For someone, who didn't particularly fancy acting in movies, Prakash Belawadi has landed himself quite a role. The theatre virtuoso says he is bewildered with all the attention he is getting after his film, 'Madras Cafe' hit the cinemas. Though now it's a known fact about what made him decide to give the movie a shot, "The mind-blowing description of the character and scenes," he confesses, adding, “My phone has been ringing nonstop." Though he got several offers earlier too, he confesses that he was embarrassed about taking them up. As it turns out, Arjun Chakradhar had asked Prakash to shoot the desired scenes himself and then send the film for the auditions. “Shoojit loved it. They had been scouting for a while to find someone that fit the bill, and I did, perfectly. I was the last person to be cast," says Prakash. So challenge number one for Prakash was speaking in Hindi. “My Hindi is horrible and I had asked the team to send me the script in advance so that I could practice it. But the script kept changing. So much so for the practice," he reveals adding that he feels the film is a breakthrough in Indian cinema. “It is one of those movies which belongs to the newage cinema and not Bollywood. I hate the word Bollywood. It is an awfully dirty word," he opines.
Incidentally, his wife wept when she saw the film. “She could not believe that I was a part of such a big project. My elder daughter too loved the film but got a little awkward with the bedroom scene," says the man who plays John Abraham's hard drinking senior in the film. On the personal side, Prakash loves cooking for his family on Sundays. In fact, at times it is almost like a jam session, with Prakash strumming the gui tar and his younger daughter playing the drums and the rest on vocals. “Music and performing arts is a great way for all of us to bond," he informs.
Speaking of John, Prakash is all praise for the actor. “He is a very warm person. On the first day, after the shoot, he came up to me and said, 'The cast of this film is one of its USPs and it's great to have you here' and the next time, he just came and gave me a hug. He didn't really have to go out of his way to make me feel comfortable, but he did," he adds.