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Comedian Vivek fondly called as 'Chinna Kalaivanar' by his fans initially worked as a script writer under 'Iyakunar Sigaram' K Balachander, he got his first break as an actor in Balachander's 1987 film Manathil Uruthi Vendum. He then went on to act in many supporting roles until 1996 when he got an opportunity to establish himself as a solo comedian.
He won the Filmfare Award for Best Comedian for three consecutive years in 2002, 2003 and 2004 for his films Run, Saamy and Perazhagan respectively and has won Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Comedian on 4 occasions. In 2009 Vivek was bestowed with the prestigious Padma Shri Award by former President Pratibha Patil. He has also interviewed prominent Indian personalities like A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, A. R. Rahman and Rajinikanth.
Vivek is a multi-faceted personality, many do not know that he is a good musician. He can play many musical instruments including piano, harmonica, air piano, harmonium among others. He is also a social activist, apart from highlighting innumerable social problems and suggesting a solution for such problems in his films, he has also launched Green Kalam Project as requested by scientist and former President A. P. J. Abdul Kalam. He planted more than 2.45 million trees in less than 3 months and has taken up the responsibility of planting 1 billion trees all over the country.
Vivek has also done a variety of roles and his comedies are always unique with a strong message that is often loved by his fans and movie mongers. We bring to you a list of top 10 unique comedies of Vivek from different time periods.
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By the time this film had released, Vivek was an established comedian in Kollywood and was seen playing an unemployed youth named Kalyanaraman. The uniqueness of his comedies in this film was his portrayal of humour based on the superstitious beliefs our country houses even today.
In this 2002 film, Vivek plays a guy who comes to Chennai from his home town in search of his friend who would've promised him a job in the metropolitan city. When he gets cheated by many in the city, his careless attitude towards his father is shown as a series of flashbacks making the comedies in this movie very unique.
More than the unique factor, this movie makes it to the list for Vivek's popular punch lines throughout the film. Again highlighting many social issues with enough dose of humour, Vivek earned a lot of credit for the portrayal of his role as Venkatraman.
In 2003 alone Vivek had done an impressive 18 movies in Tamil and Boys was one among them. The unique factor about his comedies in this movie was his serious approach, for the character demanded him to do so.
Anniyan saw him reprising the role of a cop and was seen throughout the film as an assistant to the main antagonist played by Prakash Raj. His humorous dialogues in a famous train sequence and his dareness to use Kamal Haasan's name to evoke laughter among the audience gets a special mention.
In this 2006 movie, Vivek was seen playing a Sri Lankan for most part of the movie and had spoken Ceylon Tamil making his comedies unique. Reprising the role of a character named Ceylon Yogaraasa, Vivek's comedies played an important factor in the movie.
Padikathavan had Dhanush in the lead and Vivek's role of Assault Arumugam saw him carry a different body language altogether. Even the pace at which his dialogues were delivered had changed drastically and hence makes it to this list.
Guru En Aalu
In this Madhavan starrer Vivek played two roles, one as a fake yoga teacher and another was of a hot woman. His role 'Latha aunty' was carried out beautifully by the actor and is a sure shot favourite among his fans.
In this film, Vivek would've imitated yesteryear comedian Suruli Rajan in the entire movie. Mimicking Suruli Rajan's body language and his voice, Vivek's impeccable acting skills was displayed to the fullest in this Sundar C starrer.
Emotional Ekambaram is the character's name played by Vivek in this particular movie. For the first time, this movie saw him play an elderly person and his ability to churn comedies even out of a serious character was portrayed beautifully in this film.