I worked as a Suriya fanboy in NGK: Selvaraghavan
At the event, the Kaappaan actor also expressed his wish in acting in whatever the director was making next
The much-awaited trailer and audio of the political drama, Nandha Gopalan Kumaran aka NGK, was launched on Monday. Lead actors Suriya and Sai Pallavi were in attendance along with director Selvaraghavan, music director Yuvan Shankar Raja, and members of the cast and crew, including editor Praveen KL and cinematographer Sivakumar Vijayan.
"NGK is was a dream that took 17 years to be fulfilled," said the Kaappaan actor who reminisced about meeting Selvaraghavan for the first time in 2002, and being impressed with the rushes of his Dhanush-starrer Kadhal Kondaen. "I immediately told him that we had to work together. It finally happened with NGK. I have also repeatedly been telling him that whatever he writes next, I want to act in it."
Suriya shared how working with Selvaraghavan in NGK made him fall in love with cinema even more, and was elated about working with the blockbuster combo of Yuvan and Selva. "Yuvan's music is something that will stand the test of time, and will be enjoyed by future generations too," he said. Calling his co-star Sai Pallavi a very passionate actor, he narrated anecdotes about how the Maari 2 actor would break down after finishing a scene thinking she had not given it her best. "This passion is why she is where she is."
"NGK was a very difficult script, and I immediately wanted Suriya sir on board," said Selvaraghavan, adding, "Even when I okayed the take, he was constantly trying to improve his performance. He's a director's artist. I worked as a Suriya fanboy in NGK." The Nenjam Marapadhillai director also spoke about the "amazing" performances by Rakul Preet and Sai Pallavi. "We wanted to bring out the performer in Sai Pallavi. That's why we didn't make her dance in NGK."
Sai Pallavi, a self-confessed Suriya fan, referred to him as a one-in-a-million artist, who made her feel very comfortable on the sets of NGK, even as she took numerous takes for a scene. "I used to call my amma and tell her I was cheating myself by calling myself an actor. The support from my co-stars and Selva sir ensured I came out of this film learning so much about the craft," said the Athiran actor.
Producer SR Prabhu of Dream Warriors Pictures explained the reasons behind the number of delays in the project. "Selva sir gave me a bound script, and we were ready to start shooting. Unfortunately, a similar movie released then, and Selva sir had to rework the entire script. Then, we had the Producers Council strike, and hence, scheduling conflicts. However, despite all this, the passion never reduced, and the excitement surrounding the project never waned. Special thanks to Suriya anna's fans for their support."
This sentiment was reiterated by Suriya who said, "It is not enough to just say thanks to the Anbaana fans and well-wishers for their constant support. We get the push to work harder due to this unwavering support."
Nandha Gopalan Kumaran (NGK) is set to release in Tamil and Telugu on May 31.