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Television stars go global

Life is rocking for Prashant, who has some international projects in his kitty.

india Updated: May 17, 2006 16:18 IST

When everybody in Bollywood craves for a role in Hollywood, there is a brigade of TV starts who are making their mark on the international cinema. Prashant Narayanan is one such name.

He has won accolades for his performance in Oscar winner director Florian Gallenberger’s Bangla-German film, Shadows of Time (Schatten Der Zeit - title in German).

Prashant Narayanan made his TV debut in a serial called Parivartan. He had had a 10-year career on the small screen. His Bollywood calling came after his tele-serial Shagun. He did Hansal Mehta’s Chhal, followed by Waisa Bhi Hota Hai Part II and Mudda.

Even when people loved his performances, Prashant didn’t get offers from filmmakers. He says, “While most of the top filmmakers liked my performance in the film, very few offered me roles. In Bollywood, if you come from a TV background then one is not considered as a film actor. TV is indeed a great medium to hone your skills as an actor,” Prashant says. He alleges that there is too much of groupism in Bollywood.

Prashant Narayanan in a still fromShadows of Time. The TV actor has lapped up some major international projects.

“It is indeed sad that a good performer doesn’t get recognised in Indian films, while foreign filmmakers are tapping and using the talent. If Shah Rukh had acted on TV for another two or say 10 years, he would never have reached the stardom,” says Prashant.

He is currently shooting for Kaizad Gustaad’s international movie Bombil & Beatrice with Scottish actress Katie McGuiness in London. “I would rather be part of good cinema thanwastingtime in producers’ office doing nothing,” he says.

He is trilled with his experience while shooting for Shadows of Time. “I was asked to shed 15 kilos for my character in the film,” he recalls. Healso had to learn Bangla for his act. “No wonder the actors there are paid a huge sum. The dedication towards their art is much more passionate and excellent,” he says.

He also has a short film titled Instant Karma in his kitty. The film has been directed by Mohit Rajhans, a Canadian Indian.

So, what is his take on the differences between Indian andHolywood cinemas? He says, Indians are not at par with Hollywood actors. There is a huge gap in communication among Indians as compared to the West. If you go and ask how Indian cinema fares among the Western people, the only reaction will be of laughter. I am being honest to say that people laugh at our cinema saying they are like Indian circus. Sadly enough the media in India over hypes Indian films to the hilt. I would rather let my performance talk rather than talk big in the media.”

He further said, "Indian films can never be at par with global films in any respect, right from the scripting to screening. It is so systematic."

Life is rocking for this actor, who is now ready with five scripts, dozen of songs written and composed by him and couple of international projects in the pipeline.