He is one of the most popular actors from the south Indian film industry in India, largely due to the blockbuster Baahubali (2015). But Prabhas, who has been acting for 14 years, is in no hurry to do Hindi films, unlike many of his peers.
“I’ve got a few good [Hindi film] offers, but I have two movies in the pipeline that are my home productions. After completing those, if I get good scripts, I would love to do a Hindi film and work in Bollywood,” says the actor, who also celebrates his 37th birthday today.
Prabhas says he plans to spend his birthday with family and friends, as he rarely has time for them due to his “crazy” work schedule.
“As a kid, I’d get excited about gifts and cakes, but now it’s just another day. So, there aren’t any special plans. I like spending time with my family and friends on my birthday. It’s sort of a tradition that I’ve followed for a while and I’m really looking forward to it,” he says.
Despite working as an actor for almost 14 years, Prabhas has done only about 18 films so far.
Being called the ‘Baahubali star’ is a very special feeling, Prabhas admits. “When audiences start calling you by your character’s names, your job is done! I feel only a few characters will be remembered, and Baahubali being one of them makes me give it my all to meet expectations,” he says.
Prabhas admits that he is “excited, and also nervous” about the Baahubali sequel. “I hope the audience likes the second part more than part one,” he says with a laugh. “That’s when we as artists will feel that our job is done. I am excited about the first look of the Baahubali sequel, but the hysteria around the film is making me very anxious.”
After 14 years in the film industry, Prabhas admits that “it just feels like it all started a little while back”. He adds, “Time does fly. It’s been a great journey too. I don’t think there’s anything more that I can ask for.”
It’s interesting to note that despite working for so long, Prabhas has done only about 18 films so far. “I’ve been choosy. It’s only when I feel that I can do justice to a character that I take up a film,” he says.
Despite being one of the biggest names in the south Indian film industry, it’s believed Prabhas doesn’t promote himself as aggressively as his peers. “I believe the maximum amount of publicity comes from the movie. Audiences remember you because of your work, so I believe in working hard through my films,” says the actor.
A wax statue of Prabhas will be unveiled soon at Madame Tussaud’s in Bangkok, Thailand. Apparently, it came as a huge surprise to the actor.
“At first, it was shocking when I got a call from my friend (about the statue); it took some time for me to understand [what was happening]. I asked him if it was real or if he was joking. I was shooting for Baahubali 2 and SS Rajamouli (director) was the first one I broke the news to. He gave me a big hug. We are all very happy,” he says.
On a lighter note, ask him why Katappa killed Baahubali in the first film, and Prabhas laughs, “You need to wait for part three to find that out.”