A star in the Tamil film industry was born exactly two decades ago (December 4, 1992). Being the son of a popular filmmaker, he had a huge aspiration to make it big in the competitive industry. His initial years were not a bed of roses and struggled hard to find his feet in Kollywood. In the beginning, he made a mark as a romantic hero but later transformed himself as a mass hero, who could pull the audience with his action-packed films. Well, it is none other than Ilayathalapathy Vijay, who completes his two-decade in Tamil films today.
Having acted as a child artist in many films, Vijay made his debut as a hero in Naalaiya Theerpu. In the next few years, he did a couple of films which did not take him anywhere. However, his hard work paid him good rewards in the form of Poove Unakkaga that won him a lot of accolades and praises from various quarters. The Kollywood saw him delivering romantic flicks in the next couple of years, as he acted in a series of movies, which showed him in lover-boy avatars.
A biggest turn came in his life when he turned an action-hero in Thirumalai. Since then, the actor has maintained his image of a mass-hero who could do romantic roles. Well, as Vijay completes his twenty-year journey and gears up for the third decade, we would like to bring his memorable movies in pictures. Follow the slide....
Naalaiya Theerpu (1992)
Naalaiya Theerpu was the launchpad of Vijay and it was directed by his father-director SA Chandrasekar. He was teamed up with Srividya, Radharavi and Sarath Babu. He turned hero at the age of 18.
Poove Unakkaga (1996)
Though Vijay made his debut in Naalaya Theerpu in 1992, it was Poove Unakkaga that gave him the much-needed break. It was his first commercial hit and helped him to get popular in other industries. The romantic film was produced by RB Choudhary (father of Jeeva) and directed by Vikraman.
Kadhalukku Mariyadhai (1997)
Kadhalukku Mariyadhai saw Vijay win the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actor. The film was a remake of Malayalam superhit film Aniathipravu and it was directed by Fazil. Vijay had paired up with Shalini Ajith Kumar.
Thulladha Manamum Thullum (1999)
Thulladha Manamum Thullum reinstated his image as a romantic hero and the flick won the second best movie of 1999 given by the state government. It was directed by Ezhil and produced by RB Choudhary.
SJ Surya's Kushi was the trend setting cinema at the start of the new millennium. The film starring Vijay and Jyothika was remade in Telugu and Hindi, and became hits in other languages too.
Friends directed by Siddique was a remake of Malayalam film of the same name. The comedy film also starred Surya, Devayani, Vijayalakshmi and Ramesh Khanna. It was one of the biggest commercial hits of Vijay's career.
Bagavathi raised a new ray of hope for Vijay to change his image after which he successfully proved that he could do action roles and tasted his first success in Thirumalai directed by Ramana.
Vijay and Trisha Krishnan starrer Ghilli redefined the actor's image as an action hero. The film directed by Dharani was a remake of Telugu film Okkadu. The punch dialogues and action sequences were the highlights of the film.
Vijay won Tamil Nadu State Film Special Award for Best Actor for his performance in Perarasu directorial Thirupaachi. The film was an out-and-out action film.
Telugu actor Mahesh Babu's film did wonder for Vijay again, as Pokkiri, which was a remake of Tollywood movie Pokiri, went on to become one of the biggest hits of 2007. The Tamil version was directed by Prabhu Deva.
The dialogue 'Oru Vatti Mudivu Pannitenna En Peacha Nane Kekkamaten' from Pokkiri took the mass by storm.
After delivering a few average films, Vijay came back to winning ways in Velayudham directed by Jayam Raja. The film, which also featured Genelia D'Souza and Hansika Motwani, reinstated his mass image.
Vijay started the year 2012 by giving a blockbuster Nanban directed by one of the top most directors of Tamil film industry Shankar. The film was a remake of Hindi film 3 Idiots and the actor, after a long time, entertained the audience with comedy and message oriented film.
Vijay's dream run continued with AR Murugadoss directorial Thuppakki, which is the biggest hit of 2012. The film is now being remade in Hindi.