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1 Painting a picture on Sat Dec 24, 2011 1:56 am

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Prithviraj professes his admiration for co-star Rani Mukherji during Dubai visit

MALAYALAM FILMDOM’S HEARTTHROB Prithviraj was all praise for co-star Rani Mukherji in the Anurag Kashyap-produced Hindi film Aiyaa.

“She is an extremely talented and beautiful person. Now she is a good friend,” said the actor, who flew to Dubai from the shooting locale in Pune to inaugurate the Kalyan Silks Showroom in Karama. A huge crowd had gathered in and around the showroom to catch a glimpse of the charismatic young actor, who flew back just hours after the event.

“Work for the film is almost complete,” said Prithviraj, who plays a painter in this quirky love story, with Rani playing his love interest.

When asked whether he feared a lukewarm response from the Hindi film audience, considering that most of the South Indian actors have had a very short innings in Bollywood, the 29-year-old came up with a very level-headed response.

“I don’t see this film as my grand entry into Hindi films. I am doing it because I liked the script,” said the actor.

He expressed confidence in the film’s director Sachin Kundalkar, who has won two National Awards for his Marathi films. Kundalkar is making his Bollywood debut with Aiyaa. The entire film has been shot in Pune.

Unlike his seniors in the Malayalam film industry, Prithiviraj forayed into film production early in his career and has co-produced two hit films in Malayalam — Urumi and Indian Rupee. The former was one of the most expensive films in Malayalam and featured Bollywood actresses Tabu, Vidya Balan and Genelia D’souza. He has shown an uncanny understanding of the audience’s pulse and is known for experimenting by picking up scripts that interest him.

Besides Malaylam films he has acted in Tamil and Telugu films as well. He played Aishwarya Rai’s husband in the Tamil version of Mani Ratnam’s Raavan (a part that was played by Tamil superstar Vikram in the Hindi version). Prithviraj received many offers from Bollywood producers, but turned them down and instead opted for Kundalkar’s film.

Getting the right Hindi pronunciation is often a major problem for South Indian actors, but Prithviraj has mentioned in many television interviews that he is extremely comfortable in the language as he has many North Indian friends with whom he converses regularly. He is also known to do his dance sequences with aplomb, a skill that would stand him in good stead in Hindi films. Although action is his forte, of late he has shown a yen for romance and comedy.

However, Prithviraj fans will have to wait with bated breath till Aiyaa is released and declared a hit. Then maybe co-star Rani Mukherji too will have something to silence the critics who have written her off.


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