Prabhas and Vijay can no longer take on the roles they once did, says Sathyaraj

The senior actor observed that the commercial success of Prabhas and Vijay unintentionally limited the variety of roles they explore.

BySouth First Desk

Published Jun 07, 2024 | 6:06 PMUpdatedJun 07, 2024 | 6:06 PM

Vijay, Sathyaraj, and Prabhas

Veteran actor Sathyaraj, whose most recent film is Weapon (2024), discussed the influence of stardom on the versatility of actors.

In an interview, Sathyaraj highlighted how the commercial success of the likes of Prabhas and Thalapathy Vijay unintentionally limited the variety of roles they explored.

The senior actor said versatility was once a defining and empowering trait for actors. However, he observed that it’s becoming increasingly uncommon among contemporary ones.

“I believe this trend is due to the expanding market and commercial success of certain stars. As their projects grow larger in scale, there is a necessity to dub these films for a global audience. This requirement often limits their ability to explore diverse roles.”

Sathyaraj cited Prabhas and Vijay, as prime examples of this trend.

Sathyaraj, who has worked with both stars, said, “Vijay has done films like Kadhalukku Mariyadhai (1997), Love Today (1997), and Thulladha Manamum Thullum (1999). They were blockbusters then. Now, he is a big star. Since the business has grown around him, he can’t come back to doing such films.”

Sathyaraj added that Prabhas is another example. “Although he has done many romance dramas in the past, after Baahubali 1 and 2 (2015, 2017), he is seen only in larger-than-life roles. This is the nature of today’s cinema.”

Meanwhile, Sathyaraj has been confirmed to appear in Rajinikanth’s upcoming film Coolie, directed by Lokesh Kanagaraj.

Further, reports are indicating he’s part of the AR Murugadoss-Salman Khan project, Sikander.

During an event, Sathyaraj also addressed rumours about his alleged role as Narendra Modi in a biopic.

“I’m not sure where these reports are coming from. No one approached me to portray the Prime Minister. Perhaps, some people assumed it because of my appearance and facial similarities,” Sathyaraj clarified.

In another press conference, Sathyaraj cheekily remarked he doesn’t mind playing Modi’s character if directors such as the late Manivannan, Vetrimaaran, Pa Ranjith, or Mari Selvaraj were directing it.

“I just expressed my honest opinion. I deeply respect these directors and their political perspectives. I trust in their ability to narrate stories authentically. However, I prefer not to impose my personal beliefs in the films I am part of.”

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