Suriya has successfully completed 20 years in film industry and has thanked all.
In a statement, he said, “The last 20 years of my cinematic journey was about attaining the unachievable. Yet you made it all possible for me.”
He added: “Your applause …! Your applause motivated me to raise my bar, your thumbs down helped me to learn better, your support drove me to go beyond cinema (Agaram Foundation) above all your love kept this enging chugging.”
Suriya further said: “Here I owe you my life for the last 20 years of my travel and for the many more miles I need to make. Thanks one and all.”
Saravanan Sivakumar, known by his stage name Suriya, made his debut in Nerukku Ner (1997). He landed his breakthrough role in Nandha (2001) and then had his first major commercial success with the thriller Kaakha Kaakha (2003).
Following award-winning performances of a conman in Pithamagan (2003) and a hunchback in Perazhagan (2004), Suriya played a patient suffering from anterograde amnesia in the 2005 blockbuster Ghajini.
He rose to stardom with dual roles of a father and son in Gautham Vasudev Menon’s semi-autobiographical Vaaranam Aayiram (2008).
His status as an action star was established with roles of a smuggler in Ayan (2009), and an aggressive cop in the Singam trilogy (Singam, Singam II and S3). Suriya has also found success with science fiction films like 7aum Arivu (2011), Maattrraan (2014), and 24 (2016). As of 2017, he has won three Tamil Nadu State Film Awards and four Filmfare Awards South.