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Published: Thursday August 21, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Thursday August 21, 2014 MYT 9:18:48 AM

Fearless in deed

Tamil thriller: Suriya Sivakumar (left) and Samantha Ruth Prabhu play a lovestruck couple in the movie Anjaan.

Tamil thriller: Suriya Sivakumar (left) and Samantha Ruth Prabhu play a lovestruck couple in the movie Anjaan.

South Indian movie star Suriya is back with another action flick.

ONCE again, Suriya Sivakumar delivers. The South Indian star’s latest movie Anjaan (Fearless) is breaking box office records around the world, proving that Suriya and director Lingusamy make a formidable pair in the Tamil film industry.

Anjaan, which premiered in Kuala Lumpur last Thursday, has already collected over US$2.5mil (RM7.8mil) worldwide and shows no signs of slowing down, after beating Dhanush’s Velai Illa Pattathari’s collection in key overseas market such as Britain, the United States and Australia.

One of the top actors in the Tamil film scene, Suriya together with Anjaan’s co-star Vidyut Jamwal, writer Brinda Sarathy and famed music director Yuvan Shankar Raja presented the movie in conjunction with the launch of South Indian International Movie Awards (SIIMA) which will be held in Kuala Lumpur next month.

Anjaan is Suriya’s first movie under Lingusamy’s direction, and the actor had nothing but praises for the latter. “There is always something about Lingusamy’s movies that captures the audience. He gives importance to the characters in his movies, and it is no different in Anjaan,” said the 39-year-old actor.

This is the second time the actor tackles a double role in a movie after his outstanding performance as a hunchback in the 2004 Perazaghan. “I haven’t done a movie like this before. It is a new experience for me,” said Suriya, who plays the characters Krishna and Raju Bhai in Anjaan.

The movie revolves around Krishna who is on a quest to find his brother, and he is joined by Jeeva (Samantha Ruth Prabhu) and Chandru (Jamwal).

“This film is mainly based in Mumbai, and the Raju Bai character that Lingusamy sketched out, is not me at all. I have nothing in common with that character. His body language is different, and he is the total opposite of the character Krishna that I play in the movie as well,” said the father of two, who is married to former movie star Jyothika.

“Whatever I do, I try to set myself as the character and not just as ‘Suriya playing the role’, and no matter how big the canvas gets, I make sure that the storyline is not compromised.”

The movie also marks Suriya’s debut as a playback singer with the actor lending his voice for the track Ek Do Teen, which has garnered over 430,000 views on YouTube.

After 17 years in the movie industry, the actor turned producer is keen to expand his knowledge of the business, and has even plans to learn from the Malaysian Tamil movie makers.

“I have to be honest here. I haven’t watched any movie from Malaysia ... I haven’t had the opportunity yet. But I feel that I should collect all the films and watch and learn from them. Now that I’m not just an actor, I think that they would be beneficial to me,” he added.

Despite dabbling in new ventures, Suriya promises his passion always lies in acting, and is not about to leave the scene any time soon.

“I want to make quality movies, and want them to be remembered for a long time; that when these movies get aired on television, people would sit and watch them, and not ignore them,” he said.

> Anjaan is now showing in cinemas nationwide.

Tags / Keywords: Entertainment, Anjaan, Suriya, Tamil movie

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