look-alikes of Kollywood!
not too long since you thought the teenager who
bore striking resemblance to Vijay, who played his
younger brother in Bhagavathi, looked like his body
double. He later went on to accentuate his similarities
with the actor in the cult hit Chennai – 28.
Jai, who debuted with Bhagavathi and shot into limelight
with his Chennai 28 and Subramaniapuram has had
difficulties fixing his body language so as not
to look like Vijay’s carbon copy. That he
emerged out of the image soon enough and is on the
list of the promising actors of Tamil cinema is
very much an old news.
But Jai is not an isolated case scenario. Although
he could be the only special case having to set
himself apart from his peer (Vijay in this case)
for having similar looks, there are many more look-alike
versions in Tamil cinema, subtly hidden beneath
the garbs and make up.
Take Asin for instance; she has the once peppy Revathi
who played layered roles and became an icon of sorts
in Tamil, hidden inside her. We screamed our lungs
out having found the latest edition of Revathi.
She’s testing the Bollywood
now but what’s the big deal, she’s still our
brainy little girl from Kerala who found her stardom in
Vijay called a relatively new, up and coming actor Poorna,
the latest Asin. Although she doesn’t have Asin’s
sharp features, she makes it up with her smoothed attributes.
But whether she will replace Asin’s loss to Tamil
cinema remains to be seen. But wait. Asin never said she
has abandoned Tamil anyway.
Now looking back, there have been doppelgangers even for
the superstar Rajinikanth. Nalinikanth, who surfaced a
couple of decades ago in the scene, had an impeccable
parallel to the superstar. His circular face, unruly hair
that is unkempt (a trademark of the superstar himself)
and shrewd eyes have earned him the name of Rajini’s
carbon copy. He tried his hands at a few movies with little
or no success and later graduated (or rather stepped down)
to negative roles. After all, there can’t be two
rulers, can there?
Similarly, when the Salem born/bred Saravanan made his
debut a decade ago, he brought with him an unmistakable
similarity to Vijayakanth. But the similarity ended right
there and he is now happily playing roles that’s
got more meat (remember Paruthiveeran?) than before. On
the other hand, Vijayakanth is still the quintessential
hero still dishing out one flick after the other.
If the explosive Roja was not good enough then, we also
had the look-alike Ravali who tried to cash in on us with
her plumpness. But her career had a silent death for we
couldn’t take t(wo)oo many Rojas. And if ever Vadivelu
wants to have a look alike twin (or brother, as the case
may be) in his film, there is Sugumar whose indigenous
comic act for Kaadal got him noticed.
That besides, you can spot bits and pieces of Prabhu in
Karan, lots of Aishwarya Rai in Dia Mirza and Sneha Ullal.
Bollywood is rife with such look-alikes as well. Harman
Baweja / Hrithik, Divya Bharti / Sridevi, Preity Zinta
/ Drew Barrymore and Katrina / Sangeetha Bijlani are a
All said and done, notwithstanding the fact that the looks
of an already popular star does no good to an actor’s
career, it also proves to be a baggage worth shedding
before shaping up a career.
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