Suriya's new hairdo is the talk of the town right now and everyone is talking about his physical transformation for Soorarai Pottru, thanks to the super impressive trailer. "I'm not the only actor to transform my physical looks for films. Almost, all the actors have been following this and I'm also a part of this game", says the humble actor who never boats much about himself
Sharing his experience in working with a female filmmaker for the first time, Suriya says "I don't see any difference based on the gender. See, we have learned most of the things in schools and colleges from our teachers who were mostly women. Today, we are learning a lot from them as they are continuously upping the ante in various fields including sports and arts. Yes, earlier our industry was biased towards women filmmakers but things have changed now. I was impressed with the way Sudha controlled the 200-member team of Soorarai Pottru. She guided and extracted the best from us. As a matter of fact, I requested her to keep me in mind whenever she pens her next script"
The actor also adds "Sudha only sleeps for four to five hours a day. She wakes up at 4 AM and always thinks about Soorarai Pottru. In other film sets, lighting instruments would only come at 7 am but Sudha starts her first scene at 6.40 AM. She was super disciplined and made all of us work hard".
Suriya says that only after watching Irudhi Suttru, he decided to work with Sudha. "After watching the film, I made a decision that before the end of my career, I should do at least one film with Sudha. Such is the impact created by the film and I should thank Madhavan for accepting Irudhi Suttru. If there is an opportunity, I'm glad to work with Madhavan in Sudha's direction"
Known for his humility, Suriya says that he is not a fantastic actor. "There is a scene in the film, where my character emotionally breaks down and asks his wife to give him a loan of 12,000 rupees. I'm not a fantastic actor so I can't just go and emote. If a particular emotion had happened in my life, it would be easy for me. Otherwise, I need more time and inputs to express, Since, Sudha is a good friend and I read the entire script and recited my dialogues in advance with her during the reading session, things were easy. Mostly, all the scenes in the film were okayed in first or second takes. Sudha is an emotional filmmaker, she would okay a scene only if her eyes turn moist", adds the actor
Answering a question whether the film which is based on aviation business would attract the audiences from B and Center, Suriya says "Transport is an essential thing in any part of the world. If a place has all forms of transportation, people of that locality would get better business, education, and healthcare opportunities. This film begins in a village near Madurai, it talks about the people from the B and C Center so they will connect with the emotions".
The actor confidently says that Soorarai Pottru would inspire everyone to dream in life and work hard to achieve it. Talking about the delay in getting NOC from Indian Air Force, Suriya says "No, my comments on things happening in the country have nothing to do with the delay. We shot the film in real airports and used real jets for several important scenes in Soorarai Pottru so the officials had to see the film to grant NOC and hence, the delay. I have to mention this, they were super cooperative and allowed us to operate the real flight
Talking about the factor which stills inspires him to try something unique despite delivering a lot of hits and flops, the actor says "People have given me a good position in the industry and I want to use this to deliver good films. I want to take up challenges with each project. I'm 45 now and no one else has done a film based on the aviation business on a large scale in our film industry. When Soorarai Pottru's script came in my way, I had no other option left but to say yes"
The actor says that he doesn't care much about spending two to three years of his life for a film. "I'm not here just for fame and I wouldn't agree to a film just for the sake of it. My films should be impactful and when an inspirational story of a man who made the transportation affordable with a cost of just one rupee, you can't so no", he signs off.
Suriya's Soorarai Pottru is scheduled to stream on Amazon Prime from November 12.
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