Best Tamil Actors in 2018 Who Gave A New Dimension To Tamil Cinema

Best Tamil Actors in 2018 Who Gave A New Dimension To Tamil Cinema

10 Apr 21 @ 6:35 PM

As Tamil Cinema in 2018 has an eventful year, and especially the final few months have seen some terrific films, the actors had received some of the best roles in their career. Take, for example, Makkal Selvan Vijay Sethupthi. He had a field year (like field day) in 2018 and did various roles in various genres right from small cameos to supporting roles to main leads. Superstar Rajinikanth has also shown his acting might has not diminished in Kaala before turning his attention to fan favorite roles. 

Even youngsters like Kathir who played Pariyan in Pariyerum Perumal did a stellar job and proved that there is no dearth of acting talent when proper characters are created by the filmmakers. Here, let's take a look at the best Tamil actors in 2018 who have shown Tamil Cinema at its best. Don't forget to vote for your favorite actors and shoot them up the ranking order. 

  • Vijay in Sarkar

    Vijay has delivered an all-round performance in the blockbuster Sarkar. Despite all the heroic moments and elevating scenes, he not just looked just good on the screen, performed very well and won the audience and critics approval. 

    Vijay as Sundar Ramswamy in Sarkar
    Vijay as Sundar Ramswamy in Sarkar
  • Vijay Sethupathi in 96

    2018 can be termed Vijay Sethupathi's year in Tamil Cinema. Such was the varied filmography he had. Among all the roles he had essayed, Ramachandran in the romance film 96 is easily the best. He just lived through the character. 

    Vijay Sethupathi as Ramachandran in 96
    Vijay Sethupathi as Ramachandran in 96
  • Vishnu Vishal in Ratsasan

    Ratsasan is hailed as one of the best serial killer thrillers to come out of Tamil Cinema and Vishnu Vishal's filmmaking aspirant turned police inspector won the applause as the protagonist who uses the research he had done for one of his films to nab the criminal. 

    Vishnu Vishal as Arun Kumar in Ratsasan
    Vishnu Vishal as Arun Kumar in Ratsasan
    Vishnu Vishal
  • Kathir in Pariyerum Perumal

    While Pariyerum Perumal is a classic, it still needs its main actor to perform well to make the story tick. Kathir was up to the challenge and delivered an unbridled performance as the Dalit youngster whose dream is to become a lawyer like Dr. Ambedkar. 

    Kathir as Pariyan in Pariyerum Perumal
    Kathir as Pariyan in Pariyerum Perumal
    Kathir
  • Dhanush in Vada Chennai

    While Vada Chennai is the magnum opus of filmmaker Vetrimaaran, it is Dhanush who is the face of the trilogy. Right from appearing as a teenager to the fiery but calculated leader of people he nailed everything in this gangster epic which he also co-produced. 

    Dhanush as Anbu in Vada Chennai
    Dhanush as Anbu in Vada Chennai
  • 2.0

    While the main attraction of director Shankar's 2.0 is Chitti the Robo essayed by superstar Rajinikanth, the major story point revolves around Akshay Kumar's antagonist role. He made the best of this role in his South Indian debut and delivered a stellar performance despite the prosthetics. Easily one of the top three roles in his career. 

    Akshay Kumar as Pakshirajan in 2.0
    Akshay Kumar as Pakshirajan in 2.0
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  • Karthi in Kadaikutty Singam

    Similar to Vishal, Karthi too scored the biggest hit of his career with Kadaikutty Singam. While playing village youth was not new to him, he played the lovable Gunasingam with such elan that he was embraced by the family audience too. 

    Karthi as Perunazhi Gunasingam in Kadaikutty Singam
    Karthi as Perunazhi Gunasingam in Kadaikutty Singam
  • Rajinikanth in Kaala

    There used to be an actor named Rajinikanth and he was outshined by the superstar. But the actor Rajini wanted badly to come out and delivered a top-notch performance as kaala in this issue based film directed by Pa. Ranjith. Despite an indifferent result, Kaala remains one of the best performances in Rajini career. 

    Rajinikanth as Kaala in Kaala
    Rajinikanth as Kaala in Kaala
  • Suriya in Thaana Serndha Koottam

    Thaana Serndha Koottam might not have turned out to be the big hit as Suriya expected, he nailed the dual shade role of a youngster who wanted to become a CBI officer but fails due to the system. Suriya exuded the intelligence on the screen as the character demands and won applause for his part. 

    Suriya as Nachinarkiniyan (Iniyan) aka Uthaman
    Suriya as Nachinarkiniyan (Iniyan) aka Uthaman
  • Simbu in Chekka Chivantha Vaanam

    A lot is said about Chekka Chivantha Vaanam and director Mani Ratnam's return to blockbuster business but it is Simbu and Vijay Sethupathi who stole the show. Especially, Simbu, as the third and the youngest son who operates more with brains than brawn is irresistible. A come back film for him too. 

    Simbu as Ethirajan aka Ethi in Chekka Chivantha Vaanam
    Simbu as Ethirajan aka Ethi in Chekka Chivantha Vaanam
    Simbu
  • Sathyaraj in Kanaa

    Kanaa is a special film and it needs a special performance from Sathyaraj and he delivered the goods without breaking a sweat. As a cricket-loving father and a farmer, he was both the driving force behind his daughter's dream of becoming a cricketer and a protagonist. He brought his vast experience to give believabilit to the character of Murugesan. 

    Sathyaraj as Murugesan in Kanaa
    Sathyaraj as Murugesan in Kanaa
    Sathyaraj
  • Vishal in Irumbuthirai

    Star hero Vishal was given a challenging role by the director in Irumbu Thirai where he had to underplay a lot. And he did not just well but was praised for his performance as an army man Kathiravan. He also believed in the story of this film about information theft and produced it. 

    Vishal as Kathiravan aka Kathir in Irumbu Thirai
    Vishal as Kathiravan aka Kathir in Irumbu Thirai
  • Arulnithi in Iravukku Aayiram Kangal

    Arulnithi did a fantastic job in the new-age thriller Iravukku Aayiram Kangal which was listed in the 11 underrated gems of Indian Cinema in 2018. With a subtle but intense performance, Arulnithi won the appreciation of the critics. 

    Arulnithi as Bharath in Iravukku Aayiram Kangal
    Arulnithi as Bharath in Iravukku Aayiram Kangal
    Arulnithi Tamilarasu
  • Aadhi Pinisetty in U-Turn

    Talented actor had a great time in 2018 and he essayed a couple of top characters and deservedly received applause. In Tamil, his major film is U-Turn co-starring Samantha and Rahul Ravindran. His performance as Inspector Pradeep Naik in this Tamil-Telugu bilingual remake of the classic Kannada horror-thriller

    Aadhi Pinisetty as Inspector Pradeep Nayak
    Aadhi Pinisetty as Inspector Pradeep Nayak
    Aadhi Pinisetty
  • Kamal Haasan in Vishwaroopam II

    Vishwaroopam II which was released amidst huge expectations might not have reached the hype, Kamal Haasan like he always does, delivered a stellar performance amidst the rubble around him. He proved that he still means business. 

    Kamal Haasan as Wisam Ahmed Kashmiri aka Vishwanathan in Vishwaroopam II
    Kamal Haasan as Wisam Ahmed Kashmiri aka Vishwanathan in Vishwaroopam II
  • Samuthirakani in Goli Soda 2

    Samuthirakani is one among the rare breed of a proper actor and filmmaker who regularly delivers on both accounts. In Goli Soda, his Natesan remains the driving force behind the young heroes and he made a telling impact with his performance. 

    Samuthirakani as Natesan in Goli Soda 2
    Samuthirakani as Natesan in Goli Soda 2
  • Vijay Antony in Thimiru Pudichavan

    Vijay Antony may be a limited actor but when the right character comes his way, he makes sure that no one can nail it better than him. As a fiery cop in Thimiru Pudichavan, he looked the part and we will feel his anger and frustration when he see his brother turns a gangster

    Vijay Antony as Inspector Murugavel in Thimiru Pudichavan
    Vijay Antony as Inspector Murugavel in Thimiru Pudichavan
    Vijay Antony
  • Mysskin in Savarakathi

    Is there anything Mysskin couldn't do? Yes. The inability to not doing things well. For a film where he provided the story and script, Mysskin also appeared in one of the lead roles and proved his acting might. You won't forget Mangeswaran in this black comedy. 

    Mysskin as Mangeswaran in Savarakathi
    Mysskin as Mangeswaran in Savarakathi
    Mysskin