Veeraswamy Ravichandran (born 30 May 1961) is an Indian actor, director, producer, music director, lyricist and editor in the Kannada Film Industry. He is the son of film producer N. Veeraswamy. As producer, Ravichandran continues to run his father's production house, Sri Eswari Productions. He is popularly known as "Crazy Star", a title fans have prefixed to his name.
30 May 1961
|Children||3, including Manoranjan|
Ravichandran was born in Tirunelveli, Madras State (now Tamil Nadu), India to N. Veeraswamy and Pattammal. His father is N. Veeraswamy was a producer of South Indian film industry. Ravichandran married Sumathi, on the Valentine's Day; 14 February 1986. The couple has a daughter Geethanjali, two sons Manoranjan and Vikram. Manoranjan made his acting debut with Saheba (2017). Ravichandran famous for bringing innovations to Kannada film industry through Premaloka (1987) and introducing Juhi Chawla.
He made his first on screen appearance as child actor in Dhoomakethu and Kula Gourava - both starring Dr.Rajkumar, the latter also being his father's first movie as independent producer. He made his debut as a producer with Prema Matsara (1982). He began his acting career with an antagonist role in Khadeema Kallaru (1982) which was produced by him. His second film was Chakravyuha (1983) which was also co-produced by him. He then appeared in few more successful films before casting himself in Premaloka (1987) which turned out to be a blockbuster. He is often considered as "The Show Man" of Kannada cinema for his multi-faceted works in his associated films.
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 leading directors of the Kannada film industry such as Rajendra Singh Babu and D. Rajendra Babu. His association with D. Rajendra Babu is very successful, resulting in several hits, including Naanu Nanna Hendthi (1985), Ramachaari (1991), Sriramachandra (1992), Annayya (1993) and Yaare Neenu Cheluve (1998).
Shanti Kranti (1991) was the most expensive film ever made in Kannada industry at that time. The film was a multilingual project with Rajinikanth and Nagarjuna in prominent roles in Tamil and Telugu respectively. Ramachaari (1991), Halli Meshtru (1992), Putnanja (1995) were notable blockbusters in 90s. Ravichandran and Hamsalekha collaborated on dozens of movies. The end of their long-standing partnership proved to be unsuccessful for both of them. In 2002, Ravichandran embarked on an ambitious film called Ekangi. Shot inside a massive glass mansion built at a cost of Rs 80 lakh, it was a unique take on loneliness. The success of Malla (2004) began a new chapter in his career.
He started his company Eswari Audio later to be known as Eswari Entertainments. He was also awarded as the Best Musical Director on the state level. He not only brought the trend of Big-Budget Movies to Kannada cinema but also brought in Digital Grading technology. He started selling music cassettes through cable operators to beat piracy. Ravichandran was also seen on television as a judge in Dancing-star season-2 on Colors Kannada.
His most recent successes were Maanikya (2014), Drishya (2014) and Hebbuli (2017).
In 2019, Ravichandran played the role of Krishna in Kurukshetra. This was the first mythological film in his career.
|1971||Kula Gourava||Young Shankar||Child actor|
|Pralayanthaka||Raja / Johnny||[a]|
|Naanu Nanna Hendthi||Ravi||[a]|
|1986||Na Ninna Preetisuve|
|Poi Mugangal||Raja||Tamil film; credited as Rakesh|
|Paruva Ragam||Ravi||Tamil film|
|1988||Brahma Vishnu Maheshwara||Narayan|
|1989||Yuddha Kaanda||Ravi Bramhavar|
|Kindari Jogi||Kindari Jogi / Ravi||[a]|
|Shanti Kranti||Bharath||Telugu film|
|Nattukku Oru Nallavan||Bharath||Tamil film|
|Shanti Kranti||Bharath||Hindi film|
|Gopi Krishna||Gopikrishna (Muddukrishna)[b]|
|Sriramachandra||Srirama / Chandra[c]|
|Belliyappa Bangarappa||Guest appearance|
|Cheluva||Cheluva / Vijay[c]|
|1998||Yaare Neenu Cheluve||Surya|
|Kanasalu Neene Manasalu Neene||Himself||Guest appearance|
|Nanu Nanna Hendtheeru||Sriram|
|Chora Chittha Chora|
|O Nanna Nalle||Raja|
|2002||Preethi Mado Hudugarigella||Ravi|
|2004||Malla||Mallikarjuna / Shiva[c]||Also a lyricist|
|2004||Aham Premasmi||God of Love||Also editor|
|Pandu Ranga Vittala||Vithala (Pandu, Ranga)[b]|
|2006||Neenello Naanalle||Special Appearance|
|Ravi Shastri||Ravi Shastri|
|2008||Nee Tata Naa Birla||Ravi|
|2009||Rajakumari||Music Teacher||Guest appearance|
|Naariya Seere Kadda||Gopal|
|2011||Mallikarjuna||Mallikarjuna / Surya||[c]|
|Kalla Malla Sulla||Ravi|
|Crazy Loka||Basavaraj Kattimane|
|2015||Love You Alia||Ravi|
|Lakshmana||Police Officer||Guest appearance|
|Mungaru Male 2||Preetham's father|
|2019||Padde Huli||Manju's father|
|Aa Drushya||Surya Tej|
|Drishya 2||Rajendra Ponnappa|
|2022||Ravi Bopanna||Ravi Bopanna|
|Head Bush||Professor||Guest appearance|
As Director and WriterEdit
|Naanu Nanna Hendthi|
|Paruva Ragam||Tamil film|
|Shanti Kranti||Telugu Film|
|Nattukku Oru Nallavan||Tamil Film|
|Shanti Kranti||Hindi Film|
|1999||Naanu Nanna Hendthiru|
|Chora Chittha Chora|
|O Nanna Nalle|
|Pandu Ranga Vittala|
Cinema Express Awards
- Cinema Express Award For Best Debut Director - Premaloka - 1987
- Cinema Express Award For Best Actor - Premaloka - 1987
- Cinema Express Award For Best Director - Ranadheera - 1989
Karnataka State Film Awards
- Karnataka State Film Award (Special Jury Award) – Shanti Kranti
- Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actor – Ekangi (2001–02)
- Karnataka State Film Award for Best Director for Ekangi (2001–02)
- Karnataka State Film Award for Best Music Director for Ekangi (2001–02)
- Puttanna Kanagal Award for Lifetime Achievement (2005–06)
- Suvarna Film Awards for Lifetime Achievement
- Rajyotsava Awards (2010)
- Udaya Film Award for Best Supporting Actor – Aham Premasmi
- NTR National Award-2013
- Honorary Doctorate From CMR University - 2019
- Honorary Doctorate From Bangalore university - 2022
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