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Audio launch of Suriya’s ’24′: Actor shares stage with dad Sivakumar and brother Karthi

Suriya is among the most popular actors down South, with a huge fan base across the Telugu and Tamil film industries.

Small wonder then, that interest in the actor’s upcoming big summer release — the sci-fi film 24 — is extremely high. Marketed as a bilingual (in Tamil and Telugu), 24 is being directed by directed by Vikram Kumar, who had last made the blockbuster Nagarjuna family story Manam in Telugu. 24 has Suriya in a triple role as a scientist and a gangster, while the third role is that of a romantic youngster. The film also has Samantha and Nithya Menen with music by Oscar winner AR Rahman.

South star Suriya in '24'

The teaser of the film (released a month ago) was a runaway hit on YouTube and had record views. On Monday, it was a double delight for Suriya fans when the Tamil and Telugu audio and trailer of the film were released on the same day (10 April): in the morning at Chennai’s Sathyam Cinemas and in the evening at the Shilpa Kala Vedhika in Hyderabad.

The trailer is slickly cut and the three characters Suriya plays in the film are something to watch out for. Suriya’s body language and variation in dialogue delivery is well brought out in the trailer, which also has him romancing Samantha. The music by AR Rahman is peppy and sure to catch on.

The audio launch in Chennai was unique as not just Suriya, but also his brother (the popular actor Karthi) and father (veteran actor Sivakumar) were all present on the same stage.

Sivakumar spoke in emotional tones about Suriya’s talent: “If Kamal Haasan is Sakalakala Vallavan (all rounder) Suriya is a silent Sakalakala Vallavan. He was always a silent child and I could never imagine him becoming such a big star.”

About how he took up 24, Suriya said : “I chose the film after a nearly 5-hour narration by director Vikram Kumar. The script is amazing and it is different within the commercial format. Rahman initially gave us half an hour to narrate the script, but sat through for hours listening to the script and later sent me a text message — It’s going to be an ambitious project and let’s work together.” Rahman who was also present at the audio launch, smiled as Suriya recounted this anecdote.

A huge turnout of fans was present at the 24 audio launch,clapping and cheering on their favourite star. Suriya had a message for all of them: “24 is an output of our dedication and commitment to making good cinema. I’m here today because of you. But I do not take my fans for granted. If my films are good, appreciate them, if they are bad please reject them, only then will I chase good scripts.

IPL 2016 Opening ceremony: Bollywood stars set the stage alight ahead of new season

Mumbai: A glitzy mix of Bollywood razzmatazz and high-octane performances, including that of West Indian cricketer Dwayne Bravo’s smash-hit rap ‘Champion dance’, marked a glittering opening ceremony which set the ball rolling for the ninth edition of the IPL on Friday night.

The two hour and 15 minute long event was less spectacular as compared to the previous editions but the cine stars still managed to put up an entertaining show, enthralling the gathering at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Stadium at the National Sports Club of India in Mumbai.

Ranveer Singh performs during the opening ceremony of IPL. PTI

Bollywood actors Ranveer Singh, Katrina Kaif, Jacqueline Fernandez and Punjabi rapper Yo Yo Honey Singh kept the audience glued to their seats during the opening gala attended by the BCCI top brass, franchise team owners, players and support staff of all the eight participating teams.

The crowd at the indoor stadium enjoyed every bit of Bravo’s much-anticipated ‘champions dance’. In white blazer and black trousers, Bravo, a part of the West Indies World Twenty20 winning team, swayed to his ‘Champion dance’ as the fellow cricketers and crowd cheered him.

Bravo also danced to another number ‘Chalo Chalo’ and was joined on the stage by Bollywood playback singer Ankit Tewari who sang an Indian version of ‘Champion’ — ‘Hindustan Mein Bade Bade Champion.

Like earlier opening ceremonies, the cricket segment was short and limited to only the oath taking ceremony by the skippers of the eight teams. Indian team Director Ravi Shastri ushered the eight captains to sign the MCC Spirit of Cricket pledge for fair play.