Renowned filmmaker Prashanth Neel is ringing in his 41st birthday today (June 4). Though he might only appear two films old, the director is indisputably one of the major reasons behind the Kannada Film Industry's sudden yet massive elevation.
His debut film Ugramm (2014) starring Sri Murali, Hari Priya and Thilak Shekar turned many heads for its uncanny storyline and action sequences. However, what garnered global attention is his second venture with Yash, KGF: Chapter 1 that not only changed the fate of Sandalwood but also catapulted the director and the actor to new heights of eminence.
This might surprise many, but during his interaction with Cinema Express, a couple of days before the release of KGF, the director had confessed that he had no expectations whatsoever with his debut film Ugramm. A highly ambitious Prashanth was then quoted as saying, "We never thought it (Ugramm) would go past the morning show. Nobody even knew me then. So with my first film, the journey was very important. But the destination not so much. But things are different now. However, once I got the perfect team of producer, actors, and technicians I knew nothing could go wrong with KGF."
Now that's called the game of destiny, hard work and pure dedication that pays off at the right time. Well, as Prashanth Neel turns 41 today, we list five reasons why we can't wait to watch his forthcoming films.
Story That Suits Every Audience
They say story is the true soul of a film. However, to get attention of a mass audience one needs to pen the story in such a way that it keeps the audience engaged, sends across a clear message incorporated with emotions sans having a language barrier. Prashanth's films pass all the aforementioned conditions and therefore, his upcoming projects and their stories can be expected to suit every audience's sensibilities, despite the fact that they belong to different states or even countries.
Upon the release of KGF: Chapter 1, audiences couldn't stop praising the hero elevation displayed in the film. Oddly, the ruthless avatar of Yash won hearts of many. Interestingly, when the teaser of KGF: Chapter 2 was released in January, fans and followers of the actor couldn't help but gush over his deadly avatar, as he gunned down a couple of vehicles and lighted his cigarette with the barrel of a gun, oozing complete swag.
Post the intriguing teaser and poster release of Prashanth Neel's upcoming films, we are now eagerly waiting for some real action on the big screens that includes the stalwarts' massive entries and enthralling sequences.
The highly talked about film KGF: Chapter 1 ended on a cliffhanger which had left many curious. Therefore, one can expect the unexpected from the sequel that will unveil some grave and dark secrets about the notorious criminal-protagonist Rocky. Well, we can't wait to find out what's in store for us in the second installment, which apparently will be the continuation of part one.
It is no secret that Prashanth has cast some brilliant actors for KGF 2. Carving some new characters instilled with immense depth, the director has roped in actors including Sanjay Dutt, Raveena Tandon and Prakash Raj, who can undoubtedly play them effortlessly. With Dutt as the deadly antagonist Adheera and Raveena as Ramika Sen, the Prime Minister of India we will have to wait and watch to see what unfolds on the big screens when the film releases on July 16.
On the other hand, though the other cast members of Salaar and #NTR31 are yet to be revealed, fans can for now keep calm as it is for sure going to be a grand affair when the makers finally announce them. Notably, the makers of Salaar had even launched auditions to cast new faces!
Massy Action Sequences!
With Prashanth's last two outings Ugramm and KGF showing off some breathtaking fight sequences, one can be sure that his upcoming projects are also going to be purely for action movie aficionados. Reportedly, the two films- KGF 2 and Salaar will be high on action sequences and will be choreographed by Anbariv (Anbumani and Arivumani).
Though there is no confirmation, Jr NTR-Prashanth Neel's film will reportedly have the actor playing either a Kuchipudi dancer or a political leader who will also be seen performing high voltage stunts. Well, for now, we are not worried about the role he is playing as we are sure the duo will be bringing on a larger-than-life film made on a humongous budget, that has intriguing content and of course a bigger cast.
Filmibeat wishes talented director Prashanth Neel a very happy birthday!