Right from the very beginning, Tamil cinema has been ardently in awe of the baddies much more than heroes. When the villainous Rajnikanth pushes Kamal Haasan into the rivers in wrath for Sridevi (Moondru Mudichi), the female audiences in theatres actually vividly whistled and clapped. Such was the similar scenario, when Vinayak Mahadev (Ajith Kumar) barges out his yet to be father-in-law from the running car severely ruining the life of his beloved girlfriend (Trisha) in Mankatha. But remember this! It is an act of dishonesty, cruelty and wrath, which you might badly annoy in real life, but things are apparently different on the screens. Evil has a glamorous face and that’s what it makes audiences fall for the baddies, especially in Kollywood. Especially, the year 2015 has been so much in awe of baddies who have been ruling the screens.
The year started off with a much surprise, when the most powerful hero Suresh Gopi surprised us all with his cruel awkward baddie as Dr. Vasudevan in Shankar’s ‘I’ opposite Vikram. Although, we see him as a good man throughout the show, he shocks you towards the end.
For Sathyaraj, playing a baddie isn’t something new as he came into the limelight with such characterisations. But his characterisation as Vetri Selvan in SJ Suryah’s Isai was something more intriguing. His hilarious gestures and role embedded with no violence or action, but mind tricks is stunningly appreciable.
Then came the most fascinating herculean baddie – Arun Vijay in Ajith Kumar’s Yennai Arindhaal. He got himself ennobled as ‘Victor’ and to his own surprise, the theatre uttered his name like chants after the show was over. Such was a great sketch of characterisation he obtained by playing the villain in this action thriller opposite Ajith Kumar, directed by Gautham Vasudev Menon.
Navarasa Nayagan Karthik enchanted us with many such vivid characters, but this time as a baddie made us fall in love with him. Although Dhanush tries to mimic him during the final sequences, his screen presence alone overshadows everyone as Kiran-Ravi Kiran in KV Anand’s Anegan.
But who expected a hot and happening macho who turn a beast in an incredulous way. What can you say about the mammoth Rana Daggubati who played a rocking villain as Bhallala Deva in Baahubali… He gained more applause on pars with Rebel Star Prabhas….
So cute chap – Vijay Yesudas was indeed an unexpected astonishment, where he played a baddie against Dhanush in Maari. Although, there were mixed responses, one could actually see that daring attempt of Vijay Yesudas, who much alike could have opted a lead role, but boldly came up as an antagonist.
Samuthirakani has been proving to be an all rounder where he performs any roles with flawless spell. He performed a justifying baddie in movies like Suriya’s Masss and Vishal’s Paayum Puli.
The greatest showstopper arrived in a state of freezing surprise in theatres – Siddarth Abhimanyu. Aravind Swamy has redefined the status of baddies in the entire Tamil film industry. He left us speechless and more imbibed to his characterisation than the protagonists. His characterisation spoke a lot offer more life to Aravind Swamy including his culmination of ‘Pride’.
Kiccha Sudeep had enthralled us significantly through incredulous impeccable performance in Naan Ee and although his role was literally a stereotyped one in fantasy tale of ‘Puli’, many have appreciated his quality of choosing an antagonist role while being a superstar in Kannada film industry.
Finally, it’s Killi Vallavan who has embossed a new style of villainous appeal on the screens through Vignesh Shivan’s Naanum Rowdy Dhaan. Although, he expresses certain villainous approach, his sense of humour blended with action during the final moments in film offers more rooms for unbeatable spell.
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