It was during a welcome break from the incessant rains in the city that Prabhu Deva opened the doors of his Lokhandwala apartment for us. Sitting with a cup of green tea and clad in a black tee and denims, Prabhu chats with us about his film, family and keeping his producers happy.
With two back-to-back hits in Wanted and Rowdy Rathore, have you become the most wanted director in the industry?
How can I call myself that? May be, others can say...
Do you feel today you have become a part of Bollywood?
Yes, and I’m happy. After all, I’m also a human (smiles). Before I started making films for Bollywood, I had apprehensions. But after all, sensibilities through out the country are pretty much the same. We all need romance, comedy, action, emotions...
After directing Shah Rukh Khan and Akshay Kumar, you will be working with debutant actor Girish Taurani...
Yes, it will be very challenging. While I am used to directing action flicks, this one will be a romance.
You seem to be very fond of remakes?
Even my friends ask me the same question! But my next two films are based on original scripts. As long as my producer and the audience are happy, I am happy.
Your Rowdy Rathore made it to the Rs 100 crore club.
I never ask about my film collections. If I like the film, that’s enough for me. I have two friends who keep me abreast about the box office collections. That’s enough information for me.
You will be acting in a film called ABCD...
I’m very excited about it, as it is a dance film and that too in 3D. I am as excited as a newcomer! I share screen space with my friend Ganesh Acharya.
Apparently you made Sonakshi Sinha work so hard in her debut item song that she ended up with an injury?
We just danced and danced. People love to make mountains out of molehills.
You have shifted to Mumbai permanently?
Yes, I am enjoying it but I really miss my children.
We heard your Hindi has improved?
(Laughs) Yes, I think so but nobody is complimenting me on this!