Ravichandran (Kannada actor)

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Veeraswamy Ravichandran (born 30 May 1961), known mononymously as Ravichandran, is an actor, director, producer, music director, and lyricist 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" Ravichandran, a title fans have prefixed to his name.[4]

Veeraswamy Ravichandran

(1961-05-30) 30 May 1961 (age 60)
  • Actor
  • filmmaker
  • composer
  • Lyricist
  • Television Presenter
Years active1982–present
(m. 1986)
Children3, including Manoranjan[1]
RelativesBalaji (brother)[3]

Personal lifeEdit

Ravichandran was born in Tirunelveli, Madras State (now Tamil Nadu), India to Tamil speaking parents 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.[5] The couple has a daughter Geethanjali, two sons Manoranjan and Vikram. Manoranjan made his acting debut with Saheba (2017).[6][7]

Film careerEdit

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.[8] 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.[9]

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).[10]

However, his biggest setback as a producer was Shanti Kranti (1991) which was the costliest film he ever made. The film was a multilingual project with Rajinikanth and Nagarjuna in prominent roles in Tamil and Telugu respectively. It flopped in all languages. The failure put Ravichandran in financial distress, forcing him to rely on remakes of hit Tamil and Telugu films. As he resurrected his career with Ramachaari (1991), Halli Meshtru (1992), Putnanja (1995) and Kanasugara (2001). He also revealed his ability to present remakes in a fresh manner. After Ravichandran and Hamsalekha decided to end their long-standing partnership, it was downhill for both of them. In 2002, Ravichandran embarked on an eccentric film called Ekangi and it was a colossal bust. Shot inside a massive glass mansion built at a cost of Rs 80 lakh, the narrative was a confused, misguided take on loneliness. Once again, fans found consolation in the film’s songs. The grand success of Malla (2004) helped him recover. After that, Ravichandran lost his magic.[11]

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.[12]

Ravichandran played his age and performed well in Maanikya (2014), Drishya (2014) and Hebbuli (2017).

In 2019, Ravichandran played the role of Krishna in Kurukshetra. This is the first legendary film for the craziest star in the industry for nearly three decades.[13] The mega-budget film, produced by Munirathna, is directed by Naganna, It has been reported that the film, which was released in 2D and 3D, has become one of the highest-grossing Kannada films. Kurukshetra was also among the 28 films, from which the jury selected India’s official entry to the Oscars.[14]


Year Title Language Credited as Role Notes
Actor Director Producer Music director
1968 Dhoomakethu Kannada Yes Child actor [8]
1971 Kula Gourava Yes Young Shankar Child actor
1982 Prema Matsara Yes N/A
Khadeema Kallaru Yes Yes Johnny
1983 Chakravyuha Yes Yes Khoya Khoya [a]
1984 Naane Raja Yes Raja
Inquilaab Hindi Yes N/A [a]
Premigala Saval Kannada Yes
Pralayanthaka Yes Yes Raja / Johnny [a]
1985 Savira Sullu Yes Yes [a]
Pithamaha Yes
Swabhimana Yes
Naanu Nanna Hendthi Yes Yes Ravi [a]
Padikkathavan Tamil Yes N/A [a]
1986 Na Ninna Preetisuve Kannada Yes
Asambhava Yes
Poi Mugangal Tamil Yes Raja Credited as Rakesh
1987 Premaloka Kannada Yes Yes Yes Ravi
Paruva Ragam Tamil Yes Yes Yes Ravi
Sangrama Kannada Yes Arjun Brahmavar
1988 Brahma Vishnu Maheshwara Yes Narayan
Ranadheera Yes Yes Yes Ranadheera (Murali)[b]
Anjada Gandu Yes Anand
Ramanna Shamanna Yes Shyam
1989 Yuddha Kaanda Yes Ravi Bramhavar
Yuga Purusha Yes Raaja
Kindari Jogi Yes Yes Yes Kindari Jogi / Ravi [a]
Poli Huduga Yes
1990 Bannada Gejje Yes Manu
Abhimanyu Yes
1991 Ramachaari Yes Yes Ramachaari Also singer
Shanti Kranti Yes Yes Yes Subhash
Shanti Kranti (Telugu) Telugu Yes Yes Yes Bharath
Nattukku Oru Nallavan Tamil Yes Yes Yes Bharath
Shanti Kranti (Hindi) Hindi Yes Yes Yes Bharath
1992 Halli Meshtru Kannada Yes Yes Yes Meshtru
Gopi Krishna Yes Yes Yes Gopikrishna (Muddukrishna)[b]
Guru Brahma Yes Guru/Bhramah
Chikkejamanru Yes
Sriramachandra Yes Srirama / Chandra[c]
Belliyappa Bangarappa Yes Guest appearance
1993 Gadibidi Ganda Yes Gopal
Annayya Yes Annayya
Mane Devru Yes Yes Ranganath
1994 Chinna Yes Yes Chinna
Rasika Yes Krishna
Jaana Yes Ravishankar
1995 Putnanja Yes Yes Yes Putnanja
1996 Sipayi Yes Yes Yes Sipayi/Shivu
1997 Kalavida Yes Yes Yes
Mommaga Yes Yes
Cheluva Yes Yes Cheluva / Vijay[c]
1998 Yaare Neenu Cheluve Yes Surya
Mangalyam Tantunanena Yes Vijay
Preethsod Thappa Yes Yes Raja
1999 Ravimama Yes Ravi
Naanu Nanna Hendthiru Yes Yes Sriram
Sneha Yes Yes Murali
O Premave Yes Yes Raja
Chora Chittha Chora Yes Yes
2000 Mahathma Yes Yes
Preethsu Thappenilla Yes Yes Balu
O Nanna Nalle Yes Yes Yes Raja
2001 Premakke Sai Yes Venu
Kanasugara Yes Ravi
Usire Yes Mutthu
2002 Preethi Mado Hudugarigella Yes Ravi
Ekangi Yes Yes Yes Yes Ravi
Kodanda Rama Yes Yes Yes Kodanda
2003 Ondagona Baa Yes Raghu
2004 Malla Yes Yes Yes Mallikarjuna / Shiva[c] Also a lyricist
Rama Krishna Yes Rama
Sahukara Yes Muthu
2005 Ayya Yes N/A
Aham Premasmi Yes Yes Yes Yes God of Love Also editor
Pandu Ranga Vittala Yes Yes Vithala (Pandu, Ranga)[b]
2006 Neenello Naanalle Yes Special Appearance
Hatavadi Yes Yes Yes Yes Balu
Odahuttidavalu Yes Puttaraju
Ravi Shastri Yes Ravi Shastri
Neelakanta Yes Yes Neelakanta
2007 Ugadi Yes Sanjay
2008 Nee Tata Naa Birla Yes Ravi
2009 Rajakumari Yes Guest appearance
2010 Hoo Yes Yes Anand
Naariya Seere Kadda Yes Gopal
Aithalakkadi Yes Special appearance
2011 Mallikarjuna Yes Mallikarjuna / Surya[c]
Kalla Malla Sulla Yes Ravi
2012 Narasimha Yes Narasimha
Dashamukha Yes Ravindranath R.
Crazy Loka Yes Basavaraj Kattimane
2014 Crazy Star Yes Yes Yes Yes Ravi
Maanikya Yes Adishesha
Drishya Yes Rajendra Ponnappa
Paramashiva Yes Shiva
2015 Love You Alia Yes Ravi
2016 Apoorva Yes Yes Yes Yes Rajashekar
Lakshmana Yes Guest appearance
Mungaru Male 2 Yes Preetham's father
2017 Hebbuli Yes Sathya Moorthy
2018 Seizer Yes Seizer's Boss
Buckasura Yes Chakaravrthy
2019 Padde Huli Yes Manju's father
Dasharatha Yes Dasharatha
Kurukshetra Yes Krishna
Aa Drushya Yes Surya Tej
2021 Drishya 2 Yes Rajendra Ponnappa
Kannadiga Yes Gunabhadra


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

Other Awards


  1. ^ a b c d e f g V. Ravichandran co-produced the film with N. Veeraswamy.
  2. ^ a b c V. Ravichandran played a single character with two or more names.
  3. ^ a b c d V. Ravichandran played dual roles in this film.

100 years Cinima function Medel


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  2. ^ "Passion for the reel". Deccan Herald. 23 August 2014. Retrieved 16 May 2020.
  3. ^ "Did you know Naagarahavu turned Vishnuvardhan into a star overnight?". The New Indian Express. India: The New Indian Express. Retrieved 21 November 2019.
  4. ^ "Happy Birthday Ravichandran: Rare Pics of 'Crazy Star'!". 30 May 2015.
  5. ^ "Ravichandran celebrates 25th marriage anniversary on V-Day". 15 February 2011.
  6. ^ "Ravichandran's son Manoranjan makes his debut!".
  7. ^ "Ravichandran launches his son Vikram – Times of India". The Times of India.
  8. ^ a b CrazyStar Ravichandran Interview : ನಾನು ಹೀರೋ ಆಗ್ತಿನಿ ಅಂತ ನಮ್ಮಪ್ಪನೇ ಅಂದ್ಕೊಂಡಿರ್ಲಿಲ್ಲ | Tv9kannada. Tv9 Kannada. 11 September 2021. Archived from the original on 2 October 2021. Retrieved 5 November 2021 – via YouTube.
  9. ^ "V Ravichandran : Kannada Actor| Writer Age, Movies, Biography, Photos".
  10. ^ "Exclusive biography of #Ravichandran and on his life".
  11. ^ "Ravichandran: Big dreamer who sometimes lost his way". 28 May 2021.
  12. ^ "Sandalwood Movie Actor V Ravichandran Biography, News, Photos, Videos".
  13. ^ "'Kurukshetra': THIS is what Ravichandran has to say about Darshan essaying the role of Duryodhana - Times of India". The Times of India.
  14. ^ "Darshan's landmark 50th film, Kurukshetra, completes 50-day run".

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