Nice post to read.
From a girl's point-of-view, to say you were a Vijay fan was such a big deal back then.
I grew up in an era where the typical village girl was ready to dump her murai mappillai to marry the guy of her dreams.
And that guy was Aravind Swamy.
Following the release of "Roja", there was an insane madness over him by so many of my school friends.
Of course, girls would claim to be a Rajni fan or a Kamal fan, but that was just for outside formality because their parents were somewhere close-by eavesdropping...
deep down, they wanted to marry Aravind Swamy and plan to go on a honeymoon with him to Kashmir!
And then I grew a little older when "Kadhalikku Mariyadhai" came along and I think that was the first time I took note of Vijay, the young actor.
Girls saw him in this movie and would say,
"You know what? I wouldn't mind if my father or the panchayat thalaivar forces me to marry a guy like him...he's not such a bad choice, you know..."
This was a HUGE statement to come from a Tamil girl back then because it suddenly meant that the Dravidan look was cool and wanted and accepted.
Again, let me remind you, this was the same era where every girl dreamt of dumping her murai mappillai to marry Aravind Swamy, Abbas or Ajith...fair-skinned heroes were in demand, and dravidan-looking boys stood heart-broken.
(You would be completely ridiculed if you said you were a Ramarajan or Vijaykanth fan amongst the village girls back then!)
So now thinking back, it's nice to know that Vijay changed the trend and made girls' hearts swing in the reverse direction...
Dravidan looks are charming thanks to him.
My personal favourite movie of Vijay is "Kushi".
I'm not a big fan of his but I never got bored of watching this movie over and over again.
The story is similar to how I keep fighting with my own husband and it's hilarious to watch on-screen.
If there is one Vijay song where I think the woman stood out more prominently than him and his dance steps, it was that song "Macarena" with Shilpa Shetty.
Even girls were drooling over her and completely ignored Vijay when this song came on in the theatres.
Brings back some great memories...
Thanks for sharing.