‘AF­TER 5 YEARS OF DI­REC­TION, I’M FO­CUS­ING ON ACT­ING NOW’

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Time Out - Sub­hash K Jha htc­ity@hin­dus­tan­times.com

For the first time in five years in his ex­tremely pro­lific and ver­sa­tile ca­reer, dancer-chore­og­ra­pher-ac­tordi­rec­tor Prabhu Dheva (right) is fo­cus­ing on act­ing.

As he wraps up the shoot­ing of his new act­ing as­sign­ment a Hindi-Tamil-Tel­ugu tri-lin­gual en­ti­tled Ab­hinetri Prabhu takes time off to dis­cuss why he isn’t di­rect­ing a film right now.

“It’s not as if I’ve planned it this way. I’ve never planned many of the things I’ve done in life. It all hap­pened on its own. It was just by chance that I got pulled away from the South to di­rect a se­ries of films in Hindi. When Rowdy Rathore (2012) be­came a hit I was of­fered sev­eral Hindi films. So I was not only cut off from act­ing but also from Chen­nai where my two sons go to school.”

Prabhu is now in Chen­nai and is en­joy­ing his stint as an ac­tor in South. “It was my friend Remo d’Souza who re-ad­dicted me to act­ing with ABCD and its se­quel. Now here I am do­ing a role in my own pro­duc­tion.”

Prabhu, who is pro­duc­ing and act­ing in the film Ab­hinetri, says, “When you are an ac­tor, you’ve to worry only about get­ting your shots right. When you are a di­rec­tor, you have to worry about ev­ery­thing on the sets. As a pro­ducer you get max­i­mum re­spon­si­bil­ity. I am in that zone right now.”

Talk­ing about the film, he says, “It’s a hor­ror-com­edy. I don’t think that’s been done in Hindi be­fore. It has a strong emo­tional con­tent. Plus it’s in three lan­guages. So the post­pro­duc­tion is tak­ing longer than usual. We’ve shot three dif­fer­ent ver­sions.”

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