Suriya Sivakumar, an actor who has managed to garner huge following purely because of his perofmance in his films, completes 20 years in his acting career today. Making his debut with Nerrukku Ner in 1997, Suriya has had a phenomenal journey in his career which has, of course, seen few downs as well. His real synergy with Tamil viewers came with Nandha in 2001 for which he received accolades and well appreciated by critics and movie-buffs. And since then, there was no looking back for the actor who has played distinctive characters in his 20 years of acting career. We look at the top movies of his career which stand as a milestone in his road to stardom.
Directed by Bala, Nandha had Suriya essay a young man who grows up in a juvenile jail after he is stranded by his family. It is the lead actor’s fight with the society who considers him to be a misfit for a normal living. Suriya shot to fame with this film which only has been on the rise since.
Playing a cop, Suriya made a never-dying impact on Tamil viewers with his intense acting in Kaakha Kaakha. Directed by ace filmmaker Gautham Vasudev Menon, Kaakha Kaakha is one of the best movies in Suriya’s career. Suriya’s wife, Jyothika, played the leading lady in the film.
Playing a conman with an uncanny knack to convince people to buy his products, Suriya as Shakti in this high drama film stole many more hearts. Pithamagan too was directed by Bala making it his second timer with Suriya. Pithamagan redefined the careers of Suriya and Vikram, who played the lead role in the film.
Playing dual roles for the first time in his career, Suriya played two contrasting characters in Perazhagan. One of the characters had a hunchback which required huge efforts from an actor and Suriya pulled it off with conviction. Humour, intensity and drama, Suriya did it all in Perazhagan winning many more hearts.
A.R.Murugadoss directed this physiological thriller Ghajini and has Suriya play a businessman who ends up in a situation where he is beaten up by the antagonist which changes his life. The lead actor remembers anything for only 15 minutes and forgets all what happens before that and Suriya’s portrayal as a man with no memory left a long-lasting impact on Tamil audience. Ghajini was later remade in Hindi with Aamir Khan in the lead role.
Second time association with Gautham Vasudev Menon, Vaaranam Aayiram also had Suriya play a dual role of father-son which portrayed the emotional journey of a young man after he loses the love of his life. Convincing performance by Suriya as both, father and son, had everyone in awe and put Suriya at the top position in Tamil cinema.
Suriya turned to this commercial franchise of Singam and opted to play a cop who is ruthless and takes on the bad in the society. His mass following went up post Singam and the makers decided to cash in on this by making sequels to this franchise. Suriya’s acting display in Singam also proves that he is an entertainer with commercial viability in the market.