Captain GR Gopinath, the individual liable for introducing ‘low-value aviation in India, is returned withinside the news. This time around, it’s far for an upcoming film, that’s stimulated with the aid of using his existence and with the aid of using extension his ee-ebook ‘Simply Fly’. Soorarai Pottru, starring actor Suriya withinside the lead and directed with the aid of using Sudha Kongara will most reliable on Amazon Prime on October 30. The teaser and the audio launch up to now have created outstanding expectancies the various actor’s fanatics throughout the world. The movie is primarily based totally on Captain Gopinath and the way he based Air Deccan.
In a freewheeling chat with TNM, GR Gopinath speaks approximately his ee-e book, the a good deal-predicted movie and extra.
How did Soorarai Pottru happen?
I wrote an ee-ebook referred to as Simply Fly, which have become pretty a best-supplier or even all through its launch, (actor) Suhasini and (actor-playwright), Girish Karnad informed me to make a film out of it or at the least provide the movie rights. “This becomes successful as it has were given all the one’s elements — a village existence, navy enjoy, farming, aviation and so on. I might make a visually effective movie,” they stated. Unfortunately, Girish handed away.
Soon after movie producer, Guneet Monga contacted me. She is from a humble history and climbed up the ladders and based Sikhya Entertainment, which has produced a few properly films like Gangs of Wasseypur, The Lunchbox, Masaan and so on. She approached me and stated that she desired to provide the movie and she or he desired worldwide rights in all languages along with in Hindi. She stated that she desired to first make it in Tamil after which in Hindi and she or he become the only who picked Sudha Kongara to be the director for this project.
I were given to understand approximately Guneets history and the paintings Sikhya has carried out and realised that she is a huge go-getter. I concept properly a female who has come from a humble history and raced her manner to the pinnacle would possibly as properly make the film in place of conventional manufacturing houses.
Yes, so after Guneet employed Sudha because the director from Air Deccan, Sudha in flip employed Suriya to be the lead actor withinside the film. He got here and met me simply to mention howdy and stated that he examine the ee-e book and become stimulated.
How do you believe you studied the target market that might react to Suriya as GR Gopinath withinside the movie? Do you believe you studied someone else who should have portrayed Gopinath higher on-screen?
I don’t understand a good deal approximately Tamil movies. A lot of human beings informed me that they could be very properly. They informed me that he’s a huge super mega-celebrity in Tamil Nadu. I actually have now no longer watched any of his movies. But whoever I spoke to approximately him gave very excessive marks for him.
Generally, I watch films made with the aid of using human beings like Satyajit Ray, Shyam Benegal and so on. I am one way or the other now no longer looking at an excessive amount of those song-dance mixes movies. Modern Hindi movies aren’t a practical portrayal of the India of the day. Whereas movies that got here out 40-50 years in the past, that could now no longer be the case. They might be sensible to society at that factor in time. If a historian watched the one’s movies, they might say that that’s how Indian society become, at that time.
So I assume you may have to inform me if he does an excellent activity gambling me in Soorarai Potter.
How do you believe you studied the film has became out?
They have now no longer strictly saved to the ee-e book honestly. They had stated that they may fictionalise my ee-e book and simply draw thought from it. They have dramatised it right here and there. The handiest element I become specific approximately become that the film ought to be carried out in a first rate way and now no longer violating any ethics and guidelines. I simply desired the film to be real to the spirit of the ee-e book. The spirit of the ee-e book is that Even a village boy can dream.
If you integrate your dream together along with your tough paintings, it could end up reality. It is a tale of the triumph of tough paintings over adversity.
How worried had been you all through the scripting of the movie?
I wasn’t worried all through the scripting. The crew had met me to recognize extra in individual and to get a feel of the primary characters in my ee-ebook and notice how they are able to in shape withinside the movie. They spent a number of time speaking to me to recognize extra approximately the ee-ebook and a few matters that aren’t withinside the ee-e book too. After that, she (Sudha) laboured on it and did what she needed to do.
Have you observed the movie already?
No. We had been meant to look at it in a non-public premiere, however the entirety has long past haywire now because of the pandemic.
How a good deal mild has been thrown on the Air Deccan tale in Soorarai Pottru do you believe you studied?
I honestly dont understand. Their book becomes pretty well-known due to the fact Air Deccan is a family name. Then I translated the ee-e book into Kannada, wherein additionally, it becomes properly received. The ee-ebook isn’t a how-to type of a control ee-ebook. It is a storybook.
It lines my existence in my village, it speaks approximately the problems in agriculture and all in a tale format. People studying it could take something they need from it instead of taking a few five/ten classes from it. The ee-e book talks approximately casteism in villages, navy existence and lots different matters. It additionally has a small component approximately Vijay Mallya. So aviation is simply one a part of the ee-e book and now no longer the complete ee-e book. I am positive they’ve taken a number of innovative liberty with the ee-e book whilst making it right into a movie.
Speaking approximately Vijay Mallya, did you watch the episode on Kingfisher Airlines in Bad Boy Billionaires? Is he going to be stated in Soorarai Potter?
(Laughs) I am now no longer positive why they didnt interview me. He (Mallya) become my commercial enterprise associate for pretty a few time. Anyway, thats how it’s far.
I informed the crew to simply stick with the concept of the ee-ebook. I actually have now no longer gotten any defamation notice (from Mallya) for my ee-ebook because of the time it becomes written. I don’t need it (defamation notice) transferring ahead either, so I become only a little worried and informed the movie crew approximately it. I will exercise a few oversights over the Hindi model of the movie to the quantity of making sure they don’t leave an excessive amount of from the essence and stay real to the narrative of the ee-ebook at the same time as giving them innovative liberty to dramatise it.
How is your political profession shaping up?
I contested some elections some years in the past due to the fact I usually felt one can’t live outdoor and preserve criticising the system. But I additionally realised that if one without a doubt desires to win in elections, they without a doubt must make a profession in politics.
I gave it a concept and it becomes a desire among politics and aviation. I gave up politics and selected aviation. I now write lots on numerous problems considering I actually have enjoyed in – agriculture, small businesses, economy, defence and so on and additionally run the flight constitution commercial enterprise fly with Air Deccan.