He isn't called a genius dancer for nothing. When he moves, you will definitely be left spellbound. Though he won a National award two years ago for his choreography in Lakshya, Prabhu Deva, unfortunately, seems to have disappeared from Hindi movies.

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Published: Sun 5 Mar 2006, 12:10 PM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 4:45 PM

City Times cornered the star for a chat:

What have you been doing lately?

Ah, I have been really busy (laughs). For the last few months, I was tied up with my Telugu film Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana which I directed. It emerged a huge hit. I was very happy and it took a while for the success to sink in.

So, will you finally return to Hindi cinema?

I am glad to know that people are curious and excited to see me do a Hindi film. Even I enjoy living in Mumbai and working in Hindi films. It was a sheer pleasure to work with someone like Hrithik (Roshan) in 'Main Aisa Hi Hoon' song from Lakshya. It was an immensely complex piece but Hrithik made it look possible. In the bargain, I got the National award (laughs). Jokes apart, I am keen on projects in Mumbai but they should be good enough.

You were to do a guest song with Abbas-Mustan for 36 China Town. True?

I couldn't do it, but that was entirely due to date problems. I had in fact agreed and was planning to fly up to Mumbai. But Telugu commitments kept me away.

But what happened to your directorial film with Boney Kapoor?

It was Boney's idea. He was keen that I direct a film for him. I don't necessarily know why he chose me of all people — any director would make a film for him, he is such an able producer (laughs). But I don't really know what the status on it is. Boney hasn't called me yet.

Hadn't you got Salman Khan's dates also?

That's rubbish — we were contemplating casting Salman. We didn't even speak to him but since Boney is close to him, we thought we might rope him in.

Can we assume the project is not happening?

How can you assume anything (laughs)? See, if it is to happen, it will materialise. It all now depends on Boney as I said. I do not mind directing a Hindi movie — I would love to, in fact; But when it will happen, I can't say for sure.

You are an actor, choreographer and now a director too. Which role do you enjoy the most?

As a creative person, one shouldn't stick to doing one type of thing. I like everything – whether it is acting, dancing or direction.

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