12 Best Movies of Vijay

His early days as an actor throttled bundles of criticisms, pinpricks and was scoffed to bite the dust – Past. One of India’s most celebrated stars with fifty thousand fan clubs around the globe – Present. Yes!! Ilaya Thalapathy Vijay’s empire wasn’t built in a day. His career graph is an embodiment of pendulum. He jumped into the industry from his father’s shoulders but slowly and steadily won the hearts with his sheer determination. One hard hitting fact about Vijay is – he may be a soft-natured and down-to-earth personality, but turns into a live wire when the camera starts rolling. Vijay movies are stress busters packed with plentiful entertainment factors. Apart from acting, he is also a good singer and his dance numbers are a treat to watch.

Vijay’s first breakthrough came in 1996 with ‘Poove Unakkaga’ – One of the best movies of Vijay which proved his worth as an actor, whereas ‘Thirumalai’ and ‘Ghilli’ catapulted his stardom to that of an action hero thereafter which he went hiding under the blankets of commercial cinema. His career declined after a string of toxic ventures but then his reformation with the infamous love triangle ‘Kavalan’ gave him the much needed plaudits and acclamation. Since then the 43 year-old star has started aging in reverse which is very worthy for the kind of energy and charisma he exerts on screen. Here is the list of best Vijay movies that unveiled his true potential. The list is based on his performance as well as the film’s potential.

 

12. Priyamanavale (2000)

The Kind of role Vijay cashed in with ‘Priyamanavale’ is quite intriguing and distinctive compared to his other films. To see a young & promising actor playing a husband is something elusive in Tamil films. Vijay did it; he played a young industrialist who has no faith in marriage as he is greatly influenced by the western culture. But his rich father wants him to get married so that he would bear responsibilities in life and also adapt to Indian culture. He marries a middle class woman but with an agreement stating their marriage will be valid only for a year. Vijay’s dialogue deliveries in one particular scene where he gets into an argument with his wife promised a born star in him.

 

11. Kushi (2001)

‘A Plotless Romance’ should have been its tagline. What’s really amusing is the fact that it is a winner despite the absence of plot. That wouldn’t mean it is the ‘Before Sunshine’ of Kollywood. But it had its own beauty and was a vital success in Vijay’s roller coaster career. ‘Kushi’ coiled Vijay in a demanding role. He had to be egoistic, charming, flirty and friendly at the same time. He handled all of it with elegance. His role as Shiva and his feud with the female counterpart Jeni, played by Jyothika, is a fun to watch.

 

10. Pokkiri (2007)

One of Vijay’s well attained triumph came with his role as a rogue in Pokkiri, a proper head-to-toe remake of the Telugu blockbuster of the same name starring Mahesh Babu. Vijay plays Thamizh, a frivolous hit-and-run gangster who is gutsy enough to point a gun at his own boss is a character that almost became his perennial identity. His electrifying screen presence and savage punch lines are the other major highlights of Pokkiri.

 

9. Kavalan (2011)

Indian stars pay more attention to mainstream cinema which is opulent and at times it ends up as a sin. On that context, Vijay is a sinner by far as he took too much of it. After almost 4 years of disaster galore, he breathed success with ‘Kavalan’ and smiled at those who waved him goodbye. ‘Kavalan’ is his lifesaver which woke him up from the commercial cemetery and made him look more authentic. Though the screenplay didn’t stand up to its emotions encapsulated into the story, it speaks for its climax. Vijay’s subtle and submerging performance needs a special mention here.

 

8. Thulladha Mananum Thullum (1999)

Vijay has depleted his many layers in his movies; his acting layer, action hero layer, lover boy layer, most frequently his humor layer. ‘Thulladha Manamum Thullum’ is a film that sounded different as it portrayed the different side of him. It followed none of the aforementioned layers. Rather it reflected his softer hands with a role as Kutty, a cable operater who is part-time singer. His innocence and the struggles he goes through for the misdeeds which he hasn’t committed will bring tears to eyes.

 

7. Ghilli (2004)

‘Ghilli’ is inarguably the biggest hit in his career. The film opened doors to all sections of audience and set the cash registers ringing convincingly with all the elements that are expected from a typical mass masala flick. Vijay was at his best as an entertainer; his banters, sister taunts, family bondage, love portions and action sequences were all well-conceived leaving no room to rest. Having said that, it is also the most re-watchable Vijay film till date.

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