Vijay Sethupathi is one gem in Kollywood who has carved a niche for himself after years of effort and persistence. Nevertheless, in the past 6 years he has emerged as one of the most sought-after actors in Tamil film industry. With around a dozen movies slotted for release, and his latest emotional drama 'Seethakathy' releasing Thursday, here is a look at the best 5 roles by the actor.
Soodhu Kavvum (2013)
'Soodhu Kavum', which means Gambling Will Befall, is a 2013 Tamil black comedy-crime directed by Nalan Kumarasamy. Vijay Sethupathi and Sanchita Shetty played the lead roles in the flick. The plot revolved around the silly talk that dominates our day-to-day life and the modern society.
The movie was a commercial success along with positive reviews from critics.
'96' released in 2018 had Vijay Sethupathi and Trisha Krishnan in the lead roles. The love story of photographer, Ram, and his childhoot sweetheart Janaki is one of Vijay's best roles we should say. The subtle romantic emotions, the nostalgia on seeing his childhood love again, the pain of having lost her, all were well played by him.
The film was written and directed by C. Prem Kumar also had amazing music by Govind Vasantha. It turned out to be a critical and commercial success.
Vikram Vedha (2017)
The 2017 neo-noir action thriller was written and directed by husband-wife duo Pushkar–Gayathri. The film featured R Madhavan, Vijay Sethupathi, Shraddha Srinath, Kathir and Varalaxmi Sarathkumar in the lead roles.
The movie was largely inspired by the Indian folktale Baital Pachisi. The film tells the story of Vikram, a police inspector who sets out to track down and kill Vedha, a gangster. After Vedha voluntarily surrenders himself, he narrates Vikram three stories which change his notions of good and evil.
In January 2015, Sashikanth revealed that he would be producing another film directed by Pushkar and Gayathri. After developing the script throughout 2015, Madhavan and Sethupathi were selected to play the lead roles in February 2016. Principal photography started in November that year and the project was over by New Year. North Chennai is its backdrop.
A commercial success, with critics praising each aspects of production, Vikram Vedha won four awards each a the Filmfare, Vijay and Norway Tamil Film Festival events. Additionally, it received three Ananda Vikatan Cinema Awards, two Techofes Awards and an Edison Award.
Naanum Rowdy Thaan (2015)
'Naanum Rowdy Dhaan', meaning 'I too am a rowdy', is a 2015 comedy film written and directed by Vignesh Shivan. Vijay Sethupathi and Nayanthara are in the lead roles.
It was produced by actor Dhanush under his banner Wunderbar Films. Vijay essayed the role of Pandiyan aka "Pondy Pandi", the son of a Puducherry-based police inspector P Meenakumar played by Radhika.
Pizza ( 2012)
'Pizza' is a 2012 mystery horror film written and directed by debutant Karthik Subbaraj. The film featured Vijay Sethupathi and Remya Nambeesan in lead roles. Vijay does the role of a pizza delivery boy, Michael, who lands in a mysterious predicament and how it causes a dramatic change in his life.
It was the first Tamil film to feature 7.1 surround sound.
'Pizza' went on to become a major critical and commercial success.It was later dubbed into Telugu and Hindi under the same name and remade into Kannada as 'Whistle' (2013). It was also remade into the Bengali film 'Golpo Holeo Shotti' (2014). 'Pizza' also had a sequel which was released in 2014.