August 20, 2008

I Dont Want to Be Typecast

By Manigandan K R

It's not without reason that Prasanna is loved by the Tamil audience. The actor, it seems, has an ability to get along with people, thanks to his warmth and gregarious nature.

And it's not just Indians he's been able to impress. The star, who was recently in the US to shoot for his next film Achchamundu Achchamundu, recalls fondly about his make-up artiste Amie, "Amie is like a sister to me. When we were wrapping up,t she started weeping and I asked her what was making her cry. She said 'You'll be going back to India in a couple of days and I won't even be able to see you.' I was touched," he recalls.

Remind him what actress Sneha had to say about his command of Tamil, and he grins. "My school is the reason for my love and command of Tamil. I used to get annoyed every time a Tamil word was mispronounced. I still do," he discloses.

"Sneha speaks Tamil well. However, she mispronounced the word Vatha Kozhumbu once and I corrected her. I didn't realise then that she would take it so seriously," he continues almost apologetically.

"I'm a big fan of Kamal sir. There's one scene in Varumaiyin Niram Sivappu in which he walks out of his home after a fight with his dad. All the while, he keeps reciting the lines of Bharathiyar's famous poem Achchamilai Achchamilai. I get goosebumps every time I watch that scene," he says.

Ask him about Achchamundu Achchamundu and a look of pride lights up his face.

He states it is the first Indian film that has been shot using the Red One high definition camera.

"I'm so proud that the filmis the very first Indian film to be made on Red One," he informs. "The experience of working for this project was unique. We had complete rehearsals for this film, something which we don't have in Kollywood. People in Hollywood strongly believe in rehearsals as they think it saves time," he explains.

Ask him about his experience working with Sneha and he says, "It was an amazing experience working with Sneha. I am happy I've found a good friend." Draw his attention to the injury he suffered while shooting for the film and his expression changes to one of horror and pain. "John Shea, a Hollywood star had to hit me with his fist in one sequence and ,unfortunately for me, we missed the timing and I received a blow. I was so badly hurt that I could hardly move and the blow was so loud that the whole unit heard it," he explains.

On his future projects, he says, "After three consecutive critically and commercially acclaimed films, I am aware that my next film has to be big. I have listened to some 500 scripts in the last three months and finally selected four among them. I want my next movie to make people sit up and take note."

A little bit of persuasion doesn't yield results. "I'm choosy and selective about my films. I don't want to be typecast. My next film will be a rocking one. It's too early to reveal details now. All that I can say is that I will be working with a new director," he signs off with a naughty smile.

Manigandan K R

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