Director turned hero S.J Suryah is back as an action hero with Newtonin Moodram Vithi releasing this Friday (May 1). Suryah has directed blockbusters like Kushi, Vaali and New and has done five films as hero. Confident and chilled out, Suryah speaks to Sify.com Excerpts
The title itself is very interesting. What is the film all about?
Newtonin Moodram Vithi is directed by debutant Thaimuthuselvan and is an edge of the seat action thriller, where I play an angry, revenge seeking hero. I would say that the screenplay is amazing and technically the film is superb.
Why did you take two long years sabbatical from movies?
I was waiting for the right script to happen and when Thaimuthuselvan gave me a narration and title of the film, I was floored. The story follows Newton’s third law that to every action there is an equal but opposite reaction. It is made like a Hollywood thriller with Indian commercial elements like love, sentiments and songs.
Tell us about Sayali Bhagat, your heroine?
She was Miss India 2004 and will go places after the film releases. Very committed, cooperative and sincere artist who can dance and emote well.
So, do you think that you will be accepted as an action hero?
Of course I will (Smiles). I am a very optimistic guy with loads of arrogance and confidence and grit to win. I believe in dreaming big and aiming for the sky. Earlier, I had an image of going a bit overboard which I realized and now this film is going to give me a new image.
But your earlier films had titillating stuff and double entendre dialogues?
It was not intentional and my mission of giving a message got misinterpreted. Now I want a new image and I am sure that Newtonin Moodram Vithi will be accepted by everyone. I am confident that our audiences will accept me as an action hero because I have the right script and a winner in hand.
Do you ghost direct your films?
No, I leave the responsibility with the director. I don’t interfere with his work and just follows the instructions.