Can now afford to slow down my career in south: Prithviraj
After starring in more than 80 films in Malayalam, Tamil and Telegu in his 11-year-long career, actor-producer Prithviraj Sukumaran feels he is now in a comfortable phase to take it easy in south
The 30-year-old actor, who made his Bollywood debut last year with 'Aiyyaa' opposite Rani Mukerji, has no plans to quit working in the southern film industry despite shifting his base to Mumbai. Prithviraj is currently starring in Yashraj Films' 'Aurangzeb' with Arjun Kapoor which hits theatres this Friday. "I have no plans to quit south films and come to Bollywood.
I am moving to Mumbai because in south I believe I am in that phase of my career where I can slow down now. I have a very successful production and distribution network there. So, I don't ideally have plans of acting in more than two films a year," Prithviraj told PTI.
"May be I will produce two films a year but I will not be involved in them at all because I have a system in place. Acting in two films would mean four months of the year which would leave eight months for me and if Bollywood needs that time from me I am ready to give it a shot," he said.
'Aurangzeb' also stars Sashaa Agha, Jackie Shroff, Rishi Kapoor, Amrita Singh among others. The actor is also happy to be the first south Indian actor to work in a Yash Raj production and that too as a North Indian police officer.
"Every time actors from down south do a Bollywood film, it is always looked at like 'Oh it must be a one time thing', or a stereotypical role. For the first time a south Indian actor is playing a character, who is a north Indian and it is backed by Bollywood's heritage production house Yash Raj Films. 'Aurangzeb is quite a big event for my fans down south for this reason," Prithviraj said.
The actor also said that the most challenging part for him was to hone his Hindi for the film in order to make his character as believable as possible. "For me it was a big impetus that I get my Hindi right.
When I first read the script I went to Adi (Aditya Chopra) he told me 'I know playing a cop is not your challenge, but your challenge is to make people believe that this guy could be a north Indian' and I agreed with him. I took diction classes for four months as I am the narrator of the story," he said.