Suriya's tales from a time machine

The audio of the actor's upcoming sci-flick 24 was released this morning

April 11, 2016 03:06 pm | Updated 03:06 pm IST

Time is a key element in Suriya’s upcoming film 24 . The trailers reveal that; it shows the protagonist designing a watch. He tells, to the other character in the film — Suriya plays a triple role in this — “I’m here for my watch.”

The makers of the sci-fi flick seem quite serious about time and numbers. Earlier, a single (‘ Kalam En Kadhali ’) from the film based on a time machine was released on March 14 to celebrate the birth anniversary of Albert Einstein.

The connections don’t end there. We’re also informed that it is music composer A.R. Rahman’s 24th year in the industry — and it was but fitting that he was the star of the audio launch that was held at Sathyam Cinemas this morning. He let the tunes and music do the talking, not letting on too much about the much-awaited project that has been directed by Yaavarum Nalam Vikram Kumar but thankfully, Suriya, protagonist and producer, spilled the beans.

“I have done a triple role in the film,” he announced, sparking off cheers in the balcony, where many of his fans had assembled, “When Vikram Kumar narrated the story to me at a sitting that lasted 4.5 hours, I loved it so much that I also wanted to produce it. So, we got together a great team.”

He’s referring to, apart from the director and composer, names like lyricists Vairamuthu and Madhan Karky, Samantha, Nithya Menon, Saranya Ponvannan and many others.

In a message directed to his fans, Suriya added, “Make it work only if it is a good film. If it’s a bad one, reject it… for it is only then that I will chase good stories.”

He certainly seems to be convinced that 24 is among the good ones. We’ll have to wait for a month or so to know if it is.

Musical Coincidence

The album of 24 has some surprises — one of them is it has popular Bollywood singer Arijit Singh crooning a Tamil song (‘Naan Un’), with Chinmayi providing female vocals. Lyricist Karky revealed a bit about the inception of that song: “Rahman had composed a tune and wanted me to write something. I came up with the lines — ‘Naan Un Azhaginile Deivam Unarugiren’ and he seemed almost taken aback reading it. Later, he said that he usually reads something for inspiration before composing a tune and for this particular situation, he had picked up a random page from a book and the lines he read there were: ‘In your beauty I see the manifestation of God’.” Talk about coincidences.

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