Vijay Sethupathi is known for playing unconventional roles. The actor has chosen roles that he thinks will suit his image and doesn't usually believe in custom-made roles.
He played a negative character in one of his earlier films
called Sundarapandian. He was also part of National-award
winning Tamil drama Thenmerku Paruvakaatru.
While he played a pizza delivery boy in Tamil horror-thriller
Pizza, Vijay portrayed a character who was suffering from
short-term memory loss in Naduvula Konjam Pakkatha Kaanom
(NKPK). He received critical acclaim for both the roles.
"I don't believe a role can be written keeping in mind some
actor. Even if such roles exist, I don't pick them because I
generally choose roles that I think will suit my image. Roles
should choose an actor and not vice versa," Vijay told
"For instance, I was considered unfit for the lead role in
recently released Soodhu Kavvum, but I knew I was perfect
for it. Even though the director initially didn't offer me the
role, I literally fought for it and eventually got it," he
Vijay played a misfit kidnapper in Tamil crime-comedy Soodhu
Kavvum, which was received very well by audiences.
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He clarifies there is nothing wrong in doing multi-starrers. "If
you have a meaty part to play, I don't see the harm in being part
of multi-starrers," he said.
Vijay adds, "Moreover, I will be happy to be a part of a good
film than playing lead roles in some bad films."
Two films, NKPK and Soodhu Kavvum, featuring
Vijay have been multi-starrers. All of Vijay's films to date have
been with debutants. There are few more in the offing as
"There is no hard and fast rule that I only work with debutants.
I give prime importance to script, and when that works out,
everything else falls in place automatically. In fact, most
debutants express interest to work with me," he added.
He has half a dozen Tamil films in his kitty. Presently, he is
busy filming for Rummy, Pannaiyarum Padminiyum
and Idharkuthane Aasaipattai Balakumara.