Film-maker Vikram Kumar, known for movies such as Yavarum Nalam and Manam, says his forthcoming Tamil time-travel thriller 24, which releases in cinemas on Friday (May 6), was destined to be made with Suriya.
Although the film was initially pitched to a few heroes, it
eventually went to Suriya.
"Every story has its own destiny. It will only get made when the
time is right and no matter how hard you try, problems will crop
up. In the case of '24', I had the story with me for nearly six
years and I'm glad it was finally made with Suriya, who was
destined to star in it," Vikram told IANS.
He admits he couldn't have made this film with anyone
"When I see '24' now, I know for a fact I couldn't have made
this film with any other actor. Had it materialized with another
actor, I'm sure it wouldn't have been as good as it is now. Call it
God's grace, but I'm happy I got to work with Suriya," he
Although several time-travel related films have been made around
the globe, Vikram assures there's one element that makes his film
"I've always wanted to do a sci-fi film and time-travel was one
of the most exciting topics I wanted to work on. However, I asked
myself how '24' will be different from other sci-fi films that have
come over the years. As the story started taking shape, I came up
with one element that will be unique and original, which audiences
will get to see in the film," he said.
Talking about the inspiration behind the idea to do a
time-travel based story, Vikram said it stemmed from human beings'
association with time.
"As humans, we're all time travelers. God gave us power to do so
many things but didn't allow us to control time. Anyone with
regrets must've thought about going back in time and revoking some
crucial decisions," he said, adding 24 won't be difficult
"Even a 6-year old will understand my film. We've simplified
everything but without losing intelligence. It's important
everybody should comprehend your story and we've ensured that in
'24'. The film will test the audience, he said.
Vikram says 24 could've been a very stressful film
"To take up this project as a producer is itself a herculean
task, but Suriya also played triple roles. No matter how much I
talk about Suriya's contribution, it won't be enough," he said, and
added in one of the roles, Suriya will be seen as a watch
"There was a real watch mechanic on the sets. Suriya would sit
next to him and learn simple things like how to hold a watch and
use a tool. He also met people who are bound to wheelchair, and
learnt everything about being a paraplegic for the other role,"
24 is the story of its antagonist Aathreya, which is
also played by Suriya.
"Aathreya requires someone to be evil and wicked. Suriya's
transformation into this role is amazing. When I went to narrate
the story, I didn't tell Suriya he'd be playing the antagonist.
When I narrated Aathreya's part, I saw his face light up in
excitement," he said.
"A lot of stars are cautious about choosing roles that are
against their image. With Suriya, however, he has built his image
around the variety of roles he's portrayed so far. He will make
audiences fall in love with Aathreya," he added.