By Rohith Nair
Vijay! Utter the name in Tamil Nadu and you will be met with a barrage of fans swearing their allegiance by their “Commander”. The actor, son of filmmaker, S.A. Chandrashekar has carved more than a niche for himself in the state and is probably one of the most popular actors in South India.
Starting off his career in a romantic mould, he has done many more roles that have endeared himself to the masses and critics alike. Here are five of his best and most famous roles:
A remake of a Telugu film, Pokiri was helmed by ace choreographer turned director Prabhudeva who cast Vijay as the lead role for this film. The movie, a story of an undercover gangster was one of Vijay’s biggest career hits.
The ease with which the role fit his persona as well as some of the brilliant action sequences added to the exciting plot and was regarded as one of the best movies of his career.
The movie that was regarded as his comeback, Kaavalan was a copy of the Malayalam film, Bodyguard. After reeling in a lot of losses for not being able to deliver for close to four years, Kaavalan salvaged Vijay’s career and bought him back some respite after so long.
The story was simple and well-enacted by the crew and went on to recover the production costs. It was after Kaavalan that Vijay was able to embark on a few years of success that has seen his star rise.
Thuppaki, directed by A.R. Murugadoss, saw Vijay play an army officer in an all-action/romantic flick. The movie is regarded by some as his best role and Vijay fit into the role of Jagadish, and also lent his voice for a track in the movie –“Google Google.” The movie was declared as the biggest hit of the year and was critically acclaimed too for having a nice, edgy plot and some brilliant acting and action skills.
Directed by ace filmmaker, Shankar, Nanban – a remake of the Hindi blockbuster, Three Idiots saw Vijay play the role that Aamir Khan had portrayed in the original. Flanked by Jeeva and Srikanth, the movie did extremely well in South India and was during the purple patch of his career revival. His love track with a beautiful Ileana too was lauded by many.
Nanban saw him endear himself to the masses for playing the role of a student with great personality and maturity and is also regarded as one of the important movies in his career.
The movie, another collaboration with A.R. Murugadoss after Thuppaki, was another action flick that proved that this combo was working. The movie was a sort of evolution from Thuppaki and brought to light the issue of farmer suicide in the nation. The music by a young Anirudh was also very well received all over, adding to the success of the movie. Overall, Kaththi was an excellent movie for both the masses and critics and won Vijay and the team many awards.
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