Suriya and director KV Anand have worked together in three films such as Ayan, Maattraan and Kavan. Director KV Anand died on April 30 due to Covid-19 complications. Suriya was devastated after hearing the death of KV Anand. He took to social media to share a photo, which was clicked by KV Anand and penned a moving tribute to KV Anand.
His statement is translated as, "KV Anand Sir… Your death reminds us with a tight slap that we are in a pandemic period. The fact that you are not there with us causes great pain in the heart. In the grief of your unacceptable loss, unforgettable memories are coming back like waves. It is through the photograph you took, an amazing moment happened, Saravanan became Suriya. I am still in awe about the effort you put in for two hours to showcase a new face at a right angle. That two-hour photoshoot at the Madras Talkies office made me think that I am on a war front. The ‘Russian Angle’ shot you took featuring me for Nerukku Ner was the main reason for director Vasanth, producer Mani Rathnam and others to place their trust in me. Not just that picture, you were the one behind the camera when I first debuted on the silver screen as an actor. The first light that fell on me was from your camera. It was through that light my future became bright. I will never forget your contribution and guidance in my film career. The words you shared with love and care for my growth still guide me in my career. The effort you made during the making of Ayan gave fresh energy to me who was longing for a big hit. The success of Ayan made me everyone’s favourite, and I look back on that with gratitude. It is the abnormality of nature that you were part of my debut film and I was part of your last film. You will forever live in our memories, sir. Heartfelt thanks and tribute."