While film industry trackers have said that Suriya's Thaana Serndha Koottam which released for Pongal this year did only average business, the star has gifted a car to his director Vignesh ShivN.
The filmmaker put up pictures of Suriya and the red Toyota car on his Twitter, saying, "People can say whatever, but we should be loving." He went on to thank Suriya for his "priceless" love and "kind gesture".
Vignesh ShivN added that this was big encouragement for a newcomer like him.
Yaar enna sonnalum Anbaagavae iruppom
ThankU @Suriya_offl sir for this priceless Anbu & kind gesture
It takes a big heart to encourage a beginner like me
Not sure if I deserve this much love frm u sir!
ThankU for the opportunity & this moment @rajsekarpandian pic.twitter.com/0InxVguPdSâ€” Vignesh ShivN (@VigneshShivN) March 15, 2018
Thaana Serndha Koottam, a remake of the Hindi film Special 26, released in January this year. The film, also starring Keerthy Suresh and Ramya Krishnan, was about a con gang that conducts illegal raids on the rich. Although the film released for the Pongal weekend, it apparently did not become the blockbuster that the team had hoped.
Vignesh ShivN had lashed out against a film industry tracker who'd tweeted that there had been no hits from the Tamil film industry in 2018 so far. Not only the Suriya film, there have been frequent whispers that the big star films from the Tamil industry are not really making money because of exorbitant star salaries and lack of original content which doesn't result in repeat audiences.
Brushing aside the criticism, however, Vignesh ShivN appears to have been touched by Suriya's generous gift.