Vikram or Chiyaan is known for the dedication and effort he puts into his roles. Within the industry the actor has thr reputation of being very humble and the actor clearly has no haters, garnering fans across generations. As the actor turns 54, we list five films that brought out the best in him.
Sethu – 1999
Still considered to be one of his best films, Sethu was the movie that granted him the moniker ‘Chiyaan’, his character’s name in the film. Though he’d done several films prior, this film brought out something interesting in him. His transition from macho to vulnerable was outstanding then too. The Bala film also starred Abitha, Sivakumar, and Sriman in important roles.
Pithamagan – 2003
Right along the lines of his Kasi came Pithamagan, except for that he essayed a wilder character, Chithan here. Completely cut off from the real world but still loyal at heart. When he’s struggling to handle his emotions, you suffer equally even though he’s not someone you can connect with so easily. It would’ve only been unfair if he hadn’t won the National Award for Best Actor for the film. The Bala film also starred Suriya, Laila, Sangeetha, Karunas and Manobala in important roles.
Raavanan – 2010
There’s no point in the film where you’ll encounter Vikram instead of Veera. Given the amount of stunts involved, especially in dense forests and slippery mountains, it is only natural to seem worried… But Veera, with his torn vests and bruised arms, proves to us that that worry is a concept that does not exist for him. The Mani Ratnam film also starred Aishwarya Rai, Prithviraj, and Priyamani in important roles.
Deivathirumagal – 2011
When you’re at the peak of your career, there’s no way as a top star you’d agree to work in a film that makes you look fragile, unattractive and basically anything anti-hero. And then there’s Vikram. Krishna might have been weak at heart but was strong on impact. Vikram as Krishna has rendered a song ‘Pa Pa Pappa’ in the film with perfection. The AL Vijay film also starred Anushka Shetty, Santhanam, Amala Paul, Nasser, and Sara Arjun in important roles.
I – 2015
It was all the new when I was being made, the alarming amount of weight he lost and gained constantly for the different characters he had to play, be it the wrestler, the model, the deformed one or even the beast in ‘Ennodu Nee Irunthaal’. Much like his other films, getting into the skin of the character was no struggle for him here. Lingesa is yet another innocent soul who would go to any extent to prove his love and admiration for Diya, his favourite star. The Shankar film also starred Amy Jackson, Santhanam, and Suresh Gopi in important roles.