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Gautham Menon on directing Suriya in Navarasa: I don't see anybody else playing this role

Navarasa will stream on Netflix from August 6, 2021.

Aishwarya Vasudevan
Jul 20, 2021
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Gautham Vasudev Menon has not only directed but also acted in Navarasa. The filmmaker helmed the short film Guitar Kambi Mele Nindru which stars Suriya and Prayaga Rose Martin in the lead roles. The first look of the actors sent the Internet into meltdown and are impatient to especially see Suriya making his Netflix debut. Meanwhile, Gautham also heaped praises on his actors in a press statement.

The ace filmmaker-actor spoke about casting Suriya in his film by saying, "Suriya was my first choice for this character and I don't see anybody else playing this. I have been waiting to work with him for a very long time. This film was the best opportunity and it worked out very well."


While talking about Prayaga's character Menon said that Nethra comes like a breath of fresh air in Kamal's (Suriya) life. He also said that she speaks in a way that creates a lasting impression in one's mind.

Gautham added, "Prayaga has performed the character in an edgy way. The way she talks, the way she looks, the way she plays with her hair, these traits are not physical. It's all in her mind."

He added that the way Martin talks about music and connects with the characters is amazing.


Suriya has been directed by Gautham earlier in movies namely Kaakha Kaakha and Vaaranam Aayiram.

Meanwhile, the other directors of Navarasa are Priyadarshan, Karthik Subbaraj, Vasanth, Arvind Swami, Bejoy Nambiar, Karthick Naren, Sarjun KM and Rathindran R. Prasad.

The actors featuring in these movies are Vijay Sethupathy, Prakash Raj, Revathy, Siddharth, Parvathy Thiruvorthu, Delhi Ganesh, Rohini, Aditi Balan, Selfie Karthik, Simha, Master Tarun, Arvind, Prasanna, Poorna, Riythvika, Sreeram, Abhinayasree, Ramesh Thilak, Geetha Kailasam, Yogi Babu, Remya Nambeesan, Nedumudi Venu, Atharva, Anjali and Kishore.

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