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Baahubali star Prabhas on getting married: I’m not even thinking about it now

Baahubali star Prabhas, perhaps the No. 1 eligible bachelor in the country, shrugs off rumours of dating co-star Anushka Shetty and has a laugh about the matrimonial ad tweeted by co-star Rana Daggubati.

regional-movies Updated: Aug 04, 2017 15:03 IST
Shreya Mukherjee
Shreya Mukherjee
Hindustan Times
Prabhas is shooting for Sujeeth’s Saaho, a tri-lingual action thriller.
Prabhas is shooting for Sujeeth’s Saaho, a tri-lingual action thriller.

Some actors become inseparable from particular characters they play. For Prabhas, that role has to be Baahubali. Arguably India’s biggest blockbuster franchise, the Baahubali films have catapulted Prabhas from regional cinema fame to the national centre stage. And with that comes a huge female fan following — for Baahubali is the perfect man, and the actor who plays him so convincingly acquires the same aura.

Therefore, reports of his impending marriage broke hearts around the country. It was reasonable to assume that Prabhas would turn his mind towards marriage now, because SS Rajamouli, the director of Baahubali , wanted his complete dedication and the two films took nearly five years to make. As the phenomenon of Baahubali 2: The Conclusion swept through the country, rumours of Prabhas’ romance with co-star Anushka Shetty, who plays princess Devasena in the film, gained ground. But for the legions of his female fans, here is some good news: Prabhas is not getting hitched anytime soon.

“At present, my [female] fans don’t need to worry,” quips Prabhas. “I’m not doing any such thing (getting married) now. I’m not even thinking about it,” he says, laughing softly, and adds, “I feel lucky that so many people admire me.”

Talking about Prabhas’ marriage, the one thing that comes to mind is the hilarious ‘Wanted: Bride for Baahubali’ matrimonial ad put up by Rana Daggubati, who plays the villainous king Bhallaladeva in Baahubali, early last year on his Twitter page. It was quite amusing the way the ad highlighted Prabhas’ skills and the kind of bride who will be suitable for him. Asked about it, Prabhas laughs it off. “Did [Rana] say I am getting married?” he says, laughing again.

Anushka Shetty, or princess Devasena of Baahubali, was rumoured to be dating Prabhas.
Anushka Shetty, or princess Devasena of Baahubali, was rumoured to be dating Prabhas.

Prabhas is also being romantically linked with his co-actor Anushka Shetty. But the actor denies any such thing between them. He says that people spread such rumours when a male actor is cast opposite a particular female actor more than once. And Prabhas played the lead with Anushka in four films: Billa (2009), Mirchi (2013), and both the parts of Baahubali.

“Such stories are common,” says Prabhas. “I was, in fact, expecting this. If you work with one [female] actor in more than two films, then people tend to start spreading such rumours. It’s normal for me now. Earlier, I used to feel bad and say, ‘How could they write this?’ But now, such stories don’t bother me. I am okay with them.”

According to what Prabhas says, what’s really making his pulse race right now is not a girlfriend but a new film. The actor, who is shooting for Sujeeth’s Saaho, a tri-lingual action drama, is “very excited” to work on the film.

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First Published: Aug 04, 2017 13:31 IST