At some point in Tamil Cinema, the erstwhile hero of the masses, Shivaji Rao Gaekwad a.k.a Rajnikanth mired himself in “character roles” as the nice guy, much to the disappointment of his Rasigar mandirams (fan clubs) who’d fallen in love with his bullet-defying badassery. In the 80s, these masala flicks had a patent formula. Rajnikant would smoke like a chimney, dance with Silk Smitha and defy all laws of physics to destroy the bad guys.
Rajnikant’s success was largely attributed to the color of his skin, which was a few shades closer to the average Tamilian. His physics defying stunts or his nativity were never questioned, he was one of them, the projection of a million repressed and neutered libidos.
Nature abhors a vacuum, and it wasn’t long before K.N.Alagarswamy Vijayaraja a.k.a Vijayakanth donned the superhero costume, and became the new zeitgeist for the angry Tamilian. Vijayakant didn’t try to equal his master, he upped the ante, pushed the envelope, raised the bar, changed the game etc, carving a niche that is truly his own. It is said that in a Charlie Chaplin lookalike competition, Charlie Chaplin came third. Vijayakanth is better at being Rajnikanth in all respects.
In Soviet Tamil Nadu, Current Gets a Shock
This action scene, gamified
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