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