The film's story revolves around Deva, a youngster whose mother wants him to become a government official. He, on the other hand, works for a smuggling group run by Arumuga Dass who has been his mentor and looking after him since childhood. Conflict occurs when Deva's arch rival, Kamalesh opposes and tries to eliminate Arumuga Dass from the smuggling business. Who wins in the conflict forms the climax of the story.
Did you know? Suriya was very impressed by the professionalism of South African stunt coordinator Franz Spilhaus, that he joined his rehearsals in less than one hour after arriving in South Africa. Read More
Continuity Deva demands a new pair of shoes after his old ones are ripped apart by the security officer. The officer forces his colleague to lend his shoes and black socks. But in the next scene when Deva walks out of the airport, his shoes slip away revealing a pair of white socks.
According to the director, the script was written specially for Suriya.
Before the shooting started, Stunt Choreographer Franz Spilhaus shot all the fight scenes with his stunt team, edited that version himself and showed it to the filmmakers for the approval.
Suriya was very impressed by the professionalism of South African stunt coordinator Franz Spilhaus, that he joined his rehearsals in less than one hour after arriving in South Africa.
In South Africa, the stunt rehearsal was done in a restaurant.
According to Suriya, none of the fighters were professional stunt actors, they were freelance stuntsmen who came from circus and extreme-sports backgrounds.
The stunt team and Suriya rehearsed fights so perfectly, the filmmakers decided to film the sequences in single long takes. The locals were amazed by the filming of the stunt sequence, and many believed that it was a real fight.
Suriya decided to do a stunt sequence himself, where he had to jump from a moving truck on to a building and to show that its not a stunt double, he cameraman had to place multiple cameras to capture the actor's face in detail.
William Ong who came from Jackie Chan's stunt group designed the car chasing sequence. Suriya insisted that he'd perform the car flip himself.
Three different stunt coordinators worked for the film, opening Congo stunts were choreographed by South African stunt choreographer Franz Spilhaus, Malaysian car chase stunts were designed by Honk Kong based stunt choreographer William Ong, and the final climax fight sequences were done by Indian choreographer Kanal Kannan.
Suriya found it difficult to walk wearing heels in the woman's disguise and was received with cheers and whistles by the crew members, leading to a slight delay in shoot before they all quietened down.
According to the director, to film in Skeleton Coast, Nambia meant overcoming the climatic changes as the sky had suddenly turned dark and it started raining. The unit quickly decided to go ahead with the shooting anyways, as the ambiance reflected a different mood for the song.
The song "Nenje Nenje" had over 29 takes for a specific shot, where the camera turned upside down and slid towards the heroine. The elaborate shooting was done to avoid the shadows of the crane and to adjust the jerking of the camera through heavy winds.
According to Suriya the hardest stunt he performed in the movie apart from car stunts, free fall, free running was hitting the villain with his head. It was executed with the help of wire, but it injured his neck due to the unexpected impact he acquired from his running speed.
Editor Anthony found it interesting when he first saw the climax stunt performed by Suriya. He reduced the pace and eliminated the background score and kept only silence instead. According to the cinematographer, this gave much more impact for the sequence.
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