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    Plastic man has to change moulds now

    Tuesday, June 15, 2004
    The greatest thing about Prabhu Deva is that he can take any shape.

    But he has some new shaping up to do now.

    For, he has been cast in a new mould.

    For a man who has been making people literally dance to his tunes, he has to now do that metaphorically as he has been made the director of the film Nuvvosthanante Nenoddantana. Produced by the hugely successful M S Raju (last hit was Varsham), the film has Siddharth and Trisha in the lead.

    But Prabhu Deva himself has taken the lead, so to say, by involving himself in every aspect of filmmaking. Quite literally, whoever has seen him at the sets of the film, knows that he is in charge. Excerpts from a short interview with him:

    Does direction means you have given up your acting stint?

    Certainly not. I still am an actor first. In fact a couple of films are due for release. Andaru Dongale is almost ready. It is a movie for the masses and it was great fun to work with someone like Rajendra Prasad. He is spontaneous.

    Don't you think that you failed as an actor in Telugu?

    I know I had my opportunities. After Premikudu, I should have consolidated. But I made some crucial errors in the choice of subjects. To err is human, isn't? But I don't rue over them. Past is past. I enjoy what I do now.

    That means direction. How does it feel to be a director?

    It is a strange feeling in the stomach. Probably it is tension or heebie-jeebies. It is an onerous job. Since I am on the other side now, I have a new insight into many aspect of film making. It is not that easy to bring alive ideas on screen the way you want it to be.

    But why direction at this stage of career?

    There is no particular stage for taking up direction. Since I have been a choreographer, I always had an insight and my own ideas on making a film. I also had my own vision on how things should appear on screen. I guess one thing led to another and now I am now handling the megaphone.

    What kind of films can we expect from you?

    I don't want to be typecast. But I love good and clean entertainers. Nuvvosthanante Nenoddantana is fun film with an emphasis on youth elements. Of course, like most Indian movies, family values and other sentiments, have an important role in the film. The idea is to make it attractive for everyone.

    How has it been working with MS Raju?

    He is very helpful. His involvement in the film is such that he takes half the responsibility from you. Some may say it is interference, but I would call it lending a helping head. He is a hands-on producer. His insight and advice have been good and timely.

    Are you also choreographing the dance?

    I don't know. I am now concentrating on direction now. We will cross the bridge when it comes.

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