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neeraja murthy
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chat Prabhakar on his double role in the serial ‘Muddu Bidda'

playing different roles Prabhakar
playing different roles Prabhakar

I t's a patriarchal family where a father tries to kill his physically challenged son. The mother runs away with the little one who grows up to be a police officer. The father marries again and takes pride in his good looking son and daughter. Who takes care of the old man is anybody's guess. “The storyline of Muddu Bidda on Zee Telugu is high on melodrama but it is laced with a social message. It is also a first time that a father and son are the centre point of a serial. All our tearjerkers aim at attracting women audiences and the plotline hovers around large families, mother-in-laws and daughter-in-laws or a husband and his two women. This serial captures men, their emotions and relationships for the first time and is going good with TRPs,” says Prabhakar who has donned many caps for the serial. He is the producer, director (there's another episode director too), plays the roles of father and son, has written the story and even takes care of the screenplay.

“Till the serial completed 100 episodes, I would write the dialogues too,” says Prabhakar, who is also seen in two other serials Maa Inti Aadapadachu and Balaji Telefilms' serial Kotha Bangaram on Gemini. Prabhakar's journey on the small screen began with his role in Rutu Ragalu. There was no looking back since than and made steady progress as a dubbing artist too by dubbing for actors like Aryan Rajesh

Talking about television and its melodramatic serials, Prabhakar says, “We make serials the way the audience wants it. There was an attempt earlier to make serials which are stylish and different but the serials lost the TRP battle. Audience does not like to see a mother-in-law and daughter-in-law partying in a pub. People are sentiment-driven and that is what is shown on the TV,” he says.

Prabhakar loves his character in Muddu Bidda but says it has been a challenging one. “In movies, actors who play a double role might have 10 scenes together and sometimes directors use graphics to show two characters in one frame. In this serial, there have been so many scenes where both the characters had to appear on the screen. In television there are many constraints and I had to change my get-up, make-up, walking style and dialogue delivery each time in portraying these two characters. My roles have taught me patience,” he signs off.

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