(This article is authored by Alar)
Popular director Venkat Prabhu returned to the big screen with a bang through his recent blockbuster, Maanaadu, which is a revolutionary political time loop thriller in Indian cinema. He has now come up with the hope of achieving an elusive dream in Kollywood. The filmmaker has divulged his wish to direct both iconic actors Vijay and Ajith together.
Speaking at an award ceremony in Chennai on Sunday - September 25, Venkat Prabhu reiterated his wish. As Vijay and Ajith may clash during Pongal 2023 through their movies 'Varisu' and 'Thunivu' respectively, Venkat Prabhu's wish has turned heads as he shared his interest in directing both of them if they are ready. The filmmaker's statement about his wish promptly went viral among the fan bases of both idols.
Venkat Prabhu was addressing the event of honouring the short films and he said, "For a director like me, it will be challenging to direct a short film because you have three minutes to say everything that needs to be said. The best illustration of language not being important in cinema comes from Murugadoss and Prabhu Deva Master. They went to Bollywood movies without having a solid grasp of English and made successful films without knowing Hindi. Consequently, there is no language barrier when it comes to cinema."
He further vowed, "I am ready to direct both of them (Vijay and Ajith) if Thala and Thalapathy agree." Venkat Prabhu also praised Simbu's 'Vendhu Thanindhathu Kaadu' and said, "Simbu won't have a build-up in Maanaadu. But in Vendhu Thanindhathu Kaadu, he has portrayed as a vibrant character and I was impressed by Simbu after seeing the film. He inquired about the date of the upcoming film's production. I said that if the need arises, we will unquestionably take it."
Venkat Prabhu's last directorial was Manmatha Leelai, starred Ashok Selvan, and Victim, an anthology web series, released directly on SonyLiv. He is currently helming Naga Chaitanya, for tentatively titled NC22, as this is his first Telugu debut directorial. The film will be released bilingual - Tamil and Telugu. It is pertinent to note that if Venkat Prabhu succeeds in bringing Ajith and Vijay together on the sets, it will be their first unification in nearly three decades after the 1995 movie 'Rajavin Parvaiyile' in which they shared the screen together.