The Singam star is never afraid to experiment
The South Indian film industry is rather cruel to actors sometimes. This line rings very true for Kollywood actor Suriya. The handsome star has never shied away from doing radically different films, but not all have worked in his favour, and he has been slammed for some of his experiments. Now, his upcoming movie is another sci fi experiment, titled 24 and its teaser is unveiling this evening. So, let's take a look at 5 Suriya movies which are really off the beaten path...
This movie came out in 2004 and it had a really new concept, for that time at least. The handsome and muscular Suriya starred as Chinna, who is hunchback in the movie! It is about an unlikely tale of love between Chinna and Shenbagam, a blind nomad girl, played by Jyothika. It introduced the concept of seeing people with handicaps have a romance and them look as normal as everyone else. The actor played a double role in the film and it was really one of the most pathbreaking films of its time. Of course the movie was a massive success.
Who can possibly forget Ghajini? Inspired by Christopher Nolan's Memento, this AR Murugadoss film saw Suriya playing a man who suffers from short term memory loss. It is a tale about Sanjay Ramasamy, played by the actor, who tries to locate and avenge the murderers of his love Kalpana, played by Asin. But he forgets everything in 15 minutes and has to start all over again! Ghajini is well known for amazing performances by Suriya and Asin, who rose to fame following this movie. This revenge story became so popular that it was remade again in Bollywood with actor Aamir Khan.
In this movie, Suriya played conjoined twins. Seriously, which actor with the exception of Vikram perhaps, has dared to do something so radical? The story is about conjoined twins, Vimalan and Akhilan, who are both played by Suriya and they are joined from the waist up. After an incident kills Vimalan, Akhilan tries to find out who is responsible for his brother's death and unveils a huge conspiracy that shatters his world. Such an excellent plot, thanks to mediocre direction, lost much of its potential and only received average response from the public, though it was appreciated by the critics.
Massu Engira Masilamani
Probably not one of his best experiments, this horror comedy film had a really interesting plot, but thanks to brutal commercialising, it ended as a very average film. It is the story of Masilamani, who goes by the name of Massu. This local con artist and his friend are chased by goons and they suffer a horrible accident which lands Massu in coma. When he regains consciousness, he finds that he can see and communicate with ghosts! As he starts exploiting his new powers, he finds that his connection with ghosts is a familial one. Suriya shined throughout the film, but it did become a little too tiresome towards the end.
Pasanga 2: Haiku
After experimenting with action, crime, comedy and romance, you would have been really surprised to Suriya as a loving and understanding child psychiatrist in Pasanga 2. He will remind you uncannily of Aamir Khan in Taare Zameen Par, as he tries to make vexed parents understand that their child is special and that forcing the child to follow the norm will never work. It was truly a heartwarming and earnest performance by the actor. Pasanga 2 was lauded by one and all for a very new and realistic storyline in Tamil cinema.
We hope that his upcoming sci fi flick 24 is a massive hit and that the actor keeps experimenting with new stories in the future!
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