Live and Let live happens to be his basic mantra that has inspired millions and in fact it made him a man of regal appeal with a Brobdingnagian empire. He is soft-spoken and yet his trenchant transmission of ideologies through his deeds rides him on the majestic lanes. Well, his birthday falls on June 22, but he is actually still the same 22yrs old in looks and heart with youthful attitude and his act of helping others keeps him in the hearts of people something beyond a tag of Matinee-idol....
Top 10 Cinema on this occasion of Vijay completing 22 years of film journey brings you some of important films in his career.
BREEZY FEEL-GOOD ROMANTIC ENTERTAINERS
Vijay easily conquered the hearts of women centric base with his cute next-to-door boy looks and his characterisations that respect motherhood and of course a fun-filled lover boy. His ultimate turn in career happened with Poove Unakkaaga that was released in 1996. Even today, the film is regarded as the ever best romantic entertainer. What followed next was a tale of friendship, romance and reverence for father titled Love Today that had its release in 1997. The same year, Vijay broke his own record of a romantic hero in Kadhalukku Mariyadhai directed by Faasil. Apart from the beautiful performances of Vijay and Shalini, there is one thing that makes the film so poignant and poetic. Both the characters never even hold the hands together and it was in complete contrast to what romantic films are projected in these contemporary days. His spree of yet another beautiful romantic entertainer came in 1999 titled ‘Thulladha Manamum Thullum’, which was an unique concept. The audiences were completely endowed with emotions and the climax with tears of joy is something that remains unforgettable till now.
However, his career was not at a commendable graph as only Kadhalukku Mariyadhai was a blockbuster and other movies were just average grosser. In 2000, a sudden gold rush came his way with SJ Suryah’s KUSHI that was a stupendous hit and even in the recent release; Vijay had openly admitted that if not SJ Suryah, his career would have vanished into thin vapour. What followed next were decent films like Priyamaanavale (2000) followed by Shahjahan (2001). Nearly for ten years, he took a break into some experiments with action genres and made his comeback with Malayalam remake of Bodyguard titled Kaavalan (2011). The film revived his career with excellence and yes, we were able to see the cute, soft and innocent Vijay back with his usual magic.
EXPLOSIVE COMMERCIAL ACTION SPELL
For the audiences who were so much fascinated by the cute good romantic roles of Vijay, the new decade marked his new avatar in action packed roles. After some downfall in the gap of three years, he made a rocking comeback with the Thirumalai in 2003. Although, the film was released on the festive occasion of Diwali along with Vikram-Suriya starrer Pithamagan and Ajith Kumar’s Anchaneya, it manages to win the box office race effortlessly. Vijay adapted new stylish acts and it was acclaimed as the perfect mass commercial entertainer.
The very next was something that Vijay himself cannot forget and it was perfect realms of Vijay as a mass hero in ‘Ghilli’. No words needed to describe it and you’ve indeed experienced it with much of exhilarations. Everything was perfectly tailored for the actor in terms of songs, comedy, action and dialogues.
Vijay managed to deliver back to back family action entertainers with director Perarasu in films like ‘Thirupaachi’ and ‘Sivakasi’ that were released in the same year of 2005. In spite of being action movies, these movies gained good response from female audiences as Vijay plays a lovable son and brother in both these flicks.
But what offered him yet another blockbuster after Ghilli was Prabhu Deva’s remake of Pokkiri that was sleeper hit leaving the box office kings stunned. Vettaikaaran (2009) and Velayudham (2011) were some of the decent hits from the actor and instantly, he grabbed the 100Crore box office club with an unbeatable Thuppakki.
In spite of facing some issues, his Thalaivaa managed to achieve it status and what followed next was Jilla that made decent collections in box office.
UNEXPLORED PANORAMAS AND CRITICAL ACCLAIMS
When everyone in the industry and box office trade analysts termed Vijay as a romantic and action hero, he didn’t miss to get onboard of some unconventional experiments. His 25th film Kannukul Nilavu with the same team of Kadhalukku Mariyadhai was released. Although, the film was not a hit, Vijay unleashed his complete energy and attempt to prove his prowess in acting. His other film Udhaya that didn’t steal the spotlight was yet another attempt, which if it had released at the appropriate time would have made a good show. Azhagiya Tamizh Magan was a bold choice of Vijay that happened immediately after Pokkiri in 2007. It was the first film to have Vijay playing the dual roles based on the concept of ESP. Shankar’s Nanban was a beautiful experience, where Vijay didn’t have much to work on fists or just romance, but conveyed a beautiful message through his role. Of course it’s a remake of 3 Idiots and yet, it turned to be an impeccable soft entertainer. His recent release Kaththi doesn’t require words. He had played a fantastic roles as Jeevanandham and Kathiresan. It’s not just a 100-Crore club film, but will remain to be a special film in the career of Vijay forever. Now his upcoming film Vijay 58 is yet another bold attempt, where he is reported of playing dual roles as a warrior in period portions and a short guy in modern day. This is something that already created the best sensation across the towns.
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