On the International Joke Day(July 1st), I wonder if upcoming Tamil comedians would turn their thoughts toward establishing themselves as heroes in the Tamil film industry just like what Santhanam and others have been doing of late..
If you think the trend was actually started by the legendary
we would like to point out that the seed was sown much before
Nagesh started trying his hand at heroism.
Though comedians like NS Krishnan and Chandrababu did not star
in films as heroes, they were considered as more than just
No, we are not talking about their writing or singing abilities
but their hero like stature and contributions they brought in to
any film they were associated with.
After Nagesh, no one could even try something similar to what he
had achieved until comedians like Vadivelu and Vivek, after years
of experience, began to expand their range.
Can all successful comedians go on to become successful heroes?
Why not? With proper dedication and right set of skills, anyone can
flaunt their heroism on the big screen, which is easier said than
But a selected few have done it successfully in the past and
continue to do so. Check out the slides below to know more
about such comedians who have tried their hands at romance, action
As mentioned earlier, Nagesh, with his incredible talent went on
to dish out blockbuster movies as a hero. K Balachander had once
famously said, "If Nagesh had the right looks, no other hero
could've made an impression as he would've". His movies as a hero
includes Server Sundaram and Neerkumizhi
and Ethir Neechal (1968 film).
Goundamani has acted in a couple of movies as a hero at the time
when he was ruling the industry as a lead comedian. Since the
movies in which he was seen as the main lead did not make much of
an impression at the box office, he went back to do what he does
best. His upcoming film 49-O will once again see him as a
Though Nagesh made the trend famous, it was Vadivelu who started
inspiring other comedians to take up the role of a hero, one might
think. The success of Imsai Arasan 23rd Pulikesi, in which
he played dual roles landed him another film as a hero which is
Indiralohathil Na Azhagappan. His upcoming film
Eli will once again see him as a hero opposite Sadha
of Anniyan fame.
After the actor's unsuccessful attempt to launch himself as a
hero, he finally accomplished in doing exactly that through
Naan Than Bala. He will also be seen as a lead actor in
his upcoming movies Solli Adippen and Palakkad
Madhavan with Sonia Aggarwal playing his heroine in the
Karunas' first attempt as a hero came in the form of
Dindigul Sarathy which turned out to be a
successful attempt. He then went on to star in movies like
Ambasamudram Ambani and
Ragalaipuram as a hero.
Santhanam is the latest comedian to join the list. Though his
latest release Inimey Ippadithan is running successfully,
demanding our attention towards it, he made his debut as a hero 7
years back through Arai Enn 305-il Kadavul. He then
went on to act in Vallavanukku Pullum Aayudham(2014) which
had Ashna as the female lead.