Actor, Choreographer, and Director, Prabhu Dheva prefers the 'h' in his name. In a candid chat with Hindustan Times he unveils the ABCD, (Action, Bollywood, Choreography, and Direction) of his career.
Choreography vs Direction
Both are equally difficult. And I love to do both. So far I have directed a handful of Bollywood films, all of which have done good. I was lucky to have good stars, good scripts, and good producers. While with choreography I can experiment a lot, I cannot do that with direction, as there is so much money involved. One can take risks with one's money, but when you have somebody else's money involved, you should be careful and responsible. Therefore of I stick mainly to two genre, dance and action, both of which are my favourite.
Yindi (Hindi) nahi aata, so what?
Despite not knowing Hindi very well, I have been working in Bollywood for such a long time. That is because creativity is not dependent on any language. When people understand each other's works and working style, language is not a barrier at all.
I am a director's actor
People are awestruck when I tell them I do not know the story of my upcoming film, which is a sequel of ABCD. The fact is, I blindly trust Remo Fernandis, the director of the film. I never asked him what the script is all about. I go to shoots, complete what all scenes I have been asked to do at that moment, and return back. I actually have no clue what the story of the film is all about. I am a director's actor all the way.
On his favourite Sonakshi Sinha
People often ask me why Sonakshi is a part of my film every time. And I say Why not? She is lucky for me. (Laughs). Sonakshi is an extremely talented girl, she perfectly fits the role that my scripts demand, we both understand each other's work very well, and lastly despite being such a successful actress, she has no airs and is very down to earth.
Making Ajay Devgun dance
When I approached Devgun for Action Jackson I mentioned you will have to dance. Then after a two minute serious pause, he gave a nod. Since I have studied his body language throughly for all these years it wasn't difficult at all. I used a few tricks and tactics to make him dance. Devgun is known for his spontaneity, but for the first time he actually rehearsed the steps, and made sure he mastered every bit of it. Thanks to his dedication we could complete the dance shoot in just a few days.