The talented and versatile Prabhu Deva won’t be dancing with his co-star Tamnnaah Bhatia in the upcoming Hindi-Telugu-Tamil trilingual, directed by A.L. Vijay and produced by Prabhu, along with Popcorn Entertainment.
More importantly, the dancing star is undergoing a complete makeover for this flick, titled Devi(L) in Tamil. The trademark curly locks will be replaced by straightened hair; the casual look will make way for a more dapper, formal appearance!
In fact, for the first time, Prabhu says he is attempting a new look on-screen, “I have a new hair cut, and a revamped wardrobe. I can’t recognise myself!”
The legendary choregrapher has taken time off from direction to produce and act in Devi(L). Says Prabhu, “I did act in Remo D’Souza’s ABCD 2 last year. But it’s been a while since I faced the camera in Tamil or Telugu. I’ve been busy directing films. But now I took three months off to act in this film.”
He says he had no choice — “I wanted a hero who didn’t charge money. I was the only one willing to do this film for free, since I am the co-producer!”
He adds that he was enthused to face the camera for this film’s uniqueness. “For the first time, director A.L. Vijay is attempting the horror-comedy genre in Hindi. I enjoy acting as it frees me from the responsibilities that come with direction and choreography. After every shot, I can breathe easy.”
Prabhu also explains that he has a different team working with him on each of the versions — “We shot in three languages as three separate films. Though Tammanaah, Sonu Sood and I feature in all three versions, the supporting cast of actors playing our friends and relatives is different in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi. Each of the three films is culture-specific, so no one watching the film in Hindi will say, ‘Yeh dubbed film lagta hai’ because it is not!”