2006. My first year in college. During the Diwali in that year, we wanted to go for a movie FDFS. I wished to see Vallavan, because i was very much impressed by Simbhu’s Manmathan (2004). I was confident that my friends (Janarthan Balaji & few others) would get tickets for Vallavan. On the day of Diwali, I went to the Baba Complex Theatre and only there I came to know that the movie we were going to watch was VARALAARU. Ajithkumar’s movie. I was mood out, at that very instant.
Without much joy & excitement, I stood in the long queue. Getting crushed among the fans. Chanting of THALA, THALA echoed everywhere. It was electrifying. I was wondering how a actor, who has more flops in his career than hits, is still able to draw such massive crowds to the theatre. That was the first time, I started to observe Ajith. Into the theatre. Title is on. Nobody was on their seat. When Ajith hits the screen, smoking a pipe and giving a laugh……wow…amazing….The fans gave a monstrous applause, whistle…..But i felt that these things happen, in all big star movie’s FDFS. So, I took it lightly.
Later, during the Intro of the ‘Dancer’ Ajith…I really felt that this guy is a better actor than he is looked upon. The role that he portrayed was a SHOCK to me. How did this guy who is still suffering with flops, can do such a character ? I said to myself that though it was a bold move by Ajith, the recognition that he would get would be less. After the movie, I came out with the opinion that AJITH CAN PERFORM WELL, than many thought. The movie went to become the biggest hit of Ajith’s career at that time, added to it he won his Filmfare Award for the Best Actor. I was glad that I was proved wrong and Ajith won praises for his performance.
Later came Aalwar. Right. This guy has gone back to his roots. Giving flops. But, this one was a terrible & horrible flop. Pokiri, which was released during the same time, went to become a MEGA-BLOCKBUSTER for Vijay. During that time, I liked Vijay a lot. I had seen the movie GHILLI, 5 times and Pokiri, 3 times. I wasn’t a fan of Vijay, but I preferred to se his movies. Kireedam, an average grosser movie, though didn’t make a big impact was quite well received for Ajith, in playing a not-so-action-hero type.
One day, in a magazine, I learnt that Ajith was going to act in the remake of Super Star’s ‘BILLA‘. This was really the worst idea that Ajith could take, I felt. I really felt sorry for him. Earlier, he was drawn into comparisons with his peer, Vijay. Well, it happens in all movie industries. But, now he will be drawn into comparison, with a actor who is looked upon as GOD. No surpassing GOD. It never happens. Good Luck, Ajith, be safe, was the words running in my mind. All magazines had the same thing to say. This could really be the turning point of Ajith.
December 2007. Billa. Largest worldwide release for Ajith. Marched into the theatre (KG Cinema which is now Big Cinemas), with my friends. The title card thanked Rajnikanth for permitting them to remake the movie. As usual, volcanic eruptions of whistles, just for the name RAJINIKANTH.
The Intro Scene. The Title Design of Billa. The Cinematography. These were totally of very high quality. Totally unexpected kind of movie-making. The Interval Block where Ajith says, ‘I AM BACK’ , standing beneath the flying helicopter, was the scene where Ajith became THALA for me. Not only to me, but also to many of my friends. From that day, till now I am fan of Thala.
The movie went to be a MASSIVE HIT. Heaping praises for Ajith & even more appreciations for not lowering the hype-expectations of a Super Star movie remake. My mom, who is always a Die-Hard of Rajinikanth, also said to me that Ajith had upheld the expectations of a Super Star movie and that she had became a fan of Ajith.
The don look. The Outfits. Perfect, it was perfect. It was TAILOR-MADE for Ajith. The look of the movie was of Hollywood Standard.
That was indeed, THE TURNING POINT in Ajith’s career. It also had been my turning point in my outlook towards him.