Suriya: Every day was a new learning experience to me with ‘Thaana Serndha Koottam’

Interacting with the media, Suriya said that Vignesh Sivan has built his own style of screenplay around the real life incident.

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Actor Suriya is gearing up for the release of his upcoming film Thaana Serndha Koottam which is hitting the screens worldwide during the festive season of Pongal. Directed by Vignesh Sivan, Thaana Serndha Koottam is said to be an adaptation of Bollywood hit Special 26 and is not a straight remake. Interacting with the media in Chennai, Suriya said that Vignesh Sivan has built his own style of screen play around the incident and made it beautiful. “I would often discuss on every project with director Hari sir as he takes special interest in me. When I told him about Vignesh Shivn, he instantly told me to work with him. The scenario was same with everyone in my family irrespective of age groups. On meeting Vignesh Shivan, he told me about a script he has kept for Sivakarthikeyan and Vijay Sethupathi. So, they suggested me a script based on real life incident that happened in 1987. This was the inspiration behind Hindi film Special 26. I sat down for discussion with the same mindset of Special 26. But I was completely surprise to hear a different narration. Vignesh had just picked up the real-life incident and crafted his own version of screenplay,” Suriya said speaking at the press meet.

It was like a reverse gear back to my olden days. Most of my recent films were like saving the neighbouring state and country. I would always say my favourite movies were Sathya and Varumaiyin Niram Sigappu. Vignesh Shivn has added that touch to this film. Usually, in most of my movies, I would be seen tensed and infuriated while emoting. But in Thaanah Serndha Koottam, my role is completely refrained from such attitudes. Vignesh Shivn would often correct it saying that ‘Sir, the characterization doesn’t need to get angry. Everything including the dialogue deliveries and body language were completely new to me. Every day was a new learning experience to me with this film. It’s been 7 years my film got released for a festival day. The film will not have that No Smoking and No Drinking card before the title credits. In fact, a censor board officer personally called us and appreciated that it’s been a long time we saw such a film without these contents,” he added further.

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