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 a few weeks.

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.

3 songs 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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 ‘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

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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 TamilNames of the Movie in the Other LanguagesDubbed Releases
2013Ethir NeechalNaa Love Story Modalaindi 
DavidDavid David 
Vanakkam Chennai
Irandam UlagamVarnaa 
2014Velaiyilla PattathariRaghuvaran BTech 
Maan Karate
KaththiKaththi, Kaththi 
Kaaki Sattai
Naanum RowdydhaanNenu Rowdy Ne 
Thanga MaganNava Manmadhudu 
RumManthri Gari Bangla 
2017VivegamVivekam, Commando 
Thaanaa Serndha KoottamGang
CoCo (Kolamaavu Kokila)KoKo Kokila 
Jersey The Cricketer – My Dear Father (2021)
Gang Leader 
Dharala Prabhu
Paava KathaigalPaava Kathaigal 
Vijay The Master 
DoctorVarun Doctor 
2022Kaathu Vaakula Rendu KaadhalKanmani Rambo Khatija 
Naai Sekar
Indian 2
Thalaivar 169

As a Playback Singer

Year of the Release
Name of the Album/MovieLanguage of the movies/songsSong Name
20123TamilCome on Girls
2013Ethir NeechalBoomi Ennai, Un Paarvayil,  Ethir Neechal
DavidKanave Kanave
DavidHindiYu Hi Re
Vanakkam ChennaiTamilChennai City, Engadi Porandha,  Ailasa Ailasa, Osaka, Oh Penne
Irandam UlagamPenne Naa Enna Solla, Iravinil Oruvanai, Un Kaadhal Ingu Unmaiya
Backbench StudentTeluguSachin Tendulkar BackBencher
2014Velaiyilla PattathariTamilVelaiyilla Pattathari, Udhungada Sangu,  What a Karuvaad, Ey Inga Paaru
Maan KarateMaanja, Open The Tasmac, Un Vizhigalil
VadacurryLow Aana Life-u
VaaluHey Vasamoakka
Yennamo YedhoNee Enna Periya Appatakkara?
KaththiPakkam Vanthu, Aathi,
TeluguSelfie Bomma
Kaaki SattaiTamilKadhal Kan Kattudhe, Im So Cool,  Shake That, Trooper Theme


Mersalaayiten (Remix)

Romeo JulietDandanakka
Palakkattu MadhavanTamilUchi Mela
Demonte ColonyVaada Vaa Machi
MaariMaari Thara Local, Donu Donu Donu
PugazhNaanga Podiyan
JwalanthamKannadaTamate Tamate
Vil AmbuTamilAale Saachuputta Kannale
SaahasamOh Madhu
Naanum Rowdy DhaanThangamey, Neeyum Naanum,  Yennai Maatrum Kadhale, Varavaa Varavaa
VedalamAaluma Doluma, The Theri Theme, Veera Vinayaka
Jil Jung JukShoot The Kuruvi
Thanga MaganTak Bak
2016SethupathiHey Mama
KanithanYappa Chappa
ZeroUyire Un Uyirena
Mappillai SingamEdhuku Machan Kadhalu
Manal Kayiru 2Adiye Thangamatanya
MarudhuAkka Petha Jakkavandi
RemoRemo Nee Kadhalan, Senjitaley, Meesa Beauty, Tamilselvi, Veshangalil Poiyillai (Additional Song)
TeluguRemo Nee Styleki, Kollegottey
2017Enakku Vaaitha AdimaigalTamilOndroduthan Ondroga
BoganDamaalu Dumeelu
RumHolá Amigö, Peiyophobilia, Kadavulae Vidai (Reprise),Hola Senorita
ShivalingaRangu Rakkara
DoraRa Ra Ra
Neruppu DaKarukku Kallangolu
Sangili Bungili Kadhava ThoraeHai En Kai Mela
RangoonForeign return
VivegamSurvival, Thalai Viduthalai, Kadhalaada (Reprise)
Vikram VedhaYaanji
Katha NayaganOn Nenappu
BalloonShut Up Pannunga Titbit,Shut Up Pannunga
AgnyaathavaasiTeluguBaitikochi Chuste, Gaali Vaaluga, Dhaga Dhagamaney
Thaana Serndha KootamTamilNaana Thaana, Enge Endru Povadhu, Thaana Serntha Kootam Title song
VelaikkaranKaruthavanlaam Galeejaam, Iraiva. Uyire, Idhayane
Sakka Podu Podu RajaKalakku Machan
2018Kolamavu KokilaKalyana Vayasu, Orey Oru, Thittam Poda Theriyala
NOTARaja Raja Kula
KanaaOthayadi Paathaiyila
EzhuminEzhu Ezhu
2019PettaMarana Mass, Ilamai Thirumbuthe, Petta Paraak
PettaTeluguMassu Maranam
Ispade Rajavum Idhaya RaniyumTamilKanamma
JerseyTeluguAdhento Gaani Vunnapaatuga, Padhe Padhe, Aarambhame Le
Mr.LocalTakkunu Takkunu
AyogyaKanne Kanne
SaahoTeluguPsycho Saiyaan
TamilKadhal Psycho
SixerBaa Baa Black Sheep
Gang LeaderTeluguGang-u Leader, Hoyna Hoyna
Namma Veetu PillaiTamilGaanda Kannazhagi
PuppySuperstar song
SangathamizhanSandakaari Neethan
Vennila Kabadi Kuzhu 2Tiruvizha
Dhanusu Raasi NeyargaleI Want A Girl
Oh My KadavuleFriendship Anthem
CapmaariUmmunu Irukkanum Usupethuna
PattasJigidi Killaadi
2020DarbarChumma Kizhi, Thani Vazhi, Tharam Maara
Kannum Kannum Kollai AdithalYelo Pullelo
Dharala PrabhuDharala Prabhu
Paava KathaigalLove Panna Uttranum (Dad Song)
2021KrackTeluguBalega Tagilavey Bangaram
MasterVaathi Coming, Vaathi Raid, Kutti Story,Quit Pannuda
BhoomiThamizhan Endru Sollada
SulthanJai Sulthan
Jagame ThanthiramBujji
DoctorChellamma, Nenjame, So baby
Varun DoctorTeluguChittemma, So Baby
Arasiyalla Idhellam SaadharnamappaTamilKnockout song
Oh ManapenneBodhai Kaname
Enna Solla PogiraiCute Ponnu
Kaathu Vaakula Rendu KaadhalRendu Kadhal, Two Two Two
Bommala KoluvuTeluguMudhiche Na Sukumari
2022Etharkum ThuninthavanTamilVaada Thambi
Radhe ShyamTeluguSanchari
DonJalabula Jangu
DJ TilluTeluguPataas Pilla
BeastTamilArabic Kuthu

Anirudh Ravichander’s Awards

Year of the FilmName of the AwardsCategory of the AwardsMoviesFinal Result
201260th Filmfare Awards (South)Best Music Director3Nominated
Vijay AwardsFavorite SongNominated
Best Find of the YearWon
Best Music DirectorNominated
2nd South Indian International Movie AwardsBest Music DirectorNominated
Sensational Music DirectorWon
Edison AwardsBest Music DirectorWon
2013Edison AwardsBest Music DirectorVanakkam ChennaiWon
61st Filmfare Awards SouthBest Music DirectorNominated
Ethir NeechalNominated
Vijay AwardsFavorite SongNominated
Best SongWon
Best Music DirectorNominated
3rd South Indian International Movie AwardsBest Music DirectorWon
Best Male Playback SingerNominated
Behindwoods Gold MedalBest Music DirectorVanakkam Chennai, Ethir NeechalWon
2014Edison AwardsBest Music DirectorKaththiWon
62nd Filmfare Awards SouthBest Music DirectorNominated
Maan KarateNominated
Velaiyilla PattathariWon
Vijay AwardsBest Music DirectorWon
Best Background ScoreNominated
Favorite SongWon
4th South Indian International Movie AwardsBest Music DirectorWon
Most Streamed Song Won
1st IIFA UtsavamBest Music DirectorKaththiWon
20155th South Indian International Movie AwardsBest Music DirectorNaanum Rowdy DhaanWon
Best Male Playback SingerWon
Edison AwardsBest Background ScoreVedalamWon
2nd IIFA UtsavamPlayback Singer – MaleNaanum Rowdy DhaanWon
2016Edison AwardsBest Music DirectorRemoWon
64th Filmfare Awards SouthBest Music DirectorNominated
Best Playback Singer-MaleNominated
6th South Indian International Movie AwardsBest Singer MaleWon
Best Music DirectorNominated
2017BehindWoods MS Vishwanathan Gold Medal For Next-Gen Music DirectorBest Music DirectorWon
Social Media Summit and Awards (SMSA) (from the Government of AP)Music Sensation on Social MediaWon
Ananda Vikatan Cinema AwardsBest Playback Singer MaleKaruthavanlaam Galeejam from Velaikaran, Yaanji Yaanji from Vikram VedhaWon
65th Filmfare Awards SouthFilmfare Award for Best Male Playback SingerYaanji Yaanji from Vikram VedhaWon
Edison AwardsBest music directorVelaikaranWon
2018Vijay AwardsBest Male Playback SingerIraivaa from VelaikkaranWon
20198th South Indian International Movie AwardsBest Male Playback SingerKalyana Vayasu from Kolamavu KokilaNominated
Best Music DirectorKolamavu KokilaWon
2020Zee Cine AwardsBest Music DirectorPettaWon
Mirchi Music Awards SouthListeners Choice AlbumPettaWon
Viral Song of the YearMarana MassWon
Album of the yearGang LeaderWon
20219th South Indian International Movie AwardsBest Music DirectorPettaNominated
Best Music DirectorJerseyNominated
Best Male Playback SingerIspade Rajavum Idhaya RaniyumNominated
202110th South Indian International Movie AwardsBest Male Playback Singer – TamilDharala PrabhuNominated

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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