Ajith Kumar Subramani, popularly known as Thala Ajith turns 49 today. One of the biggest Superstars of the Tamil film industry, Ajith has appeared in 59 movies since he made his screen debut with En Veedu En Kanavar in 1990. Starting off with the character of a schoolboy in the movie, the actor made his debut as a lead actor with Amaravathi in 1993 alongside Sanghavi.
In a span of nearly three decades, he has taken up a wide range of roles, that not many of his contemporaries have managed to achieve so far.
As the actor celebrates his birthday today, here's a look at five of his best performances out of many incredible roles.
The 1999 movie Vaali, directed by SJ Surya has Ajith in a dual role of twin brothers with one being deaf and mute. His remarkable performance in the romantic thriller was highly appreciated by the critics and the audience. The movie revolves around the deaf character, who is secretly in love with his brother's wife. Vaali indeed was a turning point in Ajith's career which earned him his first Filmfare Award for Best Actor. The film also starred Simran essaying the female lead.
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The KS Ravikumar directorial starred Ajith in a triple role, as a wheelchair-bound multi-millionaire father and his two sons. Released on October 20, 2006, Varalaru opened to terrific reviews from the audience who appreciated the actor's versatility. The movie not only gained him the year's Filmfare Award For Best Actor, but also proved that he can ace at dance, especially in Bharatanatyam.
The action-thriller Billa, directed by Vishnuvardhan, had Ajith Kumar playing a double role and delivering a power-packed performance as an underworld don. Released in 2007, Billa emerged as a blockbuster and was selected to be screened at the 61st Cannes Film Festival. Ajith, as the ruthless David Billa, delivered an electrifying performance and completely lived up to the hopes of the audience. The film was followed by a prequel Billa 2, released in 2012.
Directed by Venkat Prabhu, Mankatha released in 2011 to a massive opening. The action thriller has Thala essaying the role of an assistant commissioner, who tries to whisk away Rs 500 crore belonging to a gangster. Mankatha received positive response from the audience and critics, lauding the performance of Thala in his 50th film. The entertainer is completely meant for die-hard Ajith fans. The movie also starred Arjun, Trisha, Anjali, and Lakshmi Rai in pivotal roles.
The 2001 movie Citizen, featured Ajith in mass roles. Directed by Saravana Subbiah, the movie displayed the other dimension of Thala as an actor. He sported nine unique getups for the action-thriller and went through multiple physical transformations for these challenging roles. Few of the roles among the nine are Anthony-the law student, Abdullah-mechanic, Subramaniam-fisherman, aged freedom fighter, collector, politician. The movie also featured Meena, Vasundhara Das, and Nagma in supporting roles.
On a related note, Thala Ajith has requested his fans to cancel all the celebrations planned for his 49th birthday due to the Coronavirus pandemic. In the message conveyed by actor and director Aadhav Kannadhasan, the actor urged them to stay at home and have a healthy life during the lockdown.