Cinema, over the years, has become so popular that filmmakers have found number of ways to portray it. From different genres to meta cinema and from showcasing their characters as Superheroes to Superstars, the film industry in India has come a long way indeed.
Talking about filmmakers showcasing their characters as Superstars, it makes me wonder how many Tamil actors and actresses have actually played heroes or heroines on the big screen.
As it turns out, many of them have either played their own real life characters or fictional characters of celebrities with all those glitz and glam surrounding them as it would happen in their real lives.
Portraying the character of an artist on the big screen has been there in Tamil cinema from a very long time if not from the beginning. Films like Nagesh's Server Sundaram serves as a great example.
Check out the slides below to know about such films in which actors or actresses have been portrayed as real life Superstars.
Nagesh in Server Sundaram
As mentioned earlier, Nagesh plays a hotel waiter who goes on to become a famous film star in this K Balachander's gem of a movie. The film went on to become a successful affair at the box office running over 100 days.
Sridevi in Priya
Sridevi plays a movie star who falls prey to her producer's greed in this film which was adapted from a novel written by Sujatha. The film which was directed by SP. Muthuraman has Rajinikanth and Kannada star Ambarish in lead roles.
Prakash Raj in Velli Thirai
Velli Thirai which literally means silver screen is a remake of a Malayalam film, Udayananu Tharam. The film which was directed by Viji has Prakash Raj playing a film star who makes his own fortune by cheating his friend, an aspiring director.
Sathyaraj in Maha Nadigan
This film is directed by Sakthi Chidambaram and portrays how a common man with limited set of acting skills goes on to become a great actor and eventually gives himself a chance to become the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. It had its trysts with politics as well.
Trisha in Manmadan Ambu
The film revolves around Trisha, a film actress who travels to holiday destinations across Europe along with her friend. The film has Kamal Haasan, Madhavan and Sangeetha in lead roles and is directed by KS Ravikumar. The film also has Suriya playing himself in a song sequence.
Rajinikanth in Kuselan
Rajinikanth plays a Superstar, a character inspired by his own real life personality in this film directed by P Vasu. The films stars Pasupathy, Meena and Vadivelu.
Kamal Haasan in Uttama Villain
Kamal Haasan's role as Manoranjan in the film Uttama Villain, directed by Ramesh Aravind, reflects the life of a troubled Superstar, pressing on the fact that with glitz, glamour and money comes a few temptations and other pre and post-marital issues.
Dhanush in Shamitabh
Dhanush plays a mute in this Hindi film featuring Amitabh Bachchan and directed by R Balki. It's the story of a guy who goes on to become a Superstar despite his physical challenges.
Bobby Simha in Jigarthanda
Jigarthanda can be considered as a meta-cinema in which Bobby Simha plays a gangster turned actor. The film not only became successful commercially but was also acclaimed critically all over the world. Bobby's role also fetched him the National Award under Best Supporting Actor category.