Prashanth is hopeful of a revival of fortunes

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Prashanth Interview

Actor Prashanth has at last delivered a moderate hit with his latest film Mambattiyan which was produced and directed by his father and actor Thiagarajan. The film, which is the remake of the super-hit film Malaiyur Mambattiyan which had Thiagarajan as the hero and released in the early eighties, has Meera Jasmine as Prashanth’s heroine and music by Thaman.

After debuting as hero when he was very much in his teens in 1990 with Vaikasi Poranthachu, Prashanth has been in the industry now for 21 long years. The actor has worked under various directors and opposite almost all the leading heroines from Roja to Meera Jasmine in the past two decades including many Bollywood heroines. The list includes Aishwarya Rai, who played dual role in Prashanth’s Shankar-directed Genes in 1997.

The past few years, though, had been very tough for Prashanth both on the professional front as well as on the personal front. He had had to endure a broken marriage and face the various embarrassing Court proceedings. All his films which included in the past 4-5 years have all ended up as failures at the box-office. The star, however, is back in the reckoning as Mambattiyan has now been declared a ‘hit’ by trade pundits. He is happy that the film has been appreciated by the media, his fans and movie-goers.

Though he is senior to the likes of Ajith, Vijay and Suriya, he hasn’t yet achieved the box-office success like the trio. When queried about it, Prashanth smiles and says, “I have been acting non-stop for more than the past two decades and some of my films took more than a couple of years in the making; even Mambattiyan took more than an year for completion. I think luck has eluded me when it comes to achieving stardom. I hope things would turn greener from the New Year onwards.”

Prashanth, who has worked under ace directors like Balumahendra and Maniratnam, says that he has been listening to many interesting scripts in the past few weeks and assures that an announcement about his new film would be made in a few days’ time. He also adds that he is not likely to try his hand again in matrimony in the next few years.

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