He is a superstar down South with 80 films to his credit but actor Prithviraj Sukumaran, who is making his debut in Bollywood as the leading man in Aiyyaa, has no qualms with the film being portrayed as his co-star Rani Mukerji's project.
"It's a Bollywood film and I am a completely a new entity and I love that. The film is riding on Rani's shoulder and I am happy with it. I love the fact that people will go and watch it as a Rani Mukerji film and discover me. At the end of the day its a love story between two people and they are Rani and me," Prithviraj said.
Produced by Anurag Kashyap, Aiyyaa stars Rani and Prithviraj in lead roles. Rani plays the role of a Marathi girl who falls in love with a South Indian boy.
Prithviraj has acted in Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu films and his notable performances include Vaasthavam, Indian Rupee, Classmates, Mani Ratnam's Tamil version of Raavanan, Urumiand others.
"I need to get real and I understand the fact that I am a beginner in Bollywood, the 80 films that I have done down South and who I am and what I have achieved there has nothing to do with what I am going to do in Bollywood," he said.
Rani has delivered several hits like Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Black, Hum Tum and Veer Zaaraamong others.
She was last seen in political crime thriller No one killed Jessica that released early last year and earned critical acclaim.
"Right now, the film will obviously be Rani's responsibility because the minute someone as big as her walked into the film it became a Rani Mukherjee project. I think it is a great to make a debut in a way... its a vehicle in which you are travelling," he said. (MORE)