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S.J.Surya is an Indian film director, screenwriter, actor and producer who has worked in the Tamil, Telugu and Hindi film industries. He subsequently worked as an assistant director in the teams of Aasai (1995) under Vasanth and Sundara Purushan (1996) under Sabapathy, while also being seen in uncredited appearances as an actor, notably as a cock fighter in Bharathiraja’s Kizhakku Cheemayile (1993). While working in the team of Ullaasam (1997), the film’s lead actor Ajith Kumar recognised Surya from their collaboration in Aasai, and accepted to listen to a script narration. Ajith, impressed with the narration, subsequently helped approach S. S. Chakravarthy to produce the film and the team began work on Vaali (1999) in late 1997. Keerthi Reddy was announced to be the lead actress before she was replaced by Simran, while Surya also chose to introduce Jyothika in the film. After watching the première show of Vaali, producer A. M. Rathnam offered Surya an opportunity to make another film and thus Kushi, a romantic comedy featuring Vijay and Jyothika materialised., while Jyothika went on to win the Filmfare Best Actress Award in Tamil for her performance in the film. Surya then made a third version of the film, Khushi (2003) in Hindi, for producer Boney Kapoor, with Fardeen Khan and Kareena Kapoor in the lead roles. In comparison to the other two versions, the film also received positive reviews and performed well at the box office.
He announced a film titled Isai in 2004 shortly after the release of New, when he revealed that A. R. Rahman would also collaborate for two further ventures titled Anbulla Nanbane and Aezhumazhai vs Chitra. While Isai was postponed, Anbulla Nanbane developed under the title Best Friend, before the title Anbe Aaruyire (2005) was finalised. Surya began pre-production work on a directorial venture, Aezhumazhai vs Chitra, a romantic comedy starring Silambarasan and Asin, in January 2005 and the team released images taken from a promotional photo shoot. However the film, which was to be produced by S. S. Chakravarthy, eventually failed to develop and those involved moved on to different ventures. Following the positive reception he received on his acting with New and Anbe Aaruyire, Surya chose to take a break from directing and opted to act in films directed by other film makers. He was cast as a casanova in Tamilvannan’s romantic comedy Kalvanin Kadhali (2006) opposite Nayantara, and the film garnered the industry’s anticipation prior to release. He had two releases as an actor in 2007, with Sakthi Chidambaram’s science fiction comedy Viyabari being the first release. Featuring in an ensemble cast alongside Tamannaah, Namitha and Malavika, Surya was cast as a businessman who creates a clone of himself to care for his family and playing both roles, Surya’s performance was described as “outrageous, over the top and loud”. In directorial commitments, he played guest roles in Shankar’s Nanban (2012) and as a film director in the horror Pizza 2: The Villa.
Surya announced that he would restart Isai and would compose music for the film himself after being recommended by A. R. Rahman, describing it as a “musical” which would explore the battle between a veteran and an emerging music composer. In May 2012, the film’s first look posters were revealed, with Sulagna Panigrahi, an Oriya television and film actress introduced in the leading role under the new name Savithri. The film was shot for more than two years, undergoing a notable change in the film’s antagonist from Prakash Raj to Sathyaraj in the midst of production. Surya trained as a musician by taking lessons lasting up to ten hours for a six month stretch. Isai finished post-production work in late 2014 and is ready for release.
|Name||S. J. Surya|
|Real Name||Selvaraj Justin Surya|
|Place of Birth||Vasudevanallur, Tamil Nadu|
|Occupation||Film Director,Actor,Playback Singer,Music Composer|
|Debut movie||Nethiadi (Tamil)|
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