If you are wondering where the multifaceted Prabhudheva is, he is currently putting finishing touches to his latest role as an actor. Says Prabhu excitedly, “Mercury is my most challenging role to date. The teaser was released this week and we got an amazing response. Audiences have never seen me like this before.”
Prabhu is seen bloodied and savage scaring the hell out of a bunch of youngsters. Laughs the actor, “It is definitely a change of image for me as an actor. To be very honest, I’ve always been a reluctant actor. I’ve never really enjoyed being in front of the camera. Friends like Remo D’Souza and Rajiv Menon have requested me to act and I’ve just done what they asked me to in their films. This is the first time I’ve taken such a keen interest in a film where I am acting.”
Super-excited to be in India’s first silent film—Kamal Haasan’s Pushpak which has so far been given that honour did have one spoken line—Prabhu says, “Since there is no spoken dialogue the film is being released in every language from Tamil and Telugu to Chinese and Japanese. Part of the advantage of doing away with the spoken words is you can reach out to any part of the world.”
Being a choreographer and dancer helped Prabhu express his character’s emotions without words. Is he a villain in Mercury? “That you will have to see to know. There are no clear-cut villains and heroes in real life, and by extension in the movies either,” says the actor. Prabhudeva who has been focusing on acting for two years now will now return to direction with Dabangg 3. “Like I said I’ve never been an actor by choice. I am a choreographer and filmmaker. But I am not saying no to a good role. If someone offers me a chance to play Bill Gates or Kailash Satyarthi I’d jump at it,” says Prabhu.