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Happy Birthday Vineeth: Must watch performances of the multi-talented actor
Alfred Francis
Aug 23, 2021
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Vineeth entered the Malayalam movie industry through the I.V. Sasi directed Idanilangal in 1985. Following that, the actor went on to deliver hits one after the other, all collaborating with great directors in the field like Kamal and Sibi Malayil. Vineeth is also an established classical dancer. He’s a highly talented dubbing artist, having dubbed for Vivek Oberoi in Lucifer and for Arjun Sarja in Marakkaar: Arabikadalinte Simham, for which he won State Award for Best Dubbing Artist.

During the first phase of his career, Vineeth worked extensively in Tamil, Malayalam and Telugu, making him a familiar face across industries. Often the actor was sidelined by the mass masala-action movies but has continued to prove his mettle, taking on various roles from hero to villain. On his birthday, OTTplay has handpicked some of his watch worthy performances in Malayalam and Tamil for you:

1
Nakhakshathangal
7.3OTTplay Rating
Vineeth’s second movie and his debut as a lead actor was a Hariharan-directorial. Vineeth plays Ramu, a naive and soft-spoken village boy, who runs away to the city to escape his uncle’s abuse. There he is given a job by an advocate (Thilakan), whose daughter Lakshmi has fallen for Ramu. However, Ramu has already fallen in love with Lakshmi’s maid Gowri (Monisha). Ramu is torn between his gratitude to the advocate and his love for Gowri. Furthermore, Gowri who treats Lakshmi like a sister, asks Ramu to accept the latter.
2
Sargam
7.6OTTplay Rating
Vineeth plays Haridas, a poor boy who is the protagonist but is also a side-kick to Kuttan Thampuran (Manoj K. Jayan). Both are classmates and although Kuttan Thampuran is a senior, Haridas thinks of him as a brother and takes care of him when he suffers from occasional bouts of epileptic fits. Kuttan Thampuran, of a rich and aristocratic household, trusts Haridas like family rather than friend, although he does not openly express his affection. Haridas falls in love with Thankamani (Rambha), who is his father Bhagavathar’s disciple. However, Kuttan’s mother requests Haridas to sacrifice his love as Thankamani would be a perfect wife for Kuttan. Hari, for his friend, accepts the sacrifice and runs away and becomes a famous musician. He returns years later upon hearing news about Kuttan committing suicide.
3
May Madham
6.5OTTplay Rating
Sandhya (Sonali Kulkarni) is the daughter of big business tycoon Rangarajan who decides everything in her life and suffocates her with his controlling nature. When it is revealed that she is to be married off to an American businessman whom she hasn't even seen, Sandhya runs away from her home to Chennai. There she bumps into Eeshwar (Vineeth), a photographer. A series of events leads her to lose all her cash and Eeshwar has to give her shelter. Gradually love blossoms between them and everything moves perfectly until Sandhya’s family comes to know about her whereabouts and forcefully separates the lovers. The movie was known for its songs, Minnale and Marghazhi Poove composed by A.R. Rahman.
4
Manathe Vellitheru
6.7OTTplay Rating
Merlin (Shobhana) is an upcoming pop singer who is enjoying success when she encounters her crazy fan Ramesh (Vineeth). Ramesh stalks Merlin everywhere she goes, be it her house or open stage programmes. She has him beaten by police and tries talking to him, but Ramesh does not back off. She goes to Commissioner Babu Mohan (Mukesh) and requests him to find out about Ramesh. During Babu’s investigation, several painful truths about Ramesh’s childhood are revealed, forcing Merlin to rethink about him. Vineeth’s performance, as an eccentric stalker who hides his pain, was highly appreciated by the critics.
5
Kadhal Desam
7.1OTTplay Rating
The second outing of Vineeth with A.R.Rahman gave birth to the evergreen song ‘Mustafa Mustafa’. The song would later become a friendship anthem that generations have continued to relish. Vineeth plays Karthik, a poor but multi-talented orphan who forms an unlikely friendship with Arun (Abbas), a rich guy and son of a business magnate. Their friendship is praised throughout the college and is considered a model. Enter Divya (Tabu), a new entrant in college for whom both the friends fall. They do not reveal that they have fallen for Divya but give each other hints. When it is all revealed, their love causes a rift in their friendship and only Divya would be able to reunite the friends.
6
Chathikkatha Chanthu
7.2OTTplay Rating
In this rom-com, Vineeth plays Krishna, a choreographer who coincidentally meets the hero Chanthu (Jayasurya), while he is running away from home. Krishna is forced to take Chanthu with him to Chennai owing to unprecedented events. Krishna also helps Chanthu in his pursuit to rescue Vasumathi (Navya Nair). This is one of the few comedy roles the actor has ever done.

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