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Pramod wraps up action flick English Manja; to start campus comedy Alankar Vidyarthi by month end

The actor, who is basking in the success of Rathnan Prapancha, in which his role was highly appreciated, is being careful about the projects he picks to work on.

Prathibha Joy
Nov 11, 2021
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One of the most outstanding performers of Rohit Padaki’s recent Rathnan Prapancha was, no doubt, Pramod, whose outing as Udaal Babu Rao was widely appreciated. Thrilled with the positive feedback, Pramod says that he has been getting a lot of role offers, but adds that they are mostly, in the same mold as that in Rathnan Prapancha. “Production houses are taking note of Pramod the actor and coming up with offers to collaborate. I am getting at least 3-4 calls every day, but I have not taken up any because the roles are all very similar. On the rare occasion that the story is good, the team behind it may not be up to the mark, so, I am yet to decide on what to take up next. In fact, the two films that I have now, English Manja and Alankar Vidyarthi, are commitments from before Rathnan Prapancha. Since I am doing solo-hero films now, the scripts and the directors I choose to work with matter, so, I am being careful,” he reasons.

Right now, his focus is on the action flick English Manja, a rowdyism-based subject that he has just completed. “English Manja is a film I started soon after Rathnan Prapancha, which took us nearly 75 days to complete. It’s a big film for me, in terms of the scale of production. Earlier this week, we shot for the last song of the film and wrapped it up. English Manja is special for me because this is my first outing in a title role. It is an out-and-out commercial action film with 4-5 major stunt sequences, songs, etc. and will give me a mass-hero image,” says Pramod.

Pramod in and as English Manja

His next film is Alankar Vidyarthi, which will be directed by debutant Keshav, an associate of director Suni. “This is a campus romantic comedy about a below average student, who just about clears his PUC and manages to get into an engineering college for the girl he likes. The narrative revolves around this plot point, although there is a small thriller element as well. We are looking at going on floors on November 25. This film will have no action at all and runs only on humour,” explains the actor, adding that he’s also looking at working on the sequel of Premier Padmini soon. “The script is ready, but the team has not decided when to get cracking on it. Jaggesh sir has some commitments, as do I. Right now, I am not sure if Premier Padmini 2 will be the next project after Alankar Vidyarthi, or if I will take up something new altogether. In fact, Premier Padmini director Ramesh Indira has another script too that seems interesting. Am hoping to finalize one of these soon,” Pramod signs off.

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