Before Jagame Thandhiram, Dhanush’s crime films ranked, from Kaadhal Kondein to Maari 2

Kaadhal Kondein was also the film that became Dhanush’s calling card in the early days of his career. However, Prem was afraid that he would be forced to undermine the element of realism in the film to match the larger-than-life stature of the superstar. Balaji Mohan repeated the same mistake with the sequel, which came out in 2018. In a career spanning 20 years, he has done a significant number of roles in which he was in conflict with the law. It wakes up the sleeping animal in Vinod. Pudhupettai is one of the best gangster Tamil films of all time. It is not a gangster film like the rest, instead Dhanush plays a cold-blooded serial killer in this dark romantic thriller. Like the 2002 Mexican classic, Vada Chennai also chronicles the challenges of people aspiring to live a decent life in a neighbourhood overrun by criminals. 3) Vada Chennai
Director Vetrimaaran’s epic production is envisioned as a trilogy. This list only focuses on the films where he played a bonafide criminal. 📣 The Indian Express is now on Telegram. The narrative structure of the film has similarities with City of God. We just get a broad stroke of Anbu being sucked into the criminal world and how he’s used as a pawn in a series of sinister plots. And the rest, as they say, is history. The film worked in parts, thanks to the sizzling chemistry between Dhanush and Sai Pallavi, and the excitement the Rowdy Baby song created before the release. The original Mari, which came out in 2015, was a trendsetter of sorts. Despite Dhanush’s best efforts, the film depressingly failed to capture the spirit of the original.×1.png

4) Maari and Maari 2
Director Balaji Mohan wanted to create a black comedy universe that was quirky and wacky. 1) Kaadhal Kondein
This film is an exception in this list. We have discounted films in which Dhanush’s character commits a crime of passion or in self-defence (Adhu Oru Kana Kaalam, Asuran, Karnan). Vetrimaaran managed to deliver an engrossing gangster drama. And he becomes friends with a girl, played by Sonia Agarwal, who gives him unconditional affection, while others feel revolted by him. Kaadhal Kondein is about a nerdy, bespectacled, lovelorn orphan. His future looks happy with Divya in it. It was a classic case of an actor being failed by the script. And he was right. He grew up in a horrifying environment, where children were robbed of their precious innocence. Click here to join our channel (@indianexpress) and stay updated with the latest headlines
For all the latest Entertainment News, download Indian Express App. The majority of the run time is dedicated to a key character called Rajan, who is played by Ameer. 5) Parattai Engira Azhagu Sundaram
Director Suresh Krissna remade Kannada hit Jogi with Dhanush in the lead. © IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd And he succeeded in doing so to an extent. Dhanush’s Vinod has turned a corner in life with his  academic excellence. The Indian Express website has been rated GREEN for its credibility and trustworthiness by Newsguard, a global service that rates news sources for their journalistic standards. Suresh Krissna failed to grasp the core emotion and the strong sense of realism that made Jogi an all-time favourite gangster film in Kannada. Dhanush gives a masterful physical performance as Kokki Kumar, who becomes friends with gangsters for three square meals a day and soon rises in the ranks. The original, starring Shivarajkumar, was a runaway hit and Rajinikanth had approached its director Prem to remake it in Tamil with him. So what happens when another man threatens to take her away from him? However, Balaji Mohan’s screenplay failed to capitalize on Dhanush’s energy. In some films, he played a character who unwittingly commits a crime and bears the brunt, while in others, he plays a ruthless gangster who thrives in the underworld. Written by Manoj Kumar R
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Updated: June 17, 2021 10:01:23 pm

Dhanush in Vada Chennai. 2) Pudhupettai
Director Selvaraghavan ended the Tamil film industry’s romanticisation of gangsters with Pudhupettai. The swag with which Dhanush played the local thug, especially his fashion sense, was a big hit. So the film hardly scratches the surface when it comes to Dhanush’s Anbu. Dhanush returns to the gangster genre with his upcoming film Jagame Thandhiram. But, Balaji failed to bring together these elements and build it into a cohesive whole.