Cinema Background, is it a boon or a curse?
Having a cinema background, is it a boon or a curse?
Whenever a great actor or director’s kin debuts, the first comment that comes out from the audience is ‘He is very lucky. He has a cinema background’. But the pressure of coming from an established cinema family is really immense because people expect an instantaneous success from them. Critics don’t treat them as newcomers and write them off if they falter.
It might be easy for them to step into the industry; but, in order to sustain they need to toil really hard.
Now, let’s get to know about various personalities who had a cinema background!
Vijay- the longest ever to sustain!
Ilayathalapathy is indeed a role model for aspiring actors having a cinema background. Though he is at his peak currently, he too has crossed a lot of hurdles and humiliations. A weekly magazine wrote ‘Will anyone spend Rs.120 for this face?’ during the initial phases of his career. And the same magazine came up with a tagline for him, ‘Is he the next Superstar’. These two pieces of articles are enough to describe his prominence as an actor.
And moreover, when he was successful with romantic films, he tried-and-tested the mass hero avatar in the form of Thirumalai. It is indeed the breaking point for Vijay and from that juncture he has been the most bankable hero in Tamil Cinema.
Surya- the late bloomer!
Surya had literally struggled a lot before making a mark for himself. Coming from the Sivakumar family, Surya was criticized for his mediocre acting and poor dancing skills during the initial phase of his career. There is a tried-and-tested formula in Tamil cinema ‘If you want to get acclaim, go to Bala’. Surya too got a deserving critical acclaim after Nanda and the rest is history!
The Multitalented, but Lethargic STR!
STR has been acting since his childhood and he was touted to be the next superstar by his father T Rajendhar. Till now, he has proved his versatility in acting, singing, dancing, writing and directing. But currently, he feels lost and doesn’t even care about his market and competition with other actors. Hope he recovers and bounce back in quick time to entertain his fans with his multitalented charisma!
Jiiva & Jithan Ramesh – success and failure from the same household!
R.B. Choudhary launched both his sons through his banner Super Good Films. Though the initial films of Jiiva were mediocre, he tasted success through the Amir-thriller Ram. He carried that momentum and went on to prove himself as a potential actor through his films like Katrathu Tamizh, SMS, Ko, Nanban, Endrendrum Punnagai and so on. His last 5-8 films might not have worked well at the box office but a natural actor like Jiiva can bounce back anytime!
The same is not the case with his brother Jithan Ramesh. He debuted in a high-profile film featuring alongside Sarath Kumar in Jithan. But since his debut, he hasn’t produced any memorable films and is even at the verge of being field out.
Vijay Yesudas - the singer (Not Actor :P)
Vijay Yesudas has openly admitted in an interview that even though his father was a great singer, it was tough for him to establish himself. Entering production houses or recording studios was easier for him, and his friends or acquaintances in the music field even promised him a chance in their future films. But THE CHANCE never came!
At last he got a breakthrough and he is reaping all the accolades at present after years of perseverance. To put in a nutshell, a late bloomer despite having a well-established background!
Shanthanu, Sibi, Atharva, Vikram Prabhu et al!
Shanthanu, the son of the legendary screenwriter and actor K.Bhagyaraj, debuted in a film which had AR Rahman musical. But, except the music, the film got lukewarm response from the audience. After years of continuous failures, he got critical acclaim for his acting in his recent flick Mupparimaanam.
Sibi has almost the same story as Shanthanu, but is currently one step ahead of him. The scion of Sathyaraj faced a heap of failures until Naaigal Jaakrathai. After that, he starred in a couple of mediocre films and his yet-to-be-released film Sathya is being widely anticipated!
Atharva is the son of the subtle actor Murali who acted as a college student in most of his films. Though Atharva has few hits to his name, he is still trying to gain a foothold in this highly competitive industry!
Vikram Prabhu, the descendant of the great Sivaji Ganeshan and notable actor Prabhu, got a grand debut through Kumki. Post Kumki, his films Arima Nambi, Sigaram Thodu and Vellakaara Durai worked well at the box office. He is also trying to establish himself as a bankable hero.
Prashanth: once a Chocolate Boy, now just a Boy-Next-Door!
Prashanth is the son of yesteryear actor and director Thyagarajan. His initial filmography is indeed a dream for many actors, since he acted in Maniratnam, Shankar, Balu Mahendra and RK Selvamani films. At his peak, he acted as a lead in Kalloori Vaasal in which, the now celebrated Thala, was a second hero.
Industry pundits predicted that Prashanth would go a long way in Tamil Cinema. But he somehow proved them wrong through his inconsistency and lack of commitment. He is almost field out but is still eyeing on a favourable comeback!