A successful director, with early lessons from K Balachander, Saran has turned into a producer. His newly launched production company Gemini Productions' maiden venture is Aaru. Known for fresh ideas, Saran's success story began in Kadhal Mannan followed by Amarkalam and Attagasam.
Fresh after the success of Vasool Raja MBBS, Saran's entry into production could not have come at a better time, a fact which has not escaped the attention of the bigwigs in the industry. Aaru has different connotations. It could mean a number, a river or even a signal to calm down.
Here, Suriya is the Aaru,an overflowing wild river, doing things as he pleases, in that distinct style of his own. Going by the promos, the film has the trappings of an action flick, directed by Hari. Cinematography is by Priyan, the faithful in Hari's films, with editing in the tried and trusted hands of Vijayan. Art work is by Kathir.
Unlike his earlier films with much of the action confined to the districts, Hari has focused on Chennai to meet the demands of the storyline. Chennai has come alive both in spirit as well as in looks in this film.
The film has to be special as Suriya rushed to London to fine-tune his hair-do and give perfection to the character. Trisha backed out of two projects when the dates clashed.
'You will find pots of entertainment loaded with the right mix of action, humor and richness,' says the director.
For Suriya, who is now the hottest property in Tamil movies, this is an important movie as it comes immediately after his sensational Ghajini. That film lifted Suriya to a new high. Now, he has more responsibility on his young but powerful shoulders.
The thing about him is that he is always alive and ticking and is ready for innovations and experimentations. Aaru in that sense is his exploration into mainstream mass cinema.
Trisha, who was the first choice of the director, said she had a lot to look forward to Aaru.
'In the midst of my most productive phase, l have enjoyed success both in Tamil and Telugu. Samy meant so much, its huge success being a major influence on my subsequent hit', she adds.
The film's music, by Devi Sri Prasad, is already rocking.
Hari, who has away with commercial pot boilers, is hoping that Aaru lives to his reputation and the audiences 'expectations.