It needs special courage for anyone to try something entirely
new, especially when they are still finding success in whatever
role they are taking up at the present.
Like what Suriya has done in Masss, many other Tamil
heroes in the past have given up on their comfort zone to try
different or a complete wacky character which might've even put
their current market value or status at risk.
While some have actually tasted success doing so, many have
failed at their honest attempts. Regardless of box office success,
it is our responsibility to identify such efforts in order to
appreciate the work done.
We have handpicked such roles portrayed by successful heroes in
an attempt to appreciate their courage and their intention to serve
up something unique to their audience.
Check out the slides below to know if your favourite
hero has had the courage to go completely quirky for a particular
Rajinikanth in Netrikan
Prior to Netrikan, Rajinikanth had found success as an
action hero through movies like Murattu Kalai,
Thee, Kazhugu etc., in Netrikan he took
up the role of an aged businessman who is a womanizer with pervert
thoughts and actions. You do need courage to take up such a role in
the midst of delivering successful movies.
Kamal Haasan in Many Movies
Honestly, it is impossible to pick one movie of Kamal Haasan in
this particular category for he is known for his experiments and
off beat characters. He is one star who started his career with
unique roles, stuck on to such roles throughout his career and will
keep doing the same(not quite the same) in the future as
Ajith in Vaali And Mankatha
Ajith is another actor who has experimented with his roles quite
often. Be it his sadistic villainous character in Vaali,
the physically challenged role in Villain, the dancer with
effeminate qualities in Varalaaru or the money minded
baddie in Mankatha, all these roles were portrayed by
Ajith when he had already found his success mantra.
Vikram in Sethu, Kasi, Pithamagan and Deiva Thirumagal
Arguably, Vikram has been the bravest actor of them all simply
because of the fact that he had struggled a lot until he was seen
as an action hero in Dhill. What does he do after the
success of Dhill? He chooses to act in Kasi,
Sarathkumar in Kanchana
After making a name for himself as the hunk of Kollywood,
Sarathkumar was bold enough to portray the role of a transgender in
Kanchana. Not sure if any one else, after attaining
Sarathkumar's stature, would've tried a similar role.
Arya in Naan Kadavul
Arya did not have any prominent dialogues, duet songs in foreign
locations or any other commercial elements to show off in
Naan Kadavul. In fact, he did not even have much
of a screen space in the movie but yet he managed to impress one
and all with his completely out of the box script and character
Dhanush in Pudhupettai, Aadukalam and 3
Dhanush too have made some brilliant script selection that
allowed him to explore himself as an actor. Thanks to his
experiments, he is on the verge of becoming a National
Vijay Sethupathi in Soodhu Kavvum
It needs some courage to portray yourself as an aged man while
still trying to find your feet in the Tamil film industry.
Ironically, this very courageous nature of his earned him a
permanent place in Kollywood.
Jiiva in Kattradhu Thamizh
Jiiva too has experimented with his roles to an extent and the
movie Kattradhu Thamizh stands out. His ability to pull
off such an off-beat role at such a young age is praise
Surya in Nandha, Perazhagan and Masss
And last but certainly not the least in this list is Suriya. As
mentioned earlier, his choice to go with a horror comedy after
having established himself as one of top Kollywood heroes is a