Prabhudheva has delivered two major biggies in the form of Wanted and Rowdy Rathore. In both the films he worked with superstars like Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar respectively. Results were there to be seen as in the action packed affairs, while the actors delivered their best, the director too shone. Now one looks forward to the filmmaker rising up to the challenge and delivering a success with newcomer Girish Kumar in Ramaiya Vastavaiya.

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“It wasn’t as difficult for Prabhudheva as it sounds because even before stepping in for his first rehearsals, Girish had gone through a grooming drill,” informs a family friend, “He wanted to be an actor since he was a kid and with dad Kumar Taurani, there was a pact that was formed that once he grew up, there would be a good launch pad waiting for it.”

Girish Kumar in Ramaiya Vastavaiya Movie Stills
Girish Kumar in Ramaiya Vastavaiya Movie Stills

However at Girish’s end, he had to make sure that there was no wrong foot being set and with an acclaimed and successful director at the helm of affairs, he had to make sure that he delivered from Day One.

“The grooming too place over a period of time which required Girish to learn Kathak as well as attend acting classes in order to build his foundation right. He also went to the USA for a couple of months in order to hone his skills further in a workshop. On his return, there were private tutors assigned so that he perfected his art further. In addition, Prabhudheva himself asked him to watch videos of various dance numbers that required intricate steps and get them all right before hitting the sets,” the friend continues.

The result was a much confident Girish who was raring to go once the shooting schedule of Ramaiya Vastavaiya began.

“Yes, there was a good learning journey involved but it was all worth it. I would still say that I have just begun and I am learning on the job,” says Girish, “Of course my grooming helped because once you have some sort of basic knowledge then at least you know what has to worked upon when on the real field. Prabhu Sir made sure that I played on the front foot. We are all quite anxious to see how audience react to the film now.”

We would know once the film, with Shruti Haasan in the lead, releases all over on 19th July.

Joginder Tuteja tweets @tutejajoginder

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