Actor Vikram Prabhu had a pretty ordinary last year with both his films, Wagah and Veera Sivaji failing to hit the bull’s eye at the box-office. The actor, though, has a few good films on his hands, the first of them being Sathriyan (title reminiscent of a Vijayakanth-starrer which released in the early nineties) which is all set to release in theatres across the State in a couple of weeks’ time.
Wagah can’t be treated as a failure but Veera Sivaji was certainly a failed project; it brought to the fore that Vikram Prabhu, who had delivered a string of hit films, was to taste his first failure in his career. Curiously enough, Vikram Prabhu’s other two films in the making i.e. Neruppu Da and Pakka, have one thing in common: sizzling and curvaceous Nikki Galrani has been paired up opposite him in these films.
The tall actor is at peace himself and has taken Veera Sivaj’s no-show in his stride. “I tried comedy but it didn’t work and I have tried something else in Sathriyan which I’m sure would be acceptable to fans and movie-goers,” he sounds confident. “My role of a Trichy-based guy has fitted very well into the script which has doses of comedy, action and romance thrown in right measure,” he reveals.
The decision to name the film as Sathriyan wasn’t a pre-planned one, Prabhu informs. “It was only mid-way through the shoot we realized that the hero of the script possesses qualities of a born-fighter in him and zeroed in on the title; I’m a great fan of Vijayakanth and his action sequences. I earnestly hope that my film meets with the same success like Vijayakanth’s film of the same name did,” he says.
The actor, who is one of the co-producers of Neruppu Da, concedes that responsibility as a producer has made him a better human being. “I’m now learning the nuances of organizing and man-management, something I never thought I’d ever be able to do,” laughs Vikram, son of actor Prabhu and grandson of the legendary Sivaji Ganesan.