The day is closer than expected. A land mark in Ilaya Thalapathi Vijay's career will be achieved on April 23 with the release of 'Sura' which is the 50th film of the actor.
'Sura' is produced by Sangili Murugan under the banner of Murugan Cine Arts for Sun pictures. Vijay's first big hit 'Kadhalukku Mariyadhai' which established him as a profitable actor hero was also produced by Sangili Murugan.
'Sura' is one of the most anticipated films of this summer for both the fans of Vijay and the trade. For Vijay fans any release of their hero is a cause for celebration. This time even they wait with bated breath to ensure a success because Vijay's recent films did not create a flutter the box office. For the trade 'Paiyaa' success has to be repeated to repose faith in the people box office.
The 50th film of Vijay 'Sura' is said to be a remake of Mohanlal's 2007 hit Malayalam film 'Chotta Mumbai' directed by Anwar Rasheed. 'Chotta Mumbai' was set in the backdrop of Fort Kochi and Mattancherry area and tells the story of a few easygoing young fishermen who are into anything for making money. But have their own personalities, and they even show emotion.
In Tamil according to the script, Vijay's character is named as Sura, a fisherman. Some sources say Vijay's character is molded some what similar to that of MGR in Padagotti and Meenava Nanban. Vijay also touches his political plans mildly in 'Sura'.
In 'Sura' Vijay plays a young man who wants to change the society. Unlike the other youth of today Vijay doesn't shy away from taking responsibilities upfront in order to good to his society. He even tries politics to achieve his ambitions. But even that disappoints Vijay and the he fights the enemies single handedly much like a Shark.
The by line of Vijay's character is 'Samadhanama poga naan pura illadaa...Sura' which, if roughly translated, means 'I am not a dove to prefer peace, I am a shark". The film is expected to have Vijay fans on a high for long time.
The star value of the film is pretty high. Vijay is teaming up with the hottest Kollywood babe Tamannah for the first time. Vijay fans will not be disappointed as he utters enough punch dialogues to outline his future moves on and off screen. Tamannah will consolidate her position in the top league after 'Paiyaa'. Vadivelu takes care of the comedy and the comic portions are expected to rock as it did in 'Pokkiri' and 'Villu' for a Vijay film.
The film was extensively shot tin the coastal areas of Tamil Nadu and Kerala. The beauty of Pudhucherry, Cuddalore, Thoothukudi and Kochi coastlines will be visual treats. But some songs were shot overseas keeping with the tradition of Kollywood. The lead team went to New Zealand countryside for a song.
The film is also raved by insiders for the action scenes. Excellent camera work by N K Ekambaram and M S Prabhu. Several scenes in 'Sura' involved risky shots and they will be visual treats for action lovers. Fight master is Kanal Kannan and stuntmen from Bangkok are said to have executed some hair raising action scenes.
The songs are already on air. Music is by Mani Sharma. 'Sura' has 6 songs and they cater to each and every category of the audience. All songs except one are penned by Kabilan. Na. Muthukumar has written one song. The songs are peppy and fit for the super hero image of Vijay.
'Sura' is directed by S.P. Rajkumar, who was the writer of Vijay's only film with Sivaji Ganesan 'Oncemore' and so he exactly knows what is expected of Vijay. Rajkumar is an experienced director having directed a couple of comedy 'En Purushan Kuzhandhai Madhiri' and 'Ponmanam' and the recent 'Azhagarmalai'.
Sun Pictures will release 'Sura' and that has already ensured success. 'Sura' will be releasing big worldwide in over 400 screens.