Regarded as the king of Kollywood’s Box Office. His films get an opening so massive that they are comparable with the Box Office opening of a Rajinikanth film. He made it big in the industry without having a Godfather and managed to be the darling of the masses and the critics. His charming looks and electrifying screen presence makes girls go weak in their knees. The actor I am talking about is none other than Ajith.
Throughout his two decade-long career, Ajith has kept his status simple and redefined the status of a star without garnering much publicity. He is one actor who lets his films do the talking. Due to Ajith
’s immense star power, he was listed #61 in Forbes India’s Top 100 Celebrities for the year 2012.
He is not a regular archetypal star but somebody who experimented with his roles whenever he could. His interests include things other than acting, some of which include flying, aero-modelling and photography. He has managed to win the hearts of millions of fans who fondly call him the ‘ultimate star’ or ‘thala’.
Having starred in 54 films in his 20 year-old career span, Ajith describes his journey as a very long and lonely one. His journey so far is a testimony of what one could achieve. Ajith was born into a multi-ethnic family, a Sindhi mother and a Malayali father. Ajith dropped out of school early to work as a mechanic and inculcated his passion for biking. He initially began modelling to support himself financially, but later was offered roles in films. His first film was Prema Pustagam, a Telugu-language film which remains the only Telugu film he has worked on.
In Tamil, he made his debut with Amaravathi, for which he was paid a meager Rs. 390! After having done a few unsuccessful projects as a lead and character artist, Ajith got his first break with Aasai produced by Mani Ratnam
in the year 1995. His journey remained rather turbulent even after that but he was persistent with his roles.
Reascendance to stardom:
Ajith strode out to stardom in the year 2000 following the release of Vaali,
a psychological-drama, in which he played dual role. It garnered much appreciation and made the movie a cult-classic. Ajith went on to star in consecutive hits after that, he went on to do super-hit films like Anandha Poongatrey, Mugavari
and Poovellam Un Vasam
. Ajith also had a negative role in the Hindi historical movie, Asoka opposite Shahrukh Khan. Although the movie wasn’t successful, Ajith won accolades for it. He later transformed from the role of ‘kadhal mannan’ to an action hero in Dheena, Red, Citizen
He was awarded the Filmfare and State Award for his role for a handicapped person in Villain
Ajith’s successful stint with Formula One:
Inspite of a flourishing career in acting, Ajith took time off to chase his passion for racing. After doing fewer films for the year and concentrating fully on Formula car racing, Ajith, in a sabbatical, participated in the 2004 British Formula Three season as a Formula Two racing driver and was ranked the third best motor car driver in India at his peak. Ajith faced much criticism from the film world for his controversial remarks on politics. He responded by saying that he cannot be politically correct and diplomatic like his contemporaries.
The Ultimate star:
Ajith was in the limelight for his fluctuating weight issue. He went on to star in Varalaru, for which he played 3 roles, Ajith went on to win his 3rd Filmfare Award for this role. Ajith then went on to star in Billa, a remake of yesteryear-hit of the same name. It fetched several accolades for Ajith who was at his stylish best in this film. However, the prequel to it failed to impress the audience. Following this, Ajith’s 50th film, Mangatha, broke the stereotype of a hero and successfully portrayed him in a negative role. Last year, Ajith starred in Arambam and teamed up with Vishuvardhan again after Billa. The movie collected a sum of 100 crore in just a span of 10 days.
Ajith’s recent movie in which he played a good Samaritan is Veeram
, which released in over 13 countries is a super-hit at the Box Office. His next project tentatively titled Thala55, directed by Gautham Menon, features the actor in the role of a cop.
Although Ajith’s stint in bollywood din’t continue he might still be in race to play a role in Dhoom 4, There is a buzz in kollywood that Ajith should play the role of a baddie in the next dhoom franchise. A formula one racer, a biker and the only actor to have a pilot license Ajith might seem like a perfect choice for the role. What one wonders is, if Ajith can make an average script a super-hit, he surely can make a massive screen presence for a fantastic script like Pizza or Soodhu Kavum
. Be it his simple persona or his massive presence on screen, Ajith is truly ruling the roost in the film industry,he is the emperor and undoubtedly the ultimate star.