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When Mani Ratnam Was Rejected By A Newcomer!

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For an actor, regardless of his reputation or experience, it definitely would be in his dream list to work with a director like Mani Ratnam at least once. This fact, can hardly be denied by any Indian actor.

This being the scenario, imagine a newcomer actually rejecting an opportunity to work in a Mani Ratnam movie by telling the famed director that he doesn't want to act in his movie.

When Mani Ratnam Was Rejected By A Newcomer!

That's exactly what Prashanth had told the Roja director in the early stages of his career as an actor, after being auditioned by Mani Ratnam himself.

In a recent interview, Prashanth took a stroll down the memory lane only to shock everyone by sharing his experience when he first met Mani Ratnam after being called for a screen test.

He said, "I had done only a few films when I got a call from a director's office saying that they wanted to do a screen test. The audition was scheduled at seven in the morning and I reached there by 6:45."

Talking about how he failed to recognize Mani Ratnam, he continued, "there was a gentleman sitting in a corner doing his own stuff, after five minutes, I walked up to him and said, I have my shooting scheduled at 9 O'clock, so can you please ask the director to get started".

"The man shouted some name and a person walked in and started preparing for the screen test, I asked him who the man was only to be informed that I had actually spoken to Mani Ratnam."

"During the screen test, I was given a cigarette and was asked to smoke while performing. I told Mr. Ratnam that I don't smoke. He then told me that the character which is assigned to me is a smoker for which I said I don't need that character then", said Prashanth.

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