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.
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.