In this exclusive chat with BollywoodLife, director Vignesh Shivan says he totally enjoyed the company of actor Suriya while working in Thaanaa Serndha Koottam, an adaptation of Akshay Kumar’s hit film Special 26 helmed by filmmaker Neeraj Pandey. “The capability Suriya sir possesses as an actor and the way he believes a director makes him an absolute delight to work with. The result of that delight and comfort zone in working with him is evident in the teaser’s success,” said Vignesh Shivan.
Vignesh says people get more credibility when Suriya delivers socially-responsible lines on the screen, because of his off-screen persona.”Suriya sir is a person with a genuine social conscience but doesn’t publicise everything he does. So the credibility is more if he delivers a socially responsible dialogue. It would not look fake considering his off-screen personality,” said Vignesh. He also adds that although the story of Thaanaa Serndha Koottam is set in the late ‘80s, he has showcased the period without any in-your-face details. (ALSO READ: Suriya to catch the first day first show of Thaana Serndha Koottam and he reveals why)
“We didn’t try to register the period with any cliched props or details. The elementary electronic gadgetry demonstrated on-screen, and the backdrop bespeaks the era more than the usual props. If such an offense occurs now, the people associated will be put behind bars in hours. So if we set up the film in the current year, it would be irrelevant,” said Vignesh. He also adds that he didn’t opt for any specific tone in the cinematography to make Thaanaa Serndha Koottam a period film.
“If I were to make a serious film like Schindler’s List, I would use tone-specific picturization. But for Thaanaa Serndha Koottam, which is made as an enjoyable film, I think it was not needed,” said Vignesh, adding that his cinematographer Dinesh Krishnan thoroughly understood what the story demanded. Produced by Gnanavel Raja’s Studio Green, Thaanaa Serndha Koottam stars Keerthy Suresh as the lead heroine and Ramya Krishnan, Senthil, Suresh Chandra Menon, and RJ Balaji in important roles. The movie is set to hit screens worldwide on January 12th, 2018.