Riding high on success

Prabhas at a press conference in Guntur.  

An unusually extended rainy season has come to an end in early January, but a rain of a different kind is sweeping across coastal districts of Andhra Pradesh.

That is Varsham for you. The Prabahs-starer love story is considered a `success' by the film industry going by the revenue collection in the first two weeks. But Prabhas, who is the former Union Minister, U.V. Krishnam Raju's brother's son, is not leaving anything to fate.

On a `Vijaya yatra', he is on a `thanks-giving' mission to ensure public patronage for the blockbuster. The teen-sensation Prabhas is on the last lap of the victory rally hopping from one theatre to another in Guntur, Narsaraopet, Chilakaluripet, Tenali, and Macherla.

Making a conscious attempt to come out of his uncle's shadow, he refuses to get typecast in a particular character. "All the three movies released so far -- Eshwar, Raghavendra and Varsham have portrayed me in different characters and I wish to protect my flexibility to act in any kind of role,'' he said during a brief stopover in Guntur on Thursday.

The tall Hyderabad lad was surrounded by hoards of college girls to get an autograph and have closer look of their popular hero. The four-and-a-half months training in acting by Satyanand at Visakhapatnam turned the shy commerce graduate into a successful hero.

Giving credit to his trainer for his success, he acknowledged the solid backing he had from his uncle, Krishnam Raju, who advises him on many crucial decisions like selecting a storyline, a character or a heroine to pair with him. He hoped that his two future ventures -- Krishnavamsi and Gopala - would also become runaway success.

With every political party roping in film stars for canvassing in the coming elections, Prabhas proposed to tour the entire constituency in support of his uncle. "I have done it even before entering the cine industry and shall continue to canvass for him,'' he said.

Will his image as hero outshine his uncle's popularity? "I cannot match him. We only stand along his side,'' Prabhas said before setting out on a tour of Guntur district in a convoy of cars.

By Ramesh Susarla in Guntur