The man of the masses ‘Thala’ Ajith Kumar is set to begin shooting for Viswasam in Hyderabad next week. The team has planned a long shooting schedule to make up for lost time due to the 48-day industry strike. The film is expected to be an accessible mass entertainer like Veeram and Vedalam (the two previous successful collaborations of Ajith with director Siva).
Among his many films as a handsome lover boy between 1993 and 1998, Aasai, Kadhal Kottai and Kadhal Mannan stood out. Though none of these were extraordinary performances, Ajith showed enough potential which would later be tapped by other directors. He established himself as an energetic young hero and developed a solid fan base amongst youngsters.
In 2000, Ajith gave restrained and mature performances in films like Kandukonden Kandukonden and Mugavari. In the former, he played an aspiring film director while in the latter, he played an aspiring music director. Both these films endeared him to the family audience.
After a long testing phase, Varalaru happened in 2006 and Ajith got to play triple roles in this K.S.Ravikumar directorial. He was particularly brilliant as the effeminate dancer Shivashankar and his abandoned son Jeeva. Much to everyone’s surprise, Ajith convincingly pulled off the dance sequences too. Kireedam in 2007 was like a throwback to the good old ‘Mugavari’ days of Ajith. His emotional outburst in the climax was spoken about widely at the time.
Yennai Arindhaal saw a change in treatment and style for Ajith, as it was a trademark Gautham Menon film. The brief flashback sequence in Vedalam, where Ajith played a boisterous North Madras rowdy (with the all-time favourite ‘Aaluma Doluma’ song sequence) was also new for him.
In his recent films, Ajith has mostly delivered one-note performances. Clearly the focus has been more on his screen presence (high speed shots, a stylish walk and the works), risky action sequences and gallery pleasing moments. We hope to see Ajith in performance-heavy parts too, every now and then.