Anirudh Ravichander – Everything You Need To Know

Anirudh Ravichander, popularly known as Anirudh, is an Indian music composer and performer, best recognized for his work in Tamil movies. Ravi Raghavendra, a prominent actor, is his father. Nine SIIMA awards, two Filmfare awards, six Edison awards, and five Vijay awards have been bestowed upon him.

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A Quick Glance at Anirudh Ravichander

  • Born: 16 October 1990 
  • Age: 31
  • Occupations:  Composer, singer, instrumentalist, and music producer
  • Instruments: Vocals and keyboards
  • Genres: Film Music and Independent Music
  • Years Active: 2011 – Present


Anirudh’s Music Career

In Aishwarya R. Dhanush’s directorial debut 3, starring Dhanush, Anirudh made his debut as a music composer. He had done background soundtracks for Aishwarya’s short films while obtaining his degree at Loyola College, and his work on short films led her to hire him for her first commercial enterprise. A version of a song leaked from the movie; “Why This Kolaveri Di” came out online in early November 2011, prompting the film team to release it on 16 November 2011 officially. The song became India’s most-watched YouTube video and a global online sensation. YouTube awarded the video a “Recently Most Popular” Gold Medal and a “Trending” Silver Medal for having a significant number of hits in a short period of within a few weeks.

Video: Why This Kolaveri Di

The album’s remaining songs were released in December 2011 and received overwhelmingly positive reviews from critics. Anirudh Ravichander’s debut album featured a wide range of musical styles. In recent cinema history, such a promising beginning by a composer has never been seen.

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Anirudh was also praised for his work on the film’s background score. As a result, he received a slew of awards for the film, including the Vijay Award for Best Find of the Year and nominations for the South Indian International Movie Awards and the 60th Filmfare Awards South. He also contributed to the film’s Telugu dubbing.  Soon after, Anirudh teamed up with Dhanush to produce Sachin Anthem, a Kolaveri-inspired track in honor of Sachin Tendulkar, in collaboration with the health drink Boost.

Success from 2013-2015

Then, for David, a multi-starrer directed by Bejoy Nambiar, he sang and created a single called Kanave Kanave in Tamil. The album received excellent reviews, with a writer commenting that Anirudh’s song was the album’s best. Ethir Neechal, his following album, received favorable reviews.

Video: Kanave Kanave

Vanakkam Chennai, his next soundtrack, was published in July 2013 and quickly rose to the top of iTunes India’s Top Album category. Before its release, Anirudh had stated that it was his most remarkable work to date, and the composer sang in six of the film’s seven songs.

Vanakkam Chennai – Oh Penne Song | Anirudh, Vishal Dadlani

Vanakkam Chennai – Osaka Osaka Video | Shiva, Priya Anand

Vanakkam Chennai – Chennai City Gangsta Video | Shiva, Priya

After Harris Jayaraj opted out of composing the background score for Selvaraghavan’s fantasy film Irandam Ulagam, Anirudh was hired in September 2013. Despite being called out as a replacement and later recording for the film in Budapest, Anirudh expressed his joy at working with Selvaraghavan early in his career. Although the film received mixed reviews and was a box office flop, critics praised Anirudh’s effort.

Video: Irandam Ulagam Song

When Anirudh’s next album, Velaiyilla Pattathari, was released in February 2014, it included veteran singer S. Janaki, Dhanush, and Anirudh and received favorable reviews. The film became a box office success, with Anirudh’s re-recording work getting critical acclaim and earning him the Filmfare award for best music director.

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Velai Illa Pattadhari – Wunderbox | Dhanush, Amala Paul | Anirudh | Velraj | D25

The music for Kaththi, starring Vijay, was later signed on by A.R. Murugadoss, and it became Anirudh’s most well-known album. Within four days after signing, he composed the film’s theme music and worked on tracks with Adhi of Hip Hop Tamizha and Vishal Dadlani. In addition, for the first time in his career, Anirudh collaborated on songs with renowned vocalists K. J. Yesudas and Vijay. He wrote the love kuthu song Selfie Pulla, sung by the film’s lead star Vijay and Sunidhi Chauhan, and became a chartbuster.

Video: Selfie Pulla

Kaththi – Jukebox (Full Songs Tamil)

Anirudh worked with his close buddy Sivakarthikeyan for the third time on the film Kaaki Sattai, which Dhanush produced under his production firm. The album received largely excellent reviews and helped Anirudh continue his winning streak. 

Kadhal Kan Kattudhe – Kaaki Sattai | Official Video Song | Siva Karthikeyan,Sri Divya | Anirudh

Anirudh made his acting debut in Vignesh Shivan’s Naanum Rowdydhaan in early 2013, after choosing it from twenty other screenplays he had heard. However, production work came to a halt when Anirudh stated that he would prioritize a career in music composition and agreed to work on the film’s soundtrack.

Video: Naanum Rowdy Dhaan – Thangamey

In Siva’s Vedalam, he also scored his first Ajith Kumar film. Anirudh received mixed reviews. However, the song Aaluma Doluma, which incorporates North Madras slang, became a hit. Thangamagan, starring Dhanush, was Anirudh’s final film of the year, and it earned excellent reviews for his soundtrack.

Thangamagan – Enna Solla Video | Anirudh Ravichander | Dhanush

Thangamagan – Oh Oh Video | Anirudh Ravichander | Dhanush

Continued Success in 2016-2017

In 2016, on Valentine’s Day, he released Avalukena, a song dedicated to love, under the Sony Music label. After a brief hiatus, Anirudh returned in April 2016 with a single from Rum, Hola Amigo

For Remo, Anirudh paired up with Sivakarthikeyan once more. He released the first single, Survival, in late 2017 for the film Vivegam, which became the fastest Tamil song to reach one million streams. This track marked Yogi B’s return to Tamil music. 

Vivegam – Kadhalaada Official Song Video | Ajith Kumar | Anirudh

Thalai Viduthalai, Anirudh’s next single, was released. Director Siva wrote the song, which Anirudh and Harish Swaminathan performed. For this tune, Anirudh used “Death Metal” for the first time in Kollywood. This song was also a tribute to Ajith Kumar, the ultimate star of Tamil cinema, who had completed 25 years in the profession.

Video: Thalai Viduthalai

For Velaikkaaran, he collaborated once more with Sivakarthikeyan, marking their fifth partnership. Again, he experimented with genre and gave the CD a lot of variety. 

The song has a kuthu flavor, with Anirudh singing Karuthavanlaam Galeejam about color and caste. On the other hand, Iraiva is romantic melody music featuring Anirudh and Jonita Gandhi. The track alternates between two genres, beginning as a sweet melody conveying love and then abruptly transitioning into a metal genre.

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2018 – Present

In 2018, he released Agnyaathavaasi, a Telugu album with six tracks, including Dhaga Dhagamaney. It is a fast-paced massy introduction track sung by Anirudh and Baitikochi Chuste- a lovely melody governed by guitar chords and enchanting flute. 

Agnyaathavaasi Songs Jukebox || Pawan Kalyan || Trivikram || Anirudh Ravichander

Gaali Vaaluga, sung by Anirudh, was instantly popular among music enthusiasts, thanks to its funny lyrics and irresistible foot-tapping tune. Niranjana Raman has performed a wonderful classical song called Swagatham Krishna, which is enhanced by the use of guitars and synthesizers throughout the music. Nakash Aziz sang AB Yevaro Nee Baby, a happy song, and Pawan Kalyan sang Kodakaa Koteswar Rao, a traditional song.

Video: Dhaga Dhagamaney

Nanis Telugu film Jersey, directed by Gowtam Tinnanuri, was his next production. Following that, he appeared in Vikram K Kumar’s Gang Leader. This was his second time working with Nani. After that, he made an appearance in A.R. Murugadoss’s film Darbar. The great singer SPB’s song Chumma Kizhi was a smash.

Video: Chumma Kizhi

Anirudh worked with Vijay for the second time in Master, directed by Lokesh Kanagaraj, in 2020. For its Tanglish lyrics, the debut song, Kutti Story, sung by actor Vijay, earned a lot of praise and became immensely popular worldwide. Likewise, Vaathi Coming, Gana Balachander’s second single, became an instant viral smash worldwide. The fast-beat song had 240 million views on YouTube and broke many records. As of now, this is Anirudh’s most famous song.

Video: Vaathi Coming

Master – Kutti Story Video | Thalapathy Vijay | Anirudh Ravichander | Lokesh Kanagaraj

In 2021, he collaborated with Vijay for the third time in Beast, directed by Nelson. Also, this is Anirudh’s third tie-up with the director. The film’s ‘Arabi Kuthu’ took off when it came on the internet. The blend of the actors’ dancing steps starring Vijay and Pooja Hegde to Anirudh and Jonita’s singing made the song a perfect number for the music and dance lovers.

Arabic Kuthu | Halamithi Habibo -Lyric Video| Beast| Thalapathy Vijay| Sun Pictures| Nelson| Anirudh

The movie’s second single, ‘Jolly O Gymkhana’, was recently released, making it an absolute visual treat to the audience. Vijay’s hook step grabs everyone’s attention that it assures to trend for the next few days with influencers making reels on Instagram.

Jolly O Gymkhana – Official Lyric Video | Beast | Thalapathy Vijay | Sun Pictures | Nelson | Anirudh

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Besides Beast, we have songs from Kaathu Vaakula Rendu Kaadhal and Don, trending on YouTube.

Kaathuvaakula Rendu Kaadhal – Naan Pizhai Lyric| VijaySethupathi, Nayanthara, Anirudh, VigneshShivan

Don – Bae Music Video | Sivakarthikeyan, Priyanka Mohan | Anirudh Ravichander | Cibi Chakaravarthi

 The following movies are anticipated to enjoy the soundtrack of this power-packed singer:

  • Indian 2
  • Thiruchitrambalam
  • Party
  • Thaalaivar 169
  • Aakko
  • AK 62

Anirudh Ravichander’s Personal Life and Background

Anirudh is the nephew of Latha Rajinikanth and the son of actor Ravi Raghavendra and classical dancer Lakshmi Ravichander. As a result, he considers Aishwarya, Soundarya, and Hrishikesh, his cousins. S. V. Ramanan, his maternal grandfather, is a multifaceted personality who excels in documentaries, advertisements, and music. Krishnaswami Subrahmanyam, a pioneering filmmaker in the 1930s, was Anirudh’s great-grandpa. Meenakshi, his great grandmother, was the first woman to work as a music composer in Kollywood. He was a member of the Zinx band in high school. He began creating music at the age of ten, and at the age of twenty-one, he landed his first break with ‘3.’

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Anirudh Ravichander’s Discography

As a Music Director

Year of the Award  Name of the Movie in Tamil Names of the Movie in the Other Languages Dubbed Releases
2012 3 3
2013 Ethir Neechal Naa Love Story Modalaindi 
David David  David 
Vanakkam Chennai
Irandam Ulagam Varnaa 
2014 Velaiyilla Pattathari Raghuvaran BTech 
Maan Karate
Kaththi Kaththi, Kaththi 
Kaaki Sattai
2015 Maari Maass
Naanum Rowdydhaan Nenu Rowdy Ne 
Vedalam Aavesam 
Thanga Magan Nava Manmadhudu 
2016 Remo Remo 
Rum Manthri Gari Bangla 
2017 Vivegam Vivekam, Commando 
2018 Agnyaathavaasi  
Thaanaa Serndha Koottam Gang
CoCo (Kolamaavu Kokila) KoKo Kokila 
2019 Petta Petta 
Jersey  The Cricketer – My Dear Father (2021)
Thumbaa Thumbaa 
Gang Leader 
2020 Darbar Darbar
Dharala Prabhu
Paava Kathaigal Paava Kathaigal 
2021 Master Master
Vijay The Master 
Doctor Varun Doctor 
2022 Kaathu Vaakula Rendu Kaadhal Kanmani Rambo Khatija 
Naai Sekar
Indian 2
Thalaivar 169

As a Playback Singer

Year of the Release
Name of the Album/Movie Language of the movies/songs Song Name
2012 3 Tamil Come on Girls
2013 Ethir Neechal Boomi Ennai, Un Paarvayil,  Ethir Neechal
David Kanave Kanave
David Hindi Yu Hi Re
Vanakkam Chennai Tamil Chennai City, Engadi Porandha,  Ailasa Ailasa, Osaka, Oh Penne
Irandam Ulagam Penne Naa Enna Solla, Iravinil Oruvanai, Un Kaadhal Ingu Unmaiya
Backbench Student Telugu Sachin Tendulkar BackBencher
2014 Velaiyilla Pattathari Tamil Velaiyilla Pattathari, Udhungada Sangu,  What a Karuvaad, Ey Inga Paaru
Maan Karate Maanja, Open The Tasmac, Un Vizhigalil
Vadacurry Low Aana Life-u
Vaalu Hey Vasamoakka
Yennamo Yedho Nee Enna Periya Appatakkara?
Kaththi Pakkam Vanthu, Aathi,
Telugu Selfie Bomma
Kaaki Sattai Tamil Kadhal Kan Kattudhe, Im So Cool,  Shake That, Trooper Theme
2015 I Mersalaayitten,

Mersalaayiten (Remix)

Romeo Juliet Dandanakka
Premam Malayalam Rockankuthu
Palakkattu Madhavan Tamil Uchi Mela
Demonte Colony Vaada Vaa Machi
Maari Maari Thara Local, Donu Donu Donu
Pugazh Naanga Podiyan
Jwalantham Kannada Tamate Tamate
Vil Ambu Tamil Aale Saachuputta Kannale
Saahasam Oh Madhu
Naanum Rowdy Dhaan Thangamey, Neeyum Naanum,  Yennai Maatrum Kadhale, Varavaa Varavaa
Vedalam Aaluma Doluma, The Theri Theme, Veera Vinayaka
Jil Jung Juk Shoot The Kuruvi
Thanga Magan Tak Bak
2016 Sethupathi Hey Mama
Kanithan Yappa Chappa
Zero Uyire Un Uyirena
Mappillai Singam Edhuku Machan Kadhalu
Thozha Thozhaa
Manal Kayiru 2 Adiye Thangamatanya
Manithan Munsellada
Marudhu Akka Petha Jakkavandi
Remo Remo Nee Kadhalan, Senjitaley, Meesa Beauty, Tamilselvi, Veshangalil Poiyillai (Additional Song)
Telugu Remo Nee Styleki, Kollegottey
2017 Enakku Vaaitha Adimaigal Tamil Ondroduthan Ondroga
Bogan Damaalu Dumeelu
Rum Holá Amigö, Peiyophobilia, Kadavulae Vidai (Reprise),Hola Senorita
Shivalinga Rangu Rakkara
Dora Ra Ra Ra
Simba Marandhadhae
Neruppu Da Karukku Kallangolu
Sangili Bungili Kadhava Thorae Hai En Kai Mela
Rangoon Foreign return
Vivegam Survival, Thalai Viduthalai, Kadhalaada (Reprise)
Vikram Vedha Yaanji
Katha Nayagan On Nenappu
Balloon Shut Up Pannunga Titbit,Shut Up Pannunga
Agnyaathavaasi Telugu Baitikochi Chuste, Gaali Vaaluga, Dhaga Dhagamaney
Thaana Serndha Kootam Tamil Naana Thaana, Enge Endru Povadhu, Thaana Serntha Kootam Title song
Velaikkaran Karuthavanlaam Galeejaam, Iraiva. Uyire, Idhayane
Sakka Podu Podu Raja Kalakku Machan
Gulaebaghavali Guleba
2018 Kolamavu Kokila Kalyana Vayasu, Orey Oru, Thittam Poda Theriyala
NOTA Raja Raja Kula
Kanaa Othayadi Paathaiyila
Party Kanampoochi
Ezhumin Ezhu Ezhu
2019 Petta Marana Mass, Ilamai Thirumbuthe, Petta Paraak
Petta Telugu Massu Maranam
Ispade Rajavum Idhaya Raniyum Tamil Kanamma
Jersey Telugu Adhento Gaani Vunnapaatuga, Padhe Padhe, Aarambhame Le
Tamil Marakkavillayae
Mr.Local Takkunu Takkunu
Thumbaa Pudhusaatam
Ayogya Kanne Kanne
Saaho Telugu Psycho Saiyaan
Tamil Kadhal Psycho
Sixer Baa Baa Black Sheep
Gang Leader Telugu Gang-u Leader, Hoyna Hoyna
Namma Veetu Pillai Tamil Gaanda Kannazhagi
Puppy Superstar song
Sangathamizhan Sandakaari Neethan
Vennila Kabadi Kuzhu 2 Tiruvizha
Dhanusu Raasi Neyargale I Want A Girl
Oh My Kadavule Friendship Anthem
Capmaari Ummunu Irukkanum Usupethuna
Pattas Jigidi Killaadi
2020 Darbar Chumma Kizhi, Thani Vazhi, Tharam Maara
Kannum Kannum Kollai Adithal Yelo Pullelo
Dharala Prabhu Dharala Prabhu
Paava Kathaigal Love Panna Uttranum (Dad Song)
2021 Krack Telugu Balega Tagilavey Bangaram
Teddy Tamil Nanbiye
Ranga Theeramal
Master Vaathi Coming, Vaathi Raid, Kutti Story,Quit Pannuda
Bhoomi Thamizhan Endru Sollada
Sulthan Jai Sulthan
Jagame Thanthiram Bujji
Doctor Chellamma, Nenjame, So baby
Varun Doctor Telugu Chittemma, So Baby
Arasiyalla Idhellam Saadharnamappa Tamil Knockout song
Oh Manapenne Bodhai Kaname
Enna Solla Pogirai Cute Ponnu
Kaathu Vaakula Rendu Kaadhal Rendu Kadhal, Two Two Two
Bommala Koluvu Telugu Mudhiche Na Sukumari
2022 Etharkum Thuninthavan Tamil Vaada Thambi
Radhe Shyam Telugu Sanchari
RRR Tamil Natpu
Don Jalabula Jangu
DJ Tillu Telugu Pataas Pilla
Beast Tamil Arabic Kuthu

Anirudh Ravichander’s Awards

Year of the Film Name of the Awards Category of the Awards Movies Final Result
2012 60th Filmfare Awards (South) Best Music Director 3 Nominated
Vijay Awards Favorite Song Nominated
Best Find of the Year Won
Best Music Director Nominated
2nd South Indian International Movie Awards Best Music Director Nominated
Sensational Music Director Won
Edison Awards Best Music Director Won
2013 Edison Awards Best Music Director Vanakkam Chennai Won
61st Filmfare Awards South Best Music Director Nominated
Ethir Neechal Nominated
Vijay Awards Favorite Song Nominated
Best Song Won
Best Music Director Nominated
3rd South Indian International Movie Awards Best Music Director Won
Best Male Playback Singer Nominated
Behindwoods Gold Medal Best Music Director Vanakkam Chennai, Ethir Neechal Won
2014 Edison Awards Best Music Director Kaththi Won
62nd Filmfare Awards South Best Music Director Nominated
Maan Karate Nominated
Velaiyilla Pattathari Won
Vijay Awards Best Music Director Won
Best Background Score Nominated
Favorite Song Won
4th South Indian International Movie Awards Best Music Director Won
Most Streamed Song  Won
1st IIFA Utsavam Best Music Director Kaththi Won
2015 5th South Indian International Movie Awards Best Music Director Naanum Rowdy Dhaan Won
Best Male Playback Singer Won
Edison Awards Best Background Score Vedalam Won
2nd IIFA Utsavam Playback Singer – Male Naanum Rowdy Dhaan Won
2016 Edison Awards Best Music Director Remo Won
64th Filmfare Awards South Best Music Director Nominated
Best Playback Singer-Male Nominated
6th South Indian International Movie Awards Best Singer Male Won
Best Music Director Nominated
2017 BehindWoods MS Vishwanathan Gold Medal For Next-Gen Music Director Best Music Director Won
Social Media Summit and Awards (SMSA) (from Government of AP) Music Sensation on Social Media Won
Ananda Vikatan Cinema Awards Best Playback Singer Male Karuthavanlaam Galeejam from Velaikaran, Yaanji Yaanji from Vikram Vedha Won
65th Filmfare Awards South Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer Yaanji Yaanji from Vikram Vedha Won
Edison Awards Best music director Velaikaran Won
2018 Vijay Awards Best Male Playback Singer Iraivaa from Velaikkaran Won
2019 8th South Indian International Movie Awards Best Male Playback Singer Kalyana Vayasu from Kolamavu Kokila Nominated
Best Music Director Kolamavu Kokila Won
2020 Zee Cine Awards Best Music Director Petta Won
Mirchi Music Awards South Listeners Choice Album Petta Won
Viral Song of the Year Marana Mass Won
Album of the year Gang Leader Won
2021 9th South Indian International Movie Awards Best Music Director Petta Nominated
Best Music Director Jersey Nominated
Best Male Playback Singer Ispade Rajavum Idhaya Raniyum Nominated
2021 10th South Indian International Movie Awards Best Male Playback Singer – Tamil Dharala Prabhu Nominated

Anirudh Ravichander’s Interviews

The following videos are in Tamil, the singer’s native language

Anirudh Ravichander’s Interview

Anirudh Ravichander’s Rapid Fire

Anirudh Ravichander’s Unseen Side in an Interview

Anirudh Ravichander’s Open Interview

Anirudh Ravichander’s Interview on Cinema



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