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30 May 1961
|Other names||Crazy Star, Sandalwood Showman, Kanasugaara, Chitrabrahma|
|Occupation||Actor, Director, music director, producer, lyricist, Editor, Screenplay Writer, Story Writer, television presenter, Choreographer, Stunts Composer|
Sumathy (m. 1986)
|Children||3; including Manoranjan, Vikram|
For over three decades, Ravichandran has worked in the film industry with ups and downs and marked milestones.
Son of notable film producer N. Veeraswamy, Ravichandran made his acting debut in Khadeema Kallaru (1982) as an antagonist and followed it up with Chakravyuha in 1983. After starring in a series of multi-starrers in supporting and lead roles, he cast himself in his directorial debut Premaloka (1987), which became one of the highest grossing blockbuster films in Kannada cinema. As a producer, he continues to run Sri Eswari Productions.
Ravichandran was born in Tirunelveli, Madras State (now Tamil Nadu), India. His parents are N. Veeraswamy and Pattammal. His father is N. Veeraswamy is the notable producer of South Indian film industry and his family is Tamil-speaking Mudaliar community. Ravichandran married Sumathi, on the Valentine's Day; 14 February 1986. The couple has a daughter Geethanjali and two sons Manoranjan and Vikram. Manoranjan made his acting debut with Saheba (2017).
As an actorEdit
Dr.Ravichandran started his film career in the early 1980s and acted in many movies along with well-known actors of the Kannada industry, including Vishnuvardhan, Ambarish, Prabhakar and Rajesh, produced by his father. His first movie was Khadeema Kallaru(1982) (as one of the villains). His major commercial success as a leading actor came from Premaloka, a romantic comedy movie starring Juhi Chawla in the female lead role. Premaloka became an all-time blockbuster and cemented Ravichandran's position. He became noted for his mesmerising looks and charismatic style. He was at his peak in the late 80s to mid-90s. After 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, Putnanja,Sipayi, Yaare Neenu Cheluve, Mangalyam Tantunanena, Preethsod Thappa and Malla.
His role as an innocent village bumpkin in Ramachaari 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 Thappa), pop singer (Yuga Purusha and Gadibidi Ganda), rustic Putnanja,Sipayi, Chikkejamanru, Halli Meshtru and Malla, and lawyer (Brahma Vishnu Maheshwara and Yuddha Kaanda).
Ravichandran shot to instant fame when Premaloka, which he produced, directed, and starred in. It was made with a budget of one 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 roles in the movie, respecting their long time association with Eshwari Productions. Premaloka also established Hamsalekha, who would team up with Ravichandran for a long period.
Ravichandran's produced Prema Matsara in 1982, under the banner "Ravi Cine Creation". . He announced the date of release with a list of theatres on the Muhurth day itself. The movie broke-even financially for him. He then produced Khadeema Kallaru and played, for the first time, a small role as an actor. The movie flopped. He also produced a Hindi movie with Amitabh Bachchan and Sridevi Inquilaab, which was a remake of the blockbuster Kannada movie Chakravyuha, starring Ambareesh and Ambika in lead roles.
In 1991, Ravichandran released Shanti Kranti, the costliest movie ever made in South India till then. Considered his magnum opus, the film was shot in over four years, with a budget of 40 million rupees, and was simultaneously made in Kannada, Telugu and Tamil. The movie was a commercial failure due to its slow-paced storytelling and Ravichandran suffered huge financial losses.
|1971||Kula Gourava||Kannada||Yes||Child actor|
|Naanu Nanna Hendthi||Yes||Yes||Ravi||[a]|
|1986||Na Ninna Preetisuve||Kannada||Yes|
|Poi Mugangal||Tamil||Yes||Raja||Credited as Rakesh|
|1988||Brahma Vishnu Maheshwara||Yes||Narayan|
|1989||Yuddha Kaanda||Yes||Ravi Bramhavar|
|Kindari Jogi||Yes||Yes||Yes||Kindari Jogi / Ravi||[a]|
|Nattukku Oru Nallavan||Tamil||Yes||Yes||Yes||Bharath|
|Shanti Kranti (Telugu)||Telugu||Yes||Yes||Yes||Bharath|
|Gopi Krishna||Yes||Yes||Yes||Gopikrishna (Muddukrishna)[b]|
|Sriramachandra||Yes||Srirama / Chandra[c]|
|Belliyappa Bangarappa||Yes||Guest appearance|
|Cheluva||Yes||Yes||Cheluva / Vijay[c]|
|1998||Yaare Neenu Cheluve||Yes||Surya|
|Naanu Nanna Hendthiru||Yes||Yes||Sriram|
|Chora Chittha Chora||Yes||Yes|
|O Nanna Nalle||Yes||Yes||Yes||Raja|
|2002||Preethi Mado Hudugarigella||Yes|
|2004||Malla||Yes||Yes||Yes||Mallikarjuna / Shiva[c]||Also a lyricist|
|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|
|Ravi Shastri||Yes||Ravi Shastri|
|2008||Nee Tata Naa Birla||Yes||Ravi|
|Naariya Seere Kadda||Yes||Gopal|
|2011||Mallikarjuna||Yes||Mallikarjuna / Surya[c]|
|Kalla Malla Sulla||Yes||Ravi|
|Crazy Loka||Yes||Basavaraj Kattimane|
|2015||Love You Alia||Yes||Ravi||Multilingual film|
|Mungaru Male 2||Yes||Preetham's father|
|2019||Padde Huli||Yes||Manju's father|
|Aa Drushya||Yes||Surya Tej|
|2020||Rajendra Ponnappa||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Post-production; 100th Movie|
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 (2011–12)
- V. Ravichandran co-produced the film with N. Veeraswamy.
- V. Ravichandran played a single character with two or more names.
- V. Ravichandran played dual roles in this film.
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