Gopi Sundar

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Gopi Sundar
Gopi Sundar in 2015
Background information
Birth nameGopi Sundar
Born (1977-05-30) 30 May 1977 (age 45)
Kochi, Kerala, India
  • Film composer
  • Music Director
  • Record Producer
  • Instrumentalist
  • Singer
  • Songwriter
Years active2003–present
Musical career
Genres Film score, World music, Electronic

Gopi Sundar C. S. (born 30 May 1977) is an Indian music director, programmer, playback singer, songwriter, actor and performer who works prominently in Malayalam, Telugu and Tamil film industries. [1] He started his career composing music for television commercials, has nearly 5,000 jingles to his credit. [2] As a keyboard programmer, he has collaborated with many music directors including the composer duo Vishal–Shekhar. He has won several accolades for his soundtrack albums and film scores, including a National Film Award, a Kerala State Film Award, and two Filmfare Awards South. [2]


Sundar started his own recording label, Gopi Sundar Music Company in 2014 with an idea to promote aspiring musicians and to make low-budget productions possible. [3] In 2016, he formed a live performance music band called "Band Big G" in Dubai. [4] In 2017, his work in the film Pulimurugan was included in the contender list for the 90th Academy Awards nominations for Best Original Song and Best Original Score categories, but none were nominated. [5] [6]

Early life

Born to Suresh Babu and Livi, Sundar spent a large part of his childhood in Kochi. His early interest in music started from working in his father's recording studio business and listening to the radio with his mother. During school days, Sundar was keener on playing the tabla and keyboard than studies. Eventually, when he got dropped out of school after failing his SSLC exams, [7] his parents were supportive enough to let him pursue his dreams. Keen to make a career in music, he left for Chennai, where he took up classes at the Government Music College, but discontinued the course, feeling disillusioned. [2]


Early years

His father, Suresh, helped him get into the Malayalam composer Ouseppachan's music troupe. Ouseppachan, a longtime friend of Sundar's father, took him as an assistant and became a mentor to the youngster. While on the team, Sundar worked his way up, playing tabla and keyboard, and began getting noticed for his composing skills as well. In an association that spanned more than a decade, Sundar assisted him with several works. [2] [8] In the years that he spent in Chennai, he struggled to find a foothold in the music industry. His first exposure to professional music came in the form of composing jingles for TV commercials. In those difficult days, his uncle Devan, an actor-politician in Malayalam films, helped him get a roof over his head. Sridhar Kariat, son of the legendary Malayalam filmmaker Ramu Kariat, showed him the ropes of how to stand out in the fast lane of advertising. In the world of the catchy jingle music of advertising, it took him seven years to create a niche for himself. His ever-growing repertoire consists of almost 5,000 jingles, a number of them advertising the work of filmmaker and feature film cinematographer Rajiv Menon. [2] [9] [10] He has also done keyboard programming for the Bollywood music director duo Vishal–Shekhar, including for popular songs like "Ek Main Aur Ek Tu Hai" ( Bluffmaster! ), "Aankhon mein teri" ( Om Shanti Om ), and music for Taxi No. 9211 . [11]


Sundar got his first break as a film score composer with Notebook, after the director Rosshan Andrews happened to notice his programming for the film Udayananu Tharam . [12] [13] The eventual success of the film catapulted him into the mainstream, with Sibi Malayil offering him the first contract for soundtrack composition for the Malayalam film Flash, starring Mohanlal. The turning point in his career was the film Big B, which was the debut feature of not only the director Amal Neerad but also a host of technicians including Sameer Thahir, Vivek Harshan, and Unni R. Although the film, which starred Mammooty, opened to mixed reviews, it was lauded for its technical finesse and for providing a film experience that was altogether new to the Malayalam cinema. [14] Sundar's background score, which blended aptly with the tone of the film, escalating his popularity amongst the Malayali film audiences. [15] Big B marked the beginning of Sundar's long-term association with Amal Neerad. [16]

In 2008, Sundar made his Tamil film industry debut by composing the background score for the film Poi Solla Porom . He then went on to compose songs for a number of films and the film Sagar Alias Jackie Reloaded (2009), which starred Mohanlal, had him compose both the soundtrack and the film score. Despite the film being panned by critics and audiences alike, the songs were an instant hit. [17] The first major award came his way for the film Anwar in 2010, for which he received the Filmfare Award for Best Music Director. [18]

Casanovva (2012), a Malayalam romantic-thriller film, saw him reunite with Rosshan Andrrews. He shared music credits with Alphons Joseph and Gowri Lakshmi for the soundtrack. Although the audio rights were acquired by Satyam Audios at a record price of ₹12 million (US$190,000), the film had a disappointing run at the box office. [19] His next major work that year was for Anwar Rasheed's film Ustad Hotel . The film won wide critical acclaim and was a commercial success. The film's five-song soundtrack went on to become one of his most popular soundtrack albums and received rave reviews from critics, audiences, and his contemporaries alike. [17] "Appangalembadum", a quirky reworking of a popular but traditional Mappilappattu song crooned by Anna Katharina Valayil, was an instant hit following its radio release and eventually became one of the biggest hits of the year. [17] It got him the year's Filmfare Award, Asianet Film Awards, SIIMA, and Kochi Times Awards for Best Music Direction, and a Pearl Award for Best Background Score. Music director Bijibal, picked the film score of Ustad Hotel as his favourite when asked to pick "the best contemporary background score of his choice". [20]


In 2013, he sang a melody called "Titli", tuned by Vishal–Shekhar along with Chinmayi and Srimathumitha, for the Bollywood film Chennai Express . The Rohit Shetty film, which also starred Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone, turned out to be one of the highest-grossing Indian films of all time. [11] Sundar's subsequent films found commercial success, including the Dulquer Salmaan vehicle ABCD: American Born Confused Desi, Left Right Left , 5 Sundarikal , Vishuddhan , and Salalah Mobiles . With Salalah Mobiles, he made his acting debut, with a cameo appearance as a qawwali singer in the song "Rasoolallah". [21] His fame increased with the release of his 2014 film titled 1983 , a coming-of-age sports drama film which marked the debut of screenwriter-director Abrid Shine. The film, a tribute to cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, was the first successful film of 2014. The soundtrack of the film was also a success, and the track "Olanjali Kuruvi", sung by P.Jayachandran and Vani Jayaram, was a "chartbuster". [22] "For maintaining the tempo of the film with an in-sync background score", Sundar received the National Film Award for Best Background Score from the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee, at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi. [23]

Amongst a string of films he tuned, the classical fusion single "Sadaa Paalaya" sung by Sithara for the film Mr.Fraud , aced the charts. [24] He also made a cameo appearance in the film, alongside Mohanlal. [25] The film How Old are You?, which marked the comeback of Malayalam film actress Manju Warrier after a 14-year sabbatical, was his next major project. The film went on to become a success, and the soundtrack was equally appreciated by the audience. "Vijanathayil", a lilting melody from the film sung by Shreya Ghoshal, was a huge hit that won her the Best Female Playback Singer Award at the 62nd Annual Filmfare Awards. [24] [26]

Bangalore Days , a romantic comedy drama film directed by Anjali Menon, featuring an ensemble cast of the top Malayalam actors, was his next release. The five-song soundtrack was a success and has turned out to contain his most-liked tracks. [27] He received a Filmfare Award for Best Music Director, an Asianet Film Award for Best Music Director, and a Vanitha Film Award for Best Music Director for the film. Also, the single "Ethu Kari Raavilum" from the film earned Haricharan a Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer.

In September, Sundar did his first live concert at Swapnanagari, Kozhikode. The musical event, organised by the Film Employees Federation of Kerala, the Music Directors Union, and the D Cutz Film Company, was the first of a series of concerts that saw eight composers coming together for the first time to raise funds for the Cochin Haneefa Foundation, which helps struggling film artists. [28] The concert series, titled Jamgraab, was made up of the first letters of the names of the eight music directors involved: Jassie Gift, Alphons Joseph, Mejo Joseph, Gopi Sundar, Rahul Raj, Anil Johnson, Afzal Yusuf, and Bijibal. Following a tremendous response from the music fans, they held a second gig in February 2015 at Sharjah Cricket Stadium, which was to be followed by a world tour across the cities in US, UK and Australia in coming years. [29]

Sundar forayed into Telugu film industry with the film Malli Malli Idi Rani Roju , which fetched him many fans in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. He further expanded his reach with his second Telugu film, Bale Bale Magadivoy , which was a success at the box office; the soundtrack amassed equally good reviews. [30] Deepu Joseph of The Times of India gave the soundtrack album 3.5 out of 5 stars and called it an album that "has something in it for everyone and it sure to be a hit". [31] [32] The success earned him a nomination for the Best Music Director Telugu award at the 2016 SIIMA Awards.

Ennu Ninte Moideen , where he collaborated with M. Jayachandran and Ramesh Narayan in music direction, was his next. He did the background score and composed the song "Mukkathe Penne", a poignant melody that served as a paean to the timeless love of Moideen and Kanchanamala, portrayed in the film by actors Prithviraj Sukumaran and Parvathy, respectively. The lyrics to the minute song were penned by Mohammed Maqbool Mansoor, one of Sundar's main backing vocalists. The song was written and composed in less than five minutes, and they sang it themselves. The song captured the imagination of listeners as only a few songs in Malayalam ever had. [33] The film was a success at the box office and was equally appreciated by the critics for adapting a real-life story "without compromising on the aesthetics of the medium". [34] For "creating a haunting melodic composition", his collaborator, M. Jayachandran, received a National Film Award for Best Music Direction. His compositions for the film Charlie also went on to become a hit, and the single "Chundari Penne", crooned by Dulquar Salmaan, received wide recognition. [35] He won two Best Music Director Awards for the film: one North American Film Award and one IIFA Award. [36] [37]


In 2016, Sundar composed the film score and seven-song soundtrack of the Telugu film Oopiri , which was simultaneously released in Tamil as Thozha . The film, which Starred Karthi was a commercial success, grossing over ₹1 billion (US$14.5 million) worldwide. The Times of India gave Oopiri 's soundtrack four stars, calling it a "winner on all counts and Gopi Sundar is increasingly becoming a force to be reckon with in Tollywood". [38] Sundar composed the soundtrack and film score for the film Pulimurugan , which is currently the highest-grossing film in the Malayalam film industry. The Times of India 's critic Sanjith Surendran praised Sundar's "rousing theme music that made the 161-minute runtime a breeze". [39] The two songs ("Kaadanayum Kaalchilambe" and "Maanathe Maarikurumbe") and the film score of Pulimurugan were selected by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to contend in the 90th Academy Awards nominations for the Best Original Song and Best Original Score categories. Including Pulimurugan, a total of 70 original songs and 141 original scores were selected in that year. [5] [6] He won a Best Music Director award for the film from the Asiavision Awards, while K.S Chitra won the Best Female Singer Award for the song "Kaadaniyum Kalchilambe", along with a South Indian International Movie Awards for Best Playback Singer Female. [40] [41] Vani Jairam won the Best Female Singer award for the song "Manathe Marikurumbe" from the same film. [42]

Sundar composed the background score for the Tamil musical comedy horror film Devi , which was simultaneously shot and released in Telugu and Hindi as Abhinetri and Tutak Tutak Tutiya, respectively. For Premam, the Telugu remake of the Malayalam film of the same name he collaborated with Rajesh Murugesan, the music director of the original Malayalam film. The film received positive reviews upon release in Telangana. [43] Behindwoods lauded the soundtrack album for "staying true to the original, yet exploring better nuances of music". [44] Sundar composed the only two songs for the Mammootty vehicle The Great Father (2017). [45] Comrade in America , a Malayalam romantic comedy film, saw him reunite with his long-time collaborator, Amal Neerad. The three-song soundtrack, of which two songs were sung by the actor Dulquar Salmaan, was released under Sundar's own record label, Gopi Sundar Music Company. [46] The single "Adiga Adiga" from the Telugu film Ninnu Kori , which was released in July was a hit. [47] Having finished working on Role Models , Tiyaan , Chunkzz , and Udaharanam Sujatha , which garnered good response, [48] his upcoming projects include Kammara Sambhavam and Kayamkulam Kochunni . He won his first Kerala State Film Award for Best Background Music in 2017 for the film Take Off , and his song "Vaanamakalunnuvo" from the film Vimaanam got Sithara her second Kerala State Film Award for Best Singer. His songs from the movie Geetha Govindam also received praise. His latest music work is present in the upcoming film Amala directed by Nishad Ebrahim and Mascot Productions.

Frequent collaborators

Sundar has been the most frequent collaborator for films directed by Rosshan Andrrews. He has also frequently associated with Amal Neerad, Arun Kumar Aravind, Vysakh, along with screenwriter duo Bobby–Sanjay and Murali Gopy. [49] Most of the lyrics for the songs composed by him are penned by Rafeeq Ahamed. However, he has also collaborated extensively with lyricists Santhosh Varma and B.K Harinarayanan. [49]

Other ventures

Music band

Gopi Sundar launched "Band Big G", his own music band, in 2016 in front of a capacity crowd at Al Nasr Leisureland, Dubai. The band is a live performance music band with a revolving quota of vocalists and instrumentalists, with Sundar as the only permanent member. The types of songs are decided depending on the audience and the event. The first gig consisted of an ensemble of Malayalam singers Afsal, Sithara, Najim Arshad, Haricharan, Divya S. Menon, Ramsi, Kavya Ajit, and Sruthi Lakshmi{phanivardhan}.They played a fusion compilation of Sundar's own compositions along with old Malayalam classics. [4] [50]

Recording studio

Sunsa Digital Workstation is Sundar's music recording studio. It is a state of the art studio primarily located in Chennai, which is used by Sundar for recording his compositions. Sundar opened his second studio in Kochi. [51] The recording studio was featured in Discovery Channel's TV Show India My Way] in 2017. As a part of the all-India tour for their programme, the hosts – model-turned-actor Paloma Monappa and Meeraj – visited the place while the song recording for the film Comrade in America was in progress. The show also features Amal Neerad, Dulquer Salmaan, and Sundar himself giving insights into the new wave of Malayalam cinema. [52]

Music label

Gopi Sundar launched his own record label, Gopi Sundar Music Company, in 2014. [3] The label aims to support aspiring filmmakers and promising low-budget films by producing the music while retaining the copyrights of the work. It also looks to provide creative and talented artists a platform for independent music creation and licensing. [53] The soundtrack album for the Malayalam film Last Supper was the first to be released under the aegis of the label, followed by several films, with Comrade in America being the latest. [54] [55]

Personal life

Gopi Sundar married Priya and the couple have two children: Madhav and Yadhav. [56] Priya and Sundar got separated and their divorce case is still in court. Sundar entered in a live-in relationship with singer Abhaya Hiranmayi, and in July 2018, he revealed that they had been together for 9 years. [57] On 26 May 2022, he announced through social media that he is in a relationship with singer Amrutha Suresh and shared a picture of them together as well on his instagram account.


As composer

2006 Notebook Malayalam NoYesFilm Debut
2007 Big B MalayalamNoYes
Dhol Hindi NoYesHindi Debut
Mission 90 Days MalayalamNoYes
Flash MalayalamYesYes
2008 Poi Solla Porom Tamil NoYesBGM only;
Tamil Debut
2009 Sagar Alias Jacky Reloaded MalayalamYesYes
Evidam Swargamanu MalayalamNoYes
2010 Thanthonni MalayalamNoYes
Mummy & Me MalayalamNoYes
Anwar MalayalamYesYes Filmfare Award for Best Music Director
2011 Race MalayalamNoYes
The Train MalayalamNoYes
Seniors MalayalamNoYes
Doctor Love MalayalamNoYes
2012 Casanovva MalayalamYesYes
Ee Adutha Kalathu MalayalamYesYes
Masters MalayalamYesYes
Mallu Singh MalayalamNoYes
Hero MalayalamYesYes
Ustad Hotel MalayalamYesYes

Asianet Film Awards for Best Music Director
Pearl Awards for Best Background Score
Nominated-SIIMA Award for Best Music Director
Nominated-Filmfare Award for Best Music Director

Yaaruda Mahesh TamilYesYes
My Boss MalayalamNoYes
Matinee MalayalamNoYes
2013 Nee Ko Njaa Cha MalayalamNoYes
Kammath & Kammath MalayalamNoYes
NandanamTamilYesYesunreleased film
Black Butterfly MalayalamNoYes
Breaking News Live MalayalamNoYes
10:30 am Local Call MalayalamYesYes
Sound Thoma MalayalamYesYes
SIM MalayalamYesYes
Mumbai Police MalayalamYesYes
Left Right Left MalayalamYesYes
ABCD MalayalamYesYes
5 Sundarikal MalayalamYesYes
Buddy MalayalamNoYes
Arikil Oraal MalayalamYesYes
D Company MalayalamYesYes
Vishudhan MalayalamYesYes
Escape from Uganda MalayalamYesYes
2014 Salala Mobiles MalayalamYesYes
1983 MalayalamYesYes National Film Award for Best Background Score
London Bridge MalayalamNoYes
Happy Journey MalayalamYesYes
Polytechnic MalayalamYesYes
Ring Master MalayalamYesYes
1 by Two MalayalamYesYes
To Noora with Love MalayalamNoYes
God's Own Country MalayalamYesYes
The Last Supper MalayalamYesYes
Mr. Fraud MalayalamYesYes
How Old Are You MalayalamYesYes
Bangalore Days MalayalamYesYes

Filmfare Award for Best Music Director
Asianet Film Awards for Best Music Director
Vanitha Film Awards for Best Music Director

Koothara MalayalamYesYes
Naku Penda Naku Taka MalayalamYesYes
Manglish MalayalamYesYes
Rajadhi Raja MalayalamNoYes
100 Degree Celsius MalayalamYesYes
The Dolphins MalayalamNoYes
Seconds MalayalamYesYes
Cousins MalayalamNoYes
2015 Mili MalayalamYesYes
Malli Malli Idi Rani Roju Telugu YesYesTelugu Debut Nominated-Filmfare Award for Best Music Director
Saradhi MalayalamYesYes
Namasthe Bali MalayalamYesYes
Ivan Maryadaraman MalayalamYesYes
Oru Second Class Yathra MalayalamYesYes
Lailaa O Lailaa MalayalamYesYes
Ivide MalayalamYesYes
Jamna Pyari MalayalamYesYes
Urumbukal Urangarilla MalayalamYesYes
Bhale Bhale Magadivoy TeluguYesYes
Ennu Ninte Moideen MalayalamYesYesOne song (Mukkathe Penne)
Charlie MalayalamYesYes
Two Countries MalayalamYesYes
2016 Paavada MalayalamNoYes
Bangalore Naatkal TamilYesYes
Puthiya Niyamam MalayalamYesYes
Anjala TamilYesYes
Kali MalayalamYesYesNominated-Filmfare Award for Best Music Director
Ennul Aayiram TamilYesYes
James & Alice MalayalamYesYes
School Bus MalayalamYesYes
Shajahanum Pareekuttiyum MalayalamYesYes
Dooram MalayalamNoYes
Seethamma Andalu Ramayya Sitralu TeluguYesYes
Majnu TeluguYesYes
Brahmotsavam TeluguNoYes
Pulimurugan MalayalamYesYes 90th Academy Awards:
Longlisted–Academy Award for Best Original Song
Longlisted–Academy Award for Best Original Score
Premam TeluguYesYes
Tutak Tutak Tutiya
Swarna Kaduva MalayalamNoYes
Marupadi MalayalamNoYes
2017 Fukri MalayalamNoYes
Oru Mexican Aparatha MalayalamNoYes
Take Off MalayalamYesYesOne Song (Muhabathin)
The Great Father MalayalamYesNo
Georgettan's Pooram MalayalamYesYes
1971: Beyond Borders MalayalamNoYes
Comrade in America MalayalamYesYes
Sathya MalayalamYesYes
Achayans MalayalamNoYes
Ma Chu KaMalayalamYesYes
Tiyaan MalayalamYesYes
Role Models MalayalamYesYes
Team 5 MalayalamYesYes
Ninnu Kori TeluguYesYes
Chunkzz MalayalamYesYes
Adam Joan MalayalamNoYes
Pullikkaran Staraa MalayalamNoYes
Pokkiri Simon MalayalamYesYes
Udaharanam Sujatha MalayalamYesYes
Ramaleela MalayalamYesYes
Lavakusha MalayalamYesYes
Goodalochana MalayalamNoYesOne song (Koyikode)
2 Countries TeluguYesYes
Vimaanam MalayalamYesYes
2018 Diwanjimoola Grand Prix MalayalamYesYes
Captain MalayalamYesYes
Kammara Sambhavam MalayalamYesYes
Professor DinkanMalayalamYesYes
Randuper MalayalamNoYes
Kayamkulam Kochunni MalayalamYesYes
Abrahaminte Santhathikal MalayalamYesYes
Raju Gadu TeluguYesYes
Jamba Lakidi Pamba TeluguYesYes
Tej I Love You TeluguYesYes
Pantham TeluguYesYes
Geetha Govindham TeluguYesYes
Sailaja Reddy Alludu TeluguYesYes
AmalaMalayalamYesYesOne song (Oruthi)
Dakini MalayalamNoYes
Premasootram MalayalamYesYes
Ente Ummante Peru MalayalamYesYes
2019 Mikhael MalayalamYesYes
Irupathiyonnaam Noottaandu MalayalamYesYes
Kodathi Samaksham Balan Vakeel MalayalamYesYes
An International Local Story MalayalamYesOne Song(Athmavil Peyyum)
Argentina Fans Kaattoorkadavu MalayalamYesYes
Majili TeluguYesNo
Madhura Raja MalayalamYesYes
Uyare MalayalamYesYes
The Gambler MalayalamNoYes
Mask MalayalamYesYes
Margamkali MalayalamYes
Isakkinte Ithihasam MalayalamYesYes
Jack & Daniel MalayalamYesYesOne Song (Evide Thirayum)
Happy Sardar MalayalamYesYes
Ulta MalayalamYesYes
Prathi Poovankozhi MalayalamYesYes
2020 Shylock MalayalamYesYes
Entha Manchivaadavuraa TeluguYesYes
Joshua MalayalamYesYes
Choosi Choodangaane TeluguYesYes
World Famous Lover TeluguYesYes
Nishabdham Telugu
2021 Tuck Jagadish TeluguNoYes
Most Eligible Bachelor TeluguYesYes
Anubhavinchu Raja TeluguYesYes
Velan TamilYesYes
Love FMMalayalamNoYesDirect OTT release on Neestream.
Thalli Pogathey TamilYesYes
2022 Bhoothakaalam MalayalamNoYesDirect OTT release.
Thattukada Muthal Semitheri VareMalayalamNoYesDirect OTT release.
18 Pages TeluguYesYes
Vijayanand KannadaYesYes
Ullasam MalayalamYesYes
Theerppu MalayalamNoYes
Nalaam Mura MalayalamNoYes
Nitham Oru Vaanam TamilYesYes
2023 Butta Bomma TeluguYesYes
Samajavaragamana YesAs composer

As playback singer

1998Sundarakilladi"Bhoomi Prapanchangale"MalayalamOuseppachan K. S. Chithra
2002 Kaiyethum Doorath Assalassalaay Malayalam Ouseppachan M. G. Sreekumar,

Biju Narayanan, Franco

2009 Sagar Alias Jacky Reloaded Theme Song Malayalam
2010 Anwar "Kavitha Pol"MalayalamA. V. Uma
2012 Ee Adutha Kalathu "Naatil Veetil"Malayalam Anna Katharina Valayil
Hero "Nero Nero"Malayalam
Ustad Hotel "Sanchari Nee"Malayalam
2013 ABCD "Parayathe"Malayalam
Left Right Left "Akale Angakale"Malayalam
Chennai Express "Titli" Hindi Vishal–Shekhar Chinmayi
2014 Salala Mobiles "Rasoolallah"Malayalam Divya S. Menon,

Mohammed Maqbool Mansoor

2015 Mili "Engengo Engengo"Malayalam
"Mili Mili Mili"Malayalam
2017 Hadiyya "Pala Desham" Telugu Sharreth
2017 Ramaleela "Nenjileri Theeye"Malayalam Harish Sivaramakrishnan
2018 Geetha Govindam "Kannurepala Kaalam" Telugu


2014 Mr. Fraud HimselfMalayalamCameo in the song "Khuda"
2014 Salala Mobiles Qawwali SingerCameo in the song "Rasaoolallah"
2015 Mili HimselfSpecial appearance in the song "Manpaatha"


2015Bol Baby Bol MalayalamJudgeMalayalam Surya TV Reality singing show
2015Music India MalayalamJudge Asianet Reality singing show
2016 Shajahanum Pareekuttiyum Himself
2019–2020 Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Keralam ''Judge Zee Keralam Reality singing show
2020Kaiyethum DoorathuMusic directorTitle song
2020 Naga Bhairavi Music directorTelugu Zee Telugu Title song
2020 Karthika Deepam Music directorMalayalam Zee Keralam Title song
2021–PresentSing N Win season 2JudgeFlowers USAOnline reality singing show
2021–Present Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Lil champs Judge Zee Keralam Reality siniging show

Awards and nominations

2011 Mirchi Music Awards South Listeners choice album of the year Anwar Won
Listeners choice Song of the yearWon
Special award Technical sound engineerWon
58th Filmfare Awards South Best Music Director – Malayalam Won
2013 15th Asianet Film Awards Best Music Director Ustad Hotel Won [58]
60th Filmfare Awards South Best Music Director – Malayalam Nominated [59]
2nd South Indian International Movie Awards Best Music Director – Malayalam Nominated [60]
Pearl AwardsBest Background ScoreWon
Kochi Times Film AwardsBest Music DirectorWon [61]
2014 Asiavision Awards Best Music Director 1983 , Banglore Days Won [62]
2015 17th Asianet Film Awards Best Music DirectorWon [63]
Vanitha Film Awards Popular Song of the Year Banglore Days Won [64]
62nd National Film Awards Best Music Direction ( Background Score ) 1983 Won [65]
62nd Filmfare Awards South Best Music Director – Malayalam Bangalore Days Won [66]
4th South Indian International Movie Awards Best Music Director – Malayalam Won [67]
2016 Asiavision Awards Best Music Director Charlie , Kali , Pulimurugan Won [68]
1st IIFA Utsavam Best Music Director – Malayalam Ennu Ninte Moideen Nominated [69]
5th South Indian International Movie Awards Best Music Director – Telugu Bhale Bhale Magadivoy Nominated [70]
North American Film AwardsBest Music Director Charlie , Ennu Ninte Moideen Won [71]
Mirchi Music Awards South Listeners Choice Album of the Year Charlie Won [72]
Album of the YearWon
63rd Filmfare Awards South Best Music Director – Malayalam Nominated [73]
Best Music Director – Telugu Malli Malli Idi Rani Roju Nominated [74]
2017 Asiavision Awards Best Music Director Take Off , The Great Father Won [75]
2nd IIFA Utsavam Best Music Director – Malayalam Charlie Won [76]
64th Filmfare Awards South Best Music Director – Malayalam Kali Nominated [77]
6th South Indian International Movie Awards Best Music Director – Malayalam Pulimurugan Nominated [78]
2018 90th Academy Awards Best Original Song Shortlisted [79]
Best Original Score Shortlisted
48th Kerala State Film Awards Best Background Music Take Off Won [81]
2019 66th Filmfare Awards South Best Music Director – Telugu Geetha Govindam Nominated [82]
8th South Indian International Movie Awards Best Music Director – Telugu Nominated [83]
Zee Cine Awards Telugu Favorite Album of the YearWon [84]
2021 9th South Indian International Movie Awards Best Music Director – Telugu Majili Nominated
2022 10th South Indian International Movie Awards Best Music Director – Telugu Most Eligible Bachelor Nominated

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