It is generally said that a son is close to his mother, while a daughter is close to her father. Prasanna assures that Pa Paandi, in which he plays an important role, will make people reconsider this old adage. “I’m just in awe of Dhanush’s script. I simply had to do what he asked me to. I think he has touched a new high with this film, even though his potential was evident in previous films like 3 and Velaiilla Pattadhari.” Prasanna is also delighted that he gets plenty of screen time in the film. “After a terrific twist in the story, my character really takes off.”
On the father-son relationship that forms a big part of Pa Paandi, Prasanna says, “As I read each scene in the script, I could relate them to my own life. I marvelled at the insight Dhanush has into the father-son relationship.”
The actor thinks Dhanush is our own Rajkumar Hirani. “In a sense, I think he likes to do such films — those that despite being about trauma, brim with a positive outlook on life.”
While being guarded about the story, Prasanna reveals that it is about a person with a film background deciding to get his soon doing something else. “Some of the confrontations are extremely intelligently conceived. The story is about how one must be in tune with the times. It’s about how a father and son can both co-exist in love.”
Prasanna is also awaiting the release of Mysskin’s Thupparivalan. “I play a character inspired by Dr Watson in the Sherlock Holmes series. The script is engaging, and it’s a typical Mysskin film where the actors aren’t important, but the characters are.” Ask him about the positive reception to the teaser of his other film, Nibunan, and he says, “It was a challenge to rub shoulders with the likes of Arjun and Varalakshmi. I play a cop in the film.”
Prasanna is also returning to director Susi Ganeshan, who launched him in Five Star, for the upcoming Thiruttu Payale 2, in which he plays the villain. “He gave me my break in Tamil cinema. Some wondered if I’d be able to play a villain effectively, but I proved them wrong in Anjathe and Muran. I hope this film further cements that reputation.”
The actor would also like to make his debut in Malayalam cinema. “I loved Angamaly Diaries, and couldn’t believe that a new team could make such a film. It would be a privilege to be part of that industry.” Prasanna has sure come a long way from the time he was dubbed as a ‘chocolate boy’. “Perhaps it had something to do with my debut film being named Five Star,” he jokes.