V. Ravichandran

Veeraswamy Ravichandran, known simply as Ravichandran, is an Indian actor and filmmaker in Kannada cinema (Sandalwood), known for his multi-faceted works in his associated films.[4]

V. Ravichandran
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Veeraswamy Ravichandran

(1961-05-30) 30 May 1961 (age 59)
Other namesCrazy Star, Sandalwood Showman, Kanasugaara, Chitrabrahma
OccupationActor, Director, music director, producer, lyricist, Editor, Screenplay Writer, Story Writer, television presenter, Choreographer, Stunts Composer
Years active1981–present
Sumathy (m. 1986)
Children3; including Manoranjan, Vikram[1]
RelativesBalaji (brother)[3]

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.[5] As a producer, he continues to run Sri Eswari Productions.[6][7]

Personal lifeEdit

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.[citation needed] Ravichandran married Sumathi, on the Valentine's Day; 14 February 1986.[8] The couple has a daughter Geethanjali and two sons Manoranjan and Vikram. Manoranjan made his acting debut with Saheba (2017).[9][10]

Film careerEdit

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.[11] 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).[12]

As directorEdit

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.[13]

As producerEdit

Ravichandran's produced Prema Matsara in 1982, under the banner "Ravi Cine Creation". [14]. 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.[15]

In 1991, Ravichandran released Shanti Kranti,[16] 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.


Year Title Language Credited as Role Notes
Actor Director Producer Music director
1971 Kula Gourava Kannada Yes Child actor
1982 Prema Matsara Yes N/A
Khadeema Kallaru Yes Yes Johnny
1983 Chakravyuha Yes Yes [a]
1984 Naane Raja Yes Raja
Inquilaab Hindi Yes N/A [a]
Premigala Saval Kannada Yes
Pralayanthaka Yes Yes [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
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
Nattukku Oru Nallavan Tamil Yes Yes Yes Bharath
Shanti Kranti (Telugu) Telugu Yes Yes Yes Bharath
1992 Halli Meshtru Kannada Yes Yes Yes Meshtru
Gopi Krishna Yes Yes Yes Gopikrishna (Muddukrishna)[b]
Guru Brahma Yes
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
1997 Kalavida Yes Yes Yes
Mommaga Yes Yes
Cheluva Yes Yes Cheluva / Vijay[c]
1998 Yaare Neenu Cheluve Yes Surya
Mangalyam Tantunanena Yes
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
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 Multilingual film
Hindi Yes
Telugu Yes
2016 Apoorva Kannada 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
2020 Rajendra Ponnappa Yes Yes Yes Yes Post-production; 100th Movie
Manjina Hani Yes Yes Yes Yes Post-production
Ravi Bopanna Yes Yes
Ravi Chandra Yes


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.


  1. ^ "Ravichandran to direct son Vikram Ravichandran - Times of India". The Times of India. India: The Times of India. Retrieved 10 July 2020.
  2. ^ "Passion for the reel". Deccan Herald. 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. ^ "'I am not expensive': Ravichandran". Sify.com.
  5. ^ "Prema Loka can never be remade". The Times of India.
  6. ^ bgvrh. "The Hindu : 'Dweepa' best film, Ravichandran best actor". The Hindu.
  7. ^ "I want to take right steps in future: Dr.V.Ravichandran". sify movies.
  8. ^ "Ravichandran celebrates 25th marriage anniversary on V-Day". 15 February 2011.
  9. ^ "Ravichandran's son Manoranjan makes his debut!".
  10. ^ "Ravichandran launches his son Vikram – Times of India".
  11. ^ "Premaloka- nodamma hudugi". dumbee – via YouTube.
  12. ^ "Ravichandran to quit acting for his children".
  13. ^ https://www.deccanherald.com/content/17050/friends-no-more.html
  14. ^ "Kannada star V Ravichandran gets emotional on reality TV show". The News Minute. Retrieved 16 May 2020.
  15. ^ https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/bangalore/crazy-star-wears-many-hats-with-gusto/article6401874.ece
  16. ^ "Shanti Kranti". Retrieved 27 February 2012.

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