Good Public relations, is the need of the hour- Prasad Oak
Like any other committed actor, acting is his passion. For the past several
years, Prasad Oak has been performing through all the three mediums of acting,
i.e. stage, television and films. In the recent past, his 'Aaltun Paaltun' had
gained popularity on Marathi stage. For Home television lovers, as a show anchor
he has reached the popularity heights, while listening to the grievances of more
than 500 families in Maharashtra through the famous TV show 'Bhanda Saukhyabhare'.
And, through his variety of performances in Marathi films, he his heading
towards century, with release of 70 films so far and four films in hand.
|Marathi Movie World spoke to
Prasad Oak, who like a perfect PR man, immediately
responded to our request for an interview, unlike few other popular stars, who
keep asking for time. But, Prasad was more than courteous to speak about his 21
year long career in acting. We are all aware that as a young boy, he had invited
all the attention during his school and college days in Pune. Prasad directed
many one act plays and later worked as an assistant director, besides acting.
Today, Prasad is among the popular actors in Marathi entertainment industry. On
many occasions such as award functions, he is unnecessarily made the target with
|on him. In fact, he being chosen as a target by some of his
colleagues, who played anchors at Award functions, has only indicated his rising
popularity in this Marathi entertainment industry. But, on few occasions, it
became too personal. And therefore, this otherwise cheerful actor had to respond, expressing his reaction against the mischief makers.
Having played a variety of roles in different Marathi films, Prasad is now
awaiting eagerly for the release of his forthcoming film 'Aik', which is an
action packed horror film. In this film, Prasad is playing an important role and
is all praise for new director Prateek Kadam, who, he feels has handled this
subject very well. "We have very few films in Marathi, which contain suspense
filled with horror. This film will certainly hold the audience to their seats.
It has been shot with a new C 300 Camera, which will display its visual quality,
required for such type of a film," he says. Known for his comedy roles, in the
recent past, Prasad has also been part of a suspense filled mystery film 'Tee Ratra' and he certainly invited all the attention in that role, he played.
Talking about his love for stage, Prasad seemed to be slightly disappointed, as
the shows of his ongoing play 'Aaltun Paltun' have stopped. But, he is looking
forward to make a comeback. "I will not stop performing on stage. It's my first
love. Very soon, by August or September you will see me back on stage," he says
Having directed a Marathi film and well aware of the advertising required for
promoting a Marathi film, Prasad is of the opinion that for a Rs.1 Crore budget
film, the film maker should make provision of 35% of the budget, towards
publicity and marketing of the film. When asked, as to how important was Public
relations for a Marathi actor, he said, "In today's time, it is the most
important factor. It's the need of the hour. Personally, I am myself paying
more attention on PR."
Prasad's TV programme 'Bhanda Saukhyabhare' has further enhanced his public
contacts. "Through this programme, I have myself learned so many things, while
sharing the emotion filled experiences of others," he admits.
At present, Prasad has four films in hand. After release of 'Aik', he will be
looking forward to Tanaji Ghadge's 'Gajarachi Pungi', 'Satya', Mandar
Deosthali's 'Dhating Dhingana' and Shekhar Sartandel's much awaited film 'Nirmalya'. 'The tongue has no bone and it wiggles more against the celebrities
than the common man'. Prasad is undoubtedly a celebrity and it's obvious that
some of his so called friends from this industry would try to pull his legs.
Whenever he is not performing, Prasad enjoys watching films and also finds time
to read books. Marathi Movie World wishes him all the best.
by Ulhas Shirke © MMW