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FIRST IS THE BEST

By Sindhu Vijayakumar

Recently Oru Kal Oru Kannadi starring debutant Udayanidhi Stalin completed its successful run of 50 days at the BO. Here’s a sneak peek into the list of actors who had hit the bulls eye as solo heroes in their maiden ventures and continue to bask in the glory.

Ajith:
Actor Ajith’s foray into Tamil was with Amaravathi directed by Selva. The film featured new face Sangavi opposite Ajith and the first film itself was a successful venture which paved way for several others that followed. From a romantic hero to a method actor to an action hero, his journey continues and with Billa 2 all set to release; his career graph is on an all time high.

Dhanush: Dhanush entered Kollywood under his father Kasthuri Raja’s direction in Thulluvatho Ilamai.  The film based on the story written by his elder brother Selvaraghavan went on to become one of the biggest hits of 2002. Dhanush hit hat trick by replicating success in his successive films like Kaadhal Kondein and Thiruda Thirudi. The actor has been scaling high with every movie and the National Award for his Aadukalm sits lightly on his shoulders.  

Jayam Ravi: Ravi, son of editor Mohan made his acting debut in the action-masala flick Jayam produced by his father and directed by his brother M Raja. This Telugu remake became a hit and Ravi came to be known as Jayam Ravi. He continued his innings of ‘Jayam’ at the BO with hits like M. Kumaran son of Mahalakshmi. Currently his next film Adhi Bhagawan directed by Ameer is awaited with great expectations and the actor is now busy shooting for Boologam.

Karthi: The youngest son of legendary actor Sivakumar and younger brother of Suriya conquered Kollywood with his rural character in Paruthiveeran, directed by Ameer. The film not only won critical acclaim but became commercially successful as well. Success followed him in a row with films like Paiyaa, Naan Mahan Alla and Siruthai. With Saguni waiting for release, his fans cannot ask for more.

Madhavan: Madhavan had a dream debut in Tamil with Mani Ratnam’s Alaipayudhe, which became a cult hit.  The role of Karthik, a young engineer was well received by critics and the film became a block buster. With a major female fan following, Madhavan is an actor with pan-Indian appeal, and he has been skilfully balancing his success in the North and the South.

Nakul: This Boy’s actor tasted success with his Kaadhalil Vizhundhen. After a hiatus post Kandakottai, he has four films in his kitty which are under different stages of production. 

Sivakarthikeyan: This television host got a break into films through his debut film Marina directed by Pandiraj. Within a span of three months of his first film’s release, he had two more releases and trade has started considering him as bankable actor. He has been roped into do the lead role in Edhir Neechal.

SJ Surya: A successful director, SJ Surya took to acting with New, which became a huge commercial success. Though the film got entangled in a series of controversies after its release, the film had a record opening in the BO. SJ Surya is back to acting with Isai, which is under production.

Vishal: Vishal made his entry into films with Chellamey starring Reema Sen and Bharat. The film became one of the highest grosser in Tamil films in the year 2004. After testing waters in action films, he is expected to hit back with a bang with his upcoming Samar starring Trisha. He has also signed the dotted lines for Madha Gaja Raja by Sundar C.

Udhayanidhi Stalin: Lady Luck has been smiling on this producer even before he thought of getting into acting. And his first film Oru Kal Oru Kannadi propelled him to a star overnight. The film is still going strong even after 50 days at the BO and the debut actor could not have asked for more.

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