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On the route to fame

Prabhas is happy with the success of `Varsham' and `Adavi Ramudu'


PRABHAS, ONE of the up and coming actors is slowly gaining a foothold in the Telugu film industry. Basking in the success of Varsham and Adavi Ramudu, Prabhas is just taking a short break before moving on to his next venture Chakram with Krishna Vamsi. He has another project up his sleeve with director Rajamouli.

Prabhas is happy with the performance of Varsham and Adavi Ramudu. "Despite some problems Adavi Ramudu was released and is doing well. I am happy if producers, distributors, fans and the audience are happy. Credit should go to the producer and director for the success of this film. They didn't lose their confidence when beset with problems. As far as Varsham is concerned it was team effort which was instrumental." Prabhas had to live in the lap of nature for almost 40 days while shooting for Adavi Ramudu - the forest (as the title suggests) of Talakona near Tirupati. "We lived even without a phone. I love nature and once or twice I secretly slipped into the forest. I did not have much luck, and therefore, could see only a porcupine," recounts Prabhas, (despite hailing from a film family - he is the nephew of Krishnam Raju) who never thought he could act although he was interested in acting. "I was shy as a child. I took some acting classes," he discloses.

He rewinds the experience of his first film Eeswar. "Revathi is cool. When I first met her I went up and told her my sister is a fan of yours. As a senior artiste she gave me a lot of support and tips. Under Jayanth Sir the atmosphere was very cool too."

His next project Chakram is with Krishna Vamsi. "Vamsi garu is trying to have a different look. My role, therefore, will be different though it is a clichéd term to use. It is not like what I have done before" and refuses to divulge more details. "The heroines are yet to be finalised."

Prabhas feels he cannot do the same kind of role in every film. "It's boring to do the same thing. There has to be some variation even to sustain the audience interest." Prabhas has been a film buff and fan of technical details. He loves Mani Rathnam and Ramgopal Varma. Now he tries to catch movies on the telly. He enjoys going to the theatres where his movies are screened to get the feedback from the audience. "I like listening to the comments in between." He values the criticism of his uncle Krishnam Raju. "He is my best critic. He complimented me about my first performance in Eeswar. Similarly after seeing Varsham he predicted it would be a hit." On why there is not much change in the nature of scripts in Telugu cinema today Prabhas feels, "there are directors like Ramgopal Varma and Krishna Vamsi who have made some difference. We are dependent on the audience who sometimes can't digest the drastic change. Experimentation cannot be done always in high budget (8-10 crore) films. So little bit of change is brought in here and there. Technically of course we are well developed."

In the Telugu industry the roles played by the heroes are on the positive side unlike the Hindi film industry where heroes are now playing various characters. Would you want to play a character with grey shades? "I would like to experiment and want to play some roles with grey shades to a certain extent."

Prabhas wants to do as much stunts as possible. "I want the scenes to look as natural as possible." He follows a fitness regimen at his gym at home.

Travelling is his favourite pastime. After shooting a film he sets off with his friends only to return just before the release. "I work hard and then relax."

Prabhas enjoys his work and advises everyone to enjoy theirs too. "Stay cool and don't get over emotional and tense. Try to enjoy every moment of life. Even if you are beset with problems try to feel happy," winds up Prabhas on that philosophical note.

RADHIKA RAJAMANI

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