Surya, one of Tamil cinema's most successful stars, delivered two blockbusters in 2003: as a tough cop in Kaakha Kaakha, and as an illiterate villager in Pithamaghan.
In Mani Ratnam's Aayitha Ezhuthu (Yuva in Hindi), Surya essays the part of a young idealist.
It was a 'dream come true' role for the actor, he tells Siddhu Warrier:
I owe my career to Mani Sir. He was my first producer [in Neeruku Ner]. He gave me the opportunity to act.