Suriya's twin success?
It all started when director K V Anand read about conjoined twins and their way of life.
He casually mentioned the idea to Suriya, with whom he delivered the blockbuster Ayan, and forgot all about it. Later, Suriya called Anand and asked him to work on the script. And that’s how Maattrraan began.
And now, the film is all set to hit the screens. With the D-day (October 12) nearing, expectations are soaring high, not just in Kollywood, but in other southern states too, where Suriya enjoys a fan following.
“It was a difficult job, not just for Suriya, but also for each and every person on the set.
It was like working on two movies simultaneously. The end product has come out very well and Suriya’s fans are in for a big treat,” says Anand.
Maattrraan is touted as being Suriya’s biggest release till date. The actor says, “When Anand narrated the story to me, I did not respond at first. But when we decided to do it, we gave it our best. A hard taskmaster that he is, Anand would not give up until each and every frame was to his expectation. And we all know there is no gain without pain. I am sure Maattrraan will be a milestone in my career.”
Echoing Suriya, Anand says, “Suriya ensured that the conjoined twins he played in the film looked authentic. With others also doing their respective jobs really well, Maattrraan has taken shape as a gripping entertainer.”
Harris Jayaraj, the music composer, adds, “Maattrraan’s composition was done in six countries. All the songs in Maattrraan have come out well and they are situation-oriented. Some new instruments have been used in one of the songs which, I feel, will be welcomed widely by the audience. Also, the background score has shaped up to my satisfaction.”
Maattrraan had its share of controversies too. When everyone was of the opinion that this Suriya-Anand project was going to be the first Indian film on conjoined twins, two other movies with the same concept, Charulatha and Iruvan, made it to news columns.
Rumour mills had it that the storylines of Charulatha, starring Priyamani, and Maattrraan were similar.
But Anand cleared the air soon after, “After reading such reports, I watched the original version (Charulatha was based on 2007 Thai movie Alone). There isn’t any connection between the two movies, except for the fact that the protagonists are conjoined twins.”