South cinema is separated into numerous sectors, including Kollywood (Tamil), Tollywood (Telugu), Sandalwood (Kannada), and Mollywood (Malayalam), each with their celebrities, but the guy who is the South’s largest superstar has had the most impact on the industry and is now the biggest actor.
Thalapathy Vijay has had a streak of disappointments since he began his career in 1994. Until 2000, he had just a few profitable films before Ghilli, his first blockbuster, was released in 2004. It was his first film to gross more than 50 crores, as well as one of the top-grossing pictures in Kerela at the time, and it turned out to be one of his greatest movies. After that, he was recognized as one of Kollywood’s top actors ( A-LIST ACTOR ) as he proceeded to deliver a continuous run of hits and flops until the release of Thuppakki in 2012, which made his as the South’s biggest superstar. This film was the most popular of the year, smashing all non-Rajni box office records and making Vijay the first actor to earn $100 million.
KATHTHI, which he collaborated with A.R. Murgadoss in 2014, boosted his popularity to new heights. Only a superstar can achieve this milestone, as Kaththi was the highest-earning film at the time, grossing over 100 crores. Until 2014, Vijay, along with THALA Ajith, was the only Kollywood actor who came close to Rajnikanth’s all-time superstar status. He partnered with ATLEE for the first time in 2016, and the rest is history; the picture shattered box office records once again in 2016, grossing over $100 million globally in only six days. Bhairava is a tremendous hit at the box office in 2017, grossing Rs 100 crore in just four days. Then there’s the key moment that established his status as the biggest southern superstar.
Mersal began with a global debut of 48 million dollars and went on to earn 100 million dollars in three days, 150 million dollars in seven days, and a lifetime total of 250 million dollars, one of the highest totals ever. Without first releasing with theatrical rights, Thalapathy Vijay’s earlier film, Master, had already gathered over 200 crores. After something like this, anyone can claim that he is the only largest south film superstar right now, as his film Bigil is the highest-grossing south film of 2019, not only in Tamil Nadu, but also in Malaysia and France, where his films continue to set records.
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