Prabhu Deva Talks About Girish in Ramaiya Vastavaiya

Actor turned director Prabhu Deva is excited about his upcoming film Ramaiya Vastavaiya as he had worked with Girish in the lead role for almost three years. Girish Kumar Taurani, son of Producer Kumar Taurani is debuting in this film opposite Shruti Hassan, the daughter of actor Kamal Hassan.

According to a source, "To launch Girish, who is producer Kumar Taurani's son, Prabhudeva was signed close to three years back. While Girish worked on himself for almost a year, the director decided to have an audition for him. Girish performed on a few scenes and also a dance number. Though Prabhudeva loved what he saw, he instinctively knew that there were rough edges that had to be worked upon.” He coached the debutante actor himself. The source added, "Prabhudeva took a personal interest in ensuring that," the source adds, "During a period of a year and a half, he handpicked close to 25 songs and gave them to Girish so that he could practice upon them."

Even with all his own commitments, Prabhu Deva tracked the progress of Girish. Kumar Taurani confirmed, "It was wonderful on Prabhu Dheva's part to take so much interest in grooming Girish. He is a busy man and still he went all out to make sure that he spent time on him before hurrying to direct the film. He could see that Girish's body had rhythm to it and went along with sound and beats. He just wanted it all to go to another level. The results are worth it."

The 40 year old director who have worked with some of the leading personalities of Bollywood as well as the South, said, “I want the audience to accept them as actors. Shruti has already been accepted; I want people to accept Girish too.”  When asked to compare his experience of working with a newcomer as compared to such veteran stars as Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar, Prabhu Deva said, “The challenge was there, but Girish is a hard working boy. I asked him to practice Bollywood dance for a year, so that he can open up.”    

The rom com occupies a special place in the heart of the director. He said, “Ramaiya Vastavaiya means ‘Ram, will you come?’. The movie is a remake of the Telegu film Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana, which was my first film as a director. So it’s close to my heart.”