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10 Most Underrated Tamil Actors In The Recent Past

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Tamil cinema has been a productive factory, producing a host of terrific actors over the years. While many of them have been recognized as good performers, some of them might be eligible to be termed as Kollywood's most underrated actors, taking into consideration the last couple of decades.

Interestingly, some of the most underrated actors in Tamil happen to be the most successful actors as well. But the question here is, have they been recognized as good performers with impressive set of acting skills?

When viewed from that perspective, I can safely say that Rajinikanth too is one among the most underrated performers of Tamil cinema, for the man has taken up variety of roles without much of a credit, in his illustrious career.

The list below contains such famous actors who might have not received enough accolades, as they should have, for their performances alone.

The list also has many supporting or character actors, those who have failed to establish themselves as fascinating performers, even after carrying along with them the potential of turning into great actors.

Without further ado, check out the slides below to know about our top 10 most underrated actors of Tamil cinema (in no particular order):

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You saw this coming didn't you? Yes, Rajinikanth has proved himself as a performer in many movies and yet his acting skills hardly gets a mention. Movies like Aarilirunthu Aruvathu Varai and Netrikan might showcase the actor's true range.

Ajith Kumar

His performances in movies like Vaali, Villain, Varalaru and Kireedam might make you wonder why Ajith doesn't often get featured while discussing about some of the best actors in Kollywood.


Ponvannan might actually be the most underrated actor of Tamil cinema ever. He is one of those actors who showcases refined acting with amazing nuances. His performances in movies like Paruthiveeran and Kadal might tell a story or two.


The name of Vadivelu might sound absurd in this particular list. But honestly, do we regard this actor as one of the best in Tamil cinema? His body language, dialogue delivery and expressions are a class apart. What more, this man can perform any given role with utter perfection.

MS Bhaskar

MS Bhaskar is an actor with an ability to pull off harder roles with ease. It can be safely said that his acting range has not yet been completely utilized by Tamil cinema. Movies like Soodhu Kavvum and Uttama Villain might serve as classic examples.


Charle is yet another actor who deserves more than what he has actually received till date. Some of his performances in movies like Friends and Amarkalam are hard to emulate.

Delhi Ganesh

Delhi Ganesh is a versatile actor who often gets ignored while talking about good performers this great industry has produced. Movies like Michael Madhana Kamarajan and Sindhu Bhairavi might prove a point.


Unfortunately, Raghuvaran's acting range was not exploited at all. His performances in movies like Anjali and Aahaa were just glimpses of what the actor could've actually achieved in Kollywood.

Arvind Swamy

The performer in Arvind Swamy was almost forgotten until the release of Thani Oruvan. Hopefully, the Jayam Ravi starrer can open doors to unleash the performer in Arvind Swamy.


And last but most definitely not the least, Nassar, unfortunately finds himself a place in this list. Much like Ponvannan, Nassar too is a terrific performer. His acting in movies like Thevar Magan and Kuruthipunal might act as solid evidence.

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