Prabhas was recently quoted to have said that Prashanth Neel is the best filmmaker he has worked with in his 21-year-long career. The statement, of course, has attracted countless reactions
Prabhas is known to be quite reticent when it comes to his work but every time the actor makes revelations, the internet takes due notice. The actor recently admitted to a popular Hindi daily (Dainik Bhaskar) that Prashanth Neel is perhaps the best filmmaker he has worked with in his 21-year-long career. Expectedly, his fans and film aficionados, in general, are a little surprised by this statement considering there's a certain Mr. S.S. Rajamouli, too, in the realm.
And as a result, social media is abuzz with reactions to what Prabhas had to say and needless to say, they are quite polarizing in nature. On the one hand, a set of reactions have rightly pointed out that the 44-year-old actor has every right to speak his mind and that one must gauge his statements within a context.
"#Prabhas considers SSR his mentor, respects him, calls him his soulmate. It can easily be seen in their interactions. So where is the selfishness and disrespect in this? Why can't he have a mentor and a best director in 2 different ppl?" wrote one user, highlighting the fact that Prabhas' viewpoint cannot be blown out of proportion.
In the same vein, many chipped in by saying that Prabhas and S.S. Rajamouli share a great bond and that one off-the-cuff statement such as this will not eclipse that. It emerged only recently that the Baahubali and RRR director will most likely interview Prashanth Neel, Prabhas and Prithviraj Sukumaran as part of the 'Salaar: Part 1 - Ceasefire' promotions.
On the other hand, a few fans or social media users were slightly irked with Prabhas for naming Neel as his favourite director. "Rajamouli sahaab ko bhul gaya kya (Did he forget Rajamouli sir?)," inquired on of them while another felt that Prabhas' opinion was "overrated".
Well, it's no surprise that such contrasting opinions and views are cropping up considering the popularity that Prabhas commands across the country. To put things in context though, the actor spoke of the comfort he shares with Prashanth Neel in the interview and disclosed that he actually wished more to spend time with the filmmaker instead of shooting. "I have never felt this way over the last 21 years," he said. One gathers that his "favourite director" statement was made bearing that comfort factor in mind.
Regardless, Prashanth Neel, Prabhas & Co. are set to arrive in cinemas on December 22 with 'Salaar: Part 1 - Ceasefire'. The film is a Hombale Films production and also stars Prithviraj Sukumaran, Jagapathi Babu, Shruti Haasan, Bobby Simha, Easwari Rao and others.