Friday, November 13, 2020

Captain Gopinath shares his thoughts on Soorarai Pottru, tweets 'Suriya was powerful and carried off the part of an entrepreneur'

Soorari Pottru, Suriya's latest Tamil flick has been trending online ever since it released on Amazon Prime Video on November 12. The captivating narrative showcases the journey of a man and his team  of friends, who strive to achieve the impossible for the benefit of people and society, seems to have struck the right chord. Suriya plays Nedumaaran Rajangam, an ex-Army officer who aspires to start a budget airline for people who can't afford to travel by expensive airlines.

The character that Suriya plays is based on GR Gopinath (aka Captain Gopinath) who gave India its first budget airline, Air Deccan. The film is inspired by Captain Gopinath's book Simply Fly A Deccan Odyssey. However, before the movie was made, director Sudha K Prasad had to pursue Captain for a long time before he agreed to give her the rights to make the film. “Sudha had approached me several times but somehow I wasn’t too convinced,” says the Bengaluru-based entrepreneur. She even got a producer from Andhra to make the film, I had turned her down that time as well. I had written the book keeping the rural youth in mind. I wanted it to be an inspirational story for those youngsters who hesitate to take the plunge and follow their dreams. It is my story, I studied in a local school and I pursued my dreams. So, when I was approached for the rights, I told them the film had to be true to the essence of the book,” he explains about why he was so hesitant to give permission.

Only when producer Guneet Monga, who is known for producing films such as Gangs of Wasseypur, Peddlers, The Lunchbox, Masaan, Zubaan and the Oscar winning documentary Period. End of Sentence, approached the Captain he agreed to the give the rights to make Soorari Pottru. “What really touched my heart was when Guneet said that she and her mother took a flight for the first time in their life when Air Deccan had started. They had taken a flight from Dehradun for 500 rupees. I spoke to her and got to know more about her body of work. She is a live wire and a dynamic woman. I felt it would be good to give the rights to a woman entrepreneur who comes with a similar background like mine. Both she and Sudha said they will take creative liberties, I was okay with it as long as they made an inspirational film,” divulges the Captain.

13/11/20 Ayesha Tabassum/Indian Express Indulge

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