'Makkal Selvan' Vijay Sethupathi celebrated his 41st birthday yesterday, January 16th. From very humble beginnings as a junior artist who had uncredited roles in many noted films like Pudhupettai, he stands tall today as one of the most acclaimed actors in the South. He is also a mass hero in his own right; he doesn’t ape what other established stars have already done. He has stamped his own unique brand and commands such a large fan following mainly for his original acting style, real life persona and the way he deals with his fans and people at large. The star actor has now completed more than 25 films as a lead actor and is in no hurry to stop any time soon. The industry and fans are also deeply attached to this phenomenon now.
Like how other big stars have special posters from their films launched on their birthday, Vijay Sethupathi also had two special posters launched yesterday - one from Chiranjeevi’s upcoming magnum opus Sye Raa (in which Sethupathi plays the character Raajapaandi) and the other from his upcoming film with Arun Kumar titled Sindhubaadh. Fans also celebrated his birthday widely on social media with trending hashtags, special display pictures and other tribute designs. The year began with a bang for Sethupathi thanks to Rajinikanth’s hit Petta. Though he didn’t have anything of note in the film, it shall still count as a commercial success for him at the end of the day.
In general, 2018 was a year of ups and downs for the 'Makkal Selvan'. While he had underwhelming films like Junga, Oru Nalla Naal Paathu Solren and Seethakaathi bringing down the balance, 96, Chekka Chivantha Vaanam, his production venture Merku Thodarchi Malai, the news that he is doing Petta and some extraordinary pre-release reports for his upcoming Super Deluxe (in which he plays a transgender) made sure that he won’t forget the year in a hurry.
Apart from his numerous film releases this year, Sethupathi will also be making his television debut with a unique talk show. The first episode will be aired coming Sunday. We can’t wait to see how he fares in his new avatar. Keep rocking, Makkal Selvan!