Ajith's rise to stardom without a mentor in the industry is a story that his fans never tire of repeating. He started his career as a part-time mechanic who also worked in the garment export industry. He acted in a few small roles before making his debut as hero with the Tamil film Amaravathi in 1993. However, though the film was a moderate success, Ajith had to struggle a lot before establishing himself as a star in Kollywood.
The star who turns 45 on Monday is popularly known as 'Thala' and has a huge fan following in the south.
Originally, the Vivegam team had announced that they will release the filmâ€™s teaser on May 1. Producer Thiagarajan had even confirmed the same in his recent interview to a leading Tamil daily. However, the makers changed plans in the last minute and released a new poster instead. We don't know yet why they took this call.
The team is currently filming the final schedule in Bulgaria where they had already shot a majority of the film. Directed by Siva, who has teamed up for the third time with Ajith after Veeram and Vedalam, the film also introduces Vivek Oberoi as the antagonist to Tamil filmdom. Kajal Aggarwal and Akshara Haasan play pivotal roles in the film.
According to sources, Ajith looks his stylish best in the film. The star has worked hard to lose the extra kilos and build a six pack body despite a long history of injuries and surgeries. His transformation was hailed by his colleagues as "age defying".
Produced by Sathya Jyothi Films, Vivegam has music by Anirudh Ravichander and it is loosely based on Liam Neesonâ€™s Taken, according to the industry grapevine.
(With inputs from Digital Native)