[19], Between 1993 and 1994, Vikram appeared in a series of films where he portrayed supporting roles. [13] In 2004, Vikram participated in a live stadium stage event organised by producer P. L. Thenappan titled "Vikram Mega Nite". The film began shoot and completed a schedule by early 2010 in the Himalayas with Swati Reddy appearing as the female lead. It would also seem that Victor possessed some kind of ability or technology that allowed him to change his appearance as he was able to take on the form of Victor Kennedy. Vikram was constantly being mobbed by people on the streets as a result of the film's success. [104] A critic from Sify.com noted that it was "Vikram and him alone who diverts your attention from the film's little logical script flaws and spellbinds you with an endearing act that is Thaandavam's biggest strength";[105] subsequently, the film did average business commercially. He has mentioned that he used his opportunities at school well by taking part in karate, horseback riding and swimming and noted that such early exposure to activities gave him confidence as a youngster. Vikram subsequently lost weight to portray a model, before shaving his head and reducing his weight to 56 kilograms to portray the crippled hunchback. [68] The film saw him portray Sekhar, who grows up idolizing the gangster played by Prakash Raj, and Vikram revealed that he approached the film like an actor, even though the film's script was written "for a star". Vikram made his debut in the 1990 film En Kadhal Kanmani, which was followed by a series of small-budget Tamil, Malayalam and Telugu films in the 1990s, many of which went unnoticed. The critic from The Hindu gave praise for Vikram's "admirably well-maintained physique and powerful eyes", whilst another labelled that the film's single major positive was Vikram's convincing portrayal. [13] Vikram also rejected approaches from television serial producers, citing that working in television would reduce his chances of becoming a mainstream actor. [57]and moderate box office collections. Appearances: [63] Vikram's performance was unanimously praised, with a reviewer from Sify citing that "Anniyan truly belongs to Vikram and the film is unthinkable without him" and "it is a role that could have been reduced to a caricature by a lesser actor". The film, which also featured Anushka Shetty, Amy Jackson and Lakshmi Rai in pivotal roles, opened to mixed reviews in September 2012. He appeared in three successful Malayalam films by appearing with Mammooty, Suresh Gopi and Jayaram in Joshi's successful action film Dhruvam, before teaming up with Gopi again for Shaji Kailas's Mafia, which explored Bangalore's criminal underworld. The producers were impressed with his voice and Vikram ended up singing four songs in the film. Making his debut in 1935, he played a significant number of supporting roles and was able to secure contract-player status, first at Paramount Pictures and later at Warner Brothers . The name and basic design for the Abzorbaloff came from a drawing by then nine-year-old William Grantham, an entrant to a Blue Peter competition to design a monster for Doctor Who. [17] In 1993, he almost signed on to appear in Mani Ratnam's Bombay and featured in the initial photo shoot alongside Manisha Koirala. Actor Jessy Schram (“Nashville,” ″Once Upon A Time”) is 35. [67], Vikram then signed up for Bheema in October 2005, with the film facing severe delays and only releasing in January 2008. [18] His appearances in Meera and in Kaaval Geetham, with another veteran director S. P. Muthuraman, helped him secure film offers from the Malayalam and Telugu film industries. Clom, the creature's home planet, was the twin planet of Raxacoricofallapatorius. The film also met with an unfavorable response commercially, but won positive acclaim from critics. He could absorb his victims' bodies, along with their memories and consciousnesses, into himself at a simple touch. [146][147][148], Vikram met Shailaja Balakrishnan in the late 1980s and married her in 1992 at Guruvayoor Temple in a mass wedding alongside dozens of couples. [40] Vikram's portrayal of a blind folk singer in Vinayan's Kasi won him the Filmfare Best Tamil Actor Award and the film also did well commercially. [24] He turned down an opportunity from a friend to take up a job in technology and attempted to stay in the industry by directing a serial titled Mounam Pesiyadhey, with Ameer as his assistant director. [32][33] Furthermore, he also completed two Telugu films during the period; 9 Nelalu and Youth. [125] He then went on to sing for a film he was unrelated to, by lending five different voices in "Meghame" for G. V. Prakash Kumar's album in Madrasapattinam. (TV: Love & Monsters). While the Tamil version opened to predominantly positive review,[106] the Hindi film also won mixed reviews, with both films performing average business at the box office. [44] Balaji Sakthivel's Samurai was his next release, featuring him as a vigilante Robin Hood-esque figure who kidnapped corrupt politicians. [52], Vikram was then signed on by K. Balachander to appear in his banner's biggest production till date, Saamy, directed by Hari. [10] His father, John Victor (alias Vinod Raj) was a native of Paramakudi and ran away from home to start a career in films. Despite being a non-speaker and making his debut in Hindi, he dubbed his lines in the language, remarking jovially that it was the "most difficult thing in the world". TV credits include "CSI," "Without a Trace," "Just Shoot Me," … To appear trim in the role of the aspiring police officer, Vikram went on a strict diet eating only fruits and drinking juice. [153], His son Dhruv made his debut with Adithya Varma in the year 2019 which was the Tamil remake of the Telugu film Arjun Reddy. In 2011, Vikram was awarded an honorary doctorate from Università Popolare degli Studi di Milano (People's University of Milan) in the field of Fine Arts. He collaborated again with Mammooty in Indraprastham and Suresh Gopi in Rajaputhran, before appearing in his first lead role in Malayalam with Itha Oru Snehagatha opposite Laila. Bagunnava?. Due to the good opening, the film has proved to be profitable just 10 days after its release and consequently went on to become a blockbuster. He has been a brand ambassador of Sanjeevani Trust and a school for special children Vidya Sudha, which he stayed at during the making of Deiva Thirumagal. [13] Sethu finally released in December 1999 and initially began running at a single noon show at a suburban theater, but gradually gained an audience through word-of-mouth publicity. Clom [31] He also played a leading role in Siragugal, a rare Tamil telefilm produced and featuring Raadhika, which was shot entirely in the suburbs of London. Victor Davis Hanson is a senior fellow in military history at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and a professor emeritus of classics at California State University, Fresno. Paired opposite Samantha, the film opened to mixed reviews and did not perform well at the box office. The film took a strong opening, with a collection of Rs. Place of origin: Vikram remained the only common lead actor in the versions, with his segment playing out a love story between a careless drunkard fisherman and a mute girl played by Isha Sherwani. Other actors: [134] In 2011, Vikram was selected as a Youth Envoy for the United Nations Human Settlements Programme with his aim being to spread awareness about the statutes of U.N. Habitat which include urban stabilisation and to help formulate plans for effective water management, slum eradication and women and youth empowerment. [15] He has also enjoyed success in Kerala, where his films have demanded large box office openings akin to Malayalam film stars. The big budget film created anticipation prior to release, but was average run at the box office. The critic cited that "emotions of love, animus, anguish and joy dance on his face in quick succession", concluding that "Vikram lifts the role to an admirable level". Kennedy was a face seen in the background of many classic westerns between the 1930s and 1950s. They could access the creature's own thoughts. [8][14] His next release, the revenge drama Arul, directed by Hari, The film received mixed to positive reviews. He won the 1949 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play for Miller's Death of a Salesman. During the period, Vikram also appeared in diverse roles of disadvantaged people, including Kasi (2001), Samurai (2002) and Pithamagan (2003); the latter saw him win the National Film Award for Best Actor. Vikram had signed the film in early 2000 and the film was on hold during production, leading to a two-year delay and the film finally opened to average reviews and collections. [24][38] The film won positive reviews with the critic from The Hindu calling it a "symphony on celluloid", while noting that it will be a "milestone in Vikram's career" and "he carves a niche for himself in the viewer's mind with his expressions and excellent body language". [40] The film saw Vikram play Aarumugham, a villager, who comes to the city seeking help in regard to a water crisis back home, but subsequently ends up tackling the corrupt politicians who are behind the water scam. [108] He changed his physique by eating small meals of egg whites and apples instead of regular food intakes, while engaging in an intensive weight loss regime to become thin. A critic from Times of India noted: "Vikram bowls you over with a heart-wrenching performance whether he is handsome or disfigured", while The Hindu added his transformation was "laudable", and that "Vikram wins hearts as the earnest-to-boot gym rat and as the strapping new model on the block, he floors the audience with his performance as Koonan, the deformed hunchback". Vikram has also worked as the assistant director under Shafi in Majaa, and has mentioned that he would like to direct a film in the future. In 2000, Vikram and actress Meena launched a pop album titled Kadhalism, which the pair would sing and appear in music videos for, although the project was completed without much promotion. Victor Kennedy [10][11] Rajeshwari, Vikram's mother, was a sub-collector and her brother, Thiagarajan is an established director-actor in the Tamil film industry; with his son, actor Prashanth, being Vikram's first cousin. Vinod's son Kennedy, who works with the stage name of Vikram, went from being a struggling actor to one of the leading actors in Tamil cinema after the release of Sethu (1999). Vikram has mentioned that he did not look down on dubbing and saw it as a "dignity of labour". [37] For the movie, he sunbathed on the terrace of his beachside home in Chennai for a sunburnt look and got dizzying headaches while practising to look blind. [89] The film was also screened at the Venice Film Festival and the Busan International Film Festival, with Vikram in attendance. [70] Similarly, the review from The Hindu was critical of the excessive violence and mentioned that "as narration gives way after a point, Vikram can only appear helpless". The 2005 production was directed by Joe Mantello. Furthermore, Joshi cast him again alongside Mammooty in the action drama Sainyam in the role of an air cadet. [94] He also communicated with the patients, to pick up the nuances of people with impaired speech. [53] Vikram played Aarusaamy, an honest cop working in Tirunelveli, who solves the region's communal problems with his down-to-earth approach. Abzorbalovian Victor Cruz and his 8-year-old daughter Kennedy appeared on the cover of Parent Latina's recent issue, and the E! Vikram signed on to collaborate again with Shankar for I, a romantic thriller opposite Amy Jackson, in early 2012. for the album. Moreover, Vikram holds seven Filmfare Awards South, with the tally being only second to Kamal Haasan who has ten wins. [61] Anniyan took an "extraordinary opening",[62] and went on to become a blockbuster grossing more than Rs.100 crores through the original and two dubbed versions. In the early 2000s, Vikram appeared in a series of masala films, with Dhill (2001), Gemini (2002), Dhool (2003) and Saamy (2003). Brandon Victor Dixon (born September 23, 1981) is an American actor, singer and theatrical producer.As an actor, he is known for Tony-nominated Broadway performances as Harpo in the 2005 musical The Color Purple and Eubie Blake in Shuffle Along, or, the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed (2016). In 2010 his film Raavan was promoted at the Cannes Film Festival and then screened at Venice Film Festival and the Busan International Film Festival. Another memorable moment [97] Similarly, another critic described that the on-screen chemistry between Vikram and his daughter, played by Sara Arjun, is "magic" and their performances "are sure to leave a lump in your throat". [86] In contrast, the Hindi version fetched mixed reviews, with critics agreeing that Vikram's performance as the tribal leader was more convincing than Bachchan's. Main actor: [73][74] The film earned a mixed response from critics, with the reviewer from Sify claiming that the film "strikes a fine balance between style and substance" and proceeding to state that "Vikram is mesmerizing and has given an extra dimension to the characters he plays in the film and steers it to the winning post", suggesting that "there are very few people in Indian cinema who can do the larger-than-life fantasy characters as easily as Vikram". [24] He began to turn down chances to play supporting roles in films and was intent on making a breakthrough as a lead actor and notably turned down the role of Swarnamalya's fiancée in Mani Ratnam's Alaipayuthey. When Elton Pope broke his cane, the limitation field within it was destroyed. The Lost Kennedy Home Movies (2011) McEnroe/Borg: Fire & Ice ... (Richard Roma in "Glengarry Glen Ross") also won Joe Mantegna the Tony Award best featured actor in a play for the same role 21 years earlier in 1984. 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