After a long wait for an update, the makers of the Suriya-starrer Nandha Gopala Kumaran (NGK), directed by Selvaraghavan, have announced that shoot for the film has been wrapped. Both the director and the producer tweeted the news from their official handles recently.
— S.R.Prabhu (@prabhu_sr) January 12, 2019
It has been a fantastic journey filming with the one and only @Suriya_offl sir. Truly amazed by his wonderful talent and dedication! We, team #NGK, take this moment to thank him from the bottom of our hearts!#NGKFire @prabhu_sr @thisisysr
— selvaraghavan (@selvaraghavan) January 12, 2019
Replying to this, Suriya retweeted and thanked the director for giving him “a new high, behind and in front of the camera.”
— Suriya Sivakumar (@Suriya_offl) January 13, 2019
The actor is also said to have gifted a one-sovereign gold coin to each of the 120 technicians who were part of NGK, to show his gratitude.
#NGK entire shoot wrapped up on January 11 in Chennai . @Suriya_offl makes a nice gesture by gifting 1 sovereign #Gold coin to each to the 120 technicians who worked in the @selvaraghavan directed film produced by @DreamWarriorpic. Summer 2019 Release. pic.twitter.com/sb9I8Qs0bi
— Sreedhar Pillai (@sri50) January 13, 2019
Pitched as a political thriller, NGK or Nandha Gopalan Kumaran will see Suriya playing the titular character. It is produced by S. R. Prabhu under the banner Dream Warrior Pictures, and stars Sai Pallavi and Rakul Preet Singh. Bala Singh, Mansoor Ali Khan, Murali Sharma, Sampath Raj, Sarath Kumar and Jagapathi Babu play pivotal roles.
The film marks the first collaboration of the director-actor duo. Music is composed by Yuvan Shankar Raja, and lyrics for one of the songs is by Vignesh Shivan, the director of Suriya’s Thaana Serntha Kootam.
NGK was earlier scheduled to release on Diwali, but in August last year the film’s production house announced that there would be a delay. Director Selvaraghavan’s health was cited as one of the reasons for this. He had tweeted about a simple medical procedure he underwent and said he would resume work in a couple of days. A source close to the director also said, “There are many scenes that are left to be canned. It is not possible to do all that in a couple of months.”
On the work front, actor Suriya will next be seen in KV Anand’s action thriller Kaapaan produced by Lyca Productions. The film will also star Mohanlal in the lead, with Arya and Boman Irani playing pivotal roles.