IS CURRENT AJITH KUMAR THE 90s RAJINIKANTH!!??

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My article on Tamil Superstar Ajith Kumar.

Submitted: August 02, 2016

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If you analyze the growth of the two legends of Kollywood, Kamal Hassan and Rajinikanth quite deeply, you will find until the later part of the 80s decade, both Kamal Hassan and Rajinikanth were almost equal at box-office. And both had equal fan base. It was from the start of 1990s Rajinikanth capitalized his box-office hold to a next level with the back to back blockbusters like Thalapathy, Annamalai, Veera, Baadsha, Mutthu, Arunachalam and Padayappa, even though Kamal Hassan too was giving blockbusters like Devar Magan, Singara velan, Indian, Avvai Shanmugi and Thenali. The fan base of Kamal Hassan remained the same while that of Rajinikanth doubled or even tripled during the decade of 90s.

Twenty years later, in the current decade, I see a same pattern occurring again Kollywood between two huge stars, Ajith Kumar and Joseph Vijay. During the years 2001 to 2010, both the stars had great rises and great falls. It was a decade in which both succeeded and both failed equally with Vijay being a little more bankable star than Ajith. But once the current decade started, that is from 2011, things started to change. With the release of Mankatha in 2011, Ajith launched himself into a bigger league and his fan base is on the rise ever since that film's release. That too in a really great speed similar to that of Rajini's fan base rise in the 90s. He had used the path created by Mankatha very wisely by following it with hits in Arrambam, Veeram, Yennai Arindhaal and Vedalam despite a Billa 2 failure. Moreover in the form of directors Venkat Prabhu, Vishnu Vardhan and Siva, Ajith has probably found his super directors same like Rajini did in the 90s in the form of Mani Ratnam, Suresh Krishna and K.S.Ravi Kumar.

The rapport that he has developed with Siva is surprisingly awesome and the combo seems to gel very well. Thala57, shoot of which is just half completed, seems to be completely different from previous two ventures. I sincerely hope that Siva can pull out an award winning performance from Ajith as he seems to have understood nook and corner of Ajith's body language.

Coming back to rise of Ajith's Superstar-dom, now suddenly we see the family audience showing more interest in Ajith's movies for which Vedalam's stupendous success is the best example. The young girls are starting to like him more which was a rare occurrence in the previous decade. Might be people are liking his honesty in his screen appearance, playing his age with a natural salt and pepper look as well as his personal qualities like not using his fans for his personal benefits, not encouraging any fake publicity for his films, helping others without anyone knowing, not attending any commercial functions and speaking his heart boldly. The honest and unanimous positive opinions about him coming from other celebrities and fans had made general people look at him in a positive way. It must be noted that these same good qualities of him were once responsible for giving an impression of him being rude and a head weighted person. After all the truth comes to light some day.
 

To me, the two important occurrences had good effect on general people's perception of Ajith Kumar. Firstly it was his open talk in a political function complaining about the arm twisting that was going on for making actors attend political function in front of the then chief minister and secondly the disbanding of his fan clubs which needs immense guts to do.
 

This rise of Ajith's fan base is a huge phenomenon because this is happening not during the absence or in a failure phase of the other star Vijay but this is happening despite Vijay too giving some decent hits from 2011 same like Kamal Hassan was giving hits in the 1990s.
 

Though the title of this article compares Ajith with Rajinikanth, as a fan I would be happy if he is talked about as the next Kamal Hassan too for the acting skills he possesses. As an ardent I humbly request directors to exploit the acting skills Ajith Kumar rather than simply using his star power. He deserves at least three national awards in his career. Hope that happens.

To me, Ajith Kumar can be both, a Rajinikanth who can act splendidly or a Kamal Hassan who has an aura of a Superstar.


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