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.
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 a few weeks.
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.
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, David, a multi-starrer directed by Bejoy Nambiar, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 its 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ‘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 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 which 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
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
- Thaalaivar 169
- 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.’
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|
|2013||Ethir Neechal||Naa Love Story Modalaindi|
|2014||Velaiyilla Pattathari||Raghuvaran BTech|
|Naanum Rowdydhaan||Nenu Rowdy Ne|
|Thanga Magan||Nava Manmadhudu|
|Rum||Manthri Gari Bangla|
|Thaanaa Serndha Koottam||Gang|
|CoCo (Kolamaavu Kokila)||KoKo Kokila|
|Jersey||The Cricketer – My Dear Father (2021)|
|Paava Kathaigal||Paava Kathaigal|
Vijay The Master
|2022||Kaathu Vaakula Rendu Kaadhal||Kanmani Rambo Khatija|
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||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|
|Yennamo Yedho||Nee Enna Periya Appatakkara?|
|Kaththi||Pakkam Vanthu, Aathi,|
|Kaaki Sattai||Tamil||Kadhal Kan Kattudhe, Im So Cool, Shake That, Trooper Theme|
|Palakkattu Madhavan||Tamil||Uchi Mela|
|Demonte Colony||Vaada Vaa Machi|
|Maari||Maari Thara Local, Donu Donu Donu|
|Vil Ambu||Tamil||Aale Saachuputta Kannale|
|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|
|Zero||Uyire Un Uyirena|
|Mappillai Singam||Edhuku Machan Kadhalu|
|Manal Kayiru 2||Adiye Thangamatanya|
|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|
|Rum||Holá Amigö, Peiyophobilia, Kadavulae Vidai (Reprise),Hola Senorita|
|Dora||Ra Ra Ra|
|Neruppu Da||Karukku Kallangolu|
|Sangili Bungili Kadhava Thorae||Hai En Kai Mela|
|Vivegam||Survival, Thalai Viduthalai, Kadhalaada (Reprise)|
|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|
|2018||Kolamavu Kokila||Kalyana Vayasu, Orey Oru, Thittam Poda Theriyala|
|NOTA||Raja Raja Kula|
|2019||Petta||Marana Mass, Ilamai Thirumbuthe, Petta Paraak|
|Ispade Rajavum Idhaya Raniyum||Tamil||Kanamma|
|Jersey||Telugu||Adhento Gaani Vunnapaatuga, Padhe Padhe, Aarambhame Le|
|Sixer||Baa Baa Black Sheep|
|Gang Leader||Telugu||Gang-u Leader, Hoyna Hoyna|
|Namma Veetu Pillai||Tamil||Gaanda Kannazhagi|
|Vennila Kabadi Kuzhu 2||Tiruvizha|
|Dhanusu Raasi Neyargale||I Want A Girl|
|Oh My Kadavule||Friendship Anthem|
|Capmaari||Ummunu Irukkanum Usupethuna|
|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|
|Master||Vaathi Coming, Vaathi Raid, Kutti Story,Quit Pannuda|
|Bhoomi||Thamizhan Endru Sollada|
|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|
|DJ Tillu||Telugu||Pataas Pilla|
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|
|Vijay Awards||Favorite Song||Nominated|
|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|
|Vijay Awards||Best Music Director||Won|
|Best Background Score||Nominated|
|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 the 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