Prakash Raj, Kalabhavan Mani and more: Celebrated villains of Tamil cinema
Many popular roles in Tamil cinema have received accolades and appreciations from fans. Though people celebrate heroes who achieved star status in the industry, they also never fail to acknowledge superior talents who specialized themselves in playing character roles. The difference between playing heroes and character roles is nothing but fame which supports the former to a larger extent than the latter.The characters who fit into the shoes of villains are generally supposed to earn hatred from the spectators. However, such manipulation gets transformed into admiration when actors with proficient mannerisms play those characters. The individuality of actors gets hold of the characters, thus accentuating the outlook of the actors to the interests of the audience. Not everybody possesses this kind of talent and there were very few actors in the Tamil Film Industry who could be labelled under this category. Veerabahu (Kuththu)Veerabahu played by Kalabhavan Mani in the 2004 mass masala film, Kuththu directed by A Venkatesh appealed to the masses. The film was directed by A Venkatesh and marked the debut of actress Ramya as the female lead. Kalabhavan Mani's parallel talent mimicry exploited the bad guy in Veerabahu and turned out to be sarcastically threatening funnily.It has to be mentioned that Kalabhavan Mani showcased his similar talent in the 2002 blockbuster film Gemini directed by Charan starring Chiyaan Vikram in the lead role. Muthupandi (Ghilli)Muthupandi is the trademark character in the history of Tamil commercial flicks that released in the last two decades. Acclaimed actor Prakash Raj essayed the role in the film Ghilli that starred Vijay and Trisha in lead roles. The refreshing mannerisms churned out of the actor in Prakash Raj went on to create a quirky yet iconic villain character, Muthupandi. The dialogue, "Hi Chellam..." roughly translates to "Hi Darling.." re-defined Prakash Raj's commercial market in Kollywood. Ghilli was directed by Dharani with music by Vidyasagar and produced by A.M. Ratnam under Sri Surya Movies. The film became the biggest blockbuster in Vijay's career. Vatti Raja (Neram)Neram (2013) is one of the trend-setting attempts in the last decade directed by Alphonse Puthiran starring Nivin Pauly and Nazriya Nazim in the lead roles. Many Tamil film buffs would call Bobby Simha's Assault Sethu in Jigathanda (2014) as his best role for the character had fetched him National Film Award. But we slightly differ, and side by Vatti Raja that the actor played in Neram. Vatti Raja's narrow intelligence to deal with people who borrowed money from him is the highlight of the character. Simha's innocent yet threatening body language made the character an unusual one.