Prashanth Neel is known for being incredibly candid in his interviews and he was at his honest best recently during an interview.
Prashanth Neel might be popular today for making expansive and larger-than-life films but one knows that his stories are always centred around relatable human relationships.
Be it the tale of friendship in 'Ugramm' and 'Salaar: Part 1 - Ceasefire' or the mother-son sentiment explored in the two 'K.G.F' films, one finds his work to be inspired by the relationships and emotions that exist amid us. In fact, the filmmaker says that he has come across a few people who could be identified as real-life 'Salaar(s)' because they embody the value of friendship.
"I have seen people value friendships - like Viji (Vijay Kiragandur) sir. I've seen the way he is, the way his friends are. He is probably a Salaar to every one of his friends and his friends are probably a Salaar to him as well," said Prashanth Neel in a recent interview, before adding that he personally may not have experienced intense friendships but has certainly seen many around him.
'Salaar', the intended two-part film, of course, tells the tale of two fierce friends (played by Prabhas and Prithviraj Sukuraman) who turn mighty foes because of a particular reason. While the first instalment of the film, 'Ceasefire', traced their epic friendship, 'Part 2' of 'Salaar' is set to explore the complexities that arise between them which, ultimately, lead to their rivalry. The second part of the film is titled 'Salaar: Part 2 - Shouryanga Parvam'.
Known to be quite candid in his interviews, Prashanth Neel also touched upon the "burden" he carries as this sought-after filmmaker who has taken on the job of making large-canvas films. In the same interview, he labelled himself a "bad father, bad son, bad husband, bad brother, and a horrible friend", adding that he has sacrificed a lot of his personal life for the sake of cinema. This small snippet from the interview would resonate with his 'Salaar' colleague Prithviraj Sukumaran as well, who shared the clip on social media and said that Neel's words "hit home" for him.