It’s Chiyaan Vikram’s birthday today. We take a sneak peek into his best films till date. Picking out the top 5 films of one of India’s finest actors is not an easy task but we have tried our best.
1. Pithamagan : Vikram’s best film. Pithamagan was a film which brought out his best performance and the film as a whole deserved Vikram’s best efforts. Bala’s strong narration gives life to one of the most beautiful onscreen friendship. The fact that a man who can barely utter a word finds a soul who cares in the ever talkative Suriya is heartwarming. The phrase “ Opposites Attract” finds a new meaning. As a social outcast who leans to one man his anger towards the end stuns and shocks us. The fact that he competed with Kamal’s Anbe Sivam and still won the national award says a lot.
2. Sethu : Bala knows how to get the best out of Vikram and he gave Vikram his breakthrough film through Sethu. What a film it was. The transformation from the energetic college guy to the lost lover is breathtaking. None of us were ready for the film’s transition or the character’s transformation. The climax moves us, leaves us speechless with a heavy heart as Ilayaraja takes over with his soulful melody. Sethu was the film which made us take notice of Vikram. The fact that none of the actors in the remakes could do what Vikram did in the original is a great proof of Vikram’s effort. The film also gave him the title “ Chiyaan”
3. Anniyan : The tale of a split personality was very new to Tamil Cinema and the audience loved Vikram in his three avatars. The man pulled off three different variations with ease. It was almost as if we were watching 3 different actors. The interrogation scene where a bewildered Prakash Raj says that he had never seen an actor like Vikram before says it all. The parents loved Ambi, the girls wanted a boyfriend like Remo and everyone yearned for a vigilante like Anniyan which was the films greatest success.
4. Deiva Thirumugal : Though the film’s plot is heavily inspired by several other films Vikram’s portrayal and his bonding with Sarah makes us like him right from the start. The conflict of a mentally father wanting custody of his daughter requires a nuanced performance that makes us look beyond the mental illness. Vikram does just that as we fall in love with the father daughter duo during the courtroom sequence. The climax of a father wanting the best for his daughter is just about perfect
5. Saamy : Vikram’s screen presence gave new life to a crooked no nonsense cop. From washing the face with beer to challenging the intimidating Villain. Vikram fit in perfectly into the Hari Template and gave us a new screen cop to adore. The trim, dashing cop finds a reference even in one of Vivek’s comedy. This is one cop who we will remember for a long time.