In early 90’s , director S.A Chandrasekar introduces his son in Cinema . He really wants to see his son succeed and would keep on making films with him as some failures do not deter him. In 1996, Poove Unakkaga becomes a big breakthrough and then the son hasn’t really turned back. But even then little would have the father known that his son would go onto become arguably the biggest superstar in South India one day.
A mass moment in a commercial entertainer needs several things to fall in place together. It needs a writer to place it in the pivotal point in the movie. It needs a director to stage it properly. It needs a riveting background score. But it is finally complete with a star who can pull it off easily. Vijay has been doing this now for a longer time than most people expected him to do so.
It might be easy to say that Vijay has been doing the same thing over and over. But it remains a fact that the actor keeps putting in a lot of effort to improvise and remain relevant and successful in a genre than most others have been able to. One of the reasons why Ghilli is more superior to the original Okkadu is that Vijay has such fine comic timing. 15 years since his debut, it is in Azhagiya Tamil Makan that he puts in his best dance performance for the song – “Ella Pughazhum”. For someone whom you thought would fit to rural based movies, he upped his game to fit in the urban thriller – Thuppakki. He still remains one of the very few superstars in the country whose stunts look completely convincing.
When Jagadish comes out of the smoke at the very right moment to save his sister from the terrorists. When Kathiresan signals to the men in the old age home to move to a side before he is about to beat all the goons. When Vetrimaaran breaks open a theater hall’s door and walks through an audience who is throwing papers to the air. The crowd has clapped, cheered and whistled through these scenes as years still pass by.
Vijay’s biggest plus now is not that he has been able to generate this response for nearly 2 decades. It is that he looks all set to enjoy this success easily for few more years.