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Yuvan Shankar Raja
Yuvan Shankar Raja in 2014
|Also known as|
|Born||31 August 1979|
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
|Origin||Pannaipuram, Tamil Nadu, India|
|Genres||Film score, world music|
|Instruments||Guitar, keyboard, vocals|
|Labels||Sony Music, Think Music India, U1 Records|
Yuvan Shankar Raja (born 31 August 1979) is an Indian film score and soundtrack composer and singer-songwriter. He predominantly scores music for Tamil films. Being the youngest son of the legendary composer Maestro Ilaiyaraaja, he began his musical career in 1996, at the age of 15, when he composed the film score for Aravindhan . After an initial struggle, he made his big break with the Thulluvadho Ilamai soundtrack (2001), and evolved as one of Tamil cinema's most sought-after composers by the mid-2000s.His notable works and loyal fanbase earned him the honorific nickname Youth Icon.
Indians are the nationals or citizens of India, the second most populous nation in the world, containing 17.50% of the world's population. "Indian" refers to nationality, rather than a particular ethnicity or language; the Indian nationality consists of dozens of regional ethno-linguistic groups, reflecting the rich and complex history of the country. Due to emigration, the Indian diaspora is present throughout the world, notably in other parts of Asia, North America, the Caribbean, Oceania, and Africa.
A film score is original music written specifically to accompany a film. The score forms part of the film's soundtrack, which also usually includes pre-existing music, dialogue and sound effects, and comprises a number of orchestral, instrumental, or choral pieces called cues, which are timed to begin and end at specific points during the film in order to enhance the dramatic narrative and the emotional impact of the scene in question. Scores are written by one or more composers, under the guidance of, or in collaboration with, the film's director or producer and are then usually performed by an ensemble of musicians – most often comprising an orchestra or band, instrumental soloists, and choir or vocalists – and recorded by a sound engineer.
A soundtrack, also written sound track, can be recorded music accompanying and synchronized to the images of a motion picture, book, television program, or video game; a commercially released soundtrack album of music as featured in the soundtrack of a film, video, or television presentation; or the physical area of a film that contains the synchronized recorded sound.
Within a span of 15 years, Yuvan Shankar Raja has worked on over 100 films. Considered as a versatile composer, he is particularly known for his use of western music elements and often credited with having introduced Hip hop to the Tamil film and music industry and started the "era of remixes" in Tamil Nadu.
Hip hop or hip-hop, is a culture and art movement that began in the Bronx in New York City during the early 1970s. The origin of the word is often disputed. It is also argued as to whether hip hop started in the South or West Bronx. While the term hip hop is often used to refer exclusively to hip hop music, hip hop is characterized by nine elements, of which only four elements are considered essential to understand hip hop musically. The main elements of hip hop consist of four main pillars. Afrika Bambaataa of the hip hop collective Zulu Nation outlined the pillars of hip hop culture, coining the terms: "rapping", a rhythmic vocal rhyming style (orality); DJing, which is making music with record players and DJ mixers ; b-boying/b-girling/breakdancing (movement/dance); and graffiti. Other elements of hip hop subculture and arts movements beyond the main four are: hip hop culture and historical knowledge of the movement (intellectual/philosophical); beatboxing, a percussive vocal style; street entrepreneurship; hip hop language; and hip hop fashion and style, among others. The fifth element, although debated, is commonly considered either street knowledge, hip hop fashion, or beatboxing.
Remix, as the name suggests, is basically a reconstruction of something which is done by mixing new elements to create something new yet maintaining the original feel. A song, piece of artwork, books, video, or photograph can all as remixes.
Tamil Nadu, formerly Madras State, is one of the 29 states of India. Its capital and largest city is Chennai. Tamil Nadu lies in the southernmost part of the Indian subcontinent and is bordered by the union territory of Puducherry and the South Indian states of Kerala, Karnataka, and Andhra Pradesh. It is bounded by the Eastern Ghats on the north, by the Nilgiri Mountains, the Meghamalai Hills, and Kerala on the west, by the Bay of Bengal in the east, by the Gulf of Mannar and the Palk Strait on the southeast, and by the Indian Ocean on the south. The state shares a maritime border with the nation of Sri Lanka.
He has won two Filmfare Awards; the Best Music Director Award in 2004 for his score in the drama 7G Rainbow Colony and Filmfare Special Award - South in 2009 for his Telugu musical Oy! . Also, he received six nominations for Filmfare Awards, two Tamil Nadu State Film Awards in 2006 and 2010. He is the only Indian composer to win the Cyprus International Film Festival Award in 2006 for the soundtrack of Raam .In 2015, he created his own music label, U1 Records and in 2017, he started his own film production studio, YSR Films.
Filmfare Awards South is the South Indian segment of the annual Filmfare Awards, presented by The Times Group to honour both artistic and technical excellence of professionals in the South Indian film industry. The Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, and Kannada actors perform their talents on the stage. They were introduced in 1954, around the films released in 1953 and Filmfare Awards initially recognizing the Hindi film industries. In 1964 awards were extended to Best Picture in Tamil, Telugu, Bengali and Marathi, around the films released in 1963. The inclusion of Malayalam cinema in the awards came in 1967 while Kannada cinema was recognized in 1970. Each industry is given its own set of creative awards in annual ceremonies that have predominantly been held in Chennai and Hyderabad.
7G Rainbow Colony is a 2004 Tamil romantic drama film written and directed by Selvaraghavan, starring Ravi Krishna, who debuted in this film, and Sonia Agarwal in lead roles, with music scored by Yuvan Shankar Raja and cinematography handled by Arvind Krishna. The film was simultaneously shot in Tamil and Telugu languages, with the latter titled as 7/G Brundavan Colony with Chandra Mohan playing Ravi Krishna's father, all dialogues are spoken in Telugu and the backdrop being changed as Hyderabad instead of Chennai. The film, released on 15 October 2004, met with critical acclaim and was a mega-hit upon release. Moreover, Ravi Krishna received the Filmfare Best Male Debut (South) for his acting performance, whilst Yuvan Shankar Raja was awarded the Filmfare Best Music Director Award for his highly praised musical score. Later it was remade in Bengali language as Prem Amar which too was very successful.It was also remade in Odia as Balunga Toka and in Kannada as Gilli.
The Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Music Director is given by the state government as part of its annual Tamil Nadu State Film Awards for Tamil feature films.Both Ilaiyaraaja and A. R. Rahman have won this award for a maximum of 6 times.
Yuvan Shankar Raja is the third and youngest child of musician and film composer Ilaiyaraaja. He is the younger brother of music director Karthik Raja and playback singer-music director Bhavatharini. Yuvan once confessed that his brother Karthik Raja was more talented than him, but he did not get a successful break into the music business since he did not get a "good team to work with".His father as well as his siblings have sung many songs under his direction. Film director and film composer Gangai Amaran and R. D. Bhaskar are his uncles and their sons Venkat Prabhu, Premgi Amaren and Parthi Bhaskar, who are working in the Tamil film industry as well, are his cousins.
Karthik Raja is an Indian composer based in Chennai, India. He made his debut as film composer in the Tamil film Pandiyan (1992) and went on to score music for many critically and commercially acclaimed feature films.
Bhavatharani Raja is an Indian Tamil singer and music director. She is the daughter of film composer Ilaiyaraaja and her brothers are the noted film composers Karthik Raja and Yuvan Shankar Raja. She has mostly sung songs under the direction of her father and brothers. She was awarded the National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer in 2000 for her rendition of the song "Mayil Pola Ponnu Onnu" from the film Bharathi, composed by her father Ilaiyaraaja.
Gangai Amaran is a music director singer, lyricist, script writer, film director and actor in Tamil films.
Yuvan Shankar did his schooling at St. Bede's Anglo Indian Higher Secondary School in Chennai,and discontinued his education after his tenth class. He started learning music from Jacob Master, attending piano classes at "Musee Musical" in Chennai, which is affiliated to Trinity College in London, UK. Yuvan Shankar Raja stated that he always wanted to become a pilot and travel "all around the world", but as he grew up "with music around him", he eventually became a musician. He admires the work of his father and other composers such as S. D. Burman, R. D. Burman, M. S. Viswanathan and Naushad Ali and the voices of singers Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle, P. B. Sreenivas, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam,and P. Susheela.
St. Bede's is a school in Chennai (Madras), Tamil Nadu, India. The school was started in 1907 to provide Catholic education for children of European and Anglo-Indian descent.
Manayangath Subramanian Viswanathan, also known as M.S.V., was an Indian music director, composer, and singer. He was popularly known as Mellisai Mannar. He composed songs for more than 700 Indian films across languages primarily in Tamil, Malayalam and Telugu films. He has also acted and sung in a few Tamil films. The Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu J Jayalalithaa conferred the Thirai Isai Chakravarthy title on him in August 2012 and presented him with 60 gold coins and a new car.
Lata Mangeshkar is an Indian playback singer and music director. She is one of the best-known and most respected playback singers in South Asia, especially India. She has recorded songs in over a thousand Hindi films and has sung songs in over thirty-six regional Indian languages and foreign languages, though primarily in Marathi, Hindi, and Bengali.
In 1996, following his mother's suggestion to take up music as a profession, Yuvan Shankar Raja started composing tunes for an album.T. Siva, the producer of the Tamil language film Aravindhan , after hearing some of the tunes, asked him to compose a trailer music score. As Siva was impressed by the music, he gave Yuvan Shankar the assignment to compose the entire film score, including a soundtrack for that film. After consulting and getting consent from his parents, he accepted the offer; his music career started. His entry into the Tamil film and music industry had happened at age 16, thus he became one of the youngest composers ever in the industry, which he says, was "purely accidental".
T. Siva is an Indian film producer and distributor in Chennai, India. He has produced 23 films including Saroja and Kanimozhi. He owns the production company, Amma Creations. He is best known for Aravindhan, Saroja and Aravaan.
Aravindhan is a 1997 Indian Tamil film written and directed by newcomer T. Nagarajan, starring Sarath Kumar, Parthiban, Nagma, Oorvasi, Prakash Raj and Visu in lead and pivotal roles. The film marks the debut of noted music composer Yuvan Shankar Raja, legendary musician Ilaiyaraaja's youngest son, and the debut of cinematographer R. Rathnavelu. The film is based on the 1968 Kilvenmani massacre, in which 44 people were burnt alive.
Trailer music is the background music used for film previews, which is not always from the film's soundtrack. The purpose of this music is to complement, support and integrate the sales messaging of the mini-movie that is a film trailer. Because the score for a movie is usually composed after the film is finished, a trailer will incorporate music from other sources. Sometimes music from other successful films or hit songs is used as a subconscious tie-in method. Trailer music is known for its sound-design driven sound and hybrid orchestral style. Trailer music tracks can vary greatly in duration, depending on the theme and target of the album
However, both the soundtrack album as well as the film itself failed to attract audiences and do well, and Yuvan Shankar Raja's following projects Velai (1998) and Kalyana Galatta (1998) were not successful either; his compositions for these films did not receive good reviews or responses,with one reviewer labelling the music and background score in the latter as "cacophony" and "poor". The failures of his first projects meant that he was not offered any film projects and assignments subsequently. During this time of struggle, he was approached and assigned by director Vasanth to compose the music for his film Poovellam Kettuppar (1999). The soundtrack received a very positive response, being described as "fresh" and "different", with a critic from The New Indian Express citing that his "absolutely enchanting musical score [...] bears testimony to his "Raja" surname." The album became very popular, particularly songs such as "Irava Pagala" and "Chudithar Aninthu", gaining him first time notice, especially among young people and children. The album would make possible his first breakthrough in the industry and proved to be a major turning point in his career. After working for two Sundar C. films, Unakkaga Ellam Unakkaga (1999) and Rishi (2000), he got to work for A. R. Murugadoss's directorial debut in 2000, the action flick Dheena , starring Ajith Kumar, which went on to become a blockbuster and Yuvan Shankar Raja's first major successful film. Yuvan Shankar's songs were equally successful, which are considered to have played a major role in the film's great success, while his background score in the film was also well appreciated.
In 2001, he had three album releases, the first being Thulluvadho Ilamai, collaborating with Selvaraghavan for the first time. The film was directed by Kasthuri Raja, but his son Selvaraghavan wrote the script and worked with Yuvan Shankar Raja for the film's soundtrack album. The soundtrack album of Thulluvadho Ilamai particularly appealed to the younger generation. The film itself, marking the debut of Selvaraghavan's brother Dhanush, released one year later and became a sleeper hit at the Chennai box office.This was followed by Bala's Nandha (2001), for which he received rave reviews. He then gained notice by churning out "youthful music" in the college-life based April Maadhathil (2002), the romantic comedy films Kadhal Samrajyam (2002) (The film was never released theatrically, the soundtrack was released in 2002) and Mounam Pesiyadhe (2002), Ameer's directorial debut film, and the triangular love story Punnagai Poove (2002), in which he also made his on-screen debut, appearing in some scenes and one song sequence. At the same time, he made his Telugu debut with Seshu and Malli Malli Chudali and also composed for the Tamil films Junior Senior and Pop Carn , starring Malayalam actors Mammootty and Mohanlal, respectively, though all of which performed poorly at the box office.
In 2003, Selvaraghavan's first independent directorial, the drama-thriller film Kaadhal Kondein released, which is considered a milestone for Yuvan Shankar Raja.His work in the film, particularly his background score, was unanimously praised, leading to the release of a separate CD consisting of several film score pieces, à la "Hollywood-style", which was reportedly the first film score CD release in India. Furthermore, the film went on to become a blockbuster, cementing the film's lead artist Dhanush and Yuvan Shankar in the Tamil film and music industry. The same year, he worked in Vishnuvardhan's debut film Kurumbu , which featured the first remix song in a Tamil film. By that time, in a career spanning less than a decade, Yuvan Shankar Raja had established himself as one of the leading and most-sought after music directors in the Tamil film industry, despite having worked predominantly with newcomers and in low-budget productions.
Yuvan Shankar's 2004 releases, 7G Rainbow Colony, another Selvaraghavan film, and Silambarasan's Manmadhan , were both critically and commercially successful films, featuring acclaimed as well as popular music by Yuvan Shankar Raja, which also contributed to the films' successes.His work in the former, in particular, got critically acclaimed and eventually led him to win the Best Music Direction Award at the 2004 Filmfare Awards South; receiving the award at the age of 25, he was the youngest winning music composer of the award at that time. For the next several years, he would have nine to ten releases every year on average, making him one of the most prolific film composers of India.
His first of nine album releases of 2005 was Raam. His score for the Ameer-directed thriller, labelled as "soul-stirring", fetched him further accoladesand eventually yielded a win at the 2006 Cyprus International Film Festival for Best Musical score in a Feature Film, the first such award for an Indian composer. His successful streak continued with his following releases of that year, the low-budget films Arinthum Ariyamalum , Kanda Naal Mudhal and Sandakozhi becoming successful ventures at the box office; Yuvan Shankar's songs, "Theepidikka", "Panithuli" and "Dhavani Potta" from the respective soundtracks enjoyed popularity and were said to have played an important role in the films's successes. After the release of the soundtrack for the S. J. Suryaah-starring romantic comedy Kalvanin Kadhali , that also enjoyed popularity after the film's release, his final album of 2005, Pudhupettai , released, which saw him once again collaborating with director Selvaraghavan. The ten-track experimental album, receiving high critical acclaim, was considered Yuvan Shankar Raja's finest work till then and a "musical masterpiece". The soundtrack and score of the film featured a traditional orchestral score played by the "Chapraya Symphony" of Bangkok, for the first time in a Tamil film. Critics felt that this project, in particular, proved his abilities and talent to produce innovative and experimental scores as well. The film itself, releasing only in May 2006, did average business, despite opening to outstanding reviews.
He next worked on the romantic comedies Happy and Azhagai Irukkirai Bayamai Irukkirathu and the gangster film Pattiyal, which all released in early 2006. His Happy songs and score received positive reviews, with critics labelling the "youthful music" as "excellent",and the film's "main strength", while his score for Pattiyal was highly praised by critics; a Sify reviewer wrote: "Yuvan Shankar Raja's music and background score is the life of the film". Furthermore, both films went on to become very successful ventures, both commercially and critically. His subsequent releases that year include Silambarasan's directorial debut Vallavan and the action entertainer Thimiru . Yuvan Shankar Raja was cited as the "real hero" of the former, which featured some of the year's most listened-to tracks such as "Loosu Penne" and "Yammadi Aathadi", while the latter film ranked amongst the year's highest-grossing films. In November 2006, the Paruthiveeran soundtrack album got released, which saw the composer foraying into pure rural folk music, using traditional musical instruments. Though initially releasing to mixed reviews, with critics doubting whether the songs could attract a modern youth audience, his first attempt at rural music turned out to be a major success, following the film's outstanding run at the box office. The film, Ameer's third feature film as well as Karthi's debut venture, received universal critical acclaim after its release in February 2007 and became a blockbuster, while particularly the song "Oororam Puliyamaram" was a chartbuster number in Tamil Nadu.
In 2007, he had a record ten album releases in one year. The first was the soundtrack of the romantic drama film Deepavali , following which the audios of the sports comedy film Chennai 600028 , the Telugu family entertainer Aadavari Matalaku Ardhalu Verule , Vasanth's bilingual thriller film Satham Podathey ( Kelkaatha Shabdam in Malayalam) and the romantic films Thottal Poo Malarum and Kannamoochi Yenada released, with the former three being well-received besides garnering positive reviews. The films Chennai 600028, Venkat Prabhu's directorial debut, and Aadavari Matalaku Ardhalu Verule, Selvaraghavan's Telugu debut, in particular, were great commercial successes and became some of the year's most successful films in Tamil and Telugu, respectively. In late 2007, the film Kattradhu Thamizh and its soundtrack got released. The soundtrack album, which was released as Tamil M. A., as well as the film itself, had been met with positive reviews and critical acclaim. The music was called a "musical sensation" and was noted to be a "proof" of Yuvan Shankar Raja's "composing skills".However, despite positive reviews by critics, the film failed to evoke the interest of the audience and did not enjoy much popularity. His final release of 2007 was Billa , a remake of the 1980 Rajinikanth-starrer of the same title. This film, remade by Vishnuvardhan, starring Ajith Kumar in the title role, also featured two remixes from the original version. The film emerged one of the top-grossers of the year, while also fetching positive reviews for Yuvan Shankar's stylish musical score.
In 2008, five films, featuring Yuvan's music were released, two of them being the Tamil and Kannada remakes of Aadavari Matalaku Ardhalu Verule, titled Yaaradi Nee Mohini and Anthu Inthu Preethi Banthu , respectively, which partly featured the original score and songs. The Tamil version, in particular, was able to repeat the success of the original film, emerging as a high commercial success, while yielding Yuvan his second Filmfare nomination. The other releases that year include Seeman's Vaazhthugal , Venkat Prabhu's comedy-thriller Saroja , Ajith Kumar's action thriller Aegan and Silambarasan Rajendar's masala flick Silambattam , out of which, Saroja and Silambattam proved to be successful at the box office, with Yuvan Shankar's score in the former and his songs in the latter garnering accolades and several awards at the 2009 Isaiyaruvi Tamil Music Awards.In 2009, nine of his soundtrack albums released. Excluding the romantic comedy Siva Manasula Sakthi, featuring his most popular song of the year "Oru Kal Oru Kannadi", all other films failed at the box office. Besides "Oru Kal", the songs "Siragual" ( Sarvam ) and "Aedho Saigiral" ( Vaamanan ) also became popular. He had provided a rural score again in Kunguma Poovum Konjum Puravum and a sarangi-based score for the urban action drama of Ameer's Yogi . His score for his Telugu romantic musical Oy! fetched him the Special Jury Award at the 2010 South Filmfare Awards.
In late 2009, the soundtrack album of Paiyaa released, which was regarded as a "blockbuster album" and a "magnum opus",as it went on to become highly popular, much prior to the film's release, and one of Yuvan Shankar Raja's biggest successes of his career. The song "Thuli Thuli" had become the first Tamil song to be featured in the India Top 20 list for April 2010, indicating that it was the most frequently played Tamil song on all Indian FM radio stations in the history of Tamil film music. The film itself became one of the highest earners of the year, particularly supported by Yuvan's score and songs. Along with Paiyaa, songs from three more films for which he composed music that year – Naan Mahaan Alla , Baana Kaathadi and Boss Engira Bhaskaran – featured among the Top 10 chartbusters of the year. In early 2010, he composed his first Bollywood song; "Haq Se", as part of the ensemble soundtrack of the film Striker , starring his close friend Siddharth, which received thoroughly positive reviews. In 2011, he teamed up with Silambarasan again for the anthology film Vaanam , with the song "Evan Di Unna Pethan" from the album, that was released as a single, gaining popularity. His next film was Bala's Avan Ivan ; Yuvan's songs generally fetched positive reviews. He next composed a score that drew influence from several world music styles for the critically acclaimed independent gangster film Aaranya Kaandam , winning high praise from critics. He went on to work in Venkat Prabhu's action thriller Mankatha , his biggest project till date, and Vishnuvardhan's first Telugu venture Panjaa . His last two releases of 2011 were the soundtrack albums to the action-masala films Rajapattai and Vettai , both of which received mixed responses and failed to reach success. His 2012 works include Billa II , starring Ajith Kumar, Ameer's long-delayed Aadhi Bhagavan and Vasanth's Moondru Per Moondru Kadhal .
Yuvan Shankar Raja's collaborations with several film directors such as Selvaraghavan,Ameer Sultan, Vishnuvardhan, Venkat Prabhu and Linguswamy have always resulted in highly successful soundtracks. Likewise, he has often worked together with noted Tamil poet Vaali and young Tamil lyricists including Na. Muthukumar, Pa. Vijay and Snehan and came up with successful compositions.
In 2013, hit movies such as Kedi Billa Killadi Ranga and Aarambam , which included also successful soundtracks released. The soundtrack of the coming-of-age movie Thanga Meenkal fetched him positive reviews.
In 2014, 9 movies, featuring Yuvan's music were released, two of them non-Tamil movies; the Telugu film Govindudu Andarivadele and the Hindi film Raja Natwarlal , which marked Yuvan's Bollywood debut. While Govindudu Andarivadele became one of the highest grossing Telugu films of 2014, Raja Natwarlal however, was a box office flop. The other releases that year, which included Thirudan Police , Anjaan and Poojai proved to be commercially successful, whereas Vanavarayan Vallavarayan released with positive reviews from critics. In Vadacurry , he has done only one song in the album. Vai Raja Vai released in 2015, whereas the visuals of Idam Porul Eval remain unreleased. In the next year, he had only 2 movies, Masss and Yatchan , which were released. Both movies were, despite the hit of the audio album, commercially unsuccessful.
His next film was Dharmadurai , which marked the second collaboration with lyricist Vairamuthu and director Seenu Ramasamy after Idam Porul Eval , Dharmadurai , Chennai 600028 II , Nenjam Marappathillai , Yaakkai and Taramani were the movies scored by him in 2016. In 2017, three films, namely Sathriyan , Kadamban and Anbanavan Asaradhavan Adangadhavan, Raja Ranguski , Sandakozhi 2 , Irumbu Thirai (2018 film) , Santhana Devan (upcoming film), Peranbu , Super Deluxe (film) , Kolaiyuthir Kaalam , Mannavan Vanthanadi , Madai Thiranthu , Pyaar Prema Kaadhal , NGK (film) , Maari 2 , Kanne Kalaimaane , Maamanithan , Khamoshi (2017 film) (hindi) have been released and all these films music were praised by critics and audience.
Besides Tamil films, he has also scored music for films in other South Indian languages. Around 35 of the Tamil films, for which he had composed music, were afterwards dubbed into Telugu, Kannada or Malayalam languages as were the respective soundtracks. Apart from these ones, he also worked "straightly" on Telugu projects such as Seshu , Malli Malli Chudali, Happy , Raam , Raju Bhai and Aadavari Matalaku Ardhalu Verule, making him a well-known popular composer in Andhra Pradesh, also.His Telugu album Oy! had become a grand success as it topped the charts for several weeks. Yuvan's Panjaa , which released in 2011, has created all-time records, creating new waves (trends) as a rocking album in Andhra Pradesh. Yuvan has signed up for a Hollywood animated film named Woolfell, presented by Haricane Studios in 2015.
Besides scoring, Yuvan Shankar Raja is a noted playback singer as well. As of August 2011, he has sung over 80 songs, mostly his own compositions, and several times he recorded for his father Ilaiyaraaja and his brother Karthik Raja. He lent his voice first in 1988, when he was eight years old for a song in the film En Bommukutty Ammavukku , composed by his father. Since then, he frequently sang for his father in films such as Anjali (1990), Chatriyan (1990), Thalattu Ketkuthamma (1991), Friends (2001), Kaathal Jaathi (2002), Ramana (2003) and Neethane En Ponvasantham (2012).Under his brother's direction, he had sung in the films Naam Iruvar Namakku Iruvar (1998), Ullam Kollai Poguthae (2001) and Veyilodu Vilayadu (2012). He had also performed a song for the film Siddu +2 (2010), composed by his friend Dharan, and had lent his voice for the theme song for the World Classical Tamil Conference 2010, set to tune by A. R. Rahman. In 2013, he sang a song for Rahman in the film Maryan .
However, he is better known as a singer of his own compositions. Films, featuring some of his most popular songs as a singer, include Thulluvadho Ilamai, April Maadhathil , Pudhupettai , Pattiyal , Azhagai Irukkirai Bayamai Irukkirathu (in which he had sung all songs),Deepavali, Kattradhu Thamizh, Siva Manasula Sakthi , Sarvam, Paiyaa and Naan Mahaan Alla, the latter earning him a Filmfare nomination for the Best Male Playback Singer Award.
Aside from scoring film music and soundtracks, he also produces personal music albums from time to time. In 1999, he made the Tamil pop album The Blast, that contained 12 tracks, featuring vocals by Kamal Haasan, Unnikrishnan and Nithyashree Mahadevan.However, the album went downright unnoticed. In 2008, he started working on his second album, the rights of which had been acquired by Sony BMG. Reportedly a bilingual album, produced in both Tamil and Hindi, the album was never released.
In 2010, he joined hands with former President of India A. P. J. Abdul Kalam for a grand music video album titled "Song of Youth".The popular song of the same title, based on which the album is made, was written by Kalam and is set to tunes by Yuvan Shankar Raja, who, along with Kalam and many other celebrities from the field of sports and entertainment, will feature in the video as well. The album was made as a trilingual, produced in the three languages Tamil, Hindi and English, and remains also unreleased.
In January 2009, Yuvan had announced his first live performance, which was planned to be held at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Canada on 25 April 2009. According to Yuvan, the show would have featured around 30 songs, sung by well-known singers and his father Ilaiyaraaja, as well as some stage dances in between, by actresses Sana Khan and Meenakshi.However, the concert had been postponed eventually, with Yuvan Shankar stating that he was working on novel ideas to make the show memorable and hence, postponed the concert. In October 2009, he announced that a world tour, titled "Oru Naalil", is planned with a three-hour stage show to be held in various cities all over the world. The tour began with a show on 1 December 2009 at the Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, featuring performances by singers such as Shankar Mahadevan, Hariharan, Karthik, Harish Raghavendra and Silambarasan and professional dancers from Mumbai, which was expected to be followed by shows in Canada, the US and South Africa. Also, it was planned to conduct the shows in Muscat, Oman and Kuwait, but following the Dubai concert, the tour was cancelled.
In October 2010, Yuvan Shankar Raja disclosed that he had signed for his first live concert in Chennai.The event, named Yuvan - Live in Concert , which was sponsored, organized and later telecasted on STAR Vijay, was held at the YMCA Grounds, Nandanam, Chennai, on 16 January 2011. Additionally, a promotional music video, "I'll Be There for You", composed and sung by Yuvan Shankar himself, directed by Vishnuvardhan and shot by Nirav Shah was made, while STAR Vijay aired a 3-week, 14 episode serial on Yuvan Shankar Raja as a run-up to the concert.
On 16 February 2012, Techofes organized a live-in tribute concert for Yuvan Shankar Raja, where he also performed.
He performed at the inaugural Kuala Lumpur International Indian Music Festival 2012 held at the Bukit Jalil Stadium, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 15 December 2012.A pre-launch event to promote the concert was held in Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur in the first week of September, where Yuvan Shankar Raja sang a couple of songs.
Yuvan Shankar Raja has been credited with having introduced Hip-hop in the Tamil film music industry and having successfully integrated the genre into the Tamil musical mainstream. He has explored various genres,and experimented with new sounds. Yuvan Shankar Raja has not learnt Indian classical music, although he has used complex swara patterns and carnatic rāgas in several films, including Nandha and Thulluvadho Ilamai . Critics have noted that Yuvan Shankar Raja's music has a "youthful character to it", with his compositions in particular appealing to the younger generation.
Yuvan Shankar Raja started the "era of remixes"; "Aasai Nooru Vagai" from Kurumbu (2004) is considered as the first remix in a Tamil film, following which several composers began remixing Tamil film songs from the 1970s and 80s. He has experimented with the fusion of old songs with his own original compositions, mixing and incorporating parts of them into his songs, e.g., "Theepidikka" from Arinthum Ariyamalum (2005) and "Enga Area" from Pudhupettai (2005). In 2010, he and his friend and fellow actor Silambarasan released the song "Evan Di Unna Pethan" from the film Vaanam (2011) as a single, which generated the trend of releasing single tracks from film soundtracks in Tamil cinema several months prior to the actual release,although the first single in Tamil cinema had been released in 2001 already.
Yuvan Shankar Raja married his girlfriend Sujaya Chandran on 21 March 2005, at the Mayor Sri Ramanathan Chettiyar Hall in Chennai, India.Yuvan had met her in 2002 as a fan at a music cultural program in London and both fell in love later. Sujaya was a London-based singer and the daughter of Dr. C. R. Velayutham and Dr. Sarojini Chandran. They had a secret registered marriage in September 2003 in London, before the formal public wedding was held in 2005 with the consent of their parents. In August 2007, they filed for divorce with mutual consent, which was granted in February 2008, after 6 months. The reason for the divorce was cited to be "irreconcilable differences".
On 1 September 2011, he married Shilpa at the Tirumala Venkateswara Temple, Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh on 1 September 2011.The marriage was held in a simple ceremony with only family members and close friends being present. Shilpa was revealed to be a B. Pharm graduate from Australia. A wedding reception was arranged a day later in Chennai.
In February 2014, he announced through his Twitter account that he had embraced Islam.He further rechristened himself as Abdul Khaliq. On 1 January 2015, he again married for the third time to Zafroon Nisa Yuvan and his wife had a baby girl on 7 April 2016.
|Year||Tamil||Other languages||Dubbed Releases|
|Kalyana Galatta •|
|1999||Poovellam Kettuppar •||Deal (2007) (Telugu)|
|Unakkaga Ellam Unakkaga •|
|Dheena •||Dada (2007) (Telugu) |
|2001||Thulluvadho Ilamai # •|
|Manadhai Thirudivittai •||Manasuna Manasai (2005) (Telugu)|
|Nandha •||Aakrosham (2006)|
Pratheekaram (2009) (Telugu)
|2002|| Seshu • (Telugu)|
(4 out of 8 songs)
|Malli Malli Chudali • (Telugu)|
|Junior Senior •||Hum Hai Bade Miyan Chote Miyan (2008) (Hindi)|
Super (2009) (Malayalam)
|Kadhal Samrajyam •|
|April Maadhathil •||Vaallidharu (2004) (Telugu) |
Mr. Rangeela (Hindi)
|Mounam Pesiyadhe •||Aadanthe Ado Type (2003) ♦ (Telugu)|
Kanchu (2006) (Telugu)
Ghatak Returns (Hindi)
|Punnagai Poove •|
|Pop Carn •||Popcarn (2007) (Malayalam)|
|2003||Winner •||Winner (Hindi)|
|Kaadhal Kondein •|
|Pudhiya Geethai # •|
|Pudhukottaiyilirundhu Saravanan •||Sowrya (2006) (Telugu)|
|Five by Four #2 (English) •|
|Aethiree •||Bottle Mani (Telugu)|
|Perazhagan •||Sundarangadu (Telugu)|
|7G Rainbow Colony •||Gilli (2009) (Kannada)# ♦||7G Brindhavan Colony (Telugu)|
|Manmadhan •||Madana (2006) (Kannada)# ♦||Manmadha (Telugu)|
|Bose •||Rakshana (2005) (Telugu)|
|Adhu #2 •|
|Arinthum Ariyamalum •||Kalisunte (Telugu)|
| Thotti Jaya •|
(1 song; special thanks)
|Oru Kalluriyin Kathai •||College Days (2008) (Telugu)|
|Kanda Naal Mudhal •|
|Sandakozhi •||Jeet Hamari (Hindi) |
Pandhem Kodi (2006) (Telugu)
|Kalvanin Kadhali •||Chilipi (Telugu)|
|Pudhupettai •||Dhoolpeta (2006) (Telugu)|
|2006||Happy • (Telugu)||Happy (Malayalam)|
|Pattiyal •||Gayam (Telugu)|
|Raam • (Telugu)||Jeene Do – Let Us Live (Hindi)|
|Azhagai Irukkirai Bayamai Irukkirathu •||Maha Andamga Vunnavani Bhayam (Telugu)|
|Vallavan •||Vallabha (Telugu)|
|Kedi •||Jadoo (Telugu)|
|Thimiru •||Pogaru (2007) (Telugu) |
The Return of Zid (Hindi)
|Paruthiveeran •||Malligadu (2012) (Telugu)|
|Thaamirabharani •||Bharani (2007) (Telugu)|
|2007||Deepavali •||Paga (2011) (Telugu) |
Billu Bachan – Ek Diljala (2010) (Hindi)
|Chennai 600028 # •||Kodithe Kottali Raa (Telugu)|
| Parattai Engira Azhagu Sundaram •|
(1 song; special thanks)
Raju Bhai • (Telugu)
|Satham Podathey •|
|Thottal Poo Malarum •|
|Kannamoochi Yenada •||Aarodum Parayaathe (2008) (Malayalam)|
|Kattradhu Thamizh •||Dare (2011) (Telugu)|
|Machakaaran •||Dheera (2009) (Telugu)|
|Vaazhthugal •||Prema Nilayam (2012) (Telugu)|
|Yaaradi Nee Mohini (2008) ♦|| Aadavari Matalaku Ardhalu Verule • (Telugu) |
Anthu Inthu Preethi Banthu (2008) (Kannada) # ♦
(4 out of 7 songs; uncredited)
|Aegan •||Mallika I Love You (2009) (Telugu)|
|Silambattam •||Maa Vaadu (2009) (Telugu)|
|2009||Kunguma Poovum Konjum Puravum •|
|Siva Manasula Sakthi •|| Shiva Manasulo Shruti ♦ (Telugu) (2 songs; uncredited)|
|Sarvam •||Sarvam (2010) (Telugu)|
|Vaamanan •||Live (2012) (Telugu)|
|Oy! • (Telugu)||Kadhal Alai (2013) (Tamil)|
| Paiyaa •|
|Ajith (2014) (Kannada)# ♦||Awara (2010) (Telugu)|
|Theeradha Vilaiyattu Pillai •||Khiladi (2010) (Telugu)|
|2010|| Goa •|
|Goa (2011) (Telugu)|
| Striker (Hindi) •|
|Baana Kaathadi •||Kurralloi Kurrallu (2011) (Telugu)|
|Kaadhal Solla Vandhen •||Modalaindi Ila (2011)|
| Thillalangadi # •|
(5 out of 7 songs)
|Naan Mahaan Alla •||Naa Peru Shiva (2011) (Telugu)|
|Boss Engira Bhaskaran •||Nene Ambani (Telugu)|
|Pathinaaru •||Jolly Boy (2011) (Kannada)# ♦|
|Kadhal 2 Kalyanam •|
|Vaanam •||Vaanam (Malayalam)|
Zindagi Ek Sangharsh (Hindi)
|Avan Ivan •||Vaadu Veedu (Telugu)|
|Aaranya Kaandam #2 •|
| Mankatha •|
|Panjaa • (Telugu)||Jai (2012) (Tamil)|
|Rajapattai •||Veedinthe (Telugu)|
|2012||Mr. Nookayya (Telugu)# •||Mr. Mobile (Hindi)|
|Billa II •||David Billa (Telugu)|
| Dhenikaina Ready • (Telugu)|
(2 out of 5 songs)
|Endhinum Ready (Malayalam) |
Naangellam Appave Appadi (2014) (Tamil)
|Ameerin Aadhi Baghavan •||Main Shareef Tu Badmash (2013) (Hindi)|
|Aadhalal Kadhal Seiveer •||Preminchali (2013) (Telugu)|
|Moondru Per Moondru Kaadhal •||Itlu Prematho (2013) (Telugu)|
|Samar # •||Vetadu Ventadu (Telugu)|
|2013||Kedi Billa Killadi Ranga •|
|Thanga Meenkal •|
|Thillu Mullu •|
|Biriyani (100th movie) .||Biriyani (Telugu)|
|Arrambam •||Aata Arambham (Telugu)|
|2014|| Vadacurry •|
|Vanavarayan Vallavarayan •|
|Thirudan Police •|
|Anjaan •||Sikander (Telugu)|
Khatarnak Khiladi 2 (2016) (Hindi)
|Raja Natwarlal • (Hindi)#|
|Govindudu Andarivadele • (Telugu)||Yevadu 2 (2016) (Hindi)|
|Poojai •||Pooja (Telugu)|
|Vai Raja Vai •|
|Idam Porul Yaeval •|
|2015||Masss •||Rakshasudu (Telugu)|
|2016||Dharma Durai •|
|Chennai 600028 II: Second Innings •|
|Nenjam Marappathillai •|
|Kadamban •||Kadamban (Hindi)|
|Anbanavan Asaradhavan Adangadhavan •|
|Gowdru Hotel • (Kannada)|
|Oxygen • (Telugu)|
|Semma Botha Aagatha •|
|2018||Irumbu Thirai •||Abhimanyudu (Telugu)|
The Return Of Abhimanyu (2019) (Hindi)
|Raja Ranguski •|
|Peranbu •||Resurrection • (Malayalam)|
|Pyaar Prema Kaadhal •|
| Om |
|Sandakozhi 2 •|
|Maari 2 •||Maari 2 (Telugu)|
|2019||Kanne Kalaimaane •|
|Kazhugu 2 •|
|Super Deluxe •|
|Upcoming||Woolfell • (English)|
|Santhana Devan •|
|Mannavan Vanthanadi •|
|Madai Thiranthu •|
|Nerkonda Paarvai •|
|Shershah • (Hindi)|
|2008||Saroja||"Cheeky Cheeky", "My Life"|
|2011||Mankatha||"Vilaiyaadu Mankatha", "Vilaiyaadu Mankatha (Extended Dance Mix)"|
|2013||Biriyani||"Nahna Na Nah"|
|2018||Maari 2||"Maari Gethu"|
|2003||Punnagai Poove||Special appearance in the song "En Kadhal"|
|2008||Saroja||Special appearance in the song "Cheeky Cheeky"|
|2012||Billa II||Special appearance in the song "Gangster"|
|Ameerin Aadhi Baghavan||Special appearance in the song "Aadhi Baghavan Rap"|
|2013||Thillu Mullu||Special appearance in the song "Thillu Mullu Title Song"|
|2017||Gowdru Hotel (Kannada)||Special appearance in the song "Kshanavu"|
|2018||Pyaar Prema Kadhal||Special appearance in the song "Dope Track"|
|Pei Pasi||Special appearance in the song "Pei Pasi"|
|1989||Thendral Sudum||"Dhoori Dhoori"||composed by Ilaiyaraaja|
|1990||Anjali||"Something Something", "Iravu Nilavu", "Motta Maadi", "Vaanam Namakku", "Anjali Anjali"||composed by Ilaiyaraaja|
|1996||Alexander||"Alexander", "Koothadichu"||composed by Karthik Raja|
|2001||Friends||"Rukku Rukku"||composed by Ilaiyaraaja|
|2002||April Maadhathil||"Poi Solla Manasukku"|
|Malli Malli Chudali||"Ivi Mallela"|
|Mounam Pesiyadhe||"Chinna Chinnathai", "Ilamai Oorai Sutrum"|
|2003||Kadhal Kondein||"18 Vayathil", "Thathi Thathi", "Kai Padamalae"|
|Pudhukottaiyilirundhu Saravanan||"Baby Baby", "Where Do We Go"|
|2004||7G Rainbow Colony||"Naam Vayathukku"|
|Manmadhan||"Kannale", "Pesamalae Mugam"|
|2005||Raam||"Boom Boom", "Nizhalinai Nijamum"|
|Arinthum Ariyamalum||"En Kannodu"|
|Thotti Jaya||"Intha ooru"|
|Kanda Naal Mudhal||"Pushing It Hard"|
|Kalvanin Kadhali||"Eno Kangal"|
|Pudhupettai||Our Story: "Enga Yeriya", It All Comes Down To this!: "Oru Naalil", Gangster's Marriage Party: "Pul Pesum Poo Pesum", "Oru Naalil": Composer's Dream Mix|
|2006||Pattiyal||"Yedhedo Ennangal Vandhu", "Kannai Vittu Kann Imaigal", "Kannai Vittu Kann Imaigal (Remix)"|
|Azhagai Irukkirai Bayamai Irukkirathu||"Kanavae Kalaigirathe", "Elaiyudhir Kaalam", "Kaadhalai Pirippadhu", "Odivaa Kaadhalae", "Orampo Naina"|
|Chennai 600028||"Natpukkullae", "Ulle Vaa"|
|Raju Bhai||"Evvare Nuvvu (Remix)"|
|Satham Podathey||"O Indha Kaadhal"|
|Thottal Poo Malarum||"Arabu Naade", "Vittal Suriyanai"|
|Kattradhu Thamizh||"Innum Oru Iravu", "Unakkagathane Intha"|
|2009||Kunguma Poovum Konjum Puravum||"Kadaloram Oru Ooru"|
|Siva Manasula Sakthi||"Oru Kal"|
|Paiyaa||"En Kadhal Solla", "Yedho Ondru", "Nee Yadalo Naaku" (Telugu)|
|Theeradha Vilaiyattu Pillai||"Introduction", "Poo Mudhal Pen Varai", "Theriyamele"|
|2010||Goa||"Yezhezhu Thalaimuraikkum", "Kaadhal Endral" "Goa remix"|
|Baana Kaathadi||"Thaakkuthe Kann Thaakkuthe"|
|Siddhu +2||"Poove Poove"||composed by Dharan|
|Kaadhal Solla Vandhen||"Oh Shala"|
|Naan Mahaan Alla||"Iragai Pole"|
|Pathinaaru||"Yaar Solli Kadhal" "Theme music"|
|Kadhal 2 Kalyanam||"Naa Vettu Pora Aadu"|
|Vaanam||"Evan Di Unna Pethan", "Vaanam"|
|Mankatha||"Vilaiyaadu Mankatha", "Nanbane", "Vilaiyaadu Mankatha (Extended Dance Mix)" (Remixed by Premgi Amaren)|
|Panjaa||"Panjaa", "Panjaa (Remix)"|
|2012||Mr. Nookayya||"Pista Pista", "Pranam Poye Badha"|
|Billa II||"Gangster", "Yedho Mayakkam"|
|Denikaina Ready||"Pilla Neevalla"|
|Aadhalal Kadhal Seiveer||"Mella Siritthal" "Aararo"|
|Moondru Per Moondru Kadal||"Unakkaagave Uyir Vaazhgiren"|
|Neethaane En Ponvasantham||"Saainthu Saainthu nee", "Pengal endral poiya"||composed by Ilaiyaraaja|
|2013||Maryan||"Kadal Raasa Naan"||composed by A. R. Rahman|
|Thillu Mullu||"Thillu Mullu Remix"|
|Biriyani||"Nahna Na Nah", "Edhirthu Nil", "Nahna Na Nah (New Jack Swing Mix)" (Mixed & Arranged by Yuvan Shankar Raja), "Nahna Na Nah (Extended Dance Mix)" (Mixed & Arranged by Premgi Amaren)|
|2014||Vanavarayan Vallavarayan||"Tharaimelae Irunthae Naan"|
|Vai Raja Vai||"Pachchai Vanna", "Pookkamazh", "Naam Vaazhndhidum"|
|Idam Porul Eval||"Atthuvaana Kaatukku"|
|2015||Massu Engira Masilamani||"Therikkudhu Masss", "Poochandi", "Therikkudhu Masss (Gasa Gasa Mix)" (Remixed by Premgi Amaren)|
|Trisha Illana Nayanthara||"Mutham Kodutha Maayakaari"||composed by G. V. Prakash Kumar|
|Yatchan||"Konjalaai", "Kaaka Ponnu", "Innum Enna"|
|2016||Idhu Namma Aalu||"Kanne Un Kadhal"||composed by T. R. Kuralarasan|
|Yaakkai||"Neee","Naan Ini Kaatril"|
|Chennai 600028 II: Second Innings||"Boys are Back", "Sopana Sundari"|
|Nenjam Marapathillai||"En Pondatti", "Kannungala en Chellangala", "Malai varum Vennila"|
|Taramani||"Pavangalai", "Yaaro Uchikilai", "Unnai unnai"|
|2018||Tik Tik Tik (2018 film)||"Tik Tik Tik Title Track"||composed by D. Imman|
|Pyaar Prema Kaadhal||"Dope track”, “Surprise Me”, “Miss You Papa”||composed by Yuvan Shankar Raja|
|Jarugandi||"Yaaradi Nee”||composed by Bobo Shashi|
|Vanjagar Ulagam||"Thee Yazhlini"||composed by Sam C. S.|
Arinthum Ariyamalum is a 2005 Indian Tamil crime-drama film written and directed by Vishnuvardhan that stars Navdeep along with Arya, Sameksha, Adithya Menon and Prakash Raj and in crucial roles. The film's music is composed by top director, Yuvan Shankar Raja. "Punnagai Poo" Gheetha, a RJ at a Malaysian radio station THR Raaga, produced the film. The film released on 20 May 2005 and completed a 175-day run at the box office.
Kannamoochi Yenada? is a 2007 Tamil romantic comedy film written and directed by V. Priya. The film stars Sathyaraj, Prithviraj, Sandhya and Raadhika in lead and Sripriya, Manobala and Radha Ravi in supporting roles. The film's score and soundtrack is composed by Yuvan Shankar Raja. The film, a remake of the 2005 American film Guess Who, which is itself a remake of the 1967 American film Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, was jointly produced and distributed by Raadan Media Works, UTV and Pyramid Saimira. It released on 8 November 2007 during Deepavali.
Paruthiveeran is a 2007 Indian Tamil epic romantic drama film written and directed by Ameer Sultan. The film stars Karthi in his feature film debut as the title character, with Priyamani as the female lead and Ponvannan, Saravanan and Ganja Karuppu and Sujatha Sivakumar playing supporting roles. Produced by Studio Green, it features a soundtrack and score composed by Yuvan Shankar Raja, cinematography by Ramji and editing by Raja Mohammad.
Satham Podathey is a 2007 Tamil psychological thriller film written and directed by Vasanth and produced by Shankar and Senthilnathan. It stars Prithviraj, Padmapriya and Nithin Sathya in the lead roles whilst Nassar, Suhasini, Premji Amaren and Raaghav play cameo roles. The film, which is based on a true incident, has music scored by Yuvan Shankar Raja, which received rave reviews. The film was released on 14 September 2007 to positive reviews. The film was simultaneously made in Malayalam as Kelkaatha Shabdam.
Silambattam is a 2008 Indian Tamil action film written and directed by cinematographer-turned-director S. Saravanan, making his directorial debut. The film stars Silambarasan Rajendar in dual roles while Sneha, Sana Khan, Prabhu and Kishore also play lead roles. Santhanam, Ponvannan, and Nedumudi Venu play supporting roles with Premji Amaren in a special appearance. Yuvan Shankar Raja composed the film's background score and soundtrack. The film released on 19 December 2008. It was later dubbed into Telugu and released as Maa Vaadu. Silambattam opened to mixed reviews but became a commercial superhit.
Prem Kumar Gangai Amaren, better known as Premji Amaran, is an Indian playback singer, film composer, songwriter and actor. Son of veteran film composer and singer Gangai Amaran, he often composes rap songs in Tamil cinema and is known for his comical performances in his elder brother Venkat Prabhu's films Chennai 600028, Saroja, Goa and Mankatha. His stage name, Premgi, is actually a spelling error, as it is meant to be "Prem G.",.
Kadhal 2 Kalyanam is an unreleased Tamil-language romantic comedy film directed by newcomer Milind Rau that stars debutante Sathya, brother of Tamil actor Arya, and Divya Spandana in the lead roles, whilst, Jayashree, Nagendra Prasad, Kasthuri and Anuja Iyer play pivotal roles. Noted film critic Baradwaj Rangan had written the dialogues, while Yuvan Shankar Raja composed the film's score and soundtrack. Pre-production works began by mid-2008, while the filming continued for over one year, being completed by July 2010 only. The film was jointly produced by Mirchi Movies and East Coast Entertainment, who are now not in the film-making business. Hence the movie remains unreleased.
Paiyaa is a 2010 Indian Tamil-language romantic road action film written, produced and directed by N. Linguswamy. It stars Karthi and Tamannaah, with Milind Soman, Sonia Deepti and Jagan appearing in supporting roles. The film follows the journey of two strangers – a jobless carefree man, living in Bangalore, and a woman with whom he has fallen in love. Upon the woman's request, he drives her to Mumbai, while a group of gangsters follow them, planning to kidnap the woman. Meanwhile, the man also has a past in the city and he goes there to sort it out.
Pathinaaru is a 2011 Tamil romantic drama film written and directed by Sabapathy Dekshinamurthy, who earlier directed films like V.I.P (1997), Punnagai Poove (2003) and A Aa E Ee (2009). It stars Shiva and Madhu Shalini in lead along with musician Darbuka Siva and television artist Abhishek in pivotal roles. The film's background score and soundtrack was composed by Yuvan Shankar Raja. After being launched in October 2008 under the title 16, the film was shot for over one year, getting finished in early 2010 only. One year after its completion, Kalaipuli S. Thanu bought the distribution rights and released the film on 28 January 2011 under his V. Creations banner. However, this movie was unsuccessful at the Box-Office. Despite that the movie did not fare well at the box office, it was remade as Jolly Boy in Kannada language.
Naan Mahaan Alla is a 2010 Indian Tamil-language action thriller film written and directed by Suseenthiran. It stars Karthi, Kajal Aggarwal, Jayaprakash and Soori. It features music scored by Yuvan Shankar Raja and cinematography handled by R. Madhi and was produced by K. E. Gnanavelraja and distributed by Dayanidhi Azhagiri's Cloud Nine Movies. The film, not related to the namesake 1984 Rajinikanth-starrer, but based on a real-life incident, released on 20 August 2010 to positive reviews.
Rahul Nambiar is an Indian playback singer and live performer. An MBA and M.Com-graduate, he won the Swapthaswarangal show in 2001 and began singing live. He later ventured into playback singing, performing for many leading South Indian film composers in various languages, while also launching an independent band named Rahlaap with bass player Aalap Raju.
Ajesh is a singer-turned-composer from Chennai, Tamil Nadu.
"Thuli Thuli" is a song from the 2010 Tamil feature film Paiyaa, composed by Yuvan Shankar Raja. The song, with lyrics by Na. Muthukumar and performed by Haricharan and Tanvi Shah, was released as part of the soundtrack album of the film on 22 November 2009.
Vaanam is a 2011 Indian Tamil drama film written and directed by Krish. It is a remake of his 2010 Telugu film Vedam. It features an ensemble cast of Silambarasan, Bharath, Anushka Shetty, Prakash Raj, Saranya and Sonia Agarwal. The score and soundtrack were composed by Yuvan Shankar Raja, while cinematography and editing were handled by Nirav Shah and Anthony Gonsalves, respectively.
Paiyaa is the soundtrack to the 2010 Tamil romantic-action film of the same name, directed by N. Linguswamy and starring Karthi and Tamannaah. The soundtrack album originally includes five and an additional track composed by Yuvan Shankar Raja and was released on November 22, 2009 by Think Music. The release coincided with a promotional event held at Sathyam Cinemas in Chennai, India.
Thanga Meenkal is a 2013 Indian Tamil drama film co written and directed by Ram and story written by Ram and his daughter Shri Sankara Gomathy Ram, directing his second film after Kattradhu Thamizh. Ram, besides, played the lead role as well alongside newcomers Sadhana and Shelly Kishore. A joint production of Gautham Menon's Photon Kathaas and R. S. Infotainment, the film features score and soundtrack composed by Yuvan Shankar Raja. The film's shooting commenced in mid-January 2011 and was completed by late 2011. Thanga Meenkal released on 30 August 2013.
En Kadhal Solla is a song from the 2010 Tamil feature film Paiyaa, composed and performed by Yuvan Shankar Raja. The song, with lyrics by Na. Muthukumar, was released as part of the soundtrack album of the film on 22 November 2009. The lover sings desperately to himself unable to express his love, the video is picturized on the lead actors Karthi and Tamanna. The song was a very popular chartbuster, which stayed in the charts up to 10 months, and in the Radio Mirchi charts even one year after its release. The song played a substantial role in the film's success as did other songs from the album. The songs' tune was later taken by Bangladeshi composer Arfin Rumey who used it as the theme song, "Jole Utho", for the Bangladesh national cricket team.
Mankatha is the soundtrack album, composed by Yuvan Shankar Raja, to the 2011 film of the same name, directed by Venkat Prabhu that stars Ajith Kumar in the lead role along with an ensemble cast including Arjun, Trisha Krishnan, Vaibhav Reddy, Lakshmi Rai, Andrea Jeremiah, Premji Amaren and Anjali. The album features eight tracks, with lyrics penned by Vaali, Gangai Amaran, and Niranjan Bharathi. Following a number of postponements, it was finally released on 10 August 2011 by Sony Music India.
Ajith is a 2014 Kannada road film directed by Mahesh Babu starring Chiranjeevi Sarja and Nikki Galrani. It is a remake of the Tamil film Paiyaa. G Prem is the producer of this film with five songs in the music direction of Yuvan Shankar Raja.
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