From ‘Ullam Ketkume’  to ‘Sarpatta’, Arya’s journey so far – F’day Spl. article by Naveen

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As soon as people think about actor Arya, the thoughts of ‘jolly hero’ and ‘chocolate boy’ often come to mind along with a mixture of thin praise and teasing.

There is nothing to deny. But beyond this, there is a serious side within Arya that may have gone unnoticed.

Especially when you see Arya’s  hardwork and dedication in ‘Sarpatta Parambarai’ which has released this week, the question arises as to why the fans and directors do not take this actor, who has come forward to give his work for a role without deception, so seriously.

Arya made his film debut in 2003 with the movie ‘Ullam Ketkume’ made by the late director  Jeeva who lived next door to him at the time. It was Jeeva who named Jamshad (aka) Jammy as Arya.
However, due to the delay in the release of this film, Arya’s next movie ‘Arindhum Ariyamalum’ was released first. In this film directed by Vishnuvardhan, the role of ‘Kutty’ played by Arya was much talked about. Arya’s soft role in ‘Ullam Ketkume’ was also enjoyed by the audience. The content of the subsequent film, ‘Oru Kalloriyin Kadhai’, was different, but it went unnoticed.

Director Vishnuvardhan once again teamed up with Arya for ‘Pattiyal’ also co-starring Bharath. In the subsequent releases, Arya got a different role of a auto driver in the movie ‘Oram Po’ directed by Pushkar Gayatri.

The most important part of Arya’s journey is the 2009 film ‘Naan Kadavul’ directed by Bala. Arya worked hard for almost three difficult years to act as ‘Agori’ in the film. Naturally interested in keeping his body fit and healthy, Arya grew long hair and beard for the film, stayed in Kaasi for a long time and continued to observe the Agori and transformed into them.

It was expected that Arya would get National Award for the film. But it did not happen.

Arya’s role in ‘Avan Ivan’ directed by Bala was also a challenging one.  Although Arya gave it the usual work that Bala expects, the film and his work did not receive much attention.

Arya’s ‘Irandam Ulagam’ directed by Selvaraghavan was one of the most overlooked films. Although Arya’s performance in ‘Mahamuni’ was significant, it was not widely noticed.

In fact, it can be said that directors could have got Arya to play challenging roles after ‘Nan Kadavul’. But even though it didn’t happen, Arya didn’t give up.

He has once again given himself over to a better director. He plays an aggressive boxer in the movie ‘Sarpatta Parambarai’ directed by Pa Ranjith. When the first look poster of Arya was released, the photo went viral. His continuous efforts to prove himself as a ‘great actor’ despite his shortcomings and obstacles and the hard work he puts into it must be appreciated.

We have to wait and see if Arya’s hardwork for ‘Sarpatta’ gets recognised.

By Naveen

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