First of all congratulations for Lupt, we have been hearing a lot about you, and your work, so we notice you are starting to gain a lot of attention, how does it feel?
Thank you and yes; it has been a very special fulfilling journey for Lupt. The film was appreciated by audience and for me that was most satisfying. It was a dream come true and really feels good to finally be recognized for what you do. All filmmakers work very hard at their craft, so it’s always nice to see others take notice of your own hard work.
Tell us a little bit about yourself. What’s your background and education?
I was born in Bhadrawati, Karnataka state. My school and college days, however, were spent in Pune, doing my master’s degree in commerce. I would frequently visit FTII (Film and Television Institute of India) and NFAI (National Film Archive of India) and remember having spent time at Libraries reading and studying filmmaking. I also got the opportunity to act in Diploma films at FTII. I started as a theatre actor and did plays for almost 10 years and my film career started about 18 years ago when I began working with Ram Gopal Varma for the film Jungle and later became Executive Producer and synergized his film making style and vision.
You have a lot of experience in the field of cinema. What is your favorite aspect of the creative process?
That’s got to be directing, creating something interesting and engaging for the audience no matter what the genre is. I love to write stories and allow the audience to temporarily believe in your story world as if it were real.
I’m someone who wants to push boundaries, someone with imagination, drive and ambition to create characters that have yet to be seen. I don’t follow set rules. I either like the way something has been shot, or the way a story unfolds, or I don’t. Everything is possible; you just have to figure a way of doing it.
You came from an acting background, has your experience in theatre contributed to your success in film?
I have done theatre for 10 years – I have done every acting exercise under the sun, but I guess one thing I take from my acting experience is compassion. Theater and film have separate approaches to reaching the viewer’s imagination. From the performance standpoint, however, I was able to try a lot of things as a stage actor in front of several different types of audiences. When directing actors now, I allow for improvisation. I don’t know how I would have directed the film without that experience – I think it was crucial to getting those characters alive on the screen.
What was the single biggest challenge of making your first film?
For any filmmaker, I think the biggest task is to find the right team. Be it the production, crew or cast. Once you have a team that is passionate about the film, half the work is done. In fact, I believe that cinema is an art form that relies on collective work.
Best advice you have received so far from the film fraternity?
Best advice would be to stay humble, surround yourself with technicians who have more experience than you do. Always try and maintain level-headed thinking. Value time and use it wisely, as it is the most precious commodity.
What has been your personal key to success?
The film industry can be intimidating. A lot of people aspire to work in the film industry. Yet only a small percentage of them ever make a sustainable career out of it. To get a successful break into the film industry takes much more time and commitment. All depends on your own vision, creativity and passion. I love visual story telling and I have a passion to reach people with interesting stories and entertain audience. I like to get involved in each and every aspect of filmmaking.
What do you enjoy the most in your career as filmmaker?
I’ve always been completely intrigued by the concept of making films, not to mention how enjoyable process it is entertaining people. Make them laugh, scare or cry, there’s just something magical about it. I get to meet and work with people who have this tremendous amount of creativity and energy. Most of all, there is absolutely nothing like seeing an idea born in your head and becoming something you can share with the world. And they last forever.
Now that you’ve tackled your first feature film Lupt, what are you working on next?
Well, I just completed a script, which is a thriller. Im in talks with few producers who are keen to come on board. Also, I really would like to do a Web series. I’m working on something along those lines. I also think the second time you come around, you need to surprise people. Im very excited about this thriller subject and the way it’s shaped up. I just hope to be shooting early next year. I enjoy the movie making process and want to keep directing movies forever.
Are you active on social media? What’s the best way to follow you?
I’m active on social media. On Insta you can find me @prabhurajofficial, on Facebook Prabhuraj and on Twitter @Iamprabhuraj