His 2009 flick Wanted starring Salman Khan broke several records at the box office. And now choreographerturned-director Prabhudheva is gearing up for the release of his next directorial Rowdy Rathore with Akshay Kumar and Sonakshi Sinhain the lead.
According to his own admission, his visits to B-town, that were earlier few and far between, have now become more frequent. Mirror caught up with the man who is being billed as the newest hit maker in Bollywood.
We ask whether things have changed for Prabhudheva after the success of Wanted and he says, “I am happy I have received a very good response. Earlier, people would view me only as a choreographer. They now look up to me as director. There is a marked difference. Earlier, I would come down for just four or five days. I am now having longer meetings and with many more people.”
With so many films on hand, does he plan to shift base to Mumbai? “I will be available here but there are no plans for shifting as of now. I am going to do a film for Eros and one for Tips,” he says.
We think he may have been instrumental in reviving the action genre in tinsel town, more so with Wanted? Prabhudheva chooses to be modest saying, “I am a very small part of this revival. Every one out of hundred people are working on this genre. And while it’s a good space to be, other genres like love, romance, comedy etc. are also good.”
Nudged whether any allowances were made for Sonakshi Sinha, who apparently had a lot of reservations with exposure during the making of Rowdy Rathore, Prabhudheva is quick to reply, “Not at all. When you see the film, you will realise. In fact, we too were very happy because even we didn’t want to expose. Both she and Akshay Kumar were tailor-made for the role.”
So what made him turn to direction with such a successful stint as choreographer to his credit? “I love to do creative work and there is more creativity involved in being a director,” he says. But will he continue as choreographer after belting out hit action flicks? “I will do both depending on the availability of dates and comfort levels,” he replies.
Quizzed about his experience of working with Sanjay Leela Bhansali, he says, “His biggest input is the title Rowdy that he has given. Otherwise he never interfered. He only came for the mahurat for half an hour. As a producer, he is superb.”