Vijay Sethupathi, the all-rounder

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By Haricharan Pudipeddi

Jun 14, 2024

Actor Vijay Sethupathi is certainly the best example of making it big in the film industry without any connections or backing.

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From humble beginnings, he, has struggled for many years before finally landing in films such as M Kumaran Son of Mahalakshmi (2004), Pudhupettai (2006), and Lee (2007).

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As Vijay Sethupathi’s 50th film Maharaja released in theatres on 14 June, South First takes a look at his journey, exploring his versatility through insights from some of his directors.

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In Maharaja, Vijay Sethupathi plays a barber. “Unlike most actors, Sethu anna (brother) gives importance to the script and his character more than anything,” shares Nithilan Saminathan.

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Nithilan went on to explain that Vijay Sethupathi didn’t see Maharaja as a major milestone film. “For him, he’s just getting started. That’s what he told me when we discussed this.”

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Vijay Sethupathi made his Telugu debut with Uppena (2021). “A rare actor. Someone who always ensures there’s something new for the audience,” shared Buchi Babu Sana.

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Vijay Sethupathi left audiences in awe of his sheer talent when he played a transgender woman (Shilpa) in Thiagarajan Kumararaja’s Super Deluxe (2019).

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To date, Shilpa happens to be the most challenging role Vijay Sethupathi has essayed in his career. In one of his interviews, Vijay Sethupathi revealed he begged for the role.

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