Actor Vikram Prabhu has turned producer with forthcoming Tamil release Neruppuda, in which he plays a firefighter and a Rajinikanth fan. He says the film is a tribute to real life firefighters and that audiences' respect for them will grow after they watch the film.
"It is true that I essay Rajini sir’s fan. But the core story is an action thriller and about five people, who work as firemen and their selfless journey in their profession with proper commercial elements in place. It is sort of a tribute to firefighters and once you watch the film, the respect for them would rise multifold," Vikram told Deccan Chronicle.
On turning producer and the responsibility that comes with the role, he said, "As an actor, I just have to do what my director says — and my work ends there. But, production is a multi-tasking business and involves a lot of responsibility and pressure. Still, I am a contented producer because despite being a risky film, which involves real fire sequences, we finished it on time without a single accident.”
He added: "I handpicked this young team of technicians and we did meticulous pre-production work — and well in advance, we figured out everything for each and every scene. Once I am out of my office, you can see only Vikram Prabhu, the actor, on the sets. The rest fell in place as planned. Also with the cooperation of the co-artistes, we could finish on time.”
Directed by Ashok Kumar, the film stars Nikki Galrani as a medical student.
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