Soorarai Pottru (English: Praise the Brave) is a Tamil-language drama film produced by Suriya and directed by Sudha Kongara and Guneet Monga under their respective labels 2D Entertainment and Sikhya Entertainment in the year 2020. Kongara was the one who came up with the idea and wrote the storey. Kongara and Shalini Ushadevi wrote the screenplay, with Aalif Surti and Ganesha composing a supplementary screenplay and Vijay Kumar providing the language. The film stars Suriya, Paresh Rawal, and Aparna Balamurali, with Urvashi, Mohan Babu, and Karunas in supporting roles.
The film was inspired in part on incidents in the life of G. R. Gopinath, the founder of Simplifly Deccan.While the project was first announced in mid-2018 as Suriya 38, it was officially named Soorarai Pottru on April 13, 2019. Principal photogaphy began in the same month and ended in September of the same year. Madurai, Chennai, and Chandigarh were all used for filming. G. V. Prakash Kumar wrote the film’s music, while Niketh Bommireddy and Sathish Suriya handled cinematography and editing, respectively.
Due to post-production delays and the COVID-19 outbreak, the film’s theatrical rollout was hampered. On the eve of the Diwali festival, the film was released online through Amazon Prime Video on November 12, 2020. It was released in Telugu as Aakasam Nee Haddu Raa (transl. The sky is the limit) at the same time as its dubbed versions in Malayalam and Kannada with the same title. On April 4, 2021, a Hindi dubbed version titled Udaan (transl. Flight) was released.
Critics complimented the film’s primary technical components, as well as Suriya’s performance and Sudha’s direction, in their good assessments of Soorarai Pottru. At the 78th Golden Globe Awards, it was chosen as one of 10 Indian films to be screened in the Best Foreign Film category. The film was made available for viewing at the 93rd Academy Awards, although it did not receive any nominations. The film was also selected for the Shanghai International Film Festival’s Panorama Section.