Interview Of The Week: Suchith Sureshan - Malayali Nanban!
With a crop of hits under his belt and offers from ace music directors, Suchith is riding high on the note of success. Here in conversation with Hari Prasad...
On Jan 16, 2012



En friendah pola yaaru macha! This chartbuster song from Vijay’s latest film 'Nanban' has been rocking the charts ever since the film’s audio was launched. Let us meet the voice behind the song, Suchith Sureshan who shot to fame with ‘Karikalan’ from Vettaikaran, which was incidentally, another Vijay film. However, that wasn’t his first song as a playback singer.

It was during his college days at Madras Christian College that his life changed for the better. One of his seniors was holding a photo-shoot at renowned music director Deepak Dev’s house for the musician’s little daughter. Suchith, due to his immense passion for music, decided to be a light boy for the shoot, so that he could meet a well-known music director like Deepak Dev. While they got talking over a cup of tea, Suchith’s senior Aby Abraham mentioned about Suchith’s passion for music to Deepak Dev. “Deepak Sir was encouraging in his response and when he said he wanted to hear a sample, I took out the demo CD that I had with me and gave it to him. He was happy with my rendering and promised to give me a chance when the right song came,” says Suchith with a smile.



Soon he got his first break as a playback singer with ‘Puyalodu’ in the Tamil flick ‘Sadhu Mirandal’ which was directed by veteran Malayalam director  Siddique. Before this, Suchith was offered a jingle for a Dubai based radio station, but that did not work out. “I was on a train to Trivandrum when Deepak Sir called me to record the jingle. They couldn’t wait till I returned. I was sure he wouldn’t call me again until ‘Puyalodu’ happened,” he remembers. The song ‘Puyalodu’, which was a duet with Sayonara got a very good response and within no time, Suchith was flooded with several impressive offers including ‘Karikalan’ (Vettaikaran), ‘Arakirukkan’(Vengayam), ‘Smile Smile’ (Chikku Bukku) and so on. He also recollects with joy the feeling of having recorded a Telugu song with Harris Jayaraj for the Ram Charan starrer ‘Orange’.

More recently he sang ‘Innum Enna Thozha’ with Naresh Iyer and Balram for 7am Arivu. The voice behind the award-winning jingle for Radio Mango belongs to Suchith with composition by Deepak Dev. He even made his presence felt in Mollywood through the soothing number ‘Pularumo’ from the movie Rithu.

It was quite lately that Suchith realised his passion for music. “My grandfather was a singer and a theatre artist as well. My dad’s siblings and cousins were trained in vocals and instruments. My dad was also a good singer but his focus was always on fine arts. So my brothers and I took classes in music. Later my brother Sooraj became a seasoned drummer and made a band of his own in college, while he was a student of medicine. I took up singing quite seriously as I realised that music was what I wanted to pursue,” says Suchith.



Suchith was born and brought up in Trivandrum. His father is from Mavelikkara and mother from Pala. He did his schooling from St.Thomas School and passed out in 2005. After his graduation in Chennai, recordings were hard to come by and it was a lean patch for the youngster but he stood firm. “I have to thank my family for the support they gave me.  They knew my passion and believed in me. That was a huge relief for me during the tough time.”

There shouldn’t be any regrets for his family, with his songs for Dam 999 - the theme song and a duet with Shaktisree Gopalan - being nominated for the Academy Awards. In spite of all this, Suchith is grounded and right now he is elated about having received a call from AR Rahman for a recording. Suchith also raves about his experience with Ouseppachan for Dam 999.



And when he is not recording, Suchith is busy with Udaan, the band he formed, during his days at MCC. “Our band is a comfort, since we can compose our own music and express ourselves. We hope to connect with the top musicians all over the world through our  music one day.”

All the best Suchith! Rock on!

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