I have interviewed Prabhas only once. This was just after the release of Baahubali. He was humble soft spoken, polite and likeable. Soon his career suffered what I call the Friday frenzy …the Mallika Sherawat before-and-after affect when one Friday changes everything for an individual. Now at the top of his game, Prabhas is quite a mystery to his fans. Here are some unknown facts about him:
1. Nephew of veteran Telugu actor Krisham Raju, Prabhas made his debut in 2011 with Eeswar where he shared screen space with Revathi who played his stepmother. The two had some powerful confrontational scenes , a la Anil Kapoor and Aruna Irani in Beta Revathy chewed up the scenes, quite like Aroona Irani. Eeswar bombed. Beta luck next time.
2. Long before Baahubali Prabhas was a star, though not a superstar. He even did a film in Telugu with Kangana Ranaut called Ek Niranjan in 2009. Kangana had major problems with Prabhas during the film’s shooting. They eventually stopped talking to one another and the film was somehow completed. The producer was a friend of mine and I remember he even contemplated shutting down the shooting. Ek Niranjan was an average success.