Friday, April 26, 2013

Prithviraj offered Happy New Year alongside SRK

Farah Khan, who has roped in a dynamic cast of Shahrukh Khan, Abhishek Bachchan and Boman Irani for her 'Happy New Year' is now on the lookout for one last guy. Buzz is that she is eager to cast south actor, Prithviraj Sukumaran for this.

Apparently, informal talks are on though any formal announcement has not been made. Prithviraj made his Hindi film debut opposite Rani Mukerji in 'Aiyyaa'. His next release is YRF's action thriller, 'Aurangzeb'.

Talking to PTI, Prithviraj said, "I had an informal meeting with Farah. She told me the premise of the film she is doing. And I have not read the script yet, no concrete offer has been made to me."

"I have not said ok to it officially. So nothing is concrete and confirmed. It was a very vague premise that she told me but it was very funny and exciting," he added.

'Aurangzeb' not similar to 'Dabangg', 'Rowdy Rathore': Prithviraj

Southern actor Prithviraj Sukumaran, who plays a policeman in "Aurangzeb," says the movie is different from commercial cop films like "Dabangg" and "Rowdy Rathore".

"It's really not that kind of a film in the first place, it's not a 'Dabangg' or 'Rowdy Rathore'. It's a very real film and the story exists in a very real space. So, the effort on the character has also been to try and make him as real as possible," the 30-year-old said here in an interview.

"My endeavour has been to try and make people believe that this is someone who exists in the world that they belong to. Nowhere in the film will you see a film or cinema cop that these commercial flicks are used to portraying," he added.

Prithviraj said the main challenge for him was to convince the audience that his character is a true north Indian, Hindi speaking policeman.

"Playing a cop was not a challenge because this is my 15th or 16th cop film. The challenge for me personally was to convince whoever sees this film, that I am a north Indian policeman," Prithviraj said.

He put in a lot of hardwork polishing his Hindi diction for the Yash Raj Films' project.

"All the effort that I had to put in prior to the shoot was to get my Hindi diction right, and to speak Hindi like somebody who speaks Hindi on a daily basis. For that, I worked extensively with a wonderful diction coach (named) Vikas Kumar," said the actor, whose last Hindi project was "Aiyyaa".

Directed by Atul Sabharwal, "Aurangzeb" stars Arjun Kapoor in a double role besides actors like Rishi Kapoor, Jackie Shroff, Amrita Singh, Swara Bhaskar and Sasha Agha.

It is slated to release May 17. 

Prithviraj to offer a script to Big B

Southern superstar Prithviraj Sukumaran, who debuted in Bollywood with "Aiyyaa", has bought the rights of his hit Malayalam film "Ayalum Njanum Thammil". He plans to make it in Hindi and approach Amitabh Bachchan with the script.

"Ayalum Njanum Thammil", directed by Lal Jose, released in October last year. Also featuring Narein, Prathap Pothen, Samvrutha Sunil and Remya Nambeesan, the film was a medical drama and critics appreciated the film as well as Prithviraj's performance in it.

"I have taken the first step and bought the film. Now, the rights of the film rest with me, so I can be assured that nobody else is going to do it. That's the first step to ensure that the project has somehow shaped up," Prithviraj told IANS.

"I have started showing the film to few people over here. Let's hope that they have the same kind of interest that I do and hopefully, I get a draft written in English that I will take to Mr. Bachchan to read it," he added. 

Prithviraj to direct a Hindi film soon

Southern superstar Prithviraj Sukumaran says he is all set to wield the megaphone for a Hindi film soon, but has no plans to produce.

Gearing up for the relase of his second Hindi movie "Aurangzeb", after "Aiyyaa", Prithviraj would like to go behind the camera.

"Direction is definitely on the cards. I definitely want to make my own film in Hindi one day and that's my dream," the actor told IANS.

One of the popular actors down south, Prithviraj also produces films there, but says he has no intention of doing it here.

"With production, I just realised that things work very differently here (Bollywood). It is not like in South. It's a new ball game. Until I am sure that I have authentic knowledge about how to put things together for a project, I don't think I should venture into production. Direction is something I want to do soon."

"I had written a few things long back. I don't know when it will happen, but let's see. I am hoping it happens soon," he added.

Keen to make it big in the Hindi film industry, the actor is hunting for a house in Mumbai.

"We have been searching for the house for the longest time. I have realised that it's easier to find a house on Mars or somewhere else, but very tough here. Hunt is still on," the 30-year-old said.


Prithviraj not banking on physicality with 'Aurangazeb'

Southern superstar Prithviraj Sukumaran, who debuted with "Aiyyaa" in Bollywood, wants people to appreciate his acting skills in "Aurangzeb", not his physical appearance, which was in focus in his first Hindi movie.

"Unlike 'Aiyyaa', I am not banking on my physicality with 'Aurangazeb'. It's something else. More than people telling me that you look good or have a good body, I would love it if people would say you are good at what you do," the actor told IANS.

He admits in "Aiyyaa", which bombed at the box office, his sculpted body was in focus, but adds that "Aurangzeb" is a "real film". "All the characters are real. I play a cop in the film."

Set in Delhi, "Aurangzeb" is about real estate mafia versus cops and two seasoned actors - Jackie Shroff and Rishi Kapoor will be seen clashing with each other on-screen. Director Atul Sabharwal's crime thriller also stars Arjun Kapoor in double role.

It is releasing May 17.

Prithviraj makes me feel like an illiterate

Swara Bhaskar, who played Kangna Ranaut's friend, Payal, in the hit Bollywood movie, Tanu weds Manu, is excited about her next two releases in B-Town รข€”Aurangzeb and Raanjhnaa. Swara is paired opposite two of the leading stars from the South in both the movies. While she plays Prithviraj's wife in Aurangzeb, she essays the role of a girl in love with the character played by Dhanush in Raanjhnaa. 
 "Aurangzeb is an action drama. Though my character is projected as a soft-spoken person, as the story unfolds you realise that she is perhaps the strongest of them all," says Swara.

Talking about her experience working with Prithviraj, the actress says, "He is not just a good actor, but also a good human being. He is very friendly and I had a great time working with him. He knows a lot about the technicalities of film making. I used to tell him that he makes me feel like an illiterate," says Swara. The actress also feels that he has a good screen presence. "He looks so good on screen," she gushes.
 The Delhiite does have a South connect as well; her father is from Andhra.

After working with three South actors, including Madhavan in Tanu Weds Manu, Swara is full of praise for them. "Film actors from the South are very professional and they know their job really well. They are not just good actors, but are also disciplined. But the most interesting thing about them is that, they have an in-depth knowledge of the technical know-how of filmmaking," she says.