I am back, says Prabhu Deva
Actor-director-choreographer Prabhu Deva, who has been missing in action in K’Town since 2004, is now back. The actor is starring in director Vijay’s trilingual venture Devi(l) in which he is sharing the screen with Tamannaah and Sonu Sood. He opens up to DC about the film and his plans in Kollywood.
When quizzed about how the film came his way, he says, “Vijay narrated the story to our production house for a different actor, and it was the first story we listened to when we started Prabhu Deva Studios. When other actors turned down the offer, Vijay and others insisted that I do it.”
Impressed by the director’s patience and calmness, Prabhu is all praise for him — “The movie has one of the best screnplays in recent times. It has family sentiment, love, thriller, and horror elements. I don’t want Titanic or Avatar like films for my comeback. I wanted to do an entertaining film and that’s why I chose it. This film is open for all age-groups.” Calling it an interesting incident, the ace choreographer would enact a scene thrice in three different languages in single shot.
Prabhu has only good things to say about his co-stars. “I know Sonu for a long time since I signed him for my Hindi films. This is the first time I am joining hands with Tamannaah. She is a very sincere and disciplined actress,” he added.
Fascinated by Tamannaah’s village belle look, Prabhu reveals that it is completely magical to see her transform for the role. However, he was not happy when Vijay suggested changing his look — “My trademark is my curly hair and till date I haven’t experimented with my looks.”
So, will he have a proper introduction song? “Vijay and cinematographer Manush were adamant in having an introduction number. The song is peppy and choreographed by Paresh, who was a part of my Hindi film ABCD,” Prabhu says.
A couple of videos featuring the lead lady rehearsing were also posted by the actor. “She allotted 15 days for the rehearsals, and according to me, I have never seen anyone dance like her in recent times,” he smiles.
When we ask him about the hiatus in Tamil, he stated, “I don’t know what to say. Though I was not active in Tamil films, I was always connected to the audience. Now, I am back.”
Prabhu also disclosed that he will be directing a Tamil film soon — “Things have to fall in place for my Tamil project. I will be acting in another Tamil-Telugu bilingual, and will direct a Hindi film by November or December.”
When queried if he would choreograph for other films, he answers in an instant — “Nobody is calling me (he laughs). I am open to choreograph for other directors. I think they assume that I am busy,” Prabhu sums up.