Posted by pradan raki at 11:57 PM Sunday, February 27, 2011
V. Ravichandran born: May 30, 1960,(Ravichandran, Crazy Star,show man,kanasugara )is an actor, director, producer, music director, and lyricist in the Kannada film industry. He is the son of film producer N. Veeraswamy. As producer, Ravichandran continues to run his father's production house, Sri Eswari Productions. He is popularly known as "Crazy Star" Ravichandran.
His major commercial success as a leading actor prior to Premaloka was Naanu Nanna Hendthi, a comedy starring Urvashi in the female lead role. Post-Premaloka, Ravichandran starred in several hits, most notably Ranadheera ,Anjada Gandu, Yuddha Kaanda, Ramachari, Halli Meshtru, Gadibidi Ganda, Annayya, Sipayi, Yaare Neenu Cheluve, Mangalyam Tantunanena, and Preethsod Tappa.
Ravichandran shot to instant fame when Premaloka, which he produced, directed, and starred in, became one of the landmark films in Kannada film history. It was made with a budget of a crore rupees, the most expensive Kannada film in its time. It starred Juhi Chawla as the female lead.
Premaloka also established Hamsalekha, who would teamed up with Ravichandran for a long period and gave consistently popular music for the next 10 years.
Premaloka broke several records and defined much of Ravichandran's later filmmaking. It set the stage for lavish productions in the Kannada film industry, and inspired a generation of directors. Ravichandran is generally credited with introducing a culture of producing big-budget films in Kannada.
He is known as a non-conformist, and created his own style of filmmaking. Most of his movies show very little influence of other directors except Premaloka, which contains traces of Grease 2. Notable aspects of his filmmaking include a curious combination of close-ups, abrupt fast-cuts, and innovative camera angles. He is renowned in the Kannada film industry for his understanding of the technical aspect of cinema. His movies are lavishly mounted and stand out for superior production values distinguished for cinematography, sound, lighting, and special effects.Even directors of industry learn technical aspects from his film.
A distinct directorial feature is his innovative shooting of songs. Song-picturization in movies Ravichandran has directed often involve elaborate and richly-mounted settings.
Ravichandran is known to be a perfectionist and artists recall him re-shooting a single scene or sequence until it was perfect. He is known to have shot entire sequences again after the first cuts of the movie failed to satisfy him. However, after a lean patch in the late 90s, Ravichandran is said to have made amends to this and churned out quickies.
Ravichandran is known to produce very expensive movies in an industry that has a limited market. Premaloka was the costliest movie of its time. Although his later films were comparatively less expensive, their budgets exceeded that of other Kannada films by several lakhs of rupees.
In 1991, Ravichandran released Shanti Kranti, the costliest movie ever made in Kannada till then. Considered his magnum opus, the film was shot over four years with a budget of 40 million rupees, and was simultaneously made in Kannada, Telugu, and Tamil. Shanti Kranti turned out to be a huge failure at the box office.Even though he didnt bothered about that continued his own style.
Ravichandran also released another film the same year. Made with a modest budget, Ramachari became one of the biggest blockbusters of the year.