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The man behind Mozhi

Prithviraj is perhaps the only young actor who has made his presence felt in Malayalam cinema recently. This year, he has won the Kerala State award for the best actor.

After acting in several Malayalam films, he made his Tamil debut in cinematographer K V Anand's Kana Kandein in a negative role. His performance was greatly appreciated, and he was flooded with negative roles. But the actor refused them and instead, accepted a romantic role in Bhagyaraj's Paarijatham. The film has had reasonable success.

Then came an offer to act in Mozhi as a musician.

The rest is history. The film is a roaring success especially in the urban areas and abroad. Prithviraj had arrived.

The film that he is shooting for now is by Priya, whose first film Kanda Naal Muthal , was a huge success. After Mozhi, Prakashraj is remaking the Malayalam film Udayananu Thaaram, a black comedy on the film industry. Prithviraj has a tough act to follow; he is going to enact the role made memorable by none other than Mohanlal!

In this interview, Prithviraj talks about his Mozhi experience, the controversy surrounding the Kerala State award, and of course his friendship, with Prakash Raj...

The Best Actor award, and then excellent reviews for Mozhi. Is this one of the best years in your career?

I think so. I am apparently the youngest ever to win the Kerala state best actor award. It is extremely satisfying. But about Mozhi, it is very special. You do some films where you cross all boundaries and get attached to it. Mozhi is one such film. Usually, I get detached from the film once it is ready for release. I think it is very important to get detached from a film once you are done with it. That is to get not affected by the fate of the film.

But a few films like Mozhi refuse to leave you even if you try hard. Nandanam was another.

Text: Shobha Warrier

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