'I prefer realistic cinema'

Over the last few years, Prajwal Devaraj has had a packed schedule. But his home production movie Neenade Naa, the filming of which will soon be completed, has given the busy actor a chance to bond with his family.

“I always felt guilty of not spending enough time with them. But now it’s like an overdose,” he laughs, adding, “I really didn’t know my mom could be so much fun.” In a candid moment, Prajwal says, “My family is the perfect role model. Touchwood.”  
Otherwise, he says that there isn’t much of a difference working with other producers and family. “We’ve always known what we are doing and a lot of planning has gone into it.”

Ask him if he has his eyes set on other industries and Prajwal says that he hasn’t got the right script so far. “I got two offers from the Tamil and Telugu industries but didn’t find them exciting enough. I don’t want to take any chances, because people’s expectations are high. But if the right script comes through, I don’t mind.”

He goes on to explain, “I always prefer realistic cinema to  superficial ones. The audience should be able to relate to my movies.”

The actor who has often been called a ‘director’s actor’, says, “I like to be known that way. In fact, being a director’s actor is the best.” He adds, “And that way you can be sure of getting projects.”

Prajwal says that the family is waiting to launch his younger brother Pranam Devaraj, who is currently the co-producer of their home-production. “We will be launching him either at the end of this year or sometime next year. But prior to his launch, we want him to get an idea of the film industry, which he is getting through this production,” points out the brother. So is he advising his brother on the dos and don’ts? “I do that all the time. And thankfully, he listens,” laughs Prajwal.

Prajwal, who has a number of films lined-up for the year, like Mrugashira, Jamboo Savari and Savaal to name a few, says that each of the roles are different and exciting in their own ways.

Recalling the shoot at Thombattu (South Karnataka) for Mrugashira, Prajwal says, “It’s a never before explored territory. It was wonderful shooting there for 20 days. I still have eight days of shooting left for the movie.”

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