Kerala is place where People accept movies and actors regardless of the language. Let’s have a look at the rankings Of Tamil actors of this generation based on their fan base in Kerala.
Rank #10 Vishal
Vishal is an actor who made his debut in a lead role through ‘Chellamae’, which was released in 2004.
Malayali Audience started to recognise Vishal from ‘Sandakozhi’. Sandakozhi was a perfect mass film directed by Linguswamy. This movie did well at Kerala box office. Even though many Vishal movies released in Kerala followed by the success of ‘Sandakozhi’ it was Theeradha Vilaiyattu Pillai that became Vishal’s second major success in Kerala. Due to the it’s success his 2011 movie “Vedi” received a good reception on the opening day. Even though the movie received mixed reviews “Vedi” was a moderate success at Kerala box office. After that due to his poor script selection many of his movies failed to create an impression among Kerala Audience. But Vishal made a strong comeback in 2017 through ‘Thupparivaalan, the move received rave reviews from Kerala. Vishal was also praised for his performance in the movie. On account of that Thupparivaalan was a success at Kerala box office.
Rank #9 Karthi
Karthi’s debut as a hero was through Paruthiveeran in 2007. The movie and Karthi received critical acclaim. But it was ‘Paiyya’ that established Karthi as a star in Kerala. Paiyya got a massive opening and the movie was a major success in Kerala. The costumes used by Karthi were trend among the youth at that time. The delightful songs composed by Yuvan Shankar Raja also created sensation in Kerala. Paiyya songs were in everyone’s playlist during that period. Because of the success of Paiyya he gained many fans in Kerala. Naan Mahaan Alla and Siruthai tasted success in Kerala. And these movies made Karthi more popular among Kerala Audience. But after that we saw the downfall of Karthi. He did many pathetic movies and because of that he lost his stardom in Kerala. And gradually people started ignoring the movies of Karthi. But in 2017 he made a massive comback through Theeran Adhigaaram Ondru, the movie was a major success in Kerala. Karthi was praised for his subtle performance as an investigating officer. If Karthi continues to do good movies like this he would be able to regain his stardom that he once had in Kerala.
Rank #8 Jayam Ravi
‘Jayam’ was the movie that made Jayam Ravi familiar to Malayali Audience. This movie witnessed his debut as a hero. This flick attained hit status in Kerala. Jayam Ravi got a ‘boy next door’ image through this movie. The songs composed by R. P. Patnaik were also popular in Kerala at that time. His next movie M. Kumaran Son Of Mahalakshmi tasted tremendous success in Kerala. It was movie that established Jayam Ravi as star in Kerala. Jayaram Ravi delivered solid hits in regular intervals. Mazhai, Santhosh Subramiam were some among them. But after 2011 due to some failures his stardom in Kerala began to decline. But he made a massive comeback through Thani Oruvan in 2015, Thani Oruvan was a big hit in Kerala.
Rank #7 Sivakarthikeyan
Sivakarthikeyan is undoubtedly the rising star of tamil cinema. His journey from an anchor to a renowned star is remarkable. He became familiar among the Kerala Audience through Maan Karate. His Rajinimurugan, Kakki Sattai, Remo were moderate success at Kerala box office. Remo was clashed with Mohanlal’s Pulimurugan at Kerala box office, on account of that the movie didn’t get the success it deserved. Remo gained wide popularity after it DVD release. It ruled MX players of the youngsters. The beautiful songs composed by Anirudh were also popular in Kerala. His recent release Velikkaran achieved hit status in Kerala despite clashing with Aaadu 2, Masterpiece & Vimanam. Sivakarthikeyan is one actor who would definitely expand his market in Kerala soon.
Rank #6 Vijay Sethupathi
Vijay Sethupathi is arguably one of the finest actors of this generation in Tamil cinema. He started from bottom and now reached the top. Pizza was the movie that gave recognition to Vijay Sethupathi in Kerala. It was indeed a fine horror thriller from the debutant director Karthik Subbaraj. Vijay Sethupathi’s performance as Micheal was indeed remarkable in that movie. Naanum Rowdy Dhaan was also a success at Kerala box office. On the other hand Vijay Sethupathi was winning the hearts of Malayalees through his versatile performances in Orange Mittai, Iraivi, Aandavan Kattalai etcetera. But it was Vikram Vedha that established Vijay Sethupathi’s stardom in Kerala. His flamboyant performance in the movie was widely appreciated. He is definitely an actor to watch out for in the future.
Rank #5 Dhanush
Kadhal Kondein was the movie that made Dhanush familiar to Malayalees. The movie and it’s ravishing songs composed by Yuvan Shankar Raja were hits in Kerala. After that it was Yaaradi Nee Mohini that increased his popularity among Malayalees. The movie was a success at Kerala box office. But due to his inconsistency in selecting good movies slowed down his growth as a star in Kerala. But Velayilla Paatadhari was a massive comeback for Dhanush as a star in Kerala. It regained his popularity in Kerala. VIP was indeed a trendsetter in Kerala. The songs of the movie was another highlight of the movie. Dhanush’s flamboyant Raghuvaran still remains as an iconic character in the hearts of Malayalee Youth. Even though Maari didn’t do well at the box office. The songs of the movie are trendsetter in Kerala.
Rank #4 Vikram
Vikram is indeed the most dedicated Tamil actor of this generation. He will go to any extreme for the perfection of his character. Vikram was familiar among Malayale audience for his character roles in Malayalam movies Dhruvam, Sainyam that he did during the early stages of his career. Gemini was the that gave Vikram a star image in Kerala. Dhool followed by Saamy tasted success in Kerala. Anniyan made Vikram one of the most popular Tamil actors in Kerala at that time. The movie was a blockbuster at Kerala box office. His performances in Anniyan earned him loads of fans in Kerala. The movie was a real sensation in Kerala. It’s songs, visuals, stunt scenes gained wide popularity. People who haven’t imitated Vikram’s Anniyan is very rare in Kerala. But after Anniyan he failed to deliver big hits in regular time intervals. But he was winning the hearts of Malayalees through his versatile performances. Deivathirumagal, Thandavam, Raavan are examples for that. In 2015 Vikram’s ‘I’ created opening day records in Kerala. ‘I’ is still one of the highest grossing Tamil movies in Kerala.
Rank #3 Ajith
Ajith’s early Success at Kerala box office was through Dheena & Assai. These movie ran over 100 days in Kerala. Billa also tasted success in Kerala.
Makatha was Ajith’s benchmark as far as his stardom in Kerala is concerned. The movie gave him wide popularity among the youth. His depiction as Vinayak Mahadev was well received by Malayalees. Aarambam was also a decent hit in Kerala. Veeram, despite clashing with Mohanlal & Vijay starrer Jilla managed to get a hit status in Kerala. Ajith is one actor whose fanbsse is increasing very fastly. He gained many number of fans in Kerala within a short period of time. His Vedhalam was also a hit at Kerala box office. Vivegam was movie that had lots of expectations. Vivegam released in Kerala in a record number of screens in Kerala. Despite getting negative feedbacks the movie had a decent opening in Kerala.
Rank #2 Surya
Kakka Kakka was the 1st major success of Surya in Kerala. The movie was directed by GVM, it was a police film like never before in Tamil cinema. The songs composed by Harris Jayaraj also gained wide popularity in Kerala, “Uyirin Uyire” in particular. AR Murugadoss’ Gajini established Surya as a star in Kerala. The performance of Surya received rave reviews. The movie was a massive hit in Kerala. The songs composed by Harris Jayaraj created sensation in Kerala. Surya gradually began to widely expand his fan base in Kerala. Ayan & Vanaram Aayiram gave him lots of female followers in Kerala. Singam was also a big hit in Kerala. After Singam Surya’s fan became a strong rival to Vijay in Kerala. Vijay was going through a bad phase of his career at that time. On the other hand Surya was delivering consistent hits. But after Singam II he failed to deliver a massive hit and many of his movies failed to meet the expectations. But we saw the glimpses of Vintage Surya through 24 & TSK.
Rank #1 Vijay
Vijay is undoubtedly the most popular Tamil actor of this generation in Kerala. He started to conquer the hearts of Malayalees from late 90’s . Thulladha Manamum Thullum was a major hit in Kerala. Followed by Kushi & Shajahan. These movies gave a romantic image for him among the Malayalees. Many of his critics were his fans at that time. The mass entertainer Ghilli made Vijay a big Star in Kerala. The went on to become a massive success in Kerala. The songs composed by Vidya Sagar were also very popular in Kerala at that time. Vijay’s next milestone in his career was Pokkiri, it was a movie that a sensation in Kerala. There are no many Tamil movies that have created an impact just like Pokkiri did. After Pokkiri Vijay had a bad phase in his career. But he came back strongly and delivered a massive hit through Thuppakki. Kaththi, Theri & Mersal were 3 massive hits that Vijay delivered in regular intervals. Success of these movies made him unmatchable by his rivals in terms of fans base in Kerala. The undisputed King among the Tamil actors of this era in Kerala. Thapathy Vijay