Down the years, Vivekh has helped many a leading star to blockbuster glory and sustained success
Some of Vivekh’s best work came when he was paired alongside Vadivelu, during the middle of their careers. They collaborated magnificently in films like ‘Manathai Thirudi Vittai’ and ‘Middle Class Madhavan’. Despite facing a tug-of-war like situation with Vadivelu, Vivekh invented his own brand of dialogue-comedy, with a tinge of social responsibility, that was born out of instinct.
His most memorable appearance with Rajinikanth was in director Shankar’s ‘Sivaji: The Boss’. A constant sidekick throughout the film, Vivekh is hilarious trying to help the Superstar in his attempts to woo Shriya’s character, and later, in his vigilantism to fight the system. He even helped Rajini turn fair!
A leading star who Vivekh covets. The duo has shared screen space in numerous hits together, such as ‘Shahjahan’, ‘Badri’, ‘Kushi’ and ‘Thamizhan’. Accompanied by Vijay’s superb comic timing, Vivekh has dovetailed memorably with him to bring in the laughs
Another actor Vivek enjoys a prolific history with. ‘Vaalee’, ‘Poovellam Un Vasam’, ‘Kireedam’… the list is long. Add Gautham Menon’s touch, and Vivek was at his classy best (also in looks) as DCP “Revolver” Richard in ‘Yennai Arindhaal’
Among the younger crop of actors, it should not be an exaggeration to say that Vivekh’s best collaboration came from Dhanush — something even the former himself acknowledged once. The duo complemented each other so well that their comedy seemed natural — whether it is Vivekh’s Azhagusundaram from ‘Velai Illa Pattathari’ or Emotional Ekambaram from ‘Uthamaputhiran’
Three of Vivekh’s career-best roles came with Maddy: in ‘Minnale’, ‘Dumm Dumm Dumm’ and ‘Run’. The films saw Vivekh occupy a wealth of screen space – almost as much as the hero – and he responded with rousing effect. Be it Chockalingam in ‘Minnale’, Jim in ‘Dumm…’ or Mohan in ‘Run’, his comedic tracks and one-liners from all three outings have resonated with audiences for decades
Though they have teamed up in other films, the Suriya-Vivekh combo really hit its stride in the ‘Singam’ franchise of movies, thanks to the comedian’s epic characterisation of Head Constable Yettu Erimalai, who is a meme legend even today
Despite starring in less than 10 films with Vikram, Vivekh’s success rate with Chiyaan is envious. The ‘Saamy’ franchise, ‘Dhil’, ‘Dhool’, ‘Anniyan’ and more: it’s a never-ending highlight reel and hilarious characters that still evoke fond memories. Vivekh’s portrayal of Venkataraman Iyengar from ‘Saamy’ is a fantastic example of social satire in Tamil cinema, that has served as a template for other comedy actors since
In the latter part of his career, Vivekh switched to playing serious, character roles that worked to the films’ advantage. He received critical acclaim for his performance in the lead role of DCP Rudhran Ganesan in the neo-noir crime thriller ‘Vellai Pookal’