Multi-talented personality swooped in acting, film-making and choreography Prabhu Deva from the southern entertainment industry to Bollywood, entertaining us from almost three decades says, he never planned his career, in fact, he did not know, to be interested in entering Indian Cinematic Industry as director, producer or even choreographer ever.
He told IANS: “I was choreographing a song for Telugu film ‘Varsham’ when producer MS Raju asked me if I’d like to direct a film for him. I said ‘yes’ in just five seconds. “Likewise, when my close friend Ganesh suggested he would start a production company under my name, I gladly supported him.”
In the year 2004, Prabhu Deva ventured in the field film-making in Telugu film ‘Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana’, which is one of the well-grossed movies. And by the success in Telugu directorial debut with 2004 he further planned to move with same effort in Bollywood and directed Tamil language movie “Pokkiri” (2007), Wanted (2009), Rowdy Rathore (2012), Singh is Bling (2015) and this year Tutak Tutak Tutiya, starer Sonu Sood, Tammannaah Bhatia, Esha Gupta, and himself of course Prabhu Deva in lead and his upcoming Devi, a horror comedy is in median, as it was his long time desire to produce and direct a horror movie.
The 43-year-old soul admitted that he never planned his career. And in his upcoming Devi is he is back again in lead portray, this will release the film also releases in Telugu as ‘Abhinetri.
“The film was originally supposed to be made with another hero and when things didn’t work out, director Vijay convinced me to play the part. I really liked the story and since I’ve always wanted to direct a horror film, I thought why not act in one first,” he said and added that his inclusion into the project increased the scope for dance.
“It’s an entertainer with an underlying message. Even though we’ve been promoting the film as a horror comedy, audiences will never get to see the ghost in the film. But the film is packed with thrills and that’s what makes it even more special,” he added.
When asked, is it difficult to manage while shooting three different languages, Prabhu Deva said the actors never find this challenging.
“The process took a toll on the technicians. Sonu (Sood), Tamannaah and I have already worked in all the three languages, so we didn’t find it difficult. Moreover, the story is a south Indian couple moving to Mumbai, and hence, it wasn’t difficult to adapt,” he said.
As one of the leading directors in the entertainment industry, Prabhu Deva says, he misses choreography.
“It’s my first love and it still gives me a high,” he said, denying reports that he has been roped in to choreograph a song in Chiranjeevi-starter ‘Khaidi No. 150’.
“I haven’t been approached yet. But if they do, I would love to take up the offer. Chiranjeevi is one of the best dancers in the country and it would be fun to work with him,” he said.
Prod him about the secret to his fit physique, and pat comes the reply: “I’m a vegetarian and I don’t eat anything after seven in the evening. I also have full control over my mind, and it’s been the way since I started off and I believe it reflects on my body.”