This is the star who’s on top of his game in Kollywood right now
Vikram Vedha just proved what Tamil cinema fans have known all along – that Vijay Sethupathy is one fantastic actor. With a penchant for picking the right scripts and an appetite for taking risks, he’s established as one of the top stars in Kollywood today. Here’s the much-awarded route he’s taken to success.
An accountant by profession, Vijay Sethupathy found the career unfulfilling and was drawn to theatre and films. He became an accountant for a theatre group and got a foot in the door. He appeared in several short films, working mostly with Karthik Subburaj, and then bagged supporting roles in Pudhuppettai and Vennila Kabadikkuzhu.
Thenmerku Paruvakkaatru, directed by Seenu Ramasamy was the break he was waiting for. He was cast in the lead role and the film went on to win various National Awards and was also best Tamil feature film of 2011.
The following year was a big one for Vijay Sethupathy and he delivered back-to-back hit. The one that garnered most acclaim was Pizza, a thriller directed by Karthik Subburaj. Vijay Sethupathy played the role of a pizza delivery boy to perfection and announced his arrival as an actor to reckon with in Kollywood.
Naduvula Konjam Pakkatha Kaanom
This delightful comedy saw Vijay Sethupathy play a young man who has short-term memory loss on the eve of his wedding. The film saw his popularity soar and was also a harbinger of charming, small-budget films in Kollywood.
This was another comedy with a dark twist. The fabulous script was matched by a superlative performance by Vijay Sethupathy as a kidnapper with a heart of gold and a girlfriend who is a delusion.
Idharku Thaane Aasaipattai Balakumara
This film was another hit and Vijay Sethupathy’s fan base grew. They loved his understated comic style and the film was packed with laughter. The line ‘Kumuda happy Annachi’ which Sethupathy delivers became common parlance.
With this film Vijay Sethupathy displayed his willingness to break out of the typical ‘hero’ mould. He played the driver of a Premier vehicle which his owner, the Pannayar, loves like a child. It was a touching film with splendid performances.
Naanum Rowdy Thaan
After the critically acclaimed Orange Mittai Sethupathy worked with Vignesh Shivan on Naanum Rowdy Thaan. He played a guy who takes to crime to win over the woman he loves and this is most people’s favourite Vijay Sethupathy film.
A cop story with a difference, this one also further established Sethupathy’s credentials. He was delivering hits one after another.
This movie, about young men who lose everything in the quest for a ‘foreign job’ was a surprise hit. Again, great performances combined with a charming romantic track wowed audiences across Tamil Nadu.
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