I’m tired of those kinds of films, says Vijay Sethupathi

The actor mentions facing both positive and negative experiences while being part of multi-starrers.

BySouth First Desk

Published Jun 07, 2024 | 6:25 PMUpdatedJun 07, 2024 | 7:00 PM

Vijay Sethupathi says he's tired of playing villain and doing cameo roles

Tamil audiences who have closely followed Vijay Sethupathi’s career might wonder what happened to him and why his Tamil films aren’t being released as frequently as they used to.

For a while, Vijay Sethupathi didn’t focus on being the lead hero. Instead, he took on significant roles in films from other languages, such as Uppena (2021) and Jawan (2023).

Despite facing significant criticism from his fans, Vijay Sethupathi played the role of a villain in Tamil films—Master (2021) and Vikram (2022).

In a latest interview, Sethupathi mentioned that his performances were often overlooked, despite his effort being on par with that of the lead heroes.

When asked if he had a list of stars he aspired to work with, Vijay Sethupathi, candidly replied that he is tired of those kinds of films.

He mentioned facing both positive and negative experiences while being part of multi-starrers.

“When you agree to a share screenspace with another star, you understand the role you’re taking on. However, sometimes, despite your hard work and performance, there’s little recognition given in the end. You contribute as much to the film as the star does, yet it often goes unnoticed.”

Vijay Sethupathi clarified that he has chosen to refrain from taking on roles as a villain or in guest appearances.

He reaffirmed this decision during the promotion of Merry Christmas (2024), expressing his intention to avoid such roles in the future.

“I have turned down such offers. When you play multiple roles within the same genre (antagonist), there are also constraints and comparisons to your previous films and performances,” he added.

Vijay Sethupathi’s characters of Bhavani in Master and Santhanam in Vikram garnered criticism for their similarities.

There were speculations that Vijay Sethupathi initially had reservations about taking on the role in the Kamal Haasan-starrer due to these unavoidable comparisons, but eventually proceeded with it.

Vijay Sethupathi’s Maharaja promotions turn heads

Vijay Sethupathi at the famous Burj Khalifa. (X)

Vijay Sethupathi at the famous Burj Khalifa. (X)

Finally, Vijay Sethupathi fans can breathe a sigh of relief, as his 50th film, Maharaja, directed by Nithilan Saminathan of Kurangu Bommai (2017)-fame, is set to release on 14 June.

The actor has been actively promoting his upcoming film, and as part of this exercise, the Maharaja team is currently in Dubai. A glimpse into the film was showcased on the iconic Burj Khalifa.

Life seems to have come full circle for Vijay Sethupathi, who initially worked as an accountant in Dubai before transitioning into films.

From being an employee to promoting his film at one of the most renowned landmarks in the same country, Vijay Sethupathi’s journey has amazed everyone.

Fans have been applauding his dedication and success in cinema, while his pictures and videos from the Dubai promotions are gaining widespread attention on social media.

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