Suriya and Sudha Kongara’s Aakasam Nee Haddura (Soorarai Pottru in Tamil) was the first big release in south cinema to choose direct OTT release. The film was initially announced to be released on October 30 on Amazon Prime Video. Suriya has now informed that the film will unfortunately have to skip this date.
Suriya informed his fans in the letter that the film, set in the aviation industry, was yet to obtain all the required no objection certificates (NOC) from the Indian Airforce and that therefore its release had to be pushed.
Suriya’s statement reads: “As you all know SP is a story set in aviation industry. So we had to deal with numerous procedures and permissions, because it's a matter of national security and we were dealing with real Indian Airforce aircrafts and security. A few new NOCs are still pending for approval, and we understand the wait is inevitable as this adverse time is demanding more and more focus on the nation and its priorities, than anything else!
When we started Soorarai Pottru we thought the only challenges we would face will be shooting at never-before-shot-locations, working with people of different languages and bringing in personnel with different skill sets to bring alive the magnificent world of Maara. However what pains me is how eagerly my well-wishers were waiting for this but we seem to have no other option. I personally hope that my well wishers will take this in good spirit, with love and faith.”
Inspired by the real-life story of Captain Gopinath who founded India's first low-cost airline Air Deccan, the film also stars Aparna Balamurali, Mohan Babu, Paresh Rawal, Urvashi, Karunas, Vivek Prasanna, Krishna Kumar, and Kaali Venkat.