Top 10 Tamil Actors of 2010s

This list is about The Top 10 Tamil Actors of the decade 2010s (2010-2019). Based on -Number of Successful Films of the Actor in 2010-2019 -Fan Base and Awards of the Actor in 2010-2019
The Top Ten
Vijay Joseph Vijay, better known mononymously as Vijay, is an Indian film actor and playback singer who works in Tamil cinema and his films dubbed into Telugu, Hindi, Malayalam and Mandarin Chinese. He is one of the highest paid actors in Tamil cinema.

Notable Movies: Kaavalan (2011), Velayudham (2011), Nanban (2012), Thuppaki (2012), Kaththi (2014), Theri (2016), Mersal (2017), Sarkar (2018), Bigil (2019)
Awards:
*SIIMA - Won:1
*Vijay Awards - Won:6
*Behindwoods Gold Medals - Won:4
*Ananda Vikatan Cinema Awards - Won:2
*Edison Awards - Won:4
*Asianet Film Awards - Won:1
*Kumudam Polls - Won:1
*Indiatoday Polls - Won:1
*Techofes Awards - Won:3
*Cosmopolitan Awards - Won:1
*BIFAN Awards Korea - Won:1
*National Film Awards UK - Nominated:1
In Later 2010s Vijay overtook Superstar Rajinikanth's Film Market.
Despite Good Market, Vijay Films faced struggles during releases because of clashes with Political Parties (BJP, AIADMK and DMK)

Ajith Kumar Ajith Kumar (born 1 May 1971) is an Indian film actor best known for his work in Tamil cinema. He is one of the most successful actor in Tamil Cinema. In addition to his acting, Ajith Kumar in a sabbatical, participated in the 2004 British Formula 3 season as a Formula Two racing driver and was ranked ...read more.

Notable Movies: Mankatha (2011), Billa 2 (2012), Arrambam (2013), Veeram (2014), Yennai Arindhaal (2015), Vedalam (2015), Viswasam (2019), Nerkonda Paarvai (2019)
Awards:
*Vijay Awards - Won:2
*Zee Cine Awards – Tamil - Won:1
*Chennai Times Film Awards - Won:1
*IBNLive Movie Awards – Best Actor (South) - Won:1

Rajinikanth Rajinikanth (born 12 December 1950) is an Indian film actor who works primarily in Tamil cinema and is considered as Super Star of Kollywood after M. G. Ramachandran. After earning ₹26 crore (equivalent to ₹55 crore or US$8.2 million in 2016) for his role in Sivaji (2007), he was the highest paid ...read more.

Notable Movies: Endhiran (2010), Petta (2019)
Awards:
*Padma Vibhushan
*MGR-Sivaji Award
*NTR National Award
*Icon of Golden Jubilee of IFFI
*Centenary Award for Indian Film Personality of the Year
*NDTV Award - Won:3
*Vijay Awards - Won:1
In this decade, Rajinikanth faced a string of flops after Endhiran (2010). Petta (2019) was only hit after Endhiran.
Vijay and Ajith Kumar overtook Rajinikanth.
Also Rajinikanth was heavily criticized by Tamilnadu People for his support towards Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP).

Kamal Haasan Kamal Haasan is an Indian film actor, screenwriter, director, producer, playback singer, choreographer, lyricist, philanthropist and dancer who works primarily in the Tamil film industry.

Notable Movies: Vishwaroopam (2013), Uttama Villain (2015), Papanasam (2015), Thoongaa Vanam (2015)
Documentaries: Amoli (2018)
Awards:
*Civilian Honors - Won: 2
***Padma Bhushan
***Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Chevalier)
*Government Awards - Won: 3
*Other Awards and Honors - Won: 15
*Awards from various Media - Won: 32
*Film Festival Awards - Won: 7 Inaugurated: 5
+In this Decade, Vijay and Ajith Kumar overtook Rajinikanth and Kamal Hassan's Market, becoming the Top 2 Actors of Tamil Cinema.
+Sabaash Naidu was dropped due to bad sentiments, even though Kamal being a Periyarist
+Kamal Hassan started his Political Party Makkal Needhi Maiyam
+Kamal Haasan hosted Bigg Boss Tamil Season 1, 2 & 3 which was telecasted in Vijay TV. Bigg Boss was a Big hit across Tamilnadu.
+As Bigg Boss logo had a one eye symbol, Tamil Activist Paari Saalan said Kamal was a Illuminati. He continuously criticized Kamal, as he was against the Tamil Society.

Suriya Saravanan Sivakumar, better known by his stage name Suriya, is an Indian film actor, producer and television presenter, who is currently working in the Tamil film industry.

Notable Movies: Singam (2010), 7aum Arivu (2011), Maattrraan (2012), Singam 2 (2013), Massu Engira Masilamani (2015), Pasanga 2 (2015), 24 (2016), Si3 (2017); Also Rakta Charitra 2 (2010) - Telugu
Awards:
*SIIMA - Won:5
*Edison Awards - Won:3
*Filmfare Awards South - Won:1
*Zee Cine Awards - Won:1
*BIG FM - Won:1
*CineMAA Awards - Won:1
*FilmiBeat - Won:1
*Kollywood Cinemaaa Awards 2016 - Won:1
Most of the Suriya Movies released during the decade were average and less, apart from Singam (2010), 7aum Arivu (2011), Singam 2 (2013), Pasanga 2 (2015), 24 (2016).

Dhanush Venkatesh Prabhu, better known by his stage name Dhanush, is an Indian film actor, producer, director, writer, lyricist, screenwriter and playback singer who usually works in Tamil cinema. Dhanush's first film was Thulluvadho Ilamai, a 2002 coming-of-age film directed by his father, Kasthuri Raja.

Notable Movies: Uthamaputhiran (2010), Aadukalam (2011), Velaiilla Pattadhari (2014), Anegan (2015), Maari (2015), Thanga Magan (2015), Kodi (2016), Pa Paandi (2017), Vada Chennai (2018), Asuran (2019)
Awards:
*National Awards - Won:3
*Filmfare Awards - Won:1
*Filmfare Awards South - Won:7
*Vijay Awards - Won:8
*SIIMA - Won:13
*Edison Awards - Won:5
*Vikatan Award - Won:5
*IIFA Utsavam - Won:2
*Other Awards - Won:15
+Why This Kolaver Di song from 3 (2011) was the 1st Indian Music Video to cross 100 Million views
+According to YouTube Top Trends Rowdy Baby (Maari 2) (penned and sung by Dhanush with Dhee) was most streamed Indian Video of 2019 and 7th globally with 806 Million views (March 2020)
+Dhanush also started as lyricist in Mayakkam Enna Movie song named "Kadhal En Kadhal". He wrote Lyrics for 30+ songs in this Decade, mostly for his movies
+Dhanush and Simbu received Negative Reception from Family Audience and Ladies for writing songs ...more

Vikram Vikram is an Indian film actor who predominantly appears in Tamil language films and has won six Filmfare Awards as well as one National Film Award and Tamil Nadu State Film Award amongst other recognitions and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the People's University of Milan in May 2011.

Notable Movies: Ravanan (2010), Deiva Thirumagal (2011), Thaandavam (2012), I (2015), Iru Mugan (2016), Kadaram Kondam (2019)
Awards:
*Filmfare Awards South - Won:3
*Edison Awards - Won:1
*SIIMA - Won:2
*Tamil Nadu State Film Awards - Won:1
*Vijay Awards - Won:2
*Vikatan Award - Won:1
*Asianet Film Awards - Won:1
*Amrita Film Awards - Won:1
*Honorary Doctorate - University of Milan
*Jaya Awards - Won:1

Karthi Karthik Sivakumar, better known by his stage name Karthi, is an Indian film actor who works primarily in the Tamil film industry.

Notable Movies: Aayirathil Oruvan (2010), Paiyaa (2010), Naan Mahaan Alla (2010), Siruthai (2011), Saguni (2012), All in All Azhaguraja (2014), Madras (2014), Komban (2015), Thozha (2016), Kaashmora (2016), Theeran Adhigaaram Ondru (2017), Kadaikutty Singam (2018), Kaithi (2019), Thambi (2019)
Awards:
*Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor – South - Madras (2014), Theeran Adhigaaram Ondru (2017)
*SIIMA Critics Award for Best Actor - Madras (2014)
*Edison Award for Best Actor - Theeran Adhigaaram Ondru (2017)

Sivakarthikeyan Sivakarthikeyan is an Indian actor, comedian, playback singer, producer and lyricist who works in Tamil films.

Notable Movies: Marina (2012), Manam Kothi Paravai (2012), Kedi Billa Killadi Ranga (2013), Ethir Neechal (2013), Varuthapadatha Valibar Sangam (2013), Maan Karate (2014), Kaaki Sattai (2015), Rajini Murugan (2016), Remo (2016), Velaikkaran (2017), Kanaa (2018) Namma Veettu Pillai (2019)
Awards:
*Tamil Nadu State Film Awards - Won:1
*Behindwoods Gold Medals - Won:3
*Edison Awards - Won:4
*SIMMA - Won:3
*Vijay Awards - Won:3
*Techofes Award - Won:2
*Other Awards - Won:15

Vijay Sethupathi Vijaya Gurunatha "Vijay" Sethupathi, is an Indian film actor, producer, lyricist, and dialogue writer who works in Tamil films.Following a stint as an accountant, Sethupathi began considering an acting career.

Notable Movies: Thenmerku Paruvakatru (2010), Pizza (2012), Naduvula Konjam Pakkatha Kanom (2012), Soodhu Kavvum (2013), Idharkuthane Aasaipattai Balakumara (2013), Pannaiyarum Padminiyum (2014), Purampokku Engira Podhuvudamai (2015), Orange Mittai (2015), Naanum Rowdy Thaan (2015), Kadhalum Kadandhu Pogum (2016), Iraivi (2016), Dharmadurai (2016), Aandavan Kattalai (2016), Vikram Vedha (2017), Chekka Chivantha Vaanam (2018), 96 (2018), Super Deluxe (2019)
Awards:
*Tamil Nadu State Film Awards - Won:1
*Norway Tamil Film Festival Awards - Won:2
*Edison Awards - Won:1
*Vijay Awards - Won:3
*SIIMA Awards - Won:1
*Big FM Tamil Entertainment Awards - Won:1
*Behindwoods Gold Medal - Won:1
*Asiavision Awards - Won:1
*Ananda Vikatan Cinema Awards - Won:1
*Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil - Won:1
*Indian Film Festival of Melbourne - Won:1
*Filmfare Awards South - Won:1

The Contenders
Silambarasan Silambarasan is an Indian film Actor director, producer and singer, who works mainly in the Tamil film industry.

Notable Movies: Vinnaithandi Varuvaya (2010), Vaanam (2011), Achcham Yenbadhu Madamaiyada (2016), Chekka Chivantha Vaanam (2018)
Awards:
*SIIMA - Stylish Star of South Cinema (2012) IK
*ITFA Best Actor Award for Vaanam (2011)
*Edison Award for Best Actor - Vinnaithaandi Varuvaaya (2010)
*Big FM Tamil Entertainment Awards – Most Entertaining Actor Award for Vinnaithaandi Varuvaaya (2010)
+During the Mid-2010s, Many Producers and Directors complained Simbu for improper co-operation towards Film Shooting.
+During this era, a Social Media Page named Video Memes, trolled Simbu and TR.

Jeyam Ravi

Notable Movies: Thillalangadi (2010), Aadhi Bhagavan (2013), Romeo Juliet (2015), Thani Oruvan (2015), Bhooloham (2015), Miruthan (2016), Bogan (2017), Tik Tik Tik (2018), Adanga Maru (2018), Comali (2019)
Awards:
*SIIMA Awards - Won:2 [Thani Oruvan (2015), Adanga Maru(2018)]
*Edison Award for Best Actor - Won:1 - Thani Oruvan (2015)
*IIFA Utsavam - Performance In A Leading Role – Male - Thani Oruvan (2015)
*Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor – South - Thani Oruvan (2015)
*Vikatan Awards - Best Actor - Bhooloham (2015)

Arya

Notable Movies: Madrasapattinam (2010), Boss Engira Bhaskaran (2010), Vettai (2012), Raja Rani (2013), Arrambam (2013), Jeeva (2014-Producer), Meaghamann (2014), Purampokku Engira Podhuvudamai (2015), Magamuni (2019).
Awards:
*Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actor - Raja Rani (2013)
+Arya married Actress Sayeeshaa in 2019
+Arya was facing a string of flops after Raja Rani (2013); After marrying Sayeesha, Arya gave a comeback with Magamuni (2019).

Jiiva

Notable Movies: Singam Puli (2011), Ko (2011), Nanban (2012), Endrendrum Punnagai (2013)
Awards:
*Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actor - Neethane En Ponvasantham (2012)
+Jiiva movies continuously flopped after Endrendrum Punnagai (2013). Jiiva's most expected Gypsy (2020) was also flopped.

Vijay Antony

Notable Movies: Naan (2012), Salim (2014), Pichaikkaran (2016), Saithan (2016), Yaman (2017), Kolaigaran (2019)
Awards:
*Norway Tamil Film Festival Award for Best Newcomer Actor - Naan (2012)

Vishal

Notable Movies: Theeradha Vilaiyattu Pillai (2010), Avan Ivan (2011), Samar (2013), Pandiya Naadu (2013), Naan Sigappu Manithan (2014), Poojai (2014), Kathakali (2016), Marudhu (2016), Thupparivaalan (2017), Irumbu Thirai (2018), Ayogya (2019)

+Vishal was elected as the General Secretary of the Nadigar Sangam in Oct 2015 and President of Tamil Film Producers Council in Apr 2017.
+Vishal also faced some problems from Producer regarding Producer Council issue.

Arun Vijay

Notable Movies: Maanja Velu (2010), Thadaiyara Thaaka (2012), Yennai Arindhaal (2015), Kuttram 23 (2017), Chekka Chivantha Vaanam (2018), Thadam (2019)
Awards:
For Yennai Arindhaal (2015)
*Edison Award for Best Villain
*SIIMA Award for Best Actor in a Negative Role
*Norway Tamil Film Festival Award for Best Villain
+Arun Vijay was formerly known as Arun Kumar.
+Arun faced a string of flops after Panadavar Bhoomi (2001). So he changed his name as Arun Vijay, hoping for success.
+Eventually after changing his name, Arun Vijay gave his comeback via Malai Malai (2009). This movie ran for more 100 Days.
+Also Maanja Velu (2010), Thadaiyara Thaaka (2012) and Yennai Arindhaal (2015) were Hatrick hits for Arun Vijay.
+Yennai Arindhaal was a breakthrough for Arun Vijay, emerging him as a Stylish Actor.
+Also with another set of Hatrick hits Kuttram 23 (2017), Chekka Chivantha Vaanam (2018) and Thadam (2019), Arun Vijay completed the 2010s decade successfully.

Vishnu Vishal

Notable Movies: Kullanari Koottam (2011), Neerparavai (2012), Mundasupatti (2014), Jeeva (2014), Indru Netru Naalai (2015), Velainu Vanthutta Vellaikaaran (2016), Maaveeran Kittu (2016), Ratsasan (2018)
Awards:
*Nominated, SIIMA Award for Best Actor - Neerparavai (2012)

Attakathi Dinesh

Notable Movies: Attakathi (2012), Cuckoo (2014), Thirudan Police (2014), Tamizhuku En Ondrai Azhuthavum (2015), Visaranai (2016), Oru Naal Koothu (2016), Ulkuthu (2017), Annanukku Jai (2018), Irandam Ulagaporin Kadaisi Gundu (2019)
Awards:
For Attakathi
*Nominated, Vijay Award for Best Debut Actor
*Nominated, SIIMA Award for Best Male Debutant
*Nominated, Vijay Award for Best Actor -Cukkoo

Vikram Prabhu

Notable Movies: Kumki (2012), Ivan Veramathiri (2013), Arima Nambi (2014), Sigaram Thodu (2014), Idhu Enna Maayam (2015), 60 Vayadu Maaniram (2018), Thuppakki Munai (2018)
Awards:
*Vijay Award for Best Debut Actor - Kumki (2012)
*Tamil Nadu State Film Award Special Prize - Best Actor - Kumki (2012)
*SIIMA award for Best Debut Actor-Kumki(2012)
+Vikram Prabhu is Actor Sivaji Ganesan's Grandson and Actor Prabhu's son.

Siddharth

Notable Movies: Nootrenbadhu (2011), Kadhalil Sodhappuvadhu Yeppadi (2012), Udhayam NH4 (2013), Theeya Velai Seiyyanum Kumaru (2013), Jigarthanda (2014), Kaaviya Thalaivan (2014), Enakkul Oruvan (2015), Aval (2017), Sivappu Manjal Pachai (2019)
Awards:
*Norway Tamil Film Awards ّFor Best Actor - Jigarthanda (2014), Kaaviya Thalaivan (2014)
*Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actor - Kaaviya Thalaivan (2014)

Udhayanidhi Stalin

Notable Movies: Oru Kal Oru Kannadi (2012), Manithan (2016), Ippadai Vellum (2017), Nimir (2018), Kanne Kalaimane (2019)
Awards:
For Oru Kal Oru Kannadi (2012)
*SIIMA Award for Best Male Debutant
*Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut – South
*Norway Tamil Film Festival Award for Best Newcomer Actor

Arulnithi

Notable Movies: Vamsam (2010), Mouna Guru (2011), Thagaraaru (2013), Demonte Colony (2015), Aarathu Sinam (2016), Brindhavanam (2017), Iravukku Aayiram Kangal (2018)
Awards:
*Nominated, Vijay Award for Best Debut Actor

Vimal

Notable Movies: Kalavani (2010), Thoonga Nagaram (2011), Vaagai Sooda Vaa (2011), Kalakalappu (2012), Kedi Billa Killadi Ranga (2013), Desingu Raja (2013), Manjapai (2014)
Awards:
*Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actor - Vaagai Sooda Vaa (2011)
+During the early 2010s, Vimal had more market than Sivakarthikeyan and Vijay Sethupathi, with a value of Rs. 1 crore per film.
+After Desingu Raja (2013), Vimal lost his market, by giving continuous flops.

M. Sasikumar

Notable Movies: Poraali (2011), Sundarapandian (2012), Kutti Puli (2013), Vetrivel (2016), Asuravadham (2018)
Awards:
*Norway Tamil Film Festival Award for Best Actor - Poraali (2011)
+Most of the Sasikumar movies were known for Highlighting Friendship.

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