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Surya Interview March 1, 2010

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Shining brighter than ever

Prathibha Nandakumar

Source: Deccan Herald


Recently, when Surya was called to receive the Vijay TV Best Actor award for Vaaranam Aayiram, from Kamal Hassan, he came on stage and overcome by emotion, prostrated before Kamal Hassan. A deeply moved Kamal Hassan pulled Surya up and clasped him in a tight hug. The crowd went hysterical. Tears started pouring down the cheeks of veteran actor Shivakumar, Surya’s father. I catch up with Surya on location at Ramavaram, Chennai, where he is shooting for Singham.


surya interview‘I have grown up worshipping Kamal Hassan. To receive the award from him, especially when he was also nominated, was too much to handle.’ 


Excerpts from the interview:


It was a touching gesture….It was a very humbling moment. I have grown up worshipping Kamal Hassan. To receive the award from him, especially when he was also nominated, was too much to handle. I reacted spontaneously.


But what about your father Shivakumar, a popular actor himself?
Strangely, not so. Though he was in the movies, at home he is like any working parent. Sometimes, when I see his old movies, I wonder if it is the same man sitting next to me who is on-screen giving such a brilliant performance! My coming into the film world was not pre-determined. After finishing college in Coimbatore, I joined a textile company and worked. After some time, when I decided to take up acting, there were huge doubts  about whether it was the right choice or not. But I jumped in and here I am today (smiles).


For a 25-film-wonder you have scaled amazing heights, both in terms of performance as well as box-office returns. How do you manage the adulation?

Thank you. I’m extremely aware that this too shall pass. But it did not happen overnight. I had my share of struggling days too. The success came slowly, step by step. I got used to it gradually. My feet are firmly planted on the ground. The film is a make-believe world, let me be in reality.


At the prime of your being an action hero you did ‘Sillunu Oru Kaadal’, essaying a married man with a six-year-old kid. That script came to Jo (Jyothika). She fell in love with the heroine’s character and wanted to do it. In fact in the beginning, there were thoughts of Jo doing Bhumika’s role and vice versa. But Jo had set her heart on Kundavi’s role, so…


Was it before your marriage?
Three days after we finished the film we got married. When the film was released, the audience accepted us as a couple and mit was a success.


You once described Asin as a “hardworking Malayali.”
(Laughing) Asin and I started our career almost together. To reach where she is today has required lot of hard work. She was the original choice for Vaaranam Aayiram. We even shot the beginning train sequence and it is better than the final version. I am very happy for her.


Will Jyothika act again?
We are expecting our second child in June. She is a devoted mother. She never leaves Diya with a maid. After the second child and after the kids settle down, if Jo still wants to do films, she will be supported in every way. I always want her to comment on whatever I do. I keep her in the loop.


Is your brother Karthi a competition?
Of course! He is a very good actor. He lives and breathes films. Acting comes easily to him. He blew me away with his debut film. He was able to deliver and show people what he can do in his very first film. I know he can sustain it. He even has the confidence to discuss a script with the director.


You don’t?
I hear a narration like a common person. I should like the script at one go and I don’t like to make any corrections. I go purely by intuition.


How is it that you excel both at dance and stunts?
Not at all. Vijay is a fantastic dancer and there are better fighters than me. I just push myself to the best of my abilities. I know I need to practice dance and sharpen my stunts. But I can’t be selfish, I have to give time to my daughter and wife.


Tell us about your Agaram Foundation
My father’s Shivakumar Education Trust has been supporting meritorious students for the past 30 years. I have grown up watching students receiving scholarship from him at a simple function held at our terrace. We once had a gypsy boy called Rajanikanth whose father had died and mother had run away. When he came to receive the cheque, he asked if he could donate half of the amount to his classmates, girls, because they did not have proper skirts. That was a big eye-opener for me. I started Agaram foundation to help poor students because education is a great leveller.


You have been receiving offers from the Hindi film industry.
Yes, I have signed Rakta Charitra with Maddalcheruvu Suri. But I am content to be in Tamil. I might do a Hindi film once in a while. I had to refuse an offer from Deepa Mehta and an international period film due to prior commitments.



12 Responses to “Surya Interview”

  1. Anu Says:

    Congratulations on the success of the anagran foundation and the soon coming second baby. Surya and Jyothika have such sizzling chemistry, I would love if they do one more film together.

    Aside, I am happy at least one of our stars is content to be in Tamil cinema.

  2. MinaiMinai Says:

    When did he sign Rakta Charitra, I wonder? I heard that Aadhi is out, so maybe I can be consoled somewhat by Surya’s inclusion. 😀

    Nice interview, thanks for the post!

  3. Kiran Says:

    Thanks for the lovely interview. Wish there was a video of the awards ceremony.

  4. filmizest Says:

    @minaiminai, I didn’t know Aadhi was to be part of it. I heard of only Surya for Maddelacheruvu suri.
    (FYI, I notice my blog setting is automatically changing the anon avatar to one you originally used with an email, please let me know if there is a prob with this)

    @ Kiran, there is 🙂

    It’s right at the beginning , they did turn the whole thing into a family afair…still…it was lovely to see.

  5. brindha Says:

    surya u is a gem of peson.ur acting is awesome and ur agaram foundation want to grow higher and higher like u.please do one film with jo .

  6. nandini Says:

    i have seen no other actor who is that humble,kind,frank and very down 2 earth.i wish i could have such a husband,all d best surya continue ur service luv u a lottttttttttttttttttttttttttt…………………………..

  7. swetha Says:

    surya you are a nice guy you are awesome and no words to say about you

  8. swetha Says:

    you are a nice guy you are awesome and no words to say

  9. swetha Says:

    surya you are a dream boy for all girls including me
    we all want you to do many films

  10. naveen Says:

    my anna rockz 4evr. surya anna u r gem to d core 🙂

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