Ahead of Kamal Haasan’s Vikram, watch these 10 action movies starring the Ulaganayakan
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Ahead of Kamal Haasan’s Vikram, watch these 10 action movies starring the Ulaganayakan
Akshay Krishna
Aug 12, 2021

Throughout his illustrious career, superstar Kamal Haasan has been part of several action entertainers. Most of them became a success at the box office and some have gone on to be cult classics. The action scenes in his films more often than not are a visual spectacle and elevate the viewing experience for the audience. Add his brand of immaculate acting to the commercial screenplays, it’s no wonder why many have gone on to be hugely successful in the box office and still stand out from most of the other action movies. 

With Kamal Haasan’s Vikram, which is directed by Lokesh Kanagaraj, getting the fans excited for another action outing from the Ulaganayakan, we take a look at 10 of the superstar’s movies that are high on action. 

8.4OTTplay Rating
Directed by S Shankar, Indian follows Senapathy (Kamal), an ex-freedom fighter who turns into a vigilante and fights corruption. The blockbuster had Kamal Haasan as a well-trained fighter and a man on a mission. The acting, make-up, cinematography and music all stand out in this cult classic, making it a must watch. Kamal was seen in two roles and a sequel of the film is currently in the works.
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Written and directed by Kamal Haasan, Virumandi is about an interview of two prisoners, Kothala (Pasupathy) and Virumandi (Kamal), with the latter having been sentenced to death. The rest of the film is the version of the stories the two convicts share. Virumandi, which now has a cult status, is brilliantly crafted with an impeccable screenplay and great acting. Kamal uses the Rashomon effect to tell the story and this is another reason to not miss this movie.
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This psychological thriller which sees Kamal play dual roles follows Major Vijay (Kamal) who has to protect his fiancee (Raveena Tandon) from Nandhu (also Kamal), his delusional brother. Nandhu is out to kill her because he thinks she is their evil stepmother. Aalavandhan is a must watch for multiple reasons. Kamal delivers a fantastic performance as the psychotic Nandhu. The movie in itself has a lot of magical realism in it and the animated action sequences, which later won the National Award for Best Special Effects, make the movie a special watch.
8.4OTTplay Rating
Co-written and directed by Kamal Haasan, the film opens with US-based student Nirupama (Pooja Kumar), who is married to a classical dance teacher (Kamal). She is suspicious about her husband and hires a private detective who tails him, to know the truth about him. Vishwaroopam is an action-packed thriller with great quality in all aspects of filmmaking. Though immersed in multiple controversies before and after its release, the film was applauded by critics. Kamal’s action sequences and the scale of the production is another reason to watch the movie.
Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu
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This neo-noir action thriller is written and directed by Gautham V Menon and follows Raghavan (Kamal), a police officer who is out to catch a serial killer. Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu is a movie that doesn't miss out on anything. Emerging as one of the biggest blockbusters after its release, the movie is high on action but gives a sense of everyday life of a cop too. With Kamal’s State Awar- winning performance and great cinematography, the movie will not disappoint.
7OTTplay Rating
This sci-fi action thriller is written by Kamal and directed by K S Ravikumar. The film follows Govind (Kamal), a bio-scientist from the US who realises the threat of a bio-weapon he helped create and tries to stop evil forces from acquiring it. Telling a story from the 12th century to the 21st century, Kamal writes a captivating screenplay connecting it with the Butterfly Effect Theory. One of the major reasons the movie becomes a must watch apart from its action and great production value, is that Kamal plays 10 characters in the movie.
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Diwakaran (Kamal), an officer of the Indian Revenue Service and his deputy Mani (Yogi Setu) bust a narcotics scam. In retaliation, Vittal (Prakash Raj), a drug lord kidnaps Diwakaran’s son and asks for him to return the seized bag of cocaine. Thoongaa Vanam is a well polished, action flick. With good acting, cinematography and score by Gibran, everything about this action thriller works.
Hey Ram
8OTTplay Rating
Written and directed by Kamal Haasan, this fictional historical drama follows Saketh Ram (Kamal), who is on a mission to assassinate Gandhi after a series of unfortunate events take place in his life. Consumed by hatred for Gandhi’s tolerance of religion, Saketh becomes a Hindu extremist. With an ensemble cast including Shah Rukh Khan, Naseeruddin Shah and Om Puri, Kamal pens an intriguing story and complements it with great acting, make-up, cinematography and art design, making Hey Ram a movie for the ages.
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This action thriller directed by P C Sreeram, follows two police officers who are looking to put an end to a terrorist group, but when it ends in bloodshed, Adhi Narayanan (Kamal) is forced to step back and evaluate his profession. Kuruthipunal received critical acclaim and was India’s official entry to the Oscars in 1995. With a lot of realism in it, the movie also had violent sequences. The movie, which has attained cult status today, set the standards for action movies at the time and is an influence for many similar movies now.
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Sathya (kamal) is a jobless youth who has no tolerance for injustice. He joins Dhandapani (Kitty), a corrupt politician and becomes his henchman. When he understands the truth about the politicians, Sathya takes matters into his own hands. The movie seamlessly incorporates good acting and filmmaking with commercial elements. The movie and character also became a fan favourite and is often talked about even today.

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