Vishal's strong passion for direction got him an apprenticeship with Ram Gopal Varma, just after he completed Visual Communication at Loyola College, Chennai. But for his parent’s desire to have him closer to home, he canceled his flight ticket to Mumbai and headed to the decks of actor-director Arjun’s production house.
Vishal’s tenure as assistant to Arjun for the films Vedham & Ezhumalai exposed him not only to the nuances of direction but also aspects for excellence in the performing branch. A chance encounter with G.J. team had his providence rewritten on a different path. Their offer to cast him as the protagonist in their venture Chellamae was accepted by Vishal after a careful consideration. With his zeal and sincerity, he did not land directly on the sets, rather took up a three-month acting lessons from a Koothupatrai troupe.
He had 3 back-to-back hits with Chellamae, Sandakozhi and Thimiru which all became dubbed in telugu. This was a feat indeed as few actors actually score a first-time Hat-Trick in Cinema history.
His 4th film, Sivappathigaram was an below average grosser while his 5th film Thamiraparani with popular director Hari achieved enough box-office success, after it opened in Pongal 2007, to be dubbed in Telugu as Barani.His next film Malaikottai was an average grosser at box office.
All of Vishal's films were simultaneously dubbed into telugu except for his child artist film and Sivappathigaram but others were such as: Chellame was dubbed as into telugu with the same title, Dishyum was dubbed as Dishyum Dishyum, Sandhaikozhi was dubbed as Pandem Kodi, Thimuru was dubbed as Pogaru, Thamiraparani was dubbed as Bharani, Malaikottai was dubbed as Bhayya, Satyam was simultaneously made into telugu(was not dubbed) where Vishal made his debut into Tollywood and his latest venture Thoranai will be simultaneously made into telugu as Pista directed by newcomer Iyappan.
Before the release of 'Avan Ivan', Vishal signs the new project with Prabhu deva which will be produced by his brother. Movie is untitled yet, sameera & Vivek are other casting in the untitled film. There is also an news that director Boopathi Pandiyan might do a film with Vishal which is titled as Pattathu Yanai.