Dhil: Dharani's first hit, this action entertainer launched Vikram as a thinking action hero who outwits his adversary, a ruthless cop played by Ashish Vidyarthi, with a combination of brains and brawn.

Dhool: Vikram once again teamed up with his buddy from college and cemented his position as a matinee idol with this scaled up masala entertainer that had audiences dancing in the aisles and whistling in halls around Tamil Nadu.

Ghilli: This remake of Okkadu had such a racy narrative that there was no stopping Vijay after this. The songs went on to be chartbusters and Dharani arrived as a safe bet for producers.