Their on-screen association is four fi lms old now, including Singam 2, the previous ones being Singam, Vel and Aaru. What makes director Hari make Suriya his obvious choice, for the twelve fi lms he has directed in his fi lm career so far, four of them he has worked with Suriya! What’s this chemistry, comfort level and how’s this rapport? Director Hari says, “Not just four, but even if I get to work on forty fi lms with him, I would very willingly do because of the hard work and dedication I have witnessed in Suriya. He takes each fi lm of his seriously and gives his very best to his role, and his commitment towards his project is what makes a director like me want to work with him again and again.”
How did Singam 2 happen? “Very frankly speaking, after Singam when Suriya and I decided to work together again, it was not at all sure whether it would be a sequel to Singam. Of course, the last scene in Singam had a lead for a sequel, but I had a third story ready, apart from a rough draft for Singam 2. As soon as news was out in the media that Suriya and I are coming together again, the vibe was that it’s for Singam 2. With such expectations from the media and audiences, I was a little hesitant to confi rm it as Singam 2, but Suriya gave me the confi dence that this sequel cop story would defi nitely click. The belief he had in his visualization of Singam 2 and the confi dence he gave was what materialized into Singam 2 today.”
Singam 2 will have lot of fi re, assures Hari. “It will have ten times the energy of Singam. And the best part about this fi lm is that Suriya will represent not just Tamil Nadu police this time but Indian police. We have shot fabulous action sequences I South Africa, where major portion of the fi lm has been shot. Some parts have been shot in Malaysia as well,” he says. Prakash Raj will not be seen in Singam 2 but will that have less of a value-add in the script? “In Singam, the character portrayed by Prakash Raj dies, so we cannot have his portions in the sequel, but we have lot of characters in the fi lm, to add new dimensions to the storyline. We have retained almost all the characters in addition to new ones. The roles of Anushka and Hansika are of substance and not of glamour, I can assure. In addition to that we have foreign artistes too to add fi re to storyline.” About Singam 2 in other languages, Hari says that a dubbed version will release in Telugu and Tamil versions in Karnataka and Kerala. About a sequel in Hindi, he is not sure of, because the fi lm in Hindi was originally remade by Rohit Shetty with Ajay Devgn reprising Suriya’s role. Quiz him on his penchant for actionmasala genre fi lms, and he says, “I think my fi lms have both action ad story,” and gushes.