As far as history repeating itself is concerned, Nandan Prabhu has a long way to go. But he has achieved the easier part. A bus conductor with the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC), Prabhu is set for a Sandalwood debut as an actor-director. He must be hoping that he follows the road to superstardom attained by another bus conductor from Bangalore — Rajinikanth.
What used to be Bangalore Transport Service (BTS) during Rajini's tenure, is BMTC in Prabhu's time. Officially, Prabhu's job is to issue tickets to passengers on BMTC buses — Routes 276 (between Vidyaranyapura and Majestic) and 276A (between Vidyaranyapura and Shivajinagar). But in the past one year, during which Prabhu took many off days, he has completed the shooting of a Kannada feature film, 'Preetiya Loka.' He has directed it and has acted in it as well.
Prabhu insists that his is still a "rags-to-rags" story. "I am not rich. The film has been made and now, I have to repay lots of loans. But my passion has been fulfilled," he tells Bangalore Mirror. He left home 15 years ago, and got his first job as a lorry cleaner. Later on, he became a BMTC conductor, and now, he has directed a feature film which has cost the producer Rs 1.1 crore. Another few weeks, and the film will be released in theatres.
Prabhu hails from Holenarasipura. "I and former prime minister HD Deve Gowda come from the same place," he says with pride. And like Gowda, he is ambitious. "Even as a lorry cleaner, and later on as a truck driver, I dreamt of directing a feature film. My parents and brother are still farmers in our native village. I came to Bangalore at the age of 15. I was studying PUC, but my parents were unable to pay the college fees. I discontinued studies and joined work as a lorry cleaner," he adds.