Prasad used to discuss every aspect
of the film with me and Chakrapani. He had the advantage of having a lot
of experience on pre-independance day films. It was easy to work
with Prasad. As far as his skill in extracting work is concerned, I would
like to narrate an incident. Janaki was just 18 years old and was nervous
at times. During a particular shooting stint, even after prolonged sessions,
she was not able to bring out the expression that Prasad wanted. He slapped
her. But, the next moment he cajoled and coaxed her by patting her and
got her to narrate the lines with the proper diction! That was Prasad.
For one thing, he was basically an actor/actresses achieve the right modulation.