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20 Years of Saamy: Chiyaan Vikram remembers veteran director K Balachander for THIS reason

The film, starring Vikram and Trisha, was directed by Hari and was one of the biggest hits in Vikram's career

20 Years of Saamy: Chiyaan Vikram remembers veteran director K Balachander for THIS reason
K Balachander (right) Vikram and Trisha in a still from Saamy
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Last Updated: 11.49 AM, May 01, 2023

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It's been 20 years since Vikram's blockbuster film Saamy hit screens. Sharing a video clip from the film on his social media handle, Vikram called the film a very special and unforgettable experience. Vikram also recalled legendary director K Balachander on the special day.

Not many know that Saamy was presented by K Balachander and produced by Pushpa Kandasamy. Vikram also dropped a video on his Instagram page where the veteran director is all praise for Vikram.

The director says, "To say that Vikram has indeed lived as Saamy would be an understatement. He has lived every frame of his character. Hats off to his brilliance, pace and natural performance."

Check out the video below

In the video, Vikram is seen seated next to Superstar Rajinikanth and being all overwhelmed listening to Balachander's speech. The video also throws a glimpse of the film's director Hari and music composer Harris Jayaraj.

Vikram plays Aarusamy, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Tirunelveli. Saamy had Trisha playing the leading lady, marking her maiden collaboration with Vikram. The supporting cast included Vivekh, Delhi Ganesh, Ramesh Khanna, Kota Srinivasa Rao, Sumithra, Vijayakumar, Ilavarasu to name a few.

Saamy was remade in a number of languages- Lakshmi Narasimha starring Nandamuri Balakrishna in Telugu, Ayya starring Darshan in Kannada, Barood starring Mithun Chakraborty in Bengali and Policegiri starring Sanjay Dutt in Hindi.

A sequel to Saamy was released in 2018, which starred Keerthy Suresh and Aishwarya Rajesh as the leading ladies. The film was helmed by Hari but it failed to rake in the moolah at the box office. Vikram, in the meantime, is basking in the success of his latest release, Ponniyin Selvan 2, in which plays Chola Crown Prince Aditha Karikalan.