A press meet to release the trailer of the KV Anand directed Surya starrer Maatraan was held yesterday at Prasad Labs, Chennai. Addressed by Anand, writers SuBa and Suriya himself, the meet was interactive with Suriya and Anand taking questions from the press on the movie and how it got made. The three Kalpathi brothers – Agoram, Ganesh and Suresh – who are rarely seen in film events together were also present at the press meet. Stunt master Peter Hein, Russian actors Irina Maleeva and Julia Bliss also attended the event.
Anand, who addressed the gathering, stated that he was fascinated by the conjoined twins’ phenomenon that prompted him to create a story around the theme. Anand described the efforts went into creating a story that would later become Maatraan. “I researched extensively, read up about a lot of conjoined twin cases and finally decided to take off with the script,” Anand mentioned.
“The story of the Siamese twins - Chang and Eng Bunker - inspired writing this movie. Although the Bunker story has adultery and such unsuitable themes to our movies, we had to be creative to do away with all that and adapt the story to suit our audience,” Anand added further. The story was developed and scripted by the acclaimed Tamil writers SuBa who also scripted Anand’s earlier movies including Ayan and Ko.
Anand also declared that the movie will not have traces of any other movie ever released and is original in its content and denied rumors that ‘Stuck On You’ is the inspiration for Maatraan. He’s all praises for Suriya while mentioning that “Suriya was very meticulous and so was the special effects director Srinivas Mohan because it was difficult to enact two roles when one was not present in the scene.” Anand said that Maatraan will be a milestone in Suriya’s career.
Suriya, who came onstage after Anand, thanked the director for his confidence in him. “I am very proud of the fact that Anand considered me for playing this role as this is a very demanding one,” Suriya said. On a question as to which one of the twins he liked the most while playing, he said that he loved both the roles and cannot distinguish between the two.
Shot mostly in locations unseen to Tamil cinema before – Latvia, Croatia, Serbia, Albania and Macedonia – few of Maatraan’s scenes were also shot in sets in and around South India. Sounder Rajan handles the cinematography. The stylishly cut trailer was shown at the press meet that was received well.
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