Your experience working with Mani Ratnam.
Madhavan: He was the first person to give me a break in the film Alaipayuthey and he gave me a number of opportunities through Dum Dum Dum, Kannathil Muttamittal and the latest one being Ayudha Ezhuthu in which I was asked to play a role similar to that of villain.
Surya: Mani was producer of Naerukku Naer through which I entered the industry. He used to give me advice and I am happy to have been introduced by the renowned director for my debut film. He asked me to watch a lot of movies and improve my acting skills. Nanda gave me a break and I proved my mettle. And Mani Ratnam was impressed. In fact, he told me he had a project and that he wanted me to act in it. The project was none other than Ayudha Ezhuthu.
How did you feel working with other stars?
Madhavan: They are fabulous and nice people. Once the richness of niceties and friendship comes to you, you consider yourself as truly blessed.
Surya: A friendly atmosphere prevailed during the shooting. I met Madhavan when I entered the film industry. I got to know him through one of my family friends. Madhavan was acting in many serials then. I liked his performance in Minnale. Actor Sidharth was also nice to me since we were of the same age group.
About your forthcoming projects.
Madhavan: At present, I am doing Thambi, a film directed by Seeman after having finished the Hindi film Ramji London Wale. I am also working on an English film titled Life in Las Vegas which is directed by Rajeev Anchan.
Surya: Right now, I am engaged in doing the film Chennayil Oru Mazhai Kaalam with Gowtham. Other projects are for directors Bala, Selvaraghavan, Charan and Hari. The projects are not finalized yet.
What are your other interests?
Madhavan: I do surf the net a lot and love to play golf. What I like the most is spending most of the time with my family.
Surya: During my leisure, I do work related to movies. I watch a lot of film. I like to keep myself fit by doing gymnastics and attend Taichi (martial arts) classes apart from doing regular workouts. I also spend time with my friends once in a month. I love to play the flute and my hobby is photography. I also go on safaris and visit wildlife sanctuaries.
What is your dream role?
Madhavan: I love to do the role of an army man. I was involved with defence for quite sometime . With that experience, I think I could fit into the role of an Army officer well. I have already performed as a Coast Guard officer for the serial Sea Hawks but would be very happy if somebody allows me to don the role of an army man.
Surya: Whatever I have been doing is really challenging. I never thought I would get to play the role of a police officer so early in my career. I do not have any fixed types of role. It could be even a simple role, but I want to do it perfectly. Every role is important and it is tough doing it. The little effort made by any actor shows and it makes a lot of difference. I like to do the role of more real-life characters.