“An actor is a color in a painting, not the entire painting,” said National Award winning actor Prakash Raj, at ‘In Conversation’ with film Critic Madhu Eravankara, organised as a part of the 16th International Film Festival of Kerala on Sunday.

He said that “how uniquely he does the acting is what makes him a good actor”.

“As an actor, what the director and the script pushes in my head is what I emote,” he said.

Praising the recent Malayalam films such as Traffic and Salt and Pepper, he said that Malayalam cinema has a lot of young talent. He added that he was planning to remake both the films in other languages.

He said that one should not compare theatre and cinema. As both were different medium, demanding different things from the artists. “I was lucky to be introduced to the theatre at a time when the art form was predominant in Karnataka. I owe everything to theatre because that is where I stated from,” he added.

Prakash Raj also shared his experiences of working in films like Iruvar, Kanchivaram, Nagamandala and Electra. Terming Kanchivaram as a film that shattered his comfort zone, he said, “Whatever I had known till then was not enough for Kanchivaram. I had to unlearn whatever I had learned till then.”

Prakash Raj’s next directorial venture, Dhoni, was inspired by the stress her daughter went through during her board exams. “The film is about the dream of a child and the sensitivity of parents. It questions the entire education system,” he said.