Prathapawan's hard-earned debut
The actor’s Badri v/s Madhumati, which releases this week, is directed by Shankar Narayan Reddy and features Akanksha as the female lead
It took Prathapawan 150 auditions and six years before he could make his debut with Badri v/s Madhumati. The newcomer, who has put his struggles behind him, is now looking forward to seeing himself on the silver screen this week. Directed by Shankar Narayan Reddy, the film not only brings out the tough life of a soldier on the war field, but also explores the love, friendship and family life of an army person.
Prathapawan was trained at the Satyanand acting school, which counts stars such as Pawan Kalyan and Mahesh Babu among its alumni. Speaking to CE, the debutant says that he chose a career in cinema to fulfil his mother’s wish. “I basically come from an academic background -- my father was a lecturer and mother, a teacher. I was working along with my brother in his business. However, my mother insisted I take up acting, after which I joined the well-known institute in Visakhapatnam,” says Prathapawan, adding that unfortunately, like every other newbie, he too had to struggle to get his break. “For five years, I ran from audition to audition. I ended up doing over 150 of them. Since I was from Chikkballapur and trained at Satyanand acting school, I tried getting into the Telugu industry. However, wherever I went, I hit a roadblock. Finally, after a long wait, Shankar came up with a good script, and I am happy to make my debut in Kannada.”
Made with a Rs 3.5 crore budget, Prathapawan has co-produced Badri v/s Madhumati along with his friend, Dhruvajith, and Pradeep GP Jain. The film also stars Akanksha of RX Suri fame, and has well-known lyricist Jayanth Kaikini penning all the three songs, to music scored by Elywnn Joshua. Shankar Aradhya is handling the cinematography.