22 Years Since 'Thalapathy' Vijay's First Blockbuster
By Vivek Raj [ February 14, 2018 ]
Actor Vijay entered the Tamil film industry as a leading man in 1992 in Naalaiya Theerpu and there has been no stopping him since then.
At present, 'Thalapathy' as he is called lovingly by his fans is not only one of the biggest stars in the Tamil film industry, but also commands an army of fans across all south Indian states especially in Kerala after Tamil Nadu.
Vijay is currently working with A. R. Murugadoss for the tentatively titled project Thalapathy 62/Vijay 62 under the Sun Pictures banner with A. R. Rahman for the music and Keerthy Suresh as the female lead.
His last film, Mersal, not only went on to become one of the biggest hits of 2017, but is continuing to break records in some form or the other even in 2018.
Prior to delivering big successes as a mass action hero in films namely Thirumalai, Ghilli, Thirupaachi, Sivakasi, Pokkiri, Thuppakki, Kaththi and Theri, Vijay’s initial attempts to scale the peak of success first started in the form of the romantic dramedy, Poove Unakkaga, in 1996.
Poove Unakkaga not only went on to introduce the artist in Vijay to Tamil audiences, but established him as a bankable star with the actor then going on to star in several romantic films such as Love Today, Once More, Kadhalukku Mariyadhai, Thulladha Manamum Thullum, Priyamudan, Khushi and Priyamaanavale.
Having said that, it will be 22 years tomorrow since Poove Unakkaga had released on screens (February 15, 1996) with a 250+ days run in theatres back in the day and this is reason enough for Vijay fans to begin the celebrations.
Although Vijay isn’t seen as a romantic hero these days as he used to in the beginning, he did experiment by returning to genre in 2005 with Sachein and Kaavalan in 2011, bringing joy to both his fans as well as critics and reminding us the artist in him has not gotten lost.
A sizable section of fans are pinning hopes on Vijay to return to the genre once again to watch him take on a role that is less strenuous in comparison to his recent action avatars.
It all now depends on what 'Thalapathy' next decides.