Recalling actor Suriya's successful journey on his birthday

By Santhosh Mathevan Published on Jul 23, 2018 01:37 PM IST

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Chennai: Introduced as one among two protagonists of 'Nerukku Ner' in 1997, then evolving from being a hero of romance and family genres to an actor of action and novel roles, and finally now to a successful producer, Suriya's journey in the film industry was an amalgamation of success, failures, and above all, experiments. On his birthday, 'News Today' explores the various facets of the film star.

PERAZHAGAN OF ALL TIME

Nandha

Born Saravanan Sivakumar, this 'Nerukku Ner' actor was introduced by the stage name Suriya which turned out to be an established identity among girls in town a decade later and a large fan base eventually. It was all because of his charm and screen presence.

Though his career started off in 1997, Suriya's hurdles in the early days of his career were predominantly coming out of his comparison with his father and veteran actor Sivakumar.

However, he made a name for himself through 'Poovellam Kettuppar' in 1999 which also was the first movie that he paired up with Jyothika, who later became his wife.

Magalir Mattum

And breaking the Sivakumar mask, Suriya rewrote his identity with a never-seen-before role and performance in his eighth movie, the 2000 blockbuster, 'Nandha', directed by Bala. His portrayal in 'Nandha' as a rugged, stiff thug who also has a lovable side was something new to Tamil cinema at the time.

Since then, it has been the actor - Suriya - that people keep witnessing in him. After realising his own strengths, Suriya started to pitch in with more experimental roles in movies like 'Mounam Pesiyadhe', 'Kaakha Kaakha', 'Pithamagan', 'Perazhagan' and 'Aaytha Ezhuthu'.

In all of these movies, Suriya had something to do which he did not attempt before. His character in 'Aaytha Ezhuthu' by Mani Ratnam is still a reference point and an inspiration to a lot of young politicians.

NGK

The role of Anbuchelvan IPS in Gautham Menon's 'Kaakha Kaakha' is one of the most acclaimed cop roles in cinema.

Then came the time when more feathers were added to the cap of actor Suriya and he attained star value. A series of movies he did from 2005 to 2008 - 'Ghajini', 'Sillunu Oru Kaadhal' and 'Vaaranam Aayiram' - brought mass appeal to the actor and a big fan base.

This fan base boomed exponentially from 2009 when Suriya on and off attempted action and commercial roles like in 'Ayan', 'Aadhavan', 'Anjaan', 'Singam' trilogy, and 'Thaana Serntha Koottam'.

But the actor did not stop from testing his own strengths. His flicks such as 7aaum Arivu and 24 are still a paradigm for sci-fi tales in Tamil. His movie Maatraan, though did not become the success expected of it, still stands out as a plot leading to deep analysis even today for the world of politics and conspiracies.

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Now the actor awaits the release of his next big venture with filmmaker Selva Raghavan, 'NGK'. The movie's second look was released yesterday and has already grabbed eyeballs. The second look also broke the six-month-long suspense of NGK's expansion revealing it to be 'Nandha Gopalan Kumaran'.

BANKROLLS QUALITY MOVIES

Suriya as a producer is known to give movies for the whole family. His production house ‘2D Entertainment’, is known in K'Town for quality movies like '36 Vayadhinile', 'Pasanga 2', '24', 'Magalir Mattum', and 'Kadaikutty Singam'. All these movies were critically acclaimed and were high-grossers at the box office as well.

About his production company, Suriya spoke during the release of 'Magalir Mattum', starring his wife and actress Jyothika, that, "2D will never make a movie that disrespects or discriminates against women."

Suriya, as producer, has always been a visionary who has the conviction to make movies that convey intense social values and family values.

Right from 36 Vayadhinile that spoke about women empowerment - which was also touched upon in 'Magalir Mattum' - and importance of an education system that has to be application based in Pasanga 2, Suriya has bankrolled movies that are the need of the hour.

The latest addition is Pandiraj's 'Kadaikutty Singam', starring his brother Karthi. The movie spoke more about family and bonding. Adding more rural essence to the plot, 'Kadaikutty Singam' also had a detailed narration about bringing back urban population towards agriculture.

SOCIALLY-CONSCIOUS STAR

Not only in his movies like 'Pasanga 2', but also in his real life Suriya has been working towards the betterment of education through his NGO Agaram Foundation. The NGO, in collaboration with a lot of celebrities, educational institutions and volunteers across the State, has been progressing with an agenda of providing free education to students.

Not just stopping with Tamilnadu, Agaram has spread beyond borders to States like Uttarakhand.

Agaram's initiative 'Vidhai' (Seed) was also launched to support college education for underprivileged, meritorious students living in different parts of Tamilnadu.