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Veeraswamy Ravichandran, known simply as Ravichandran, is an Indian actor and filmmaker in Kannada cinema, known for his multi-faceted works in his associated films.[1]

Veeraswamy Ravichandran
Born
Veeraswamy Ravichandran

30 May 1961
Tirunelveli, Madras state, India
NationalityIndian
OccupationActor, Filmmaker, Music director, Producer, Lyricist, Television Presenter
Years active1981–present
Spouse(s)
Sumathy (m. 1986)
Children3; including Manoranjan
Parent(s)

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.[2] As a producer, he continues to run Sri Eswari Productions.[3][4]

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. Ravichandran married Sumathi, on the Valentine's Day; 14 February 1986.[5] The couple has a daughter Geethanjali and two sons Manoranjan and Vikram. Manoranjan made his acting debut with Saheba (2017).[6][7]

Film careerEdit

As an actorEdit

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.[8] 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. Ravichandran best pairs with South Indian actress Kushboo.

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).[9]

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.

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[by whom?] 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.[citation needed]

As producerEdit

Ravichandran's first movie as a producer is not from his father's company, he started his own company (Ravi Cine Creation) and produced Prema Matsara. He announced the date of release with a list of theatres on the Muhurth day itself. The movie turned out a break-even financially for him. The second movie he produced was Kadima Kallaru and he also in a small role for the first time and this was his first movie as actor. It was a financial disaster in the box office. He also produced a Hindi movie with Amitabh Bachchan and Sridevi Inquilaab (film), which was a remake of the blockbuster Kannada movie Chakravyuha, starring Ambareesh and Ambika in lead roles.

In 1991, Ravichandran released Shanti Kranti,[10] 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 it slow paced story telling and Ravichandran suffered huge losses financially and morally.

Music directorEdit

Ravichandran is credited[by whom?] with "discovering" the talented Hamsalekha[citation needed]. Together, they worked in over 25 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. However, he won a state award for best music director for the movie Ekangi[citation needed].

Ravichandran started his own audio company "Eswari Audio", which later was renamed into "Eshwari Entertainments". For his brother's debut movie, Aham Premasmi, he bypassed the entire music industry and sold the music cassettes through cable operators to beat piracy and brought[citation needed] "Digital Grading" Technology to Kannada Film Industry and also brought color technicians from abroad.

FilmographyEdit

Year Title Language Credited as Notes
Actor director Producer Music director
1971 Kula Gourava Kannada Yes T. G. Lingappa Child actor
1982 Prema Matsara Yes Shankar-Ganesh 1st film as Producer
Khadeema Kallaru Yes Yes Shankar-Ganesh 1st film as actor
1983 Chakravyuha Yes Yes Shankar-Ganesh Co-produced with N. Veeraswamy
1984 Naane Raja Yes Shankar-Ganesh
Inquilaab Hindi Yes Laxmikant-Pyarelal Co-produced with N. Veeraswamy,
Remake of Chakravyuha
Premigala Saval Kannada Yes Rajan-Nagendra
Pralayanthaka Yes Yes Shankar-Ganesh Co-produced with N. Veeraswamy
1985 Savira Sullu Yes Yes Shankar-Ganesh Co-produced with N. Veeraswamy
Pithamaha Yes M. Ranga Rao Remake of Hindi film Vidhaata
Swabhimana Yes Shankar-Ganesh
Naanu Nanna Hendthi Yes Yes Shankar-Ganesh Co-produced with N. Veeraswamy
Padikkathavan Tamil Yes Ilaiyaraaja co-produced along with N. Veerasamy
1986 Na Ninna Preetisuve Kannada Yes Shankar-Ganesh
Asambhava Yes Shankar-Ganesh
Poi Mugangal Tamil Yes Shankar-Ganesh Debuted in Tamil, directed by C. V. Rajendran
1987 Premaloka Kannada Yes Yes Yes Hamsalekha Story inspired from English film Grease 2 1st film in Direction
Paruva Ragam Tamil Yes Yes Yes Hamsalekha Simultaneously shot with the Kannada movie Premaloka
Sangrama Kannada Yes Hamsalekha
1988 Brahma Vishnu Maheshwara Yes Vijayanand
Ranadheera Yes Yes Yes Hamsalekha Remake of Hindi film Hero
Anjada Gandu Yes Hamsalekha Remake of Tamil film Thambikku Entha Ooru
Ramanna Shamanna Yes S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
1989 Yuddha Kaanda Yes Hamsalekha Remake of Hindi film Meri Jung
Yuga Purusha Yes Hamsalekha Remake of Hindi film Karz
Kindari Jogi Yes Yes Yes Hamsalekha Co-produced with N. Veeraswamy
Poli Huduga Yes Hamsalekha
1990 Bannada Gejje Yes Hamsalekha
Abhimanyu Yes Hamsalekha Remake of Telugu film Ankusham
1991 Ramachaari Yes Yes Hamsalekha Remake of Tamil film Chinna Thambi
Shanti Kranti Yes Yes Yes Hamsalekha Karnataka State Film Award for Special Technical category
Nattukku Oru Nallavan Tamil Yes Yes Yes Hamsalekha Simultaneously shot with the Kannada movie Shanti Kranti
Shanti Kranti (Telugu) Telugu Yes Yes Yes Hamsalekha
1992 Halli Meshtru Kannada Yes Yes Yes Hamsalekha Remake of Tamil film Mundhanai Mudichu
Gopi Krishna Yes Yes Yes Hamsalekha Remake of Tamil film Nadigan
Guru Brahma Yes Hamsalekha Played dual roles
Chikkejamanru Yes Hamsalekha Remake of Tamil film Chinna Gounder
Sriramachandra Yes Hamsalekha Played dual roles
Remake of Tamil film Kalyanaraman
Belliyappa Bangarappa Yes S. P. Balasubrahmanyam Guest appearance
1993 Gadibidi Ganda Yes Hamsalekha Played dual roles
Remake of Telugu film Allari Mogudu
Annayya Yes Hamsalekha Remake of Beta
Mane Devru Yes Yes Hamsalekha Remake of Tamil film Mouna Geethangal
1994 Chinna Yes Yes Hamsalekha
Rasika Yes Hamsalekha
Jaana Yes Hamsalekha
1995 Putnanja Yes Yes Yes Hamsalekha Remake of Tamil film Pattikada Pattanama
1996 Sipayi Yes Yes Yes Hamsalekha
1997 Kalavida Yes Yes Yes Hamsalekha
Mommaga Yes Yes Hamsalekha
Cheluva Yes Yes Hamsalekha Played dual roles
Remake of Telugu film Hello Brother
1998 Yaare Neenu Cheluve Yes Hamsalekha Remake of Tamil film Kadhal Kottai
Mangalyam Tantunanena Yes V. Manohar Remake of Telugu film Pavitra Bandham
Preethsod Thappa Yes Yes Hamsalekha Remake of Telugu film Ninne Pelladatha
1999 Ravimama Yes L. N. Shastri Remake of Tamil film En Thangachi Padichava
Naanu Nanna Hendthiru Yes Yes Remake of Tamil film Thaikulame Thaikulame

1st film in Music Director

Sneha Yes Yes Remake of Telugu film Snehithulu
O Premave Yes Yes Remake of Telugu film Premante Idera
Chora Chittha Chora Yes Yes Remake of Telugu film Allari Priyudu
2000 Mahathma Yes Yes Remake of Telugu film
Preethsu Thappenilla Yes Yes Remake of Telugu film Tholi Prema
O Nanna Nalle Yes Yes Yes Remake of Tamil film Thulladha Manamum Thullum
2001 Premakke Sai Yes Mani Sharma Remake of Telugu film Chirunavvutho
Kanasugara Yes Rajesh Ramanath Remake of Tamil film Unnidathil Ennai Koduthen
Usire Yes Ilaiyaraaja Remake of Tamil film Bharathi Kannamma
2002 Preethi Mado Hudugarigella Yes Hamsalekha
Ekangi Yes Yes Yes Yes Karnataka State Film Award for Best Director
Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actor
Karnataka State Film Award for Best Music Director
Kodanda Rama Yes Yes Yes Remake of Malayalam film Thenkasi Pattanam
2003 Ondagona Baa Yes Hamsalekha Remake of Telugu film Kalisundam Raa
2004 Malla Yes Yes Yes Also a lyricist
Rama Krishna Yes S. A. Rajkumar Remake of Tamil film Aan Paavam
Sahukara Yes Rajesh Ramanath Remake of Tamil film Mutthu
2005 Ayya Yes
Aham Premasmi Yes Yes Yes Yes Udaya Film Award for Best Supporting Actor
Pandu Ranga Vittala Yes Yes
2006 Neenello Naanalle Yes Ramesh Krishna Special Appearance
Hatavadi Yes Yes Yes Yes
Odahuttidavalu Yes R. P. Patnaik Remake of Tamil film Porkaalam
Ravi Shastri Yes Rajesh Ramanath Remake of Tamil film Idhu Namma Aalu
Neelakanta Yes Yes Remake of Tamil film Aranmanai Kili
2007 Ugadi Yes R. P. Patnaik Remake of Telugu film Santosham
2008 Nee Tata Naa Birla Yes Gurukiran
2009 Rajakumari Yes V. Harikrishna Remake of Tamil film Anandha Poongatre
2010 Hoo Yes Yes V. Harikrishna Remake of Telugu film Vasantham and Tamil film Priyamana Thozhi
Naariya Seere Kadda Yes V. Manohar
Aithalakkadi Yes Sadhu Kokila Special appearance
2011 Mallikarjuna Yes S. A. Rajkumar Remake of Tamil film Thavasi
Kalla Malla Sulla Yes Alex Paul Remake of Tamil film Charlie Chaplin
2012 Narasimha Yes Hamsalekha Remake of Tamil film Maayi
Dashamukha Yes Sridhar V. Sambhram
Sadhu Kokila
Remake of English film 12 Angry Men
Crazy Loka Yes Manikanth Kadri
2014 Crazy Star Yes Yes Yes Yes inspired from Malayalam film Traffic
Maanikya[11][12] Yes Arjun Janya Remake of Telugu film Mirchi
Drishya Yes Ilaiyaraaja Remake of Malayalam film Drishyam
Paramashiva Yes Arjun Janya
S. A. Rajkumar
Remake of Tamil film Samuthiram
2015 Love You Alia Yes Jassie Gift
2016 Apoorva Yes Yes Yes Yes
Lakshmana Yes Arjun Janya Remake of Athanokkade
Mungaru Male 2 Yes Arjun Janya
2017 Hebbuli Yes Arjun Janya
2018 Seizer Yes Chandan Shetty
Buckasura Yes Loosely inspired by The Devil's Advocate
2019 Padde Huli Yes B. Ajneesh Loknath Remake of Meesaya Murukku
Dasharatha Yes Gurukiran
Kurukshetra Yes V. Harikrishna
Rajendra Ponnappa Yes Yes Yes Yes Post Production
Aa Drushya Yes Gautham Srinivasa Remake of Dhuruvangal Pathinaaru
Ravi Bopanna Yes Yes Remake of Joseph

AwardsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "'I am not expensive': Ravichandran". Sify.com.
  2. ^ "Prema Loka can never be remade". The Times of India.
  3. ^ bgvrh. "The Hindu : 'Dweepa' best film, Ravichandran best actor". The Hindu.
  4. ^ "I want to take right steps in future: V.Ravichandran". sify movies.
  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".
  8. ^ "Premaloka- nodamma hudugi". dumbee – via YouTube.
  9. ^ "Ravichandran to quit acting for his children".
  10. ^ "Shanti Kranti". Retrieved 27 February 2012.
  11. ^ "Manikya – Kannada Movie Reviews, Trailers, Wallpapers, Photos, Cast & Crew, Story & Synopsis – entertainment.oneindia.in". entertainment.oneindia.in.
  12. ^ "Details". ವಿಜಯ ಕರ್ನಾಟಕ ಕನ್ನಡ ಪತ್ರಿಕೆ, Vijaya Karnataka (Kannada News Paper).

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