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`Ilaya Thalapathi` Vijay
Among the younger lot of stars there is only one man who gets a Minimum Guarantee (MG) and he is none other than the superstar Vijay, popularly called ‘Ilaya Thalapathy’.
He has an initial all over Tamilnadu, overseas, and now in Kerala. Vijay’s new film Gilli released this summer is a blockbuster. (Read review: `Gilli` is entertaining)
After the failure of films like Vaseegara, Puthiya Geethai and an average Tirumalai, Tamil film industry has almost written off Vijay. They went to town saying that his projects are not viable and he has been constantly dishing out flops. But the soft-spoken superstar has proved his detractors wrong with Gilli the biggest hit in the last 10 years.
Vijay started his acting career with Naalaya Theerppu directed by his father S A Chandrasekharan. In the beginning he was seen in low-budget entertainers directed by his dad. His had acted with Vijaykanth in Sendoorapaandi. But Vijay’s first major hit was Vikraman's Poove Unakkaaga, which was followed by a string of hits like Love Today, Priyamudan, Kaathalukku Maryaadai, Once More etc. Once More was Simran’s debut film too. (View pics: On the sets of `Gilli`)
But it was Kaathalukku Maryaadai, directed by Fazil gave him a place among the high-class audience. Vijay’s popularity rose to dizzying heights with the super duper success of Thullaatha Manavum Thullum.
Then he had a lean phase, a series of flops like Nenjinile and Minsara Kanna and Badri but Vijay returned with a bang with the superhit Kushi and Priyamaanavale followed by another super hit Friends.
Like Rajni, he has a big following both among the masses and the classes. Currently Vijay is working on Madurai, another action packed entertainer.
Exclusive interview with director Dharani
A.M.Ratnam and director Dharani, with their marketing techniques have made Vijay’s Gilli an all-time blockbuster. The trade says that the film is the biggest hit in the last 10 years and the collections will cross Padayappa and Saamy. Dharani, the showman of Tamil cinema speaks to Sify.com. Click here to read the interview.
Also read: All you wanted to know about Dharani!