[Surya as Michael Vasant]
This year wasn’t a year of performances. We didn’t have an array of classic acts that were tough to choose from. With the little lot that kollywood saw this year it wasn’t like a photo-finish.
This year’s little group of acts included Kamal as the naive Virumandi, Surya as Perzhagan ‘hunch back’ Chinna, Surya as the intellectual Michael Vasanth and Parthiban as a Schizophrenic in Kudaikkul Mazhai.
Not Virumandi Kamal, for various reasons. Not Perzhaghan Surya. Again for various reasons. One explainable reason was that, Michael Vasanth whizzed past us with the tag ‘Actor of the Year’.
Virumandi had a soul-searching role. Kamal Hassan was missing. The story, the screenplay and the cast stayed with us and but Kamal just overplayed the role of director that he lost his focus on Kamal-the-actor. However, it was worth a mention. Parthiban’s single act in Kudaikkul Mazhai was a neat job except that his screenplay didn’t support him too much. Perzhaghan Surya was just patient with his hunch-back makeup. His characterisation walked away with the sympathies. Surya-the-actor was to be googled. The character won, however.
Surya as Michael Vasant in Aayitha Ezhuthu was the perfect choice. Hats Off goes to Mani Ratnam for casting Surya. Michael Vasant, a rebel, a prodigy and a progressive youth was impersonated with a class by Surya. It was his amazing timing and his perfect-perfect body language that really captured the soul of Michael Vasanth. Like Kakkha Kakkha, Surya downplayed himself to suit the role. Surya was also perfect with his intonations.
The tougher categories of Best Of Kollywood 2004 are coming up.