The Pure-Hearted Villain

  • Ghibran
    Name of Band or Artist
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Uttama Villain
  • Project Type:
    Song, Film Score
  • Genres:
    Orchestral, World, Classical, Dance
  • Length:
    28 minutes 42 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 2, 2015
  • Country of Origin:
  • Language:
  • Student Project:
  • Vijay Music Awards
    October 28, 2012
    Popular Melody of the Year
  • 6th Vijay Awards
    June 16, 2012
    Best Find of the Year
  • The Mirchi Music Awards 2012
    August 4, 2012
    Best Upcoming Music Director
  • BIG Tamil Melody Awards 2012
    May 7, 2012
    Best Debut Music Director
  • The Mirchi Music Awards 2015
    July 13, 2015
    Best Album of the Year (For the film "Thirumanam Ennum Nikkah")
  • Santosham Film Awards
    August 21, 2015
    Best Music Director (For the film "Thirumanam Ennum Nikkah")
Artist Biography

Ghibran was born and raised in Coimbatore. When he was in his 10th standard, his family relocated to Chennai after his father suffered a severe loss in business. He had to discontinue studies and do several jobs to support his family.

Ghibran said that he had developed an interest in music after he had seen Yanni perform on TV, when he was about eight or ten. He had enrolled into a music college, but had to drop out and instead attended keyboard classes and learnt keyboard part-time from Paul Augustine. He completed his eighth grade in keyboard and got an offer from a studio to compose music for their animations as an in house composer. He was working there for two years. In 2000, he set up his own studio and over the next six years composed for over 700 ads.

He then joined a university in Singapore. In Singapore, he worked part-time composing music for media houses to meet his expenses. After completing his works, he worked for the Singapore wood and percussion instruments orchestra. He stated that the work was satisfying but it wasn't enough for survival and therefore he decided to come back to India. But his previous clients had moved on and he didn't get many ads to work on.

Ghibran, having worked in several Ad films, was a good friend of director A. Sarkunam and Vimal. When Sargunam wanted to direct a new film after Kalavani, he roped in Ghibran to work for his venture. Thus, Sargunam – Ghibran collaborated for the film, Vaagai Sooda Vaa. The soundtrack for the film was widely appreciated.Times of India stated "M Ghibran joins the list of debut composers who have impressed with their work in recent times. The music score complements the movie, and marks him out as a musician to watch out for".Malathi Rangarajan from The Hindu wrote that "Music is another highlight. M. Gibran's numbers keep ringing in your ears long after you leave the cinema". Rajagopalan Badrinarayanan from wrote "Vaagai Sooda Vaa is a wholesome package with wonderful songs. Being his first movie Gibran has done a great job with the musical score. The album will surely reshuffle the current chart".Ghibran said that after Vaagai Sooda Vaa "there was no stopping back" and that he was approached by several directors. He, however, decided to take a break and was looking for an urban based script.

2013 he composed the music for the films Vatthikuchi, Kutti Puli and Naiyaandi. His 2014 releases were Thirumanam Ennum Nikkah and Amara Kaaviyam. He also had his first Telugu release Run Raja Run. According to, his work in the film "garnered great appreciation from the fans" and the songs had been "in the top of the charts for a long time".He was offered the big budget project Vishwaroopam II by Kamal Haasan, who, impressed with Ghibran's work, gave him the opportunity to work on his next two projects, Uttama Villain and Papanasam, the Tamil remake of Drishyam, as well.

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