INTRODUCTION

January 2011, on the eve of Pongal day, was the release of Kavalan, the movie of Ilayathalapathy Vijay whom I consider to be an elder brother, a leader and a role model. Usually the day before release of a Vijay film would be exciting, waiting in front of the PC with anxiety and fingers crossed, waiting for the first reports from those abroad, who would watch the film ahead of us, reading these reviews and updates, getting to know what to expect and what not to expect, answering to calls and messages from fellow Vijay fan friends, getting to know schedules of Vijay movies and Vijay related programs in TV - in short it would be a festival that occurs only once in a few months. And today, here I am sitting in front of my PC without any excitement or happiness. The reasons - too many to even list out. People say that God puts people through testing times to get the best out of them; it will finally lead to success and all that. While it is unnecessary to debate over who is responsible for the troubles caused to Vijay, one thing is sure that they will be disposed off by God very soon. But whatever it may be, finally it is my brother Vijay who has suffered all the pain and he definitely did not deserve all these for his kind heart which always thinks about well being of others. While my heart still wishes for all good and hopes all troubles end with Kavalan release, when thinking of all that Vijay as a person has gone through all these months and years, nothing except tears is left to explain the feelings for me as a fan. Especially, the climax for the last few days of this horrendous battle was too horrible and unbearable to even talk about. Yet I don't think a better time than this will come to speak out certain things, the feelings which I had locked up for so many days.

This e-book contains extracts from many old articles, chat transcripts and mails. So I sincerely thank all those who triggered those thoughts and who made me compile this dedication to Vijay today.

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This is definitely not frustrated rumblings of a disappointed fan, but the testimony of a person who has been watching evil conquer good for a long, long time.

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CHAPTER 1

The Die-hard factor

I see that the word die hard has lost its meaning in recent days. As per dictionary die hard means "stubbornly resistant to change or unwaveringly loyal even in spite of inevitable defeat, failure, etc" and "a person who displays such resistance or loyalty" is only a die hard fan. But I have seen in the past diehard Vijay fans converting themselves from die-hard to "just" fans, changing to other actor fans and showing loyalty that goes to different levels at different times. The whole concept of a diehard fan loses its meaning if you change your loyalty based on situations! Today as I am writing this, I am ashamed to call myself even as a Die Hard Vijay fan because the word really has lost its power, context and pride in today's online world. And it definitely has lost the purpose of it because fans today support and abscond as and when they please. They have too many choices and options to choose from and if Vijay does not fade out among all those, they definitely deserve a huge credit. Among those who change favorites, those who support based on conditions, those who support for a reason and those who withdraw support as and when they want, I don't want myself to be called as a Vijay fan. I am happy to be a faceless unknown brother of Vijay who considers him as one in my family. Many of those who claim to be die-hard have become fans after Thirumalai or Ghilli times. Infact many of them established themselves as Vijay fans in specific only at those times. Even I am one among those. But when one says die-hard, do they really mean it from heart is a question mark. Many of them haven’t even seen older movies of Vijay and they don't know how much he was hailed for them. Whatever movies or the "change" people expect from Vijay today is good but they demand as if Vijay has never done it anytime in his career. The actors they know as contemporaries and compare with Vijay are doing such films and roles only now in their first loop, but Vijay has already been in a full circle of all varieties and it is just a next cycle for him. One who knows Vijay from his early days would never make a comment on the variety of his films, and if someone complaining doesn’t know it please revisit his old films to know how much he has grown as a hero, a star and an actor. When you know all these, you will never even think of pointing your finger at him for he has made impossibilities possible.

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CHAPTER 2

Why only Vijay?

I was like many others and was watching Vijay’s movies without any special interest for a long time. He was just another actor to me. Infact, I have criticized him once very badly even for his best movies. God knows when and how I started admiring Vijay. But I sincerely thank this change, or else I would have missed many things in my life. My affection towards Vijay has developed to such an extent that today that I watch his movies only for him. If Vijay acts in the movie nothing else bothers me. Thinking of the reasons why I am happy to be a Vijay fan, the first and foremost thing I like about him is that he looks as simple as a guy next door, a good friend of yours or even like one in your family. Yet he makes people accept him as hero. The transition from the soft spoken guy he is, by nature, to the explosive and thunder storm kind of hero he portrays on-screen is just amazing! And that is what is real acting, living as someone different than your usual self with ease.

He is one of the few Tamizh actors who can speak proper Tamizh. He gives his dialogues a new life by putting emotions into them, which is what makes even simple words to become more powerful. Being a native of Chennai, I find the way he speaks Chennai Tamizh to be simply superb. No wonder why he is KING OF CHENNAI. And amongst actors who do playback singing, I personally feel that his voice is the best. His screen presence and dressing sense are just amazing. After all his successes and the kind of fan following he has today, he still remains calm and cool without any change in his nature which has been stated by many in film industry itself in the past. It is very difficult not to let success go to your head, especially when the whole world around you hails you as the best. Yet he maintains himself humble and down to earth which is a remarkable quality.

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Next, he has not undergone any major changes as far as appearance is concerned for any of his movies. Be it a romantic lover, college student, action hero or a rowdy, he appears as himself. The difference he makes is in the form of body language and expressions. And it is really difficult to make people accept you in any role with just these. I sincerely hate heroes doing getup changes for movies for the sake of doing it.

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Starting from my childhood, I have been a admiring many actors, but no one has inspired me like Vijay. And it is highly impossible that in future, anyone will replace Vijay from his position in my list of favorites. If he declares that he quits acting in movies tomorrow, even then I will be his fan for whatever work he has done till now. And with the way the other actors behave and their fans speak about Vijay, it is highly unlikely that I would even like any of them in future. More than an actor I like him as a person. If ever I had an elder brother in my life, I wish that he could have been like Vijay. I have learnt a lot from observing him and I consider him as one of my role models and he has always been an influence in my life. By influence, I mean that I take some good practices and qualities from his life. Some of them are: 1. Be your own self at all times.

2. Be a good child to your parents and a good parent to your children.

4. Appreciate Good work of your peers and juniors open heartedly. 5. Know your limits and do the best in what is expected from you. 6. Talk only what is required and not all that you can speak.

8. Mistakes at the early stages of your career are common but you should learn to get out of it.

9. Mistakes in peak of your career are lessons to be learnt. 10. When everything fails, think well and reinvent yourself for a successful journey.

11. Help the needy as much as you can. 12. Appearance does not determine personality. 13. Take criticism in the right sense and convert your negatives into positives. 14. Hard work and Determination never Fails. 15. Never Forget Your Best Friends whatever heights you reach in life. 16. How many ever evil forces try to suppress them, the good will finally emerge as a winner in any tough situation.

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7. Make your deeds and action speak more than your words.

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3. Respect seniors in your profession.

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CHAPTER 3

Why not other actors?

Disclaimer: If you are fan of other actors, that is if Vijay is “also a favorite” for you, this chapter is not for you. The more I have become a fan of Vijay and started considering him as one in my family, the more I have started hating other actors today. It was not a deliberate decision, but the situations and facts which hold them against Vijay and the way their fans speak about Vijay and his films, has created so much aversion that I started hating most of them and I don’t watch their films even for free on television. I was definitely a fan of Rajinikanth in school days and had a respect on him even later since he was an inspiration for Vijay to enter into films. But the more his fans started speaking bad about Vijay and the more he started supporting Ajith in a manner to sideline Vijay, inspite of Ajith vowing to become superstar, really made me hate Rajini to such an extent that I see him just as a comedian today. I liked Kamalhassan once for people told great things about his dedication to cinema. But I found that most of his classics are illegal copies from hollywood films and these are the films which Vijay haters set as benchmarks to tease Vijay’s films. That created a repulsion which was further increased by Kamal fans’ attitude towards Vijay inspite of Kamal showing himself friendlier to Vijay. And I am totally allergic to his fancy dress contest films, I haven’t even watched them. I hate Ajith from the day he is showing his face onscreen, much before I started liking Vijay. And that has not changed till date, especially after the rivalry which he had shown few years back towards Vijay and the way his fans have spoken about Vijay made this hatred so strong in me. He is an unfit candidate in first place to be even spoken along with Vijay but media and fans have raised him to such a position. I hate Surya for all what he is, trying to be over smart, projecting himself as the only hard worker in cinema, showing up as if he is concerned about growth of Tamil cinema, acting in wannabe-mass-hero roles, over stressing his family man role every time, body show offs, terrible dancing and nonsense talking. Having grown under the shade of Vijay, he tries to project himself as next big thing and worst of all, he has backstabbed Vijay in the disguise of a friend. One whom I hate the most. There are others like drainage earthworm Dhanush, bloody rascal womanizer Simbu, Surya’s nonsense crap beggar lookalike brother Karthi and many others who are not even worth to be taking about so much in this book on Vijay and they don’t even deserve to be talked about on a level equivalent to Vijay. So I would prefer stopping with this.

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CHAPTER 4

Living in the world of Vijay haters

It is always true that one can either love Vijay or hate Vijay, but can never ignore him. Moving over to Vijay haters, I would like to understand what is the reason for them to target only Vijay amongst all for he has done no harm to them personally. There are a few myths about Vijay which are totally nonsense and these are the reasons people say when asked why they target Vijay: Myth 1: Vijay is here in film industry only because of his dad. He was able to sustain only because his father produced films with him. Vijay and his father pay the theatres and run his films. If his dad is the only reason for his existence today, then he would have become a forgotten actor today. When filmy fathers of other actors were able to get them a Manirathnam or any other top director or top banner, SAC was able to maximum make his son act only in his own movie. And to get him to the reach of people, he had no other way but to make movies satisfying B and C centers. May be when other actors struggled hard and got a car to start their film journey, Vijay got a free old bicycle from his father. He won the race to stardom with this bicycle only by his hard work. His father's movies never helped him qualitatively to build up his career. When other actors who supposedly "struggled" their way to stardom had only the barrier of getting established as an actor, Vijay had all negatives on his side. His initial movies being categorized soft porn genre, his very ordinary appearance (which has been criticized openly), not many big directors helping his way, moderately budgeted films, even heroines were new. He had the necessity to prove himself fit as a hero material. His path was full of hard work, perseverance, sincerity. That had sustained him in the industry. And if Vijay and his father had so much money to pay and run more than a dozen films for 100 days and few of them for more than 200 days, then they can keep making 3 films a year, all with Vijay as hero, start a theater of their own and run these 3 films for 100+ days in that theatre and claim that all Vijay's movies run for 100 days! Myth 2: Vijay knows nothing more than dance. He is unfit to act. Vijay imitates superstar Rajini and is greedy for the coveted title. Vijay cannot win any awards in his life. Vijay himself says "I will give me just pass mark as an actor, if I had to choose between actor and dancer, I am a good dancer" Now how many actors have a heart

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to tell this in public even as a joke? That too after years of acting in films? If this myth was true, Vijay would be sitting at home without films. From what he is in real life to what he is onscreen, the transformation he shows is enough to call him a good actor. If acting naturally isn't counted as acting, then it is nothing other than ignorance. And Vijay never had any craze for Superstar title. He always maintained that there is only one Superstar in Tamil and that is Rajini. Even his fans are all happy with Ilayathalapathy Vijay. The fact that he is a superstar is well known to them and they need no titles to declare it for others who cannot digest this fact. When it comes to awards, for the Tamil film awards jury, acting means torturing yourself and people who watch you. Or else you have to be a superstar. These dumb rules exist for years, and casual acting cannot be considered as good acting. If someone acts casual, it means that they are doing something effortlessly without putting in hard work. We know ppl who get name as good actors having “I have piles from today morning” and “I haven’t peed for 2 days” expression. Vijay has the biggest award of residing in hearts of millions and that makes him more proud than any other awardees. Myth 3: Vijay acts only in remakes. All his hits are remakes. In Tamil Nadu, we never see any kind of dubbed movies from Telugu, Malayalam or Hindi. Except very, very few, all dub movies turned to be utter flops. And same way, even all remakes are not hits here. Vijay's remakes were hit due to his perfection in making according to Tamil culture. When Vijay was in the same position as few other actors some years back, he has done only straight movies and that is what has established him. Has anyone cared to look back and see the direct movies of Vijay where he had hits like Poove Unakaagha, TMT, Love Today, Kushi, Thiruppachi, etc? I have seen junk morons commenting in online forums as Vijay remakes Mahesh Babu movies and survives. Its really funny to see such comments for they don't even know how much of Vijay's straight films were huge successes and how many remakes from them have come out in not just Telugu but also in Hindi, Kannada and other languages. Myth 4: Vijay is the worst looking actor, he has no looks to act as hero. He cannot act with get up changes. If someone's face can bring joy to the hearts of millions and millions of people right from age 6 to 60, if someone is considered by lots of people as one in their family, as a brother, as a son, as a friend, if someone has a heart kind enough to treat all fans like friends, he is definitely the best looking person. And before talking about a person, his birth, his parents and family, I would better suggest people to think for a moment what it feels like if someone says a similar thing about your family, your parents.

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Vijay has the talent to make people accept him in any role with his own face and body build. He has the talent to put in right body language that suits any character. People who consider fashion show as best acting cannot realize this fact. And as Sathyaraj said once during Vijay Rasigan express "When people have started seeing you as Vijay on screen, they will always expect to see Vijay. If you do a get up change and appear as someone, they will not be interested much in that." Exactly. And wasn't it good to see a policeman as handsome as Sathyamoorthy IPS, a mechanic as smart as Thirumalai, a collector as youthful as Maduravel, a villager as good looking as Sivagiri?? So, there is no solid reason as to why they anti-Vijay people want to hate Vijay and all those reasons they blabber are only myths!

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CHAPTER 5

Double standards of Vijay Haters

Now for all those who claim the reasons in previous section for hating Vijay, I would reword them once again to bring out a reason why not they target other actors with these reasons. Myth 1: X is here in film industry only because of his dad. He was able to sustain only because his father produced films with him. X pays the theatres and runs his films. Aren't there actors who survive only because their father produces films with them and promotes them? Aren't there people whose fathers talk about their sons at the drop of a hat and tell the world how great they are? Aren't there actors who came to industry just because their father was an actor and stills failed to make an impact until they got a break after many years? Aren't there actors who wouldn't even have been to acting if their father was not an actor? Aren't there films of other actors which ran so many number of days in the past just because the producer owns a theatre or there was pressure from producers/distributors to run the film? Myth 2: X knows nothing more than dance. X is greedy for the coveted Superstar title. There are people like Anand Babu, Prabhu Deva who were able to get fame by their dance but were not able to sustain themselves as heroes with their talents. Aren't they still remembered only for dance and not for their films? And someone gave interviews that eh would become a next superstar years back and inspite of that the same fans of Superstar who rise against Vijay support him with double standards. Some other actors are referred to as Tamil Superstar by many media but no one raises voice against it. If it is Vijay, it has to be condemned! Myth 3: X acts only in remakes. All his hits are remakes. Nowadays, every other person is doing remakes, you can see for youself the movie list of all top Tamil actors from 2006 till date for the remake movies. Even upcoming actors are doing remakes to establish themselves. The above statement holds good for many like Dhanush and Jayam Ravi. But no one raises a comment against them even though many of these remakes are crap and flops. Out of Rajinikanth's films in first 15 years, his remake to direct films ratio is much higher than Vijay's and those who don't believe can look at statistics from his filmography. Myth 4: X has no looks to act as hero. He cannot act with get up changes.

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The first statements fits to many of the heroes today, as directors have gone for "natural looks" forgetting even the fact that the hero should be watchable. With regards to second statement, many actors followed Vijay's way of movies and failed miserably and with no other way to sustain themselves they had to make a getup change and reinvent themselves. For some this became their practice even though all that they did cannot be called as essential hard work for the film. For example, what is the use or relevance of a 6 pack scene in a movie about son's love for a father? That’s the state of hard work in Tamil Cinema now. And there was a constant myth prevailing for years that Sun TV supports Vijay and pulls down another actor and Vijay TV is paid and run by Vijay and his father to show his programs. Where are those people who cannot now say any comment on Vijay TV and government run channels supporting Surya's family? Every festival their programs come on TV and there are frequent special shows on them projecting them as the best in Tamil Cinema. So its all about what people desire to be seen and if Vijay comes in that position they complain.

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The conclusion is that no one is perfect but if it is Vijay it has to be blown out of proportions, made fun of and should become a point of sarcasm. Simply because people hate Vijay and not for any other reason.

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CHAPTER 6

The Tough Times

Watching Vijay Rasigan express on TV few days back, it brought me back memories of 2007 when Vijay was at a high and his fans had best days of their life because every nook and corner someone was heaving praises on Vijay. The situation today however is different and we have to accept the bitter truth. It might be a passing phase but definitely very tough for any Vijay fan to cope with. But except his fans, who stood by him in these tough times? The industry? No one even bothered to interfere or say something supportive, because they too will face wrath of the evil if they bothered to do so. And those who raised voices once, became silent and disappeared. His filmy friends? Those who posed as friends turned backstabbers, those whom he gave a hand to come up pushed him down from his back.

Producers? When they themselves are puppets, what help they can be of to Vijay! All they did was selling Vijay's films along wit his fame and reputation to the hands of evil. Distributors? Except one or two, everyone earned till Vijay gave them profits and when they were asked to create loss, they did it as per the instructions. Theatre Owners? Those who sold tickets at 3 or 4 times the price, earned lots and lots of profit once, now dragged him for trail with numerous complaints all of which are cooked up for creating bad name for Vijay. Television? They used Vijay, his films and special shows for their TRPs and still do it. But having under control of parties, everyone have their own stance for Vijay and the common thing about all is, none of them support Vijay. His own fans? Out of the millions of affectionate fans whom he had kept in his heart, many of them tore their way out to become other actor fans, also fan of other actors from Vijay-only category, Vijay haters, also-like-Vijay category, die hard to normal

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Online media? They link up with fan sites and production houses to boost up their favorites and bring down others, especially Vijay. Add to it, bloggers, reviewers, tweeters, orkut and facebook users who have taken up as a part time job to bash Vijay.

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Print Media? They publish only false rumors and biased articles against him when they don't get time to visit page 3 parties and write family stories of other actors.

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fans etc etc. The ratio might be less but this is the worst calamity that can happen for an actor - his own fans speaking against him. But thankfully there are still lakhs and lakhs who are waiting for Vijay to hit back strong and except these loyal fans, Vijay had faced only wrath from everywhere. And if we think about the reasons for these, people list out a lot. But are they really reasons? Time to think about! Was it his choice of films? The same kind of films which people extended support for and considered their pride, has become insulting for them. Suddenly out of the blue, people realized tat these movies are not worth and should not be supported. They could have done it for Thiruppachi or a Sivakaasi, but at the time when Vijay was in crisis and trusted his fans most of them backed out from extending support. Can't people take one Sura for all the pain Vijay has gone through? Was it the mass commercial genre?

Dharani who gave a Ghilli, gave Kuruvi too, Prabhu Deva who gave a Pokkiri, gave Villu too. But new directors, unknown faces have given hits with Vijay. Everything has to fall in place for a best film, not just a good director. Was it his mistake in trusting directors who gave mega hits with him to deliver it right the second time too? If working with a good director is what makes Vijay worth of being a fan, then there is no meaning in a person calling himself a fan. Most of those top directors, whom people list out as favorites for working with Vijay, didn’t even exist when Vijay was at peak a decade ago. All those who built his career through wonderful films were new faces and less known directors. Those who complain on Vijay endlessly quote all the above reasons for that but more than all these there is one fact which cannot be changed and which is the root cause of all their evil. THEY HATE VIJAY. They would continue to hate him for all

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Whoever pretended to be disliking mass films and claimed they hated Vijay for it, were full of praise for films like Singam which was nothing but left out craps of all nonsense seen in other mass commercial films. People who disliked Kuruvi stood for Aadhavan, people who disliked Sachein stood for worst films like Kutty, Paiyaa and Uthamaputhiran and none of these films are even half worth of the brilliance of Vijay's past films. So it is just a lame excuse to dislike Vijay film for being mass commercial.

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movies he does, however good it is, whatever is te subject and whoever directs it, because they hate Vijay. The degree of hating might vary from people who like him to die ("Please take Vijay and give us Murali back"), who would like him to get out of film industry ("I will talk against him until he gets out of the industry") and who just does not like him for his colour, face, position in industry and many more things. The ones in brackets are real life quotes from Vijay haters. The bottom-line is that they will hate Vijay, whatever he does. There are only two kinds of audience today - Those who like Vijay and those who hate Vijay. That reminds me to talk about SAVAMs.

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CHAPTER 7

Dealing with SAVAMs

SAVAM in its meaning denotes dead bodies, and also expands as "Senseless Anti Vijay & Adulterated Morons". This is to mean that whoever fits in the description given above are those who cannot appreciate the dynamism and talents of Vijay and are no different than dead bodies. Although no one knows what they really get out of teasing Vijay, they do it as a part time job day in and day out and their main targets are Vijay fans. They earn pleasure by sending al crappy forwards against Vijay in all forms through SMS and forward mails and they derive some sadisitic plesure out of it when a Vijay fan reads it and reacts to it. . There are 3 categories of SAVAMs I would like to specially address to: Bloggers writing blogs against Vijay, sadist people who forward negative messages about Vijay and jobless corporate people who forward mails against Vijay and his films. The worst thing about the second and third categories is, most of these people are our close friends and relatives who inspite of knowing that we are Vijay fans purposefully tease us. Such messages when it comes from people close to us hurts a lot, because we don't expect such acts from them even if others forwards such messages. Talking about bloggers, a PC/laptop with a high speed broadband connection (especially those living abroad) and a OC blog space courtesy Google are enough for them to happily scream all nonsense about Vijay. These jobless sadists have no work other than downloading or watching online the movies, imagine worst cam prints minus theatre atmosphere, and then write a review in their junkyard(means blogspace) using the worst filthy and unparliamentary language you can ever think of. Sitting in an A/C room and joblessly watching a movie on laptop with a beer can in hand and loads of shit inside the head will definitely won't give any enjoyment of watching a commercial film of a mass hero. These SAVAMs write as if they are Gurus of Tamil Cinema and are striving hard to encourage good and different(read Kamal/Surya) films and as if they grew up watching high standard hollywood and kollywood films. And they would even provide ratings for top 10 movies in their blogs for offbeat movies, bashing up commercial movies, least realizing that the movies they listed neither did anything good for its producers nor gave any viewing pleasure for the general audience. Not to forget that many of these people would have spent their early childhood with half trousers and leaking noses, watching dirty commercial cinema of 80's in their nearest theatres. Nowadays one more worst sub-category has emerged which writes review without even watching the movie just for showing off their "humor sense" and "writing

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skills". And a bunch of shameless morons comment on these posts and make fun out of it. Neither Vijay pleaded them to watch his movies, nor did they have any compulsion to do it. Inspite of knowing that they would not like it and it would give them headache or whatever, these SAVAMs watch it or pretend to do so, only for the sole purpose of writing an abusive post on it. Uselessness at its peak! Coming to SMS forwarding category, SAVAMs effectively use their free SMS pack by sending abuse messages and forwards about Vijay, mainly to Vijay fans in their contact list. The most irritating thing is, even those who don't message/mail you frequently, immediately do a forward when they get an anti-Vijay SMS or email. I don't know what kind of sadistic pleasure it gives them, but when they put up a horrific smile on their face and come to ask you if you saw the mail/SMS, you feel like slapping them tight and slitting their throat. Atleast, I feel so. The corporate junkies are even more worse. Apart from doing the selfless service of copy pasting contents from above said junk blogs, they use their hard learnt technical knowledge on photoshop, flash and other things by creating videos, photos and animations against Vijay, wasting their time and talent for someone whom they consider "not even worth to be an actor". If you see the other side of the story, the moment you start sending them reply mails strongly or show them a straight face or start sending them mails abusing/making fun of their so-called favorite actors, it will bring the hell out of them. They come back shamelessly telling that they are fan of no one and they like good movies, or they liked so and so movie of Vijay but now his movies are bad etc etc. Mega serials lose out to such stories from these SAVAMs!

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CHAPTER 8

Answers to the Complaints

First of all the morons who complain about Vijay should realize that, for people like me, watching Surya doing a dumb romantic scene or Kamal coming in various avatars or singing in his heavy throat is as much torture as you feel while watching a Vijay movie, and even more than that. In fact, I can write out a mail criticising every so-called best films of other actors and bring out as many negatives as possible from them to compose an anti-actorX mail. But Vijay has not taught me that, he infact asks me every time to watch all actors movies, but this loyal heart refuses to. Earlier the complaint on Vijay was that he follows the same old formula and not changing from it. Now many heroes, not only those who are "shedding their blood and sweat" for Tamil Cinema but even those mushrooms who popped up in yesterday's rain have started doing these type of movies. Hence the complaint has changed as Vijay should work with directors like the others do and he should provide movies which are watchable like they give. And those morons remarking on remakes, must analyze the track record of other mass heroes, who in the same timeline of their career as Vijay is in now, have made unimaginable number of remakes, many of them Xerox copies, which is proven from the data collected from their own websites. And for the morons who categorize Vijay films as the ones made for C class audience, I would request them to go and see in their nearby theatres where Vettaikaaran is screened, not for watching the film, but to see the spread of crowd watching the film. Families, housewives, children, grandparents who dismiss their strain and come for watching an entertainer - If the ones you see in your own family are C-Class audience, then these people are also C-class. Fans give the movies the required opening and initial momentum, but it is this family crowd that takes it forward to give the movie its long run. Getting a director who makes films for city audience, a music director who shamelessly lifts tunes from western songs and a production house powerful enough to hold other movies to be released against you doesn’t make you a top actor, neither your film is top class. All these family audiences were not gained overnight. It is Vijay's hardwork and his work onscreen that has earned him these fans. He had no father to back him with a good history(It is a fact to be accepted that SAC's legacy has written only negative impressions during Vijay's debut), he didn't marry someone whose popularity he can cash-in with family audience and nor did he do anything special to impress kids. But still they love him and watch his movies with their parents. And with nil smoking or drinking scenes (he pledged not to keep them after ATM) and not even bedroom scenes ("making love" as other actors name it) today Vijay's films are clean

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films as he knows his social responsibility and impact on his audience. Am sure, none of the morons will have an answer for why this happens. Those who want getup changes from Vijay, first think of a single movie recently where any actor doing dual role has shown any difference between two roles without any changes in getup or hairstyle or anything, just with voice modulation and body language, like Vijay did in ATM. Doing 10 yrs or 60 yrs role is not important, how you show a difference in the same age similar looking characters is most important. And if someone thinks Vijay does same kind of action or expressions in all movies, every other actor does the same, atleast Vijay's expressions are enjoyable unlike the constant irritating "Eeeeeeeee" expression given by few actors in all their songs including pathos songs. If changing getups and doing different roles is hard work, then do you call Vijay's efforts for every film as a cakewalk? Especially what about the risks and brave attempts in stunts he takes in these films some of which would have cost his life itself? Can anyone deny the struggle Vijay put himself through in films like Badri for the sake of his fans? Not even once he has spoken about all these sitting in all channels and dedicating it to his wife and son, he dedicates everything only for his fans. Infact, most of his interviews does not promote his films; he comes on TV only for fans. And for those morons, who speak about Vijay's appearance and looks, it is this face that lives in the hearts of millions and millions of Tamil people, including small kids and mothers. People, who like Vijay, like him for what he is and not for how he looks. If looking fair or showing off body or building 6 packs is how a hero image can be attained, even lifeless dough made from maida flour looks fair and even a old man carrying gunny bags for a living, has 6 packs. These qualities doesn't make a hero suitable for a role, ultimately, how you carry on the role as yourself shows your real talent. Another important string of messages that does rounds is those which quotes Vijay as "10th Std fail" and makes fun of his doctorate. Anyone who follows Vijay's history knows very well that he is a college drop out and who stopped with 10th std is a well known fact that need not be told. Moreover, - this is what has earned a doctorate for Vijay, not his educational qualification or his acting career. And none of his charity activities was even known to anyone, nor published in any media openly unless his fans themselves brought it out especially with online advancements. Without getting the facts right, some crap brain morons keep sending such nonsense mails/messages which doesn't actually have a meaning. I can clearly state one thing. With the same formula, even if Vijay gives another Ghilli or a better film, the morons won’t stop their talks. Even if Vijay does a movie with

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Selvaraghavan or Ameer or any other "different" director for that matter, whatever role he plays offbeat or different from his usual, however best he acts in it, the antiVijay crowd will continue to tease him in one way or the other. Either they will blame Vijay of spoiling the film and director's name or they will say that so-and-so actor would have been the better choice. And if the film is a hit and good, then they will find minor faults in the film and even turn the topic as "the director gave life for Vijay" and so on. What I am trying to convey is that, their only aim is to criticize and abuse Vijay by whatever means and reasons they can irrespective of the type and quality of films he is going to give. Even for Vettaikaaran, when they couldn't talk anything bad about the film, they started sending mail forwards making fun about the silky shirt Vijay wore in "Karikaalan" song. I replied only one thing: "It is better than roaming around in a film topless or sleeveless exhibiting body or wearing wife's t-shirts and attending functions"

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CHAPTER 9

Double standard media

The fourth estate called Media is a powerful tool in a democratic country. We respect their power to either construct or destruct with the power of their words. But are they doing justice to the articles they write? Definitely not always. Especially almost never when it comes to what they write about Vijay. Those who are their eye candies get hailed every other day and if they are biased about someone, we are sure to see double standards in their articles on them. The hatred or bias which media has been showing oflate towards Vijay is really shocking and this article poses a few questions to them on this: 1. Many websites wrote that Vijay will be banned following the recent uproar about Sura from few theatre owners. Anyone with commonsense knows banning an actor directly lies within powers of NAdigar Sangam or Producers council and not Theatre owners who are empowered to issue red cards to an actor's films and not bans. This itself is a clear example of their attitude towards Vijay and what they really expect to happen. We wonder if they can write with same cruelty about any other hero in similar situation. 2. Every now and then we see articles criticizing Vijay to the lowest levels of even abusing published in websites and few magazines using unparliamentary language. Aren't journalists required to have some amount of professional ethics and maintain some levels of discipline when writing about celebrities? 3. Every Vijay movie is degraded with the tagline of "Only for Vijay fans" or by giving the lowest possible star rating with all negatives highlighted. Similar type of films from their eye candy actors or those who are influential will come with a totally different tone from same reviewers, and the star rating would be unbelievably high, not worthy of its value. And the review will definitely have a line which says all negatives are overcome by the performance of so and so actor. They can instead term themselves as fan sites of particular actors which would be more justified on their part. 4. When Sun Pictures, the distributors of Vettaikaaran themselves declared it as their biggest collection grosser, these media still try to project it as a flop. When Vijay movies that have been super hits were termed as just average, average movies are termed as flops and washouts by these media. Why cant they maintain the same scale of box office analysis for their eye candy actors or influential actors? 5. Of late, there has been a new trend to write letters and requisitions for Vijay claiming it as from the point of view of a fan which are nothing but injecting negatives in the form of sugar coated words when his movies are not received well.

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Why can't there be articles from the same fans' point of view when Vijay delivers super hits, and that time, we can see only "average" and "nothing new" kind of reports which has no meaning when most fans like a film. 6. Why can the media offer free advice for actors who claim themselves as family entertainers yet act in bedroom and exposing scenes, actors who does one movie every two years and yet every time come up with similar story of one song millionaire concepts and many others who commit blunders in the name of movies which neither benefits fans nor the people in business? Why do they have to turn their fake attention to Vijay when he has already planned for the change wanted from him? 7. As for Vijay, we have to notice the first and foremost thing that he has avoided any protest that's against Media in the past as he feels a gratitude that they are ones who strengthened his position to what he is today. Other actors who attend these protests and speak abusive things on the press and media just because they were handed over the mic, as still treated as favorites by media. 8. Vijay is always an easily approachable media friendly hero who has readily agreed for many interviews to even those magazines in the past even when he was hurt by their comments on him and his films. A recent example is his interview to Kumudham inspite of their worst review for Vettaikaaran.

10. The festival editions, special editions of magazines will feature an interview of Vijay. They put up series about him to boost up their sales. Yet when it comes to writing about him, it is in the most inhuman way which readily builds up a negative impression in the minds of the readers. And even when their articles are least related to Vijay they use his face on posters to draw attention. Is Vijay a commodity to boost up their sales and then thrown away when they don't need him? 11. Vijay's political moves were tracked and reported by media even before he could even think about them. Recently every act of him was portrayed as a move to save his sinking career and as his last ray of hope. I pity these people who don't even know what fan power is, may be the actors they write praising articles do not have such fans. Vijay might have had a pause in his string of success but this is not end of anything. His fans see it as only a low period before the graph starts rising up.

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9. If Vijay doing commercial movies is a sin as projected by media, why can't they offer some guidance to actors who have been acting in similar kind of stories for past 18 odd years or those who miserably fail to deliver bankable movies in a consistent manner and doesn’t even speak openly to media?

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12. Vijay TV, which fed itself to popularity using Vijay's face when he was at peak few years ago, has shamelessly chosen to open criticism in an unethical and unprofessional way in the name of showing people's opinion. Sun TV used Vijay's films to gain a name for them when they were marketing second grade films and later created an illusion as if Vijay is dependent on them for the success of his films. The company never even existed till Vijay's last blockbuster, Pokkiri. No one asks media to support or come up with articles that always shower praises on Vijay. But their worst attitude towards Vijay and being unmindful of the fan power he has is really something to condemn. It’s high time they stop spreading rumors and publish writings degrading him and his films. They should try to do justice to their profession in whatever they do. Least, they need to posses some humanitarian traits and give respect for everyone's feelings.

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CHAPTER 10

The Responsibility of fans

Vijay has been there in film industry for more than one and a half decades and he has seen all ups and downs in his career. He has seen the good and bad and whenever there was bad, he has successfully come out of it, more stronger and escalated himself to the top. I am telling this to all those who can't stop comparing Vijay with other actors. Vijay is in his 17th year of acting and he has crossed 51 films. When you look at his past and see the times when he was in the same timeline and film count as other actors he is being compared with, you can definitely say he was in a better position than what they are today. I can prove this just by one instance, when Vijay surpassed Rajini a decade ago in a poll conducted by Kumudham for popular actor/actress among college students. The actors whom you are talking about didn't even have a place in that poll. And these other actors will also pass through a time as Vijay did in past 2 years. And that time, we will tie our hands and see how they and their fans react to the situation (Some already did have crossed that stage, wherein they started doing "different" to survive in the industry, now they claim that they can't sleep well unless they give different films) He has never disappointed and failed to deliver in any of his movies, even though the directors, technicians, screenplay and story let the movie down. If someone can't even tell out the fact that his movies are worth watching once for him, they have no rights to claim them as his fan because for dedicating his career for his fans not worrying about awards and accolades, he definitely doesn’t deserve such people claiming as his fans. And there lies Vijay's main issue. His trust on his fans. He trusts them more than anything else and that is what backfired when he trusted they will support his movie even if it failed in one or other aspect. I won't say that is right, but there were many a time in the past fans could have supported Vijay lot more than what they did and that would have got him lesser troubles. Sachein was one of the best romantic films of this decade and yet for unknown reasons and unfair expectations, majority Vijay fans let the movie down, if not, it would have given him the comfort to do such movies once in a while. Kannukul Nilavu was one of his best performances in early days, yet fans let the movie down. It stopped him from trying different roles. Kuruvi, except for a single action sequence was a very much enjoyable fare but fans mercilessly agreed with Vijay haters towards the negatives of the film. No one even spoke about similar and even worse action sequences in Aadhavan. Sura, even after

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low expectations set by Vijay and his word that he will give a different film in next, was trashed left and right by Vijay fans themselves. Except that there was nothing fresh, the film didnt have anything too bad to be given such a treatment but Vijay fans again let him down. It is to be understood that I am not making a point to blindly support bad movies or not to criticize for improvement. But there is a way in which a fan does it and others do it. When fans start talking like Vijay haters, that’s when Vijay is being let down or lacking the required support. Films will come and go, they will become hits or flops, but Vijay should always be held high for he has never failed in entertaining his fans. If fans do not take this stance and support Vijay condition less, then they become the biggest traitors for making waste all struggle he has put up for them.

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CHAPTER 11

The Final Request

The cheerful, enthusiastic and lively Vijay who was seen in special programs and TV shows during past years is no more seen now, all we can see is a dull, sober and thoughtful version of him. He speaks very less, carefully-chosen words and even his smile has a pain in it. He has even given up his "En Nenjil Kudikirukkum enadhu anbaana rasigargal" phrase many times. In one of the special programs in Jaya TV few weeks back, Vijay started off in a normal way without this trademark line. When the host questioned why he didnt say that he replied "They are teasing if I say this" with an uncomfortable smile. It is definitely clear that he knows about all those crappy sms, emails and blogs teasing him that are doing rounds. He could have definitely come across those through family or friends, and though he claims to be not bothered about them, it would have hurt him deeply inside as much as the comments passed on him during his initial days. In a Vijay tv program during Villu, he said "Perula mattum thaan azhagiya thamizh magan, aana naan illa", which is exactly an SMS message doing rounds during those times. When I was watching the same program's repeat telecast recently, I felt so bad for him because, he does not deserve such treatment from unknown morons who don't even know who he really is. It is the responsibility of every Vijay fan to stay with him, support him, prove all those speaking bad about him wrong and defeat all those who are plotting against him. It is our responsibility to bring back his happy-from-the-heart smile and thats the least we can do for a hero who has acts and gives films only for our happiness. Before I finish, I just have only one request to all Vijay fans. You have got a treasure in Vijay out of which only a small part is enjoyed by you. He has many more years to go and many more films to come, and he will surely move himself towards better and bigger position in Tamil film history. Meanwhile, just as you say "India lost the match, but Sachin batted well", "the film was bad but Rahman's music kaaga paakalam", "Whatever others feel, I will watch it because it is a Manirathnam film" and so on, please cultivate the habit of saying "However the film was, Vijay did well and I am happy about it", because that is the least he wants from us for all the hard work and toil he puts in for the film. Mistakes do happen and they get corrected, Vettaikaaran is the best example for it. And then better things do surely happen, Kavalan has proved it. All that Vijay fans need is patience, tolerance and immunity from people who have the capacity to rape your senses with their shitty thoughts. If you already have these, never lose it, else you will be left out when in future the history is rewritten.

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IT IS ANYDAY A PRIDE TO BE A FAN OF VIJAY.
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> THE END <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

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