka broke several records and defined much of Ravichandran's later film making. It set the stage for lavish productions in the Kannada film industry, and inspired a generation of directors. Ravichandran is generally credited with introducing a culture of producing big-budget films in Kannada.
Ravichandran initially acted in and directed movies produced by his own banner, Eswari Productions. After Premaloka, he accepted acting offers from other producers. He has worked with directors of the Kannada film industry such as S. V. Rajendra Singh Babu and D. Rajendra Babu.
His association with director D. Rajendra Babu has resulted in several hits including Naanu Nanna Hendthi, Annayya, Ramachaari, Yaare Neenu Cheluve and Sriramachandra. However all these films were remakes.
He has also remade a few hit Telugu and Bollywood movies in Kannada.
Ravichandran is close friends with producer Rockline Venkatesh, with whom he worked on Yaare Neenu Cheluve, Nanu Nanna Hendthiru, Preethsod Thappa and Ondagona Baa.
Ravichandran is known to be a perfectionist and artists recall him re-shooting a single scene or sequence until it was perfect. He is known to have shot entire sequences again after the first cuts of the movie failed to satisfy him. However, after a lean patch in the late 1990s, Ravichandran is said to have made amends to this and churned out quickies.
Ravichandran first movie as a producer is not from his father company, he started his own company(Ravi Cine Creation)and produced "Prema Matsara" he announced the date of release with list of theatre on the Muhurth day itself. The movie turned out a break even financially for him.The second movie he produced was "Kadima Kallaru" and also appeared in a small role for the first time and this was his first movie as actor. It was financial disaster in the box office. Then he produced "Chakravuya"starring rebel star ambarish and the interesting point was the story was rejected by Puttana Kanagal and Dr.Rajkumar etc. This movie turned out one of the biggest hit of the decade and then he remade this movie in Hindi starring Amitabh Bachchan and Sridevi (Inqilaab).
Ravichandran is known to produce very expensive movies in an industry that has a limited market. Premaloka was the costliest movie of its time. Although his later films were comparatively less expensive, their budgets exceeded that of other Kannada films by several lakhs of rupees.
In 1991, Ravichandran released Shanti Kranti, the costliest movie ever made in South India till then. Considered his magnum opus, the film was shot over four years with a budget of 40 million rupees, and was simultaneously made in Kannada, Telugu, and Tamil. Shanti Kranti turned out to be a huge failure at the box office.
Ravichandran is credited with "discovering" the talented Hamsalekha. Together, they worked in over 50 films and created several popular numbers. However, the duo parted company after Preethsod Thappa, only to work again in Ondagona Baa, which was a commercial and musical failure. In Hamsalekha's absence, Ravichandran took up the role of a music director and created a few popular tunes in Ekangi and Aham Premasmi. But critics generally consider him a below average music director. He also got a state award as the best musical director.
Ravichandran started his own audio company, Eswari Audio which later was renamed into Eshwari Entertainments. For his brother's debut movie, Aham Premaasmi, he bypassed the entire music industry and sold the music cassettes through cable operators to beat piracy and brought " Digital Grading " Technology to Kannada Film Industry and also brought color technicians from abroad.
As music director
- Naanu Nanna Hendthir (1999)
- Sneha (1999)
- O Premave (1999)
- Chora Chitta Chora (1999)
- Mahatma (2000)
- Preethsutapenilla (2000)
- O Nanna Nalle (2000)
- Ekangi (2002)
- Kodandarama (2002)
- Malla (2004)
- Ayya (2005)
- Aham Premasmi (2005)
- Pandu Ranga Vittala (2005)
- Hatavadi (2006)
- Neelakanta (2006)
- Manjina Hani (2015 feb 14)
- Crazy Star (14 Feb 2014)
|Film||Year||Notes||At the box office||Awards|
|Premaloka||1987||Inspire From Grease 2||All Time Blockbuster|
|Ranadheera||1987||Remake of Hindi film Hero||Super Hit|
|Shanti Kranti||1991||Film made in 3 Languages(Kannada, Telugu & Tamil Telugu- Naagarjuna.Tamil- Rajanikanth)||Average|
|Mane Devru||1993||Super Hit|
|Putnanja||1995||Hit||remake of Tamil film Pattikada Pattanama|
|Sipaayi||1996||Guest appearance from Telugu Star Chiranjeevi -Different publicity & Started Eshwari audios||Super Hit|
|Kalavida||1997||First Dolby Stereo||Hit|
|Cheluva||1997||Remake of Hello Brother||Hit|
|Mommaga||1998||First Dolbby surround sound.||Average|
|Preethsodh Thappa||1998||Remake of Ninne Pelladata (1996)||Super Hit|
|O Nanna Nalle||2000||Hit|
|Ekangi||2002||Indias second movie with EFX Sound mixing- Reshooted & Released in the same week after first version gone flop||Average|
|Kodandarama||2002||remake of Thenkaasi pattanam||Hit|
|Malla||2004||First time Ravi worked with Raamu. Kalari payattu introduced. Producer Ramu but more than half money produced by Ravi because of the production delay||Blockbuster|
|Manjina Hani||2013||still under going shooting - already second time reshooting entire movie|
As an actor
|1982||1||Khadeema Kallaru||Vijay||Shankar Ganesh||Ambareesh, Prabhakar, Jayamala|
|1983||2||Chakravyuha||Somashekar V||Shankar Ganesh||Ambareesh, Ambika|
|1984||3||Pralayanthaka||Subbarao B||Shankar Ganesh||Bhavya|
|4||Premigala Savaal||Somashekar V||Rajan Nagendra||Archana|
|5||Nane Raja||C V Rajendran||Shankar Ganesh||ambarish, ambika|
|1985||6||Saavira Sullu||Subbarao B||Shankar Ganesh||Radha, Manjula|
|7||Pitha Maha||M. Ranga Rao, Upendra Kumar|
|8||Asambhava||D. Rajendra Babu||Shankar Ganesh||Ambika|
|9||Swaabhimaana||D. Rajendra Babu||Shankar Ganesh||Mahalakshmi|
|1986||10||Nanu Nanna Hendthi||D. Rajendra Babu||Shankar Ganesh||Urvashi|
|11||Baa Nana Preethisu||Siddalingaiah||Rajan-Nagendra|
|12||Ramanna Shamann88||Subbarao B||S. P. Balasubrahmanyam||ambarish, Madhavi|
|1987||13||Premaloka||V. Ravichandran||Hamsalekha||Juhi Chawla, Urvashi,ambi,vishnu,prabakar|
|14||Ranadheera||V. Ravichandran||Hamsalekha||Kushboo||Remake of Hindi film Hero|
|15||Sangrama||K. V. Raju||Hamsalekha||Bhavya||Remake of Hindi film Arjun|
|1988||16||Anjada Gandu||Renukasharma||Hamsalekha||Kushboo||Remake of Thambikku Entha Ooru|
|17||Brahma Vishnu Maheshwara||,Ambreesh,Ananthnag|
|1989||18||Yuga Purusha||D. Rajendra Babu||Hamsalekha||Kushboo, Moon Moon Sen||remake of hindi film Karz|
|19||Kindari Jogi||V. Ravichandran||Hamsalekha||Juhi Chawla|
|20||Yuddha Kaanda||K. V. Raju||Hamsalekha||Poonam Dhillon||remake of hindi film Meri Jung|
|21||Poli Huduga||Ravi Kottarakararaaj||Hamsalekha|
|1990||22||Bannada Gejje||S V Rajendra Singh||Hamsalekha||Amala, Vani Viswanath|
|23||Abhimanyu||Ravi Kottarakararaaj||vasanth kumar s r||Seetha|
|1991||24||Shanti Kranti||V. Ravichandran||Hamsalekha||Juhi Chawla, Kushboo|
|25||Ramachaari||D. Rajendra Babu||Hamsalekha||Malashri||remake of tamil film Chinna Thambi|
|1992||26||Halli Meshtru||Mohan-Manju||Hamsalekha||Bindiya, Silk Smitha||remake of tamil film Mundhanai Mudichu|
|27||Gopi Krishna||V. Ravichandran||Hamsalekha||Roopini|
|29||Chikkejamanru||Om Saiprakash||Hamsalekha||Gowthami||remake of Chinna Gounder|
|30||Srirama Chandra||D. Rajendra Babu||Hamsalekha||Mohini||remake of tamil film Kalyanaraman|
|1993||31||Gadibidi Ganda||Reddy V S||Hamsalekha||Roja, Ramya Krishnan||remake of telugu film Allari Mogudu|
|32||Mane Devru||V. Ravichandran||Hamsalekha||Sudha Rani||remake of tamil film Mouna Geethangal|
|33||Annayya||S V Rajendra Singh||Hamsalekha||Madhu Bala||remake of tamil film Enga Chinna Rasa|
|35||Rasika||Dwarakish||Hamsalekha||Banu Priya, Shruti|
|36||Jaana||Shivamani||Hamsalekha||Kasthuri, Shruti, Anjana|
|1995||37||Putnanja||V. Ravichandran||Hamsalekha||Meena||remake of tamil film Pattikada Pattanama|
|1997||39||Kalavida||V. Ravichandran||Hamsalekha||Heera, Roja|
|41||Maangalyam Thantunaanena||Allu Aravind||V. Manohar||Ramya Krishnan||remake of Pavitra Bandham|
|42||Cheluva||V. Ravichandran||Hamsalekha||Gowthami, Meena||remake of telugu film Hello brother|
|43||Preethsodh Thappa||V. Ravichandran||Hamsalekha||Shilpa Shetty||remake of telugu film Ninne Pelladatha|
|44||Yaare Neenu Cheluve||V. Ravichandran||Hamsalekha||vishnu,jaggesh, Sangeetha,Heera||remake of tamil film Kadhal Kottai|
|1999||45||Naanu Nanna Hendthiru||Reddy V S||V. Ravichandran||Soundarya, Prema||remake of Thaaikulame Thaaikulame|
|46||Ravimama||S.Narayan||Chaitanya||Nagma||remake of Aaj Ka Arjun|
|47||Sneha||Reddy V S||V. Ravichandran||Rashi, Ramya Krishnan||remake of Telugu film Snehithulu|
|48||O Premave||Naganna||V. Ravichandran||Rambha||remake of Premante Idera|
|49||Chora Chitta Chora||V. Ravichandran||V. Ravichandran||Namrata Shirodkar, Malavika||remake of Allari Priyudu|
|2000||50||Mahatama||H Vasu||V. Ravichandran||Shruti|
|51||Preethsu Tappenilla||V. Ravichandran||Rachana||remake of Tholi Prema|
|52||O Nanna Nalle||V.Ravichandran||V. Ravichandran||Esha Koppikar||remake of Thulladha Manamum Thullum|
|2001||53||Pramakke Sai||A. Kodandarami Reddy||Manisharma||Shahin||remake of Chirunavvutho|
|54||Kanasugara||Karan||Rajesh Ramnath||Prema, Anu Prabhakar||remake of tamil film Unnidathil Ennai Koduthen|
|55||Usire||Prabhu Solomon||Ilayaraja||Rachana||remake of tamil film Bharathi Kannamma|
|2002||56||Preethi Maado Hudugarigella||R C Ranga Sira||Hamsalekha|
|57||Ekangi||V. Ravichandran||V. Ravichandran||Ramya Krishnan|
|58||Kodandarama'||V. Ravichandran||V. Ravichandran||Sakshi Sivanand||remake of Thenkasi Pattanam|
|2003||59||Ondagona Baa||Uday Shankar||Hamsalekha||Shilpa Shetty||remake of Kalisundam Raa|
|2004||60||Malla||V. Ravichandran||V. Ravichandran||Priyanka|
|61||Ramakrishna||Om Saiprakash||S A Rajkumar||jaggesh, Kalyani||remake of Aan Paavam|
|62||Sahukara||Om Prakash Rao||Rajesh Ramnath||vishnu, Rambha, Anu Prabhakar|
|2005||63||Aham Premasmi||V. Ravichandran||V. Ravichandran|
|64||Paandu Ranga Vittala||Dinesh Baboo||V. Ravichandran||Prema, Rambha, Shruti|
|2006||65||Ravi Shastri'||M S Rajashekar||Rajesh Ramnath||Sneha||remake of Idhu Namma Aalu|
|66||Hatavadi||V. Ravichandran||V. Ravichandran||Radhika|
|67||Odahuttidavalu||Om Saiprakash||R. P. Patnayak||Rakshita||remake of Porkaalam|
|2007||68||Ugadi||Om Saiprakash||R. P. Patnayak||Jennifer Kotwal, Kamna Jethmalani||remake of telugu film Santosham|
|2008||69||Nee Tata Naa Birla||Nagendra Magadi||Gurukiran|
|2009||70||Rajkumari||S Govindu||V. Harikrishna||remake of Anandha Poongatre|
|2010||71||Neelakanta||Om Saiprakash||V. Ravichandran||Namitha||remake of Aranmanai Kili|
|72||Naariya Seere Kadda||Annayya P||V. Manohar||Nikitha, Naveen Krishna, Harshika Poonacha|
|2011||73||Hoo||V. Ravichandran||V. Ravichandran||Namitha||remake of Priyamana Thozhi|
|74||Mallikarjuna||S. Muralimohan||S. A. Rajkumar||Sadha||remake of Thavasi|
|75||Kalla Malla Sulla||Udaya Prakash||Alex Paul||Ragini Dwivedi||remake of Charlie Chaplin|
|2012||76||Narasimha||Mohan Shankar||Hamsalekha||Nikesha Patel||remake of Maayi|
|77||Dashamukha||Ravi Srivatsa||V. Sridhar||Anant Nag, Devaraj, Avinash|
|78||Crazy Loka||Kavitha Lankesh||Manikanth Kadri||Daisy Bopanna, Harshika Poonachha|
|79||Paramashiva||Mahesh Babu||V. Harikrishna|
|80||Crazy Star||V.Ravichandran||V. Ravichandran||Priyanka Upendra||remake of Traffic, chennayil oru nal|
|2013||81||Manjina Hani||V. Ravichandran||V. Ravichandran & V. Harikrishna||Haripriya|
|82||Apoorva||V.Ravichandran||V. Ravichandran||Parul Yadav|
|2014||83||Maanikya ||Sudeep||Arjun Janya||Sudeep, Varalaxmi Sharathkumar, Ramya Krishna, Ranya||Remake of telugu film Mirchi|
Acclaim and criticism
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He is known as a non-conformist, and created his own style of filmmaking. Most of his movies show very little influence of other directors except Premaloka, which contains traces of Grease 2. Notable aspects of his filmmaking include a curious combination of close-ups, abrupt fast-cuts, and innovative camera angles. He is renowned in the Kannada film industry for his understanding of the technical aspect of cinema. His movies are lavishly mounted and stand out for superior production values distinguished for cinematography, sound, lighting, and special effects. Even directors of industry learn technical aspects from his film. A distinct directorial feature is his innovative shooting of songs. Song-picturization in movies Ravichandran has directed often involve elaborate and richly-mounted settings.He sold the Premaloka audio more than 5 million units and is the highest sold Indian audio also. his flop movies also became popular like "Ekangi","Shanti kranti" and many more.
- Karnataka State Award for Best Director, Actor, Music Director - (Yekangi).
- Karnataka State Puttanna Kanagal Award for Lifetime Achievements.
- Suvarna Filmfare Award for Lifetime Achievements
- Kannada Rajyotsava Award on 2010
- NTR Award on 2013
- Special Technical State Award for Shanti Kranti on 1991
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- "Details". ವಿಜಯ ಕರ್ನಾಟಕ ಕನ್ನಡ ಪತ್ರಿಕೆ, Vijaya Karnataka (Kannada News Paper).