Based on the number of screens Thala Ajith's Yennai Arindhaal has managed to acquire, it is all set to enjoy a huge opening come January 5th. As the film has made all the right noises until now, it might be said that Yennai Arindhaal could well turn out to be Ajith's highest grosser ever.
The film is directed by Gautham Menon who is known for dishing out intriguing movies like Kaaka Kaaka, Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu and Vaaranam Aayiram among many others. This is the first time Gautham Menon has joined hands with Ajith Kumar and that fact has helped the movie to garner huge expectations.
Interestingly, Ajith has worked with many directors and whenever he has joined hands with a director for the first time, almost all such movies have either gone on to become a hit or have attracted appreciation from critics.
Ajith has also worked with many newcomers who have later established themselves as one of top directors in Kollywood. While Gautham Menon is not a newcomer, his association with Ajith for the first time might remind us about other directors and their first time collaboration with the Ultimate Star.
Check out the slides below to know what happens when a director casts Ajith in his movie for the first time:
Aasai was produced by Mani Ratnam and marked the debut of Suvalakshmi. Upon its release, the film won positive reviews from critics. It also went on to win three awards at the Tamil Nadu State Awards.
After Vaanmathi, director Agathiyan worked with Ajith for the second time in Kadhal Kottai. Vaanmathi was a huge box office success as it ran for 175 days at the box office.
SJ Surya's Vaali
Vaali was SJ Surya's first film as a director. Apart from gaining positive response from critics, the film was a gigantic commercial success. Vaali also won many notable awards that includes the Filmfare Award for Best Actor.
VZ Durai's Mugavaree
Though Mugavaree was not a commercially successful film, it opened in February 2000 to tremendous critical acclaims. It also won the second prize for Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Family Film.
AR Murugadoss' Dheena
Dheena was AR Murugadoss' first film as a director and he has not turned back ever since. The film became a huge box office success but importantly it also received positive reviews from critics. It might also be said that Dheena established Ajith as an action hero.
KS Ravikumar's Villain
Villain gave Ajith his second Filmfare Award for Best Actor. It opened to positive reviews and became a major box office success among Diwali releases of 2002.
AL Vijay's Kireedam
Kireedam marked the directorial debut of AL Vijay. The film was a profitable venture at the box office. It received positive reviews from critics with many praising Ajith's performance and AL Vijay's brave attempt.
Though Billa was a remake, it opened to primarily positive critical responses. It also completed a 100-day run at theatres and was declared a blockbuster. Vishnuvardhan went on to direct Ajith in Arrambam post Billa's success.
Venkat Prabhu's Mankatha
Mankatha generally received positive reviews from critics with many of them lauding Ajith Kumar's performance. It portrayed Ajith in an out and out negative role and went on to be ranked as the fourth biggest grosser in Tamil film history at the time of its release.
Veeram was a blockbuster hit and received positive reviews from critics. After collaborating with Ajith for the first time in Veeram, Siva subsequently went on to announce that his next film will also have Ajith in the lead role.