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Sequel to Suriya’s 24 in the pipeline, says director Vikram Kumar

The filmmaker confirmed that he was currently writing the sequel to the Tamil time-travel thriller.

Haricharan Pudipeddi

Filmmaker Vikram K Kumar has confirmed that a sequel to his critically-acclaimed Tamil time-travel thriller 24 (2016), starring Suriya, is in the pipeline. He’s currently penning the script for the sequel. In a recent interview with Tamil entertainment portal Galatta, Vikram opened up about the possibility of a sequel to 24.

"Even before the release of 24, Suriya sir and I were thinking about a sequel. However, we didn’t want to make one just for the sake of it. We decided we’d make it only when we had the perfect story. I am working on the script now. When I'm satisfied with it, I will pitch it to Suriya sir," he said. 

24, which featured Suriya in a triple role, was the first time-travel film to have come from Tamil cinema. Even though the film failed to do well at the box-office, it stunned critics and audiences alike across all age categories. 

It’s worth mentioning that a few years ago, soon after the release of 24, Vikram had hinted at a prequel to the film. He had said that it would be based on Aathreya, one of the three characters played by Suriya. “We have plans to work on a prequel. This time audiences will get to understand why Aathreya and Sethuraman were at loggerheads in 24, and what turned their relationship bitter,” he had said during a media interaction.

In the film produced by Suriya, it’s explained that the brothers were born three minutes apart. However, the story failed to add more epth to their characters, which Vikram promised would be addressed in the prequel. With Vikram confirming that a sequel is in the pipeline, it’s safe to assume that the prequel plan has been dropped.

Meanwhile, Suriya currently has three projects in hand. While he awaits the release of the Sudha Kongara-directed Tamil action-drama, Soorarai Pottru (2020), he also has Aruvaa (2020) with filmmaker Hari in the pipeline and a project with director Vetrimaaran as well.