Sunday, June 08, 2008

The Next Action Hero?

When I wrote about action sequences in Tamil films, I mentioned my thought that the slot of a real action hero is open in Tamil cinema today. Fights are an undeniable and enjoyable part of our masala films but our fights have increasingly become over-the-top, implausible stunts that our heroes are shown to execute, rather clumsily, through graphics and/or wires. And the stunts that someone actually performs are usually done by the unsung heroes - the stunt doubles. So by a real action hero, I mean a hero who does his own stunts. And I don't mean the kind of lame leaps or jumps that our heroes actually do(usually in slo-mo) either. I mean real action that gets our pulses racing and our adrenaline flowing, like the Parkour sequences we saw in Casino Royale or District B13.

Reading about the audio launch of Surya - One Man Army made me feel like that was the slot Vijay Chiranjeevi is going for. He is the son of Stunt director Jaguar Thangam, who is producing and directing the film to launch his son. The function seems to have been well-attended('Jayam' Ravi, Satyaraj, Kushboo and Perarasu are some of the attendees mentioned) and the speeches of the guests seem to point to Vijay having some great stunt scenes. Ofcourse there's the tiny problem that Vijay looks more like one of the villain's henchman rather than the hero. I guess Surya's release will tell if his stunts are good enough to make us overlook that and accept him as a hero (I think Ajay Devgan is the son of a stunt director too and was criticized for his looks when he was introduced. Look where he is now!).


At 12:09 AM, Blogger Bart said...

As of now, he does look like an allakkai.. But why go to Ajay devgan- Arjun in his early movies (used to fight like chinese kungfu master with a 'aaa-woo-choo-oaa-kow' sound effect), Murali in his early movies or our own Ilayathalapathi (remember kumudham wrote "who will pay money to watch this face in theatre?" when rasigan released) are all 'never-would-believe-allakkais-to-aanazhagans' stories.. Will have to wait and watch. (Can't watch now for sure) :)

At 4:44 AM, Blogger VThinkTank said...

This Vijay Chiranjeevi looks a little like Silambarasan too.

Hey Chimbu you have a competition from a look-a-like, not Dhanush.

Just kidding folks.

Make it a Good Day

At 5:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

he looks like a villain bc of his hair. with a good cut, he'd look less sinister.

At 6:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Considering the offerings of hero's Tamil cinema gets. I'm sure if he's half decent in the movie we will warm up to him. I watched Kuruvi yesterday and was trying to compare the khadalukku mariyadai vijay to the one now. What a difference!( I mean yes, Vijay looked especially terrible in his first movies but in K.M because of his role and a hair cut my friends and I had decided he was cute!)
*Shudders* I don't know..

who know's a hair cut, shave and waxing of his uni-brow and we might have the next action hero!*operative being 'might'*

At 7:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"(remember kumudham wrote "who will pay money to watch this face in theatre?" when rasigan released)"

really? They wrote that? I am surprised. But thats how I feel about him even today :-)

At 9:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I firmly believe that strong acting can really make sit up and actually pay the money to go to the theater to watch actors who look like the rowdy-next-door :-) if the likes of rajni and vijay have made it big with their ordinary looks, ppl like parthiban have survived in the industry for 20 years thanks to creating a niche for themselves...though parthiban gets criticized for indulging in gimmicks in the name of "vidyaasam" (he was heavily censured by kumudam for the way he conducted the "Kirukalgall" book launch) or the occasional sleazefest (like that despicable pachcha kudhira) he still does something unique (like ammuvagiya naan...) to make ppl go beyond his looks and appreciate the characters he plays...
maybe this kid will do the same, who knows...but paaka songi paya maari irukaan!

At 10:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

whenever people like this come along, it makes looking at the previously intolerable faces tolerable..captain made rajini look handsome, prabhudeva made captain tolerable, vijay made prabhudeva look decent, dhanush and simbu make vijay look like a stud and now this guy will make dhanush look handsome. Hope he can atleast act.


At 1:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmmm ... I guess the census here is the same, if a hero gives good films, we disregard looks. This guy, if he grooms himself well, will pass. Worse faces are superstars today.

I just wish we can get rid of these import heroines and get native ones who can act and know the language. Rewinding back to films from the 80s, one occasionally sees wonderful characters done by the likes of Urvashi(Malayalam), Bhanupriya(Telugu),Shobana(Malayalam), Revathy(Malayalam/Tamil), Karthika, Nadiya and some others. That may be one of the reasons(among many) that today's films have lost their magic. I mean, who really looks back at films released in the last few years as classics.


At 2:16 PM, Blogger Srivatsan Sridharan said...

As for Simbu, I don't have problems with his looks. Only with what he gives in theatre :)

At 7:47 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

bart, closing line super :)

vthink, now that u say... :)

anon, not sure hair's the only problem here :)

sivajini, yeah tamil movie audiences have been been real lenient and accepting when it comes to their heroes' looks :)

"waxing of his uni-brow" - laughed out loud at that one :)

vijay, but i bet kumudham doesn't dare to print something like that today :)

ram, based on the report about what they screened @ the audio release function, it doesn't sound like there's gonna be a lot of scope for acting in 'surya'. so the question is where the stunts alone will make us warm up to him :)

kumar, know exactly what u mean :)

kajan, i think once we get good roles, the native heroines will come. out heroes films just need someone who can show some skin, dance and look scared. so these gals fit the bill :)

srivatsan, :)

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