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Mark Antony: Not SJ Suryah, Anurag Kashyap was the original choice for Madan Pandian

Director Adhik Ravichandran initially wanted to cast the Kennedy director as Vishal's antagonist

Mark Antony: Not SJ Suryah, Anurag Kashyap was the original choice for Madan Pandian
SJ Suryah in Mark Antony; (right) Anurag Kashyap

Last Updated: 09.49 AM, Sep 22, 2023


SJ Suryah has become the talk of the town ever since his appearance in the dual role as Jackie Pandian and Madan Pandian in Adhik Ravichandran's latest outing, Mark Antony. His performance in the film has come in for a lot of praise, and fans are also lauding the suffix, "Nadippin Arakkan", in the title card. But did you know that SJ Suryah was not the original choice to play Madan Pandian.

Anurag Kashyap was the first choice
The success meet of Mark Antony was held recently. During the meeting, Adhik Ravichandran, revealed that he wanted to cast Bollywood director Anurag Kashyap in the role of Madan Pandian. However, when SJ Suryah suggested that he cast him in both father and son roles, the director went ahead with the same. He added that SJ Suryah took the role to another level. It is to be noted that Vishal, too, plays a dual role in the film.

Mark Antony goes on a box office rampage
The film has surpassed Rs 70 crore at the box office. Mark Antony had a solo release on September 15 with Chandramukhi 2, too, backing out of the race. The film has emerged as the biggest hit in director Adhik Ravichandran's career. The director, who is a hardcore fan of Ajith, dedicated the film's success to him. Interestingly, Mark Antony has several references to Ajith, right from his maiden venture, Amaravathi to his upcoming film, Vidaa Muyarchi.

All about the film
The plot revolves around two warring gangsters, who travel back in time to take revenge on each other. They encounter many interesting experiences, even as they try to change their past. The star cast includes Vishal, SJ Suryah, Ritu Varma, Sunil, Selvaraghavan, Abhinaya, Kingsley and YG Mahendran. Music is by GV Prakash Kumar, cinematography by Abhinandan Ramanujam, and editing by Vijay Velukutty. The film has been bankrolled by Vinod Kumar.

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