Which was the most difficult part of his life to portray?
The fully bearded part. From five in the morning, we would start working on my make up and it took two hours. With so much hair on my face, I couldn't eat nor drink properly. It was very painful and annoying. By the time we finished those portions, I became anaemic!
Now, do you feel it was worth all the trouble?
Definitely. We had a preview for the media, and when the film got over, all of them applauded. I have never seen the media clapping. Some of them hugged and kissed me. I was astonished and touched. I was actually on cloud nine. I felt it was worth all the pain I went through.
Was it difficult for you to come out of Prabhakar?
I had to undergo therapy to come out of the character! We did a lot of rehearsals and then there was shooting. After screaming my lungs out almost daily, I felt I was not normal. It was frustrating. It was torture. I used to get regular headaches. Even now, talking about him, I am getting a headache.
After the shooting, I went to Delhi to see my fiancee and then the entire family went for a trip so that I could get out of Prabhakar's skin.
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