Thursday, March 15, 2007

Next Gen - The Other Side

A few months ago, I wrote about the 5 young heroes who I thought had the best chance of making a mark in the next generation (as I mentioned, that is quite a volatile list since if I made it today, Karthi would definitely be on there!). Now here's the flip side of that list - the 5 heroes (only actors who have appeared in atleast a few movies were considered) who I think have the least chance of making it big in Tamil cinema.

5. Richard
Richard doesn't come close to invoking the kind of irritation that some other actors on this list invoke, but that is not always a good thing. Going to the other extreme, he is so bland that he is barely noticeable. With nothing either in looks or in talent to set him apart from other actors, his lack of charisma makes him disappear into the background, barely allowing him to make an impression on the viewers. So its no wonder that his co-stars(like Natraj in Naalai) steal the show away from him (you know there's a problem when even Shaam steals the show from an actor!). He still appears in the occasional film but without working on offering something that catches the eye, that situation will not change.

4. Jeevan
Jeevan's been quite lucky so far. Not particularly hero material, he got a shot at playing the hero in University and was noticed(though it was mostly via comments like "Oh my God! How did this guy become a hero?!"). Though he disappeared from the scene, he made a comeback as a really hateful villain in Kaakka Kaakka. And after another break, he notched up another hit playing an anti-hero in Thiruttu Payale. But I've always felt that he was rather stiff and credit for those performances actually went to the directors who fashioned the characters. Tall and lanky, he looks uncomfortable dancing and isn't particularly smooth in stunts either. So far, he has proved himself ready to take on negative roles but I don't think he will do another Satyaraj and make the transition to a successful hero.

3. Sibi
Its actors like Sibi who make us wish there was a law against nepotism in Tamil cinema. Making an entry solely because of his genes, the actor has since latched on to Satyaraj's coattails by having his dad costar with him in every other film to make his films saleable. Relying only on nakkal, in which he completely imitates his dad anyway, his performances so far have been uniformly lacklustre and boring. He went in for a change of image in Lee, playing the strong and silent type, but the movie only shows that he can't carry it off very convincingly (apart from his getup reminding us of T.Rajendar, which is never a good thing). He might still show up in a few movies courtesy his dad but unless he finds a niche for himself, his career isn't gonna last too long.

2. Ramesh
Ramesh had me scrambling for synonyms for the word 'wooden' when I saw him in Jery. And the surprising thing is, he wasn't too bad in his debut Jithan. But the idol he stumbled upon in that film, apart from making him invisible, seemed to have taken away his acting skills too! He was inexpressive and stiff in Jery and the fact that it was a comedy role that required a lot of energy only served to highlight his deficiencies. To complete the picture, he also has an irritating voice to match.

Ramesh hasn't appeared in as many popular movies as the others on this list and so many readers may not be familiar with him. For them, I present Exhibit 1. I rest my case!

1. Ravikrishna
There are few actors who earn our irritation just by appearing on screen and Ravikrishna belongs to that select club. He is no looker(the make-up he got in Ponniyin Selvan may have been a step up for him!) and it is doubtful if he would have gotten a role even as a comedian if not for his dad being a producer. And his voice... Most of our younger actors have a weak voice but Ravikrishna's voice is capable of making all the others seem like baritones. He has this strangely nasal voice that always makes him sound like he is whining, no matter what he says. With 2 left feet when it comes to dancing and really slow reflexes when it comes to fighting, he is as far away from being hero material as one can get. He has been lucky enough to land some good directors (Radhamohan for Ponniyin Selvan and now Mysskin too, I think) but that alone can't help him stick around for long.


At 11:15 PM, Blogger Filbert said...

Awesome (or should I say Awful) list, Balaji :) Mine would include Srikanth instead of Richard. Here is one actor who has gotten all the chances in the world but is yet to prove that he can do atleast one thing decently :) And Jithan Ramesh will top my list, hands down.

At 11:30 PM, Blogger Raju said...

LOL'ed on that Ramesh clip.. I had some hope on him after watching in 'Jithan'.. 'Jerry' killed it all completely.. Romba aasai aasaiya parthen andha padathai, 'Crazy' Mohan padamnu.. hmm.. 1/3 movie kooda paarkka mudiyale.. Kodumai..

A look into the list would tell you that, out of 5, 4 are under 'recommendation' category... Wouldn't have had any chance if not for their blood connection.

At 1:05 AM, Blogger narayanan said...

Srikanth and Shaam are pretty irritable too. Shaam probably wud escape for his looks, but his performance in ABCD shud defenitely earn him a place.

There's one more Jai Akash, but i think he already faded.

At 1:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

ravi krishna is existing coz of his father..7/G Rainbow colony wuz a directorz film but suprisingly it din bring d actor out of him..selvaraghavanz inability to direct a different hero otha than his brother is visible here!

At 1:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gosh, 2/4 commenters included Srikanth in this list?! I actually think he's decent. A Sivakumar-type hero i.e. can't play action hero, not really a star, but could be around for a long time.

As for Shaam, I loved his casual acting in 12B and Iyarkai. In fact, I think of him as a guy with bad luck. Looks decent, acts well, but not getting the breaks that lesser "heroes" do.


At 1:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh god, that YouTube was way, way too hilarious :-D


At 3:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think we are going to see Ravikrishna for sometime to come, since his father is already broke backing ventures by both his sons. Till AM Rathnam recoups from his failures with the help of either Vijay or Vikram we are saved for the time.

Jithan Ramesh dialogue delivery in Jery and Nee venumda chellam are the ultimate entertainment, the permenant sneer on his face adds to the mix.

There was a time when Ananda Vikatan had to apologise after terming Vijay a useless actor, those were the days before his liposuction treatment on his face.

So who knows one of these guys might become a superstar tomorrow!!!


At 5:20 AM, Blogger The Ink Blot said...

All those guys may be irritating but sometimes being incompetent onscreen doesnt really translate to a short career.

You're forgetting the man of death himself, Kunal. He is acting in some movie called 'Nanbanin Kaathali' now... how the hell is he still finding work?

At 6:04 AM, Blogger narayanan said...

Sivakumar type role doesnt make Srikanth=Sivakumar. Sivakumar emotes very well, you have to use a microscope to find anything remote on Srikanth's. Same thing goes to Shaam.

For Ravi Krishna, he was perfect for Kadhir's role in 7/G, his role had scope for tattered looks and porukkithanam which is what he did. Dhanush wudve done it too, there was'nt any scope for acting in that role.

At 6:31 AM, Blogger Bart said...

Ravikrishna, Ramesh would be a certainity in most ppl's list. Sibi might just manage to scrap out but yes, he remains in list as of now. But I feel Hamsavardhan (Ravichandran's son who is still acting in father funded projects!), Bala (anbu, kadhal kisu kisu), Kunal and Jai Akash should feature in this list ahead of Richard, Sibi and Jeevan who've managed 1 decent movie per head atleast. All these guyz, u would not believe it, have acted in 3 or more movies atleast.

At 7:00 AM, Blogger kuttichuvaru said...

yeah..... Jithan Ramesh is the all time # 1 in my list!! n as mentioned earlier, Hamsavardhan shld be in der.... Ravi Krishna is as irritating as it gets!!

At 8:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That youtube clip was a classic !!

I dont know who the biggest culprit is: Ramesh the actor(!), the dailogue writer (horrible, to say the least), the director for ok-ing the take or the editor who didn't put his scissors to use !!
But, a hilarious clip, nevertheless.

At 8:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I seriously pity anyone here who has watched enough "masterpieces" of all these nincompoops, to come up with a top 5 loser list :-)

At 8:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Balaji, I think you should be paid some "hardship allowance", at the minimum, for taking the time to watch and even review some of these movies :-)

At 9:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes Balaji,

Another couple which could have been included:

* Vikranth - Vijay's cousin. The one who starred in Karka Kasarara and has Mudhal Kanave, Ninaithu Ninaithu Parthen and Pattasu forthcoming. To interest you Pattasu co-stars him with Sibiraj. Down right miserable.
*Ramana - Has acted several flop films
*Jai Akash
*Sathyan (now appears as stupid jokers in films such as Maayavi)

I don't think Jeevan, however deserves to be there. He seems promising with a handful of prestigious projects lined up.

At 10:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your list was right on the mark but I agree that Jeevan does not have the impeccable credential that the other members bring to the table. He still has miles to go before he can come anywhere close to Jithan Ramesh. I agree with Prin that Vikranth definitely deserves to be in this elite club.

At 10:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

bb, i am surprised to find jithan ramesh winning only a silver bb-razzie to ravikrishna's gold!! for me, its the other way...esp. coz he pulled down "jery" from what was actually a fun entertainer to something painful because he was on-screen...on the other hand, ravikrishna, while destroying the wonderfully scripted "ponniyin selvan," did a pretty decent job in 7/G and KD, two movies where the scripts were strong enough and didnt demand much more than what he's capable, dont mistake me...meez no big fan of him...but think he's better than ramesh...

here's my list of ppl who i think 'should'/should have make/made it in, they have some real talent and I hope they will survive in the commercial world of thamizh cinema:

prithviraj- a delightfully expressive and a handsome actor who's made a strong start with each of his movies doing well...too much of mallu accent but that actually sounds a little fun...

madhumitha- i think she's one of those jewels left unearthed...started off with a terrific performance in kudaikkull mazhai but then lost her way...hope she bounces back with that movie she has with nanda (forget the title...see i told u...too low profile for her own good!)

nanda - watch kodambakkam and selvam (did u even know that national award winning director agathiyan wrote, directed and produced this movie??) and u'll know why...was hilarious in mounam pesiyadhey but still waiting for a break...

vimala raman - very pretty find but looks a little tabu-ish in terms of maturity...dunno where she'll fit in...maybe she should've been born twenty years earlier- KB would've utilized her talents well!!

tamanna - looked fantastic and acted really well in KD...she sizzled in the climactic portions of KD. someone to watch out for, for a mix of talent and looks...

and my fav. in this list:
prasanna - adept at mixing comedy and sentis, more so the former where he has some real talent and aptitude...mohan told me that he was spsed to have been chosen for "jery" when they went with Ramesh for other reasons...baddd, baddd decision! was great in azhagiye theeye and kanda naall mudhal, will do well to work on a little more variety...but being a little too urbane might be a bane too!

At 3:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting post, Balaji. Wierd thing is, for the standards you have set, it seems so unreasonable that so many bloggers included 'Srikanth' and 'Shaam' in their comments for the Razzie list.

I, for one, have saved myself the misery of watching any of Ramesh's films, but have constantly succumbed to Ravi Krishna's films for whatever reason. If anybody can tie for first place, its definitely these two and Jothi Krishna receives my vote for the "Razzie Director of the year! :-)"

Realistically, Jai Akash, if he were still around, would be the worst of the lot (worse than Ramesh and Ravi Krishna for sure!).. This is nothing, you should see JA in "Roja Vanam": his first film.. parithaabath-thulaiyum parithaabam.

Given another 5 more seconds of performance time and JA would have been eating out of Karthik's plate in hopes of generating some empathy.. For JA, 'wooden' is an Oscar Award.. he's won quite a few to fill his house and his neighbor's..

God help us! :-) ;-)

At 6:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I didn't catch the Youtube video until after posting my comment. Oh, come on, Ramesh has to tie for first place, doesn't he? :-)

At 9:06 PM, Blogger Orange Fronkey said...

That youtube clip was quite sad... Ramesh had a lil flicker of hope in Jithan, but he looked like an idiot after that.

I feel bad for Richard, he isn't a bad looking guy, and he did pretty good in Naalai.

Sibi just needs to go back to school and get a good job instead of acting.

At 9:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

LOL!Thanks for that Ramesh clip. Made my day

At 9:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would include Simbhu in the list :)

At 10:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some of our current heroes were once upon a time from the "flip side" as well

Surya who made an entry in Nerrukku Ner, got famous only for his "kozkattai" dance..Aval Varuvalla , but Nanda changed his destiny.

Similarly Vijay, who began his career in Naalaya Theerpu but gained attention in Poove akkaga

Vikram has been in industry since 1992 but gained fame only in 1999 for Sethu

So, I won't be surprised if some of the actors in your list become the next reigning heroes of Kollywood

At 9:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Balaji as a 23 year old female who has girlfriends who range in age from 18-25, I gotta tell you that unfortunately quite a few of my girlfriends love Jeevan, especially since Khakka Khakka, so I don't know.(They say he plays the bad boy down to a perfection)... I don't personally see it but just wanted let you know he does a have a fanbase at least amongst my girlfriends.*i don't know why either*.

At 10:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

yeh i agree....jeevan's quite good looking and i think would have a market ..with the girls at least

At 11:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's really strange but true, but Sivajini & Anon both reminded me of Jeevan's appearance in Sun TV's Ungal Choice.. 5 women who called the program had uttered their very first line and it was only one thing: "Sir, neenga romba azhagaa irukeenga!"..

Either the world has come to a disastrous end or has just begun.. either way, it is very scary! :-) ;-)

At 9:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lol, so my girlfriends aren't the only crazy ones eh? We also think Vishal is cute and we loved the character Cheran played in that movie dedicated to father's. (Meanwhile our guy friends hate him and think we are crazy)

At 12:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

jeevan has got this ba****d element that some girls dig. you know you guys have the kinda gals you would like but never bring home. similarly jeevan is the kinda guy gals would have the hots for but never get serious with.

At 4:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i don't think that's quite true.......guys use girls like that but when girls get involved with such guys, they are still serious about them.....they want to change them and be with them for many movies are about this.....

At 11:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

sivakumar could emote? Yeah, right. He'd still probably be better than Srikanth or Sham or any of the duds mentioned above, but that isnt saying much, is it? Viewing past with rose-tinted glasses is what this amounts to. Tomorrow, there will be a worse hero and then he'll be compared with Ravikrishna unfavourably and thats when Ravikrishna would get his recogniton like Sivakumar got his in this page!


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