If we look at Vikram Prabhu’s career, he always opts for different genres and never trapped into an image. One can also say that Vikram Prabhu is a critic friendly actor of this generation that right from his debut film Kumki, he has been getting critical acclaims for his performance in each and every project. So how do you choose such unique scripts? “ You critics have a rating system right? I too have one while listening scripts. Of course, I will not reveal the rating to my directors (laughs). Also, I always make sure that my next film should be different from my current project. I know that exceeding the achievements of my dad and grand dad is impossible but will work hard to excel as an actor that I don’t want to limit myself”, says Vikram Prabhu, who is eagerly waiting for Wagah, which is all set to release on August 12.
In Wagah, Vikram Prabhu plays an officer from Border Security Force (BSF). The film’s director GNR Kumaravelan joins the conversation “BSF officers have unique set of rules comparing to the regular ones. As they have to be camped at a particular location for long time, there is a relaxation for them that they can grow beard. At the same time, they should be extremely attentive and will not get proper sleep and food”. The director adds “For the script research, we went to Ranuvapettai and shot the real life incidents narrated by family members of army men. In fact, high rank army officers have become very close and they too have given a lot of inputs”. For Wagah, both Vikram Prabhu and Ranya Rao have struggled a lot. “We have shot the film in high altitudes that there won’t enough oxygen and once the actors reach a particular height, they should relax minimum twenty minutes to get back to normal state. Also, we had potential threat in the form of small scorpions (smiles)”, says the director.
After Wagah, Vikram Prabhu’s immediate next release will be Veera Sivaji, he also has Moodi Sooda Mannan. “I was simultaneously shooting for both Idhu Enna Maayam and Velaikkara Durai, the former needs subtle acting while for the later I’ve to be super energetic to match Soori’s screen presence. Similarly Veera Sivaji and Moodi Sooda Mannan will also be different from regular entertainers”. Vikram Prabhu also launched his own production house ‘First Artist’ and his debut film is ‘Neruppuda’. “I play a fire officer in the film and we had several titles like Netrikkan and Thee in mind but suddenly when Neruppuda from Kabali become a rage, we approached Thanu sir and he readily allowed us to use it”, says Vikram Prabhu who is also open to collaborate with other production houses in future.
Vikram Prabhu says that he don't belong to any group in film circle and he treats everyone with equal respect. "We live in a negative world and only positive attitude will make us better person. I always wish the best for other actors because the success of each and every one us will only improve the standard of out industry". While talking about his dad, one can see the spark in Vikram’s eyes. “My dad never thought that I would do something in front of the camera because I’ve always scared of him and gives him the utmost respect in home. When he saw Kumki, he lauded me for the performance and it was a memorable moment”. The biggest appreciation you got from your dad? “Well, dad is my first audience. I never discuss scripts with him but once the movie is done, will screen it to him and he always analyze all the positive and negative aspects. He liked my ease body language in Arima Nambi, he lauded me for Ivan Vera Mathiri as he know the physical strain involved for my character”. Vikram Prabhu also reveals that he has plans to share screen space with his dad and it may happen very soon. “More than satisfying the expectation, I’m already scared to perform in front of him(laughs)”.