Vikram is a National award winner for the Best Actor for his Tamil film Pithamagan (2003). He had also featured in Tere Naam"s Tamil original titled Sethu, where he had played the role that was later played by Salman Khan. Many Bollywood filmmakers had been trying to rope in the actor for big projects, but he only gave his nod to Mani Ratnam.
Ironically two of his old Tamil films have now already been released in Hindi through dubbed versions. It is also known that two more of his Tamil films will be dubbed and released in Hindi, as Raavan release nears. Vikram must be terming it a necessary evil for sure!