The first time I saw Vikram, I fell in love. I’m a latecomer to Tamil cinema - with the exception of the Aishwarya Rai-Tabu-Mammooty starrer Kandukondein Kandukondein, the one film that everybody has seen - my first exposure to Tamil cinema came in early 2010. When offered the choice between Mani Ratnam’s Hindi Raavan and Tamil Raavanan playing in back-to-back theaters at Loehmann’s Twin Cinema, I chose the Tamil version. Gambling that this Vikram guy would be better than sitting through another painful performance from Abhishek Bachchan, my least favorite actor in Hindi language cinema. I chose Ravvanan.
Vikram’s performance in Raavanan blew me away. Even though the subtitles were wonky and I didn’t understand what was being said for long stretches, I knew I was watching a master at work. I had never seen anything like the emotion and power he put on screen... I immediately went out and bought most of his back catalog on DVD. I have yet to be disappointed in a Vikram film - even a flawed effort like Kanthaswamy has its redeeming qualities.
So, to celebrate that sexy MoFo Vikram’s 45th birthday, here are all my Vikram reviews for you to enjoy!
Anniyan - the film that introduced us to “Rainbow” Remo.
Arul - the one where Vikram hates “dirty talks.”
Kanthaswamy - which featured an amazing cross-dressing sequence.
Majaa - where I was introduced to Vikram’s forced wedding trope.
Pithamagan - which completely destroyed me. One of the best films I’ve ever seen... ever.
I was so taken with it, I spent hours compiling a bonus post on the song medley.
Finally, the film that started it all for me - Raavanan.
Here is a spoiler free review and one that is more in-depth.