7 Movies that Made Vijay a real ‘Thalapathy’

Joseph Vijay Chandrasekhar is more than just another Tamillian superstar. Being hailed as “Ilayathalapathy” (young commander), or just “Thalapathy” Vijay has become an all time favourite in Tamillian cinema, second, only to the great Rajnikanth. He is the highest paid actor and everything he touches turns to gold, quite literally. Today, he turns 46, and what better way to celebrate him than to recapitulate his best movies.

If you have not seen these, watch them. And if you have seen these, re-watch them.

Here are 7 of Thalapathy Vijay’s Best Movies You MUST see-

7. Ghilli

This romantic action thriller has a very unique story. It is a remake of the Telugu hit, Okkadu. It’s about a kabaddi player, Velu, who goes to Madhurai for a tournament and rescues Dhanalakshmi from the grip of a notorious leader who is insistent on forcefully marrying her. Ghilli is a perfect entertainer. Each character is developed well, the screenplay is gripping, the music is beautifully composed, the action sequences are well executed, and overall, it is a great movie. Vijay steals the show with her performance, and this makes Ghilli a must watch.

Watch it on- MX Player, JioCinema, Amazon PrimeVideo

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6. nanban

Nanban is the remake of the Bollywood movie, 3 Idiots. Vijay plays the ever eager learner, Panchavan Pariventhan, who mysteriously disappears after college and leads his friends on a wild journey to find him. What set Nanban apart for Vijay, was that it wasn’t ‘massey’. He didn’t play an action hero or a romantic. It showed his versatility and ability to take on more nuanced and experimental roles, further proving his talent as an actor. Nanban is a hilariously heartwarming coming of age film, that everyone must see.

Watch it on- Amazon PrimeVideo, Hotstar

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5. Kadhaluku Mariyadhai

Kadhaluku Mariyadhai is another one of Vijay’s earlier romantic hits. It paved the way for his fame and grew his fanbase exponentially. Kadhaluku Mariyadhai is a tale about two lovers, Jeeva and Mini, who’s families strongly disapprove their relationship. Against all odds, and in Jeeva’s case, numerous beatings, they fight to stay together. Kadhaluku Mariyadhai will break your heart, but stitch it right back together soon after. It’s a must watch, specially for those who love Vijay in his charming lover boy roles.

Watch it on- Amazon PrimeVideo, Eros NOW

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4. Pokkiri

Pokkiri stars Vijay as Thamizh, a violent thug tangled in his web of murder, lies, crime and love. On one hand he is willing to do anything for money, including kill, but on the other he has to salvage his relationship with Shruthi, who hates his violent side. This Prabhu Deva romantic thriller has all the elements of a blockbuster- a strong plot, iconic punchlines, humour, great actors and a twist in the tale. Pokkiri is a wholesome entertainer, and one of Vijay’s best movies.

Watch it on- MX Player, JioCinema

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3. Poove Unakkaga

Poove Unakkaga was one of Vijay’s pivotal earlier movies which established him as a household name. Back then, he wasn’t the action hero Vijay, but the gentle and romantic Vijay. Poove Unakkaga narrates the story of Raja, who is in love with Nandhini who is in love with Lawrence, a Christian man. This love triangle takes an unexpected turn when Raja decides to sacrifice his love, and unite Nandhini and Lawrence. Poove Unakkaga, while being a beautifully written movie, was also eye-opening in it’s treatment of inter-caste marriages. Vijay, as the broken heared romantic is a sight one should not miss out on.

Watch it on- MX Player, JioCinema

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2. Thupakki

Thuppakki stars Vijay as Jagadish Dhanapal, an Indian army captain who sets out on a race against time to decimate a terrorist sleeper cell, who have fatal plans for the nation. Thuppakki marks Vijay’s triumphant comeback to the Tamillian film industry after Sura, a movie which put his career at risk. Thuppakki is a great film in many ways, it has a strong story-line, it’s gripping, will evoke feelings of patriotism and has extremely powerful performances. It is a must watch for all those who love fast paced action movies.

Watch it on- MX Player, Hotstar

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1. Kaththi

Kaththi is by far Vijay’s most prolific movie as an actor. In this A.R. Murugadoss thriller, Vijay plays a dual role of an escaped prisoner, Kathiresan and his civillian lookalike, Jeeva. When Jeeva gets killed, Kathiresan assumes his identity, but soon finds himself becoming a reformer in many ways. Kaththi is fast paced and will have you hooked from the very start. The action is like no other, as is Vijay’s performance.

Watch it on- Amazon PrimeVideo

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Special Mention: Kannukkul Nilavu

It would be criminal to not include Kannukkul Nilavu in this list. In Kannukkul Nilavu, Vijay portrays Gautham, a man with deep rooted psychological issues, who with the help of Hema and her father, travels back to his past to make sense of his present. Kannukkul Nilavu is a nail biting movie that goes beyond mere romance. It delves deep into trauma and mental discomfort. Vijay nails the role of Gautham and proves that he is more than the charming boy next door, he is a true actor. Kannukkul Nilavu is a must watch for it’s unusual story and great script.

Watch it on- MX Player, JioCinema

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‘Ilayathalapathy’ Vijay is Indian Cinema’s most legendary actors, and has contributed to much of the industry’s success. He’s given us iconic performances, and we can’t wait to see what more he has in store for us.

Happy Birthday Ilayathalapathy Vijay, here is to everything you have, and will give us!

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