EXCLUSIVE – Karthik Subbaraj on casting Prabhudheva in Mercury: I needed someone whose casting sounds unique

Mercury has no dialogues and hence, this is something the audience will see Prabhudheva doing for the first time.

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EXCLUSIVE - Karthik Subbaraj on casting Prabhudheva in Mercury: I needed someone whose casting sounds unique

Karthik Subbaraj’s next Mercury, a thriller film stars Prabhudheva in the leading role. The trailer looks spooky and exciting. Mercury has no dialogues and hence, this is something the audience will see Prabhudheva doing for the first time.

In an EXCLUSIVE interview with Pinkvilla, we asked Karthik Subbaraj why did he cast Prabhudheva in the lead role, he said, “This character is sort of unique. I didn’t have anybody in mind while writing it. But I needed someone whose casting itself sounds unique and that’s when I thought why not cast Prabhudheva sir because he has not done anything this sort before.

When asked what are the things he took care of while shooting for this film which has no dialogues, he answered, “This film is a thriller genre with no dialogues. There are some challenges that need to be corrected; the performance and the technicality need to be taken care of, like the visuals, sound, the music, and editing. And obviously, the first thing that comes is performance. All the actors including Prabhudheva sir have done great performances.”

Also, when we asked Prabhudheva what made him accept a film like Mercury, he answered, “I said yes because of the director, Karthik Subbaraj. He is the only one who made me take it. In the first meeting itself, I immediately said yes.”

Prabhudheva himself is a director. So when asked if he guided Karthik while shooting the films and provided him with any tips, he said, “I learned from him. I never gave tips. He is a well-known director. 3 films he has done and they are amazing and also hit. He is a very good director. You don’t have to do anything; just go, sit, what he tells, do it and come out.”

Mercury is slated to be released on April 13, 2018 worldwide and will be released simultaneously in numerous languages.

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