Filmmaker-actor SJ Suryah has never shied away from accepting the truth that he ventured into Tamil cinema with an aim of becoming an actor, but was forced to embrace direction as he couldn't taste success as an actor.
In fact, he has said that he became a director and later went on to bankroll a couple of movies, just to cast himself as an actor, such was his desperation to face the camera and succeed as an actor.
Though he failed to establish himself as a hero or a character artist at the beginning of his career, the Vaali director couldn't kill the actor in him.
After numerous attempts to prove his worth as an on-screen performer, Suryah managed to impress one and all with his noteworthy performance in Isai, which was his comeback movie as a film-maker.
That performance in Isai earned him a ticket to act in Karthik Subbaraj's Iraivi. Through Iraivi, SJ Suryah proved that, if handled well, he could deliver some astonishing performances.
Perhaps, that is the reason why a director like Selvaraghavan has chosen him to act in his upcoming movie Nenjam Marappathillai. When Selvaraghavan goes for a particular actor or actress, everybody knows that we are talking about some serious talent.
Wanting to prove his calibre as an actor from a long time now, SJ Suryah will finally feel like he has achieved what he initially set out for, in this vast industry.
This has been quite a journey for the Newtonin Moondram Vidhi actor.
Going by the first look poster of Nenjam Marappathillai, it looks like he will be playing a rockstar in the movie.
"Suryah's performance in recently released 'Iraivi' has been the talk of the town for the last few weeks. Wait till audiences see his work in this film," a source close to Selva's project had said.