To the unversed, 'Anil' (meaning squirrel in English) is a nickname for actor 'Thalapathy' Vijay's fandom online. Tamil pop culture history says that the term was coined, after Vijay's filmmaker father SA Chandrasekar famously said that his son's contributions to AIADMK retaining power in 2011 Tamil Nadu, was similar to the squirrels from Ramayanam [Hindu epic], who contributed to build the bridge for Lord Rama to cross the sea and reach Lanka.
For quite a while 'Anils' was disparagingly used to mock Vijay fans before the MZ generation took the term and owned it. These days 'Anil' is flaunted as a badge of being a hardcore Vijay fan. Recently this badge was passed onto Tamil music composer Anirudh [whether he wanted it or not], after Vijay fans found the second single of upcoming October 19 release - Leo, impressive.
Amidst reactions of elation and celebratory memes, Badass song has lead fans of 'Thalapathy' Vijay to affectionately claim Anirudh as 'Anil'rudh, meaning he is being welcomed into the Vijay fan club. Worth mentioning here that actor Vijay was one of the first big non-family stars to work with Anirudh, early in the music director's career.
Also worth mentioning here that owing to the back to back hits Anirudh delivers for feature films, there is a fierce competition online about which star actor the composer is more a fan of. [Anirudh's social media cover picture displays loyalty to his uncle-in-law 'Superstar Rajini'].
Brooo!😂😂😂😂🤣🤣🤣— AK Billa Sakthi AFC (@AKBillaSak95748) September 28, 2023
🔥🔥🔥🔥 Anilrudh— Siddharath (@Siddharath900) September 28, 2023
Enna unga aala neeye kalaikkira (Anillleeee)— anandancomstar@gmail (@anandancomstar) September 28, 2023
🤣🤣🤣— 𝙏𝙝𝙖𝙡𝙖𝙥𝙖𝙩𝙝𝙮 𝘽𝙖𝙡𝙖 ❤️ (@Itz_Murugan777) September 28, 2023
AniRudh nahii— Lavyyy Boiiii ✨ (@Lavyyboi) September 28, 2023
ANILrudh bolo 💥🥵
Other reactions and memes to the Badass song on the X platform:
#Badass is a slow poison, with proper placement to elevate the transformation scene of LEO das which loki will definitely excel as a director this would be a banger on theatre watch..Ani is going to use this just like hukum , the song became more addictive after watching movie— Akhilraj.R (@akhilrajwaits) September 29, 2023
anirudh stop singing every song you compose challenge pic.twitter.com/HyXQlBOnRh— sandwic kebodohan (@seeraenthen) September 28, 2023
Unaku pidikalana pidikalanu soluda— Paul Roosvelt (@ManUtd_Roosvelt) September 29, 2023
Summa mokkanu sollatha
🔥🔥🔥🔥🙏🙏🙏🙏 pic.twitter.com/8Myzc64SUt— Jeeva Ramakrishnan (🇸🇬) (@mail4jeeva) September 28, 2023