The very talented and versatile Prabhu Dheva can’t believe he has been awarded the Padma Shri by the government of India. “It is a most unexpected honour. I am very happy.” There is no time for celebration as Prabhu Dheva is facing the most intense rush hour of his career. “I have five different projects in Tamil as an actor in various stages of completion. And I’ve to finish all my work on them by March because that’s when I start shooting for Dabangg 3,” informs Prabhu Dheva who has once again moved to Mumbai.
“I was in Chennai shooting for my Tamil films. But because of Dabangg 3 I’ve moved to Mumbai again. I now visit Chennai for a day, like I did recently for my son’s birthday. Otherwise, I am fully in Mumbai looking into the pre-production of Dabangg 3.”
Prabhu Dheva feels like an outsider in the project. “Everyone associated with Dabangg has already done two films before. I am the newcomer in the franchise.”
It remains to be seen what Prabhu does with the franchise. “I am working hard to ensure Dabangg 3 turns out as effective as the previous Dabangg film. Salman Khan and Arbaaz Khan have reposed a great deal of trust in me. I can’t afford to let them down.”
Prabhu is working round-the-clock to complete his work as an actor in the five Tamil films. “In a few days I will be done. Then for the next one year, I will be thinking of nothing except Dabanng 3.”
In 2008, after a series of flops, Prabhu Dheva brought Salman back into the reckoning with Wanted. Now it seems Prabhu will again succeed in eradicating the damage done by Race 3 in Salman’s career.