Top countdowns for 2005

This is a consolidation of Vijay’s position in various Top 5/Top 10 countdowns from various websites, for the year 2005:

Top heroes of 2005 IndiaGlitz [Friday, December 30, 2005] : Vijay at No.1

Top 10 personalities of 2005 (Behindwoods) : Vijay at No.5

Top 10 MOVIES (Behindwoods) : Sivakaasi at No.4 and Thiruppachi at No.7

Top 10 MOVIES (Indiaglitz) : Thiruppachi at No.5

Top 10 Songs-2005(Sify) : Thirupachi: “Kumbida Pona deivam.…” at No.5 and Sivakasi: “Ada Ennatha Solvenungo…” at No.6

Tamil box-office 2005(Sify) : Thiruppachi at No.4


Aathi – Rollicking rhythms

Music Review
IndiaGlitz [Friday, December 30, 2005]

Ramana, Vijay and Vidyasagar had teamed up together to render a musical hit in Thirumalai about a couple of years ago.

Now the trio is back with Aathi, which has five catchy numbers set to tunes by Vidyasagar.
Quite typical to Vijay’s earlier films, Aathi has predominantly foot-tapping and racy numbers. For such songs the usual suspects of Anuradha Sreeram, S P Balasubramaniam, Tippu, Karthik and Sujatha have come together.

Olli Olli Iduppae (Karthik, Anuradha Sriram)
A rocking beginning for the album. A vibrant Anuradha Sreeram and an energetic Karthik belt out a zinger of a song. The rhythms are heavy. Understandably so. The Punjabi beats set your beats going. The pulsation is splendid. Vidyasagar shows that he has a way with mass appeal songs.

Lealakku Lealakku Leala (Kay Kay, Sujatha) This is also a thundering song that tries to fuse western and the rural music. A typical village beat coupled with a western orchestration is the highlight. More than the tune, Vidyasagar’s shrewd orchestration stands apart. Sujatha, with her natural melody, and Kay Kay, with a spontaneous flow, give a good account of themselves.

Thadakku Thadakku (Hariharan, Sujatha)
The Hindustani inspiration is obvious. Hariharan is on home turf as fleshes out the nuances in the tune brilliantly. His voice stands rock solid as he goes through the higher octave with aplomb. Sujatha is more than an able foil to him. The highlight of the song is the use of tabla and flute at appropriate places by Vidyasagar. The brisk pace of the tune also adds an extra allure.

Athi Athikka (SP Balasubramaniam, Sadhana Sargam)
A music-director can relax if he has a singer like S P Balasubramaniam at his command. And SPB is at his commanding best, even though the tune is not the most original. The song deserves a special mention for it has less instrumentation and does not over ride the lyrics.

Yeai Durra (Tippu, Syndhavi)
Sure to bring the roof down is this foot-tapping number. Vidyasagar seems to have used all percussion instruments on earth to get the right feel for such a racy number. It is a rocking number that will have Vijay’s fans bringing the roof down.

Aathi – Action all the way

IndiaGlitz [Tuesday, December 27, 2005]

After the success of Thirumalai, director Ramana joins hands with Vijay again for his next Aathi, which is a remake of the Telugu hit Atanokkade.

Vijay has always relished doing remakes and movies like Ninaithen Vandhai, Priyamanavale and Gilli have done wonders to his career.

His father and veteran director S A Chandrasekhara is producing Aathi.

The pairing of Vijay-Trisha is highly popular following their success of Gilli and Thirupachi. Sai Kumar, who has made strides as a hero in Telugu and Kannada films, tries his hand as a villain.

‘It’s a nice feeling to be part of a film involving Vijay, Vidyasagar. I have done my best to dish out a different brand’, Ramana says.

On the difficulty involved in doing remakes, Ramana says, ‘when doing remakes, one has to meet the expectations already generated. Anything short of that will not be accepted. That is the only pressure but it has only made me sit tight and do one better.’

Speaking about the film, Vijay says, ‘I play college student in Aathi. The movie has good action, romance and sentiments to attract my fans. Trisha gives me company in the movie’.

The supporting cast includes Prakash Raj, Vijayakumar, Nasser, Manivannan, Livingston and Seetha, among others.

Slated for a release this Pongal, the movie has couple of songs shot in Switzerland.

Vijay: “Prince of Tamil Cinema”

December 27, 2005

Vijay’s Adi had a shooting schedule in Hyderabad. Vijay was overwhelmed by the number of fans who had gathered to see the shooting. Meanwhile, Tamil sangam in Hyderabad conferred the title “Prince of Tamil Cinema” on Vijay. A visibly happy Vijay stated that he had to thank director Ramana for his new found action image. Thirumalai was the movie which laid the foundation for his second innings.

Vijay has been taking extra care in the stunt sequences of the movie. In one action sequence Vijay jumped from a high bridge without any double. In another scene he had to run opposite a speeding train for nearly 2 kilo meters. Vijay did the scene himself even when the tracks were very slippery. Adi’s crew including director Ramana was left speechless by Vijay’s involvement.

Vijay gets pat from Vikram

By MIO Team
Dec 24, 2005, 09:24

Many people who have said that Vikram and Vijay are not in good terms have to eat their own words now. They are very professional and seem to be comfortable with each other. Vikram even went to the extent of praising the actor to the skies.

Vikram released the audio of Vijay’s film ‘Aadhi’ on December 22. Lead actors of the film Vijay and Trisha didn’t attend the function but Vikram and Sonia Agarwal were there to add glamour. Vikram said that Vijay looks very handsome in ‘Aadhi’ and would like to ask him the secrets behind it.

He is confident that ‘Aadhi’ will run for 250 days and celebrate silver jubilee, pointing that he released the audio of ‘Gilli’ and went on to become a big hit. The villain of the film Saikumar also spoke high of hero Vijay.

Director Ramana thanked the producer of the film S A Chandrasekaran for giving him the chance to showcase his talents. Vidyasagar composed the tunes of the album. The film is scheduled to hit the theatres on Pongal.

Well, Vikram has shut all the speculations that he doesn’t get along well with Vijay. In fact, he has shown the upcoming actors the importance of healthy competition.

Trisha and Vijay in Arakku Valley

Not a soul around in Arakku Valley. Yellow flowers sprouting in clusters; Trisha, like a wild mynah among the yellow flowers, with Vijay like a romancing parrot.

If you take this tale to Vijay’s home, you will get a bang on the head. All this happened in the shooting of ‘Aathi’.

With the idea of shooting the song sequence for “ippa illaatti eppo…” differently for Pa. Vijay’s lyrics set to tune by Vidyasagar, director Ramana has taken Trisha and Vijay to Aarakku Valley.

The song was shot with the hero and heroine in close range among the gigantic dam, sprouting sandy islets and huge boulders. When it rained in the valley of yellow flowers, it started raining and Trisha was made to get drenched in the rain. This was again captured beautifully by cameraman Sounderrajan.

What is to be noted is that they have used three new types of cameras to shoot this song.

Aathi On Location


(Vijay, Trisha, Saikumar, Vijay Kuamr, Prakashraj, Amita, Nasser, Sneha Nambiar, Livinston, Malavika, Rajan P. Dev, Manivannan, Rajkapur, Damu, Sita, Vivek)

After doing a couple of straight films, Vijay turns to a remake – Aathi – to be directed by Ramana, who had teamed up with Vijay earlier to give the superhit `Thirumalai’.

Aathi is the remake of the successful Telugu film, `Athathanokkadey’, which had Kalyanram, grandson of NTR, playing the hero.

Vijay is paired with Trisha in the Tamil film, this coming after their pairing for `Gilli’ and `Thirupachi’.

Vijay plays Aathi, a college student living in a joint family. How the peace in the household is shattered by the machinations of a man, and how Aathi carries out his vendetta against him, forms the core of the film.

Saikumar plays the villain of the piece. Playing Aathi’s grandfther is Vijay Kumar, while the parents are played by Prakashraj and Amita.The others in the cast are Nasser, Sneha Nambiar, Livinston, Malavika, Rajan P. Dev, Manivannan, Rajkapur, Damu and Sita. Vivek has been roped in for comedy.

A romantic song was picturised on Vijay and Trisha on a set designed at a cost of Rs 40 lakh. Accompanying them were 50 dancers and a crowd comprising about 75 children and some junior artistes.

The film, Vijay’s home production, has music by Vidyasagar, and is scheduled for a Pongal release.

Malini Mannath
Published on Dec 23rd, 2005