Press Trust of India
October 12, 2012 15:02 IST
Prithviraj Sukumaran is being called the "dark Salman Khan" of Bollywood now
Actor Prithviraj Sukumaran, who is
being called the "dark Salman Khan" for flaunting his six pack
abs in his Bollywood debut Aiyyaa, says there is more to him
than his body in the film.
Already a superstar down South, Prithviraj stars opposite
Rani Mukerji in the film, releasing today.
"I understand that right now I am being discussed as this
item boy, which I am completely enjoying but I will be
immodest enough to say that as an actor I am beyond six pack
abs, my body is not my USP.
"And the physical transformation I have gone through for
Aiyyaa, I have done for other films as well so it is not new
for me. That's not who I am as an actor, which people will
discover. I don't take my shirt off in every film I do,"
Prithviraj told PTI in an interview.
The 29-year-old will be seen opposite Rani in the movie,
directed by Sachin Kandalkar and produced by Anurag Kashyap.
Prithviraj says doing a Hindi movie has given him a
different sort of high as he gets to make a debut despite
having an experience of 80 odd films down South.
"After a long time I will be appearing in a movie with a
clean slate. For most people watching Aiyyaa, what I am down
South or what I have achieved does not matter. They are going
to look at me as an actor, who they will see for the first
"And this is a big high for me. Making a debut after
having an experience of 80 films over 12 years that is a very
nice place to be as an actor," he said.
Prithviraj says he never planned to come to Bollywood but
is happy to enter the industry at a point when there is more
space for new actors.
"It was not like I was designing my career. I wasn't
looking for work. But Bollywood is the biggest arena that
cinema can offer in India right now and as an actor that's
where you want to be. You want your work to be seen by maximum
number of people. It is a great feeling to know that you are
finally getting a shot on the big stage," he said.
The actor has already begun shooting for his second Hindi
film titled Aurangzeb, which is being produced by Yash Raj
and directed by a debutante Atul Sabarwal.
He also says it was his wife's dream that he try his
hands in Bollywood.
"My wife is a journalist and she is the only person who
does not work in movies in my family. She is very excited
about my Bollywood debut because she believes as an actor I
deserve a bigger stage and she dreams insanely big for me and
I am really happy that her wishes are finally coming true."