He’s red hot property in glamland and not even an average grosser can set him back these days. And things are only bound to get hotter as Anjaan’s release draws near. So when the teaser got 1.2 million hits in 48 hours, it was one of those rare times when Suriya was in a mood to sit down and talk. Excerpts from a long conversation...
I will soon be actively present on Twitter and Facebook. I’m very new to that world, but social media is now influencing viewership choices. So many people are talking about films in this space
I have a dual role in Anjaan. One character is a gangster called Rajubhai and the other is Krishna. One of them has a limp. Anjaan is a feel good, action entertainer. It’s a gangster flick with emotion, mystery and friendship
I learnt that I no longer needed an introduction in Mumbai! People recognised me wherever we shot. Apparently, the reach of Singham and Ghajini has been widespread. People also let on that they’d seen my Tamil films dubbed in Hindi on TV. Anjaan is the first film of mine shot entirely In Mumbai and will probably be dubbed in Hindi too. But I have no desire to do straight Hindi films right now
I never imagined that the song I was dancing to, would be recorded in my voice! Singing was an accident! Yuvan sprang a surprise on me and made me record it in A R Rahman’s studio within two hours
I’m doing Mass with Venkat Prabhu followed by films with Vikram Kumar and Hari. The pressure is increasing with each film. It’s not easy to please all age groups and mass and class audiences, in one film. I want to be in films which my kids and my wife can watch. Greater expectations means a bigger responsibility and more hard work. Every film demands something new. Maattraan was my toughest film. You cannot imagine the sheer effort that went into playing conjoined twins, with a body double. But it looked effortless on screen.The challenge for me lies in doing commercial cinema in a convincing, realistic and entertaining manner.
While shooting, I’m busy dissecting each scene in my head in 50 different ways! So, I’m waiting for the release date to sit back, relax and enjoy the magic of Anjaan unfold!
Samantha is doing several Telugu films but she’s totally glued in to Kollywood. She speaks fluent Tamil and is a very smart and lively person