Tamil cinema has its good looking heroes,performing heroes and both.There were years when power of looks overpowered performance.But today cinema in general,has travelled very far,to showcase life's realities and mind's mysteries,with a tremendous thrust on the technical parameters of film making.It dwells upon the untold intricacies of character presentation,enabling the actors to get into the characters,as naturally as possible,without any dramatic or sentimental tags.The pages of dialogues that the actors of the last millennium had to memorise and deliver,have been minimised into a kind of short messaging system.
This tongue-saving new approach lets heroes of today,move forward with their physical and verbal simplicity.It is the action sequence that determines the power and position of many heroes today. In this light,the present article proposes to bring into a close up watch,two action heroes who have been considerably contributing their might to Tamil Cinema,as heroes with a certain amount of similarity,as well as with notable difference in their profiles.They are Vishal and Arya.
As heroes of Tamil cinema,both Vishal and Arya could be called close contemporaries. Vishal is a couple of years older than Arya and appeared straight as hero in the film Chellame in 2004.His father G.K Reddy's longstanding association with the film field, would have smoothened his process of entry into Tamil Cinema.Arya born as Jamshad Cethirakathi in Trikaripur,Kasargode district in Kerala,became Arya in Ullam Ketkume which was preceded by his next entry Arindhum Ariyamalum directed by Vishnuvardhan.
Starting his film career as the rogue-cum-adopted son of Prakashraj,who played the role of an enchanting rowdy father,the casual performance of Arya earned him the warming reception of a wider section of audience.Arindhum Ariyaamalum was released in 2005 and was soon followed by his 'debut' film Ullam Ketkume.
Vishal and Arya would both fall under the category of dynamic action heroes.The chief difference between them in their action manuel,is the power of decibel in the case of Vishal,to convey his anger and fury against his antagonists and the charming counter action mode of Arya,in handling his rivals.Vishal's force of rendering brief dialogues and the incomparable sweetness of Arya in using his tongue for delivery of dialogues,are the two distinctly opposite dimensions,in the execution of their action programme.
Both Sandakozhi and Thimiru brought forth the amazing voice wield of Vishal. In contrast,Arya meddled with his fellow actors with an absolute stroke of mischief starting from Arindhum Ariyamalum,through films like Vettai, Settai, Pattiyal and Vattaaram.Vishal continued his male nonchalance and muscle power in quite a number of films such like Thamirabaharani,Vedi,Malaikkottai,Sathyam,Poojai, Amabala,Pattathu Yaanai and Kadhakali.
Arya continued his charismatic journey through delivering roles as compactly as possible,in films like Kalaabha Kaadhalan,Raja Rani,Aarambam and Kaappaan.Arya has a flair for generating effortless humour with ease and comfort in role play,reflected in almost all his films,especially in Boss Engira Bhaskaran,Vasuvum Saravananum Onna Padichavanga and Raja Rani.The first two were robust romantic comedies with Arya and Santhanam taking the audience to roars of laughter.The two films made by M.Rajesh,overflowed with the revelling one liners of Santhanam and the happy-go- lucky take backs of Arya.
Arya has an endearing profile taking him closer to the audience whther it is a full length hero role,or a secondary hero character,or just a cameo appearance.In fact, Arya is the only hero who has made maximum cameo appearances.Nearly one third of his films belong to this category.His other popular entries were Orampo,Sarvam, Yatchan,Kadamban,Gajiniganth and Magamuni.
Variety in character portrayal has come in the films of Arya.Bala who is a film maker celebrated for delving into rare and untrodden realms of creativity,inducted Arya in his film Naan Kadavul,in which the hero was assigned the role of an Aghori. Arya essayed the challenging role with his innate felicity for donning any different role with his well driven acting zeal.Despite his amazing performance,Arya missed the National award though his maker Bala got it for his best direction.However, Arya won the Filmfare award for his daring depiction of the role of Aghori.