Samantha says :Suriya’s Athreya is the best role of his career

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Samantha says :Suriya’s Athreya is the best role of his career

Suriya’s Athreya

Fresh from the success of Theri, Samantha has moved on to her next release, 24, which hits the screens today. There are numerous reasons for her to look forward to the movie, which she believes, is no run-of-the-mill tale, and is packed with ample substance to keep audiences hooked. It was the unusual story of the film that impressed her, and had her give her nod to the project.

“I was carried away when the story was narrated to me. The exciting part is, the film has exceeded my expectations in terms of its making. The manner in which the story has been conceptualised and executed is way ahead of what I imagined it to be,” says Samantha. Having worked with director Vikram Kumar earlier in Manam, Samantha says it was great to associate with him for the second time. “I was aware of his capabilities — the comfort level was more this time. The shooting atmosphere was always chilled out, despite the film having a demanding script,” she says.

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All praise for Suriya, Sam feels he has given his best in this movie. Suriya is playing a triple role in the film, and she says the role of Athreya, the baddie, is her favourite. “He has done a brilliant job, and this character of his, I think, is easily the best one of his career,” she asserts. The film has AR Rahman scoring the music, and a couple of songs from the film are already chartbusters. How was it working for a project which has the Oscar-winning musician in the team? “My first film Ye Maaya Chesave, the Telugu version of Vinnaithandi Varuvaya in Telugu, had Rahman sir as its composer. The film turned out to be a turning point for me. I hope it will be the same for this one, too,” she smiles, and adds, “His association is really an add-on for this project. I consider it as a privilege being part of a movie which has him giving music.”

The film has been billed as one which involves time travel, a mysterious gadget, hero-villain confrontation, loads of action, and more. Quiz her on what a heroine has (in fact, two, including Nithya Menen) got to do in such a male-centric script, and quick comes her reply, “Both of us have substantial characters in the movie. I play Satya, one of Suriya’s pairs — it’s a character which is very much connected to the plot. The actresses in this film are not for skin show, or just for the heck of it. They have a purpose in the script — the roles have been interwoven beautifully.”

 Sam has been a part of several films that have more than one heroine. However, she feels that at the end of the day, what matters is her role, and its impact on the course of the story. Having a dream run in both Tamil and Telugu, does she choose subjects keeping her fan base in both the industries? “To an extent, yes. These days, markets are expanding and industries are merging. So it is interesting to be in a film which works in both the languages,” she says. She has also been paired opposite big heroes down south, like Mahesh Babu, Vijay, Suriya and Jr NTR, multiple times. What does she think about being the ‘most wanted heroine’? “Many a time, the combinations have worked out well. Moreover, I have felt that audience, too, enjoys a film when some combos are repeated.”

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