Sarfira trailer: Akshay Kumar channels underdog spirit in Soorarai Pottru remake, Suriya makes a cameo

    The trailer for Akshay Kumar's Sarfira promises an uplifting underdog story and a memorable cameo from Suriya. 

    Akshay Kumar in Sarfira

    Akshay Kumar in Sarfira

    Bollywood star Akshay Kumar on Tuesday unveiled the trailer for his upcoming movie, Sarfira. He used a popular quotation from former President APJ Abdul Kalam, to sum up the spirit of the movie: "Dream is not the thing you see in sleep but is that thing that doesn't let you sleep."

    Sarfira is the official Hindi remake of the Tamil hit Soorarai Pottru. It also marks director Sudha Kongara's debut in Hindi. Sudha Kongara wrote and directed Soorarai Pottru, starring Tamil superstar Suriya in the lead role, based on the biopic Simply Fly – A Deccan Odyssey by Captain GR Gopinath.

    Based on the trailer, Sudha seems to have made a few changes to the narrative of the Hindi remake while remaining mostly loyal to her original vision.

    In Sarfira, Akshay Kumar steps into the role originally played by Suriya. Akshay's Vir Mhatre hails from a small village in Maharashtra. He is a working-class man with big ambitions but lacks the money required to fund his dream. All he has is grit and an unlimited supply of resilience to keep knocking on doors until one of them opens.

    Vir Mhatre nurtures a radical notion of revolutionizing Indian aviation by introducing low-cost airlines. Motivated by a personal reason, Vir is determined to bring his dream to life at any cost. Through Vir's perseverance, Sudha also explores how society's deeply entrenched caste and class prejudices play a major role in keeping airline services inaccessible to the majority of the population in the country. "I don't just want to break the cost barrier, but also the caste barrier," says Vir.

    Paresh Rawal reprises the antagonist role in the Hindi remake. He plays the role of a deeply prejudiced aviation mogul who goes to great lengths to sabotage the hero's efforts and stop him from making air service affordable for the working-class population.

    Akshay seems to be at ease essaying the role of an underdog, pushing against the insurmountable odds stacked against him. The movie also stars Radhikka Madan, Seema Biswas, R. Sarath Kumar, Saurabh Goyal, and Krishnakumar Balasubramanian, among others. Suriya also plays a cameo role in the movie.

    Sarfira will hit screens worldwide on July 12.