What’s mak­ing the Baahubali ac­tor’s pulse race is not a ro­mance, but the shoot­ing of his trilin­gual thriller Saaho

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Shreya Mukher­jee shreya.mukher­jee@htlive.com

Some ac­tors be­come in­sep­a­ra­ble from par­tic­u­lar char­ac­ters they play. For Prab­has, that role has to be Baahubali. And with it, has come a huge fe­male fan base — Baahubali is the per­fect man, and the ac­tor who plays him so well ac­quires the same aura.

There­fore, re­ports of his im­pend­ing mar­riage broke hearts around the coun­try. There were ru­mours, too, that he was dat­ing his co-star Anushka Shetty. But for the le­gions of his fe­male fans, here is some good news: Prab­has is not get­ting hitched any­time soon.

“At present, my [fe­male] fans don’t need to worry,” quips Prab­has. “I’m not do­ing any such thing (get­ting mar­ried) now. I’m not even think­ing about it,” he says, laugh­ing softly, and adds, “I feel lucky that so many peo­ple ad­mire me.”

Ac­cord­ing to what Prab­has says, what’s re­ally mak­ing his pulse race right now is not a girl­friend but a new film. The ac­tor, who is shoot­ing for Su­jeeth’s Saaho, a trilin­gual ac­tion drama, is “very ex­cited” to work on the film.

Talk­ing about Prab­has’ mar­riage, the one thing that comes to mind is the hi­lar­i­ous ‘Wanted: Bride for Baahubali’ mat­ri­mo­nial ad put up by Rana Dag­gu­bati, the vil­lain­ous Bhal­laladeva in Baahubali, early last year on his Twit­ter page. Asked about it, Prab­has laughs it off. “Did [Rana] say I am get­ting mar­ried?” he says, laugh­ing again.

The ac­tor de­nies dat­ing Anushka, say­ing that peo­ple spread such ru­mours when a male ac­tor is cast op­po­site a par­tic­u­lar fe­male ac­tor more than once. And Prab­has played the lead with Anushka in four films: Billa (2009), Mirchi (2013), and Baahubali 1 and 2.

“Such sto­ries are com­mon,” says Prab­has. “I was ex­pect­ing this. If you work with one [fe­male] ac­tor in more than two films, then peo­ple tend to start spread­ing such ru­mours. It’s nor­mal for me now. Ear­lier, I used to feel bad and say, ‘How could they write this?’ But now, such sto­ries don’t bother me. I am okay with them.”

At present, my [fe­male] fans don’t need to worry. I’m not do­ing any such thing (get­ting mar­ried) now. I feel lucky that so many peo­ple ad­mire me PRAB­HAS, AC­TOR

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