Did you watch the movie in theatre with the audience?
Yes I did, in Chennai, Hyderabad and also in San Francisco. At all the places the response was similar. Where ever I went to watch the movie, after the show the audience response made me feel that I have achieved a goal in life. "How could you perfectly do the role of a 17 year old boy and a 60 year old man in the same film? Really it looks as if you have not enacted the two roles yourself, but two artists had portrayed the roles. When I watched the film I felt like visiting my father who is residing thousands of miles away from here." When I heard these comments from the audience, it gave us immense satisfaction that we have made a worthy achievement in this film.
Yesterday I received a phone-call from an army officer. He said that immediately after knowing about the movie he watched it, and right away talked to his father who is in their village. Soon, he is going to visit his father and spend a few days with him.
A bank officer from Chennai visited his father in Delhi and called me from there. He said some of the sequences are like their real life incidents, and he has planned to watch the movie again with his father. When he said that, I felt really proud. I am feeling very happy and satisfied that everyone is appreciating the story that depicts the bond between a son and his father in 'Surya S/o Krishnan'.
Which is your most favorite scene in this film?
I was touched by the interval scene. When the beloved (heroine) dies in a bomb-blast, and the hero narrates the incident to his parents over the phone, I will never ever forget this scene. In this sequence, the son narrates his grief to his father over phone and the father at the other end gets shocked over the news, composes himself and tries to console his son. The stirring point here is both the characters were played by me, I felt it to be a challenging task to an artist to emote such a scene. I have put in a lot of effort to bring out the feel, and I was thrilled to watch the audience response in the theatre. In fact, after watching the first copy of Surya S/o Krishnan, I called upon my father and chatted with him for a long time. We recalled some important incidents that took place between us from my childhood. I love my father. After doing this film the love and respect for him have doubled. My heart-full thanks to the makers Gautham, Aaskar Ravichandran and ShobhaRani.
Tell us about your Homework for the movie.
Have done a lot. For two years, I have been maintaining my physique to suit the sequences. To enact the role of a17 year old boy, I really strained myself to loose weight and act like a teenager. From the mustache, hairstyle to the body language, I took a lot of care. In a scene, where I appear both as son and father, I did the son's part first. After a few months, I changed my physique and did the father's character for the same sequence. I had to work hard to make the audience feel that the sequences are shot at the same time. Some times, I have to appear in a 6-pack abs and in a subsequent scene I have to act like an old man on the death-bed. I really worked hard to mold myself to appear close to reality. Director Gautham Menon's special care has helped me a lot in achieving this feel. I dedicate all the credits and appreciations I am receiving now, to director Gautham Menon.
Which is your Favorite song in the film?
I like all the songs. 'Nalone pongenu Narmada' is my most favorite song. Every song has been picturized very well. Harris Jayaraj's music is a highlight for the film.
How was your experience with Sury S/o Kirshnan?
It was a great experience. An actor gets to do such a versatile character in very rare occasions. I feel I am privileged to get an opportunity, to portray such matured roles in a very young age. Every one close to me who watched 'Surya S/o Krishnan' said it is very nice. All those who are yet to see the film don't miss it. You will surely feel that you have watched a good movie. Getting a huge applause for 'Surya S/o Krishnan', which is more than what I got for 'Gajini', has made me feel immensely happy. My sincere thanks to all the viewers.