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Sathyaraj is a zamindar who struggled to prove himself, shares Sivakumar

The veteran actor is happy that his sons, actor Karthi and actor-producer Suriya, are working with Baahubali-actor Sathyaraj in the upcoming Tamil film Kadaikutty Singam.

Manigandan KR

Actor Sivakumar on Monday (11 June) showered praise on actor Sathyaraj, known for his role as Kattappa in the Baahubali films, at the music launch of the upcoming Tamil film Kadaikutty Singam. The father of actors Suriya and Karthi, Sivakumar revealed that Sathyaraj has worked very hard to prove himself.

The veteran actor shared some insteresting facts about Sathyaraj. He said, "Not many know about Sathyaraj's history. His grandfather was someone who was educated in London in 1920. He is from a zamindar's [landlord] family. Without looking to use his family's influence or wealth, he chose to leave his family, saying he wanted to prove himself. He struggled and proved himself.

"When Sathyaraj began his career, he was paid just Rs10 as his salary. Today, the parking fee is more than that. After a point in time, we wanted to get him married. At that point, Sathyaraj said,'This is not fair elder brother. You got married only after you turned a hero. You want me to marry before I turn a hero? I earned Rs5 lakh as my remuneration in the last film I did as a hero. This man has crossed crores. He is someone who has struggled his way to the top."

Kadaikutty Singam is produced by Suriya's 2D Entertainment and has Karthi in the lead.

Sivaraj further expressed his joy of seeing his sons working with Sathyaraj, and said, "Almost 35 years ago, the heroes you celebrate today were just boys. For instance, the hero of this film, Karthi, was three-years-old, and the producer of this film, Suriya, was five-years-old. Sathyaraj would make both these sit on his bike and take them to an ice cream parlour. Today, they have turned producer and actor. Today, when I see he has acted in this film along with Karthi, I realise that there can be nothing more happier."

Directed by Pandiraj, Kadaikutty Singam also stars Sayyeshaa Saigal and Priya Bhavani Shankar.