Hero or Villain? -F’day Spl. Article by Naveen

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Vijay Sethupathi excels as a top hero in Tamil cinema after a long career full of struggles. The versatile actor has never hesitated to take up roles with strong elements.

He has also done supporting roles in the past. However the actor’s most notable works have come in negative shaded characters. Be it in ‘Pizza’, ‘Petta’, ‘Soodhu Kavvum’, ‘Vikram Vedha’ or the recently released ‘Master’. Interestingly, there are a few other actors too who started as heroes and did negative shades later on.

In successful films, the villains are often portrayed better than the heroes, because the latter behave in a certain manner within the laid-out boundaries. It is easier for the audience to predict the actions of heroes.

Villain characters have the advantage of no such expectations from them. They have freedom in character definition, dialogues, make-up, costume and overall visual impact. Further, villain characters can be more imaginative as they need not be stereotypical and can add some mystery around them.

Big heroes including Rajinikanth, Kamal Hassan, Sathyaraj, Jaishankar, Karthik, Arjun, Parthiepan and S J Suryah have all played negative shaded roles in their career. We bring to you the list of heros who turned villain recently.

Prasanna

Prasanna made his debut in the film ‘Five Star’ produced by Mani Ratnam’s Madras Talkies. Then the actor continued to be seen as a lead hero in a few films. Prasanna then chose to play an antagonist and did well in Mysskin’s directorial ‘Anjathe’. He was appreciated for his role in ‘Anjathe’ and then he went on to win awards for that role. The actor continued to act as an antagonist in films like ‘Muran’, Thiruttu Payale 2′, and ‘Mafia’.

Sibiraj
Sibiraj started his career as a lead hero in the film ‘Student No 1’ at the age of 23. The actor has produced hits like ‘Vetrivel Sakthivel’, ‘Kovai Brothers’ and ‘Lee’. After the 2017 Tamil film ‘Lee’, Sibiraj took a break for three years from Tamil cinema and entered back with the film ‘Nanayam’ as an antagonist. The thriller film, which was directed by Shakthi Soundar Rajan, featured Prasanna in the lead role. People remember him for his performance in ‘Nanayam’ than most of his other films.

Arun Vijay

Arun Vijay made his acting debut as a lead hero in the 1995 Tamil film ‘Murai Mappillai’, which was directed by Sundar C. However, the actor was unable to give blockbuster hits with his films. After the film ‘Thadaiyarka Thaakka’ with director Magizh Thirumeni, Arun Vijay stayed away from Tamil cinema for three years. Then, the actor played as an antagonist to Ajith in the film ‘Yennai Arindhaal’, and he won several awards for his role in the film. Following this he played characters with negative shade in ‘Thadam’ and ‘Mafia’.

Vinay

Vinay made his debut as a hero in the romantic film ‘Unnale Unnale’, which was written and directed by Jeeva. In the first film itself, Vinay earned a place for himself as a chocolate boy in Tamil cinema. However, after that, the actor struggled to maintain his place in the industry and failed to produce hit films. Vinay then played the role of an antagonist in Vishal and Mysskin’s suspense thriller ‘Thupparivalan’, and did a remarkable job. The performance was so good that he ended up with a Filmfare South award for Best Supporting actor.

Arvind Swamy

No one expected the eternal romantic hero of Tamil cinema to play an outright villain, but Arvind Swamy’s turn in ‘Thani Oruvan’ is so mesmerizing that people have begun to address him as Siddharth Abhimanyu. The role gave the biggest breakthrough to Arvind Swami who made a strong comeback. It is also said that Arvind Swamy will play the baddie in Chiranjeevi’s upcoming flick ‘Aacharya’.

By Naveen

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