Prakash Raj

Actor, Producer, Supporting Cast
Nandi Award for Best Character Actor to the file Amma Nanna O Tamil Ammai to the year of 2003, special jury award for his exemplary performance in 'Dhaya', won several awards including two national awards, One for the 'Best supporting actor' in Iruvar
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Real/Other Names:: Prakash Rai
Date of Birth:: March 26, 1965(Age-45)
Place of Birth:: Mangalore, Karnataka

Family and Relations
Spouse: Pony Verma (24-08-2010),
Lalitha Kumari (1994-2009)
Daughters: Pooja and Meghna (Of Lalitha Kumari )

Mini Biography

Personal life:
Prakash Rai was born in Mangalore and his mother tongue is Tulu. Now he has shifted his base to Chennaidue to numerous offers from Telugu and Tamil films. He was persuaded tochange his last name from Rai to Raj by veteran South-Indian director Kailasam Balachander.
Prakash Rai studied in St.Joseph's High School in Bangalore. He wonthe President's Scout award in 1982. At school he was well known forhis talents which brought him and the schools numerous honours, he wasalso an active member and a good leader. He later joined St. JosephsCollege of commerce, Brigade road, Bangalore, where he participated inmany plays, most of which were in Kannada. He was also good at debates.

Film career:
He has acted in Kannada ,Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu and Hindi films. His original name 'Prakash Rai' in Kannada screen was rechristened to 'Prakash Raj' by K. Balachander for Prakash Rai's debut movie 'Duet'.
Prakash Raj began his acting career with Kannada DoorDarshan serialslike Bisilu Kudure and Guddada Bhootha. He later took up smallsupporting roles in kannadafilms like Raamachari, Nishkarsha, Lockup Death and etc and was noticedfor his dialogue delivery and histrionics. His breakthrough role camein form of Harakeya Kuri starring Vishnuvardhanand Geetha, directed by K S L Swamy. His performance in the movie wasnoticed by Geetha and she in turn introduced him to her mentor, thenoted director K. Balachander. Prakash Rai re-entered Kannada filmswith a bang through Nagamandala in 1997, directed by T.S Naghabarana.
Prakash Rai is a very famous actor in South India for a wide varietyof roles he has performed, most notably as a villain and of late, as acharacter artiste, in Tamil and Telugu.He is considered to be one of the most natural actors in the filmindustry, and has a good reputation for his acting skills. He is alsothe highest paid villain in Indian cinema. He was also a part of Mani Ratnam's stage show, Netru, Indru, Naalai.
In 1997, he acted in Mani Ratnam's Iruvar, alongside Superstar Mohanlal.The movie was about the relationship between politicians M.G.Ramachandran and M. Karunanidhi, which he won the best supporting actoraward alongside Mohanlal, who won the best actor award.
One of Prakash Rai's greatest hits was his role of Villain in telugu film Okkadu, where he plays the role of factionist, a gangster who is in love with Bhoomika Chawla. After Okkadu, Prakash Raj was flooded with offers. The film was remade in Tamil as Ghilli. The same movie got remade in Kannada as Ajay starring Puneet Rajkumar. The versatile actor then co-starred with major stars and also acted in movies with newcomers.
His 2007 production Mozhi,where he played an important role, was a box office hit and praised bycritics proving that he can play a comedy role just as good as playinga negative character. Prakash Raj has already had four releases thisyear, all in which he plays a prominent role. He is acting in more thanhalf a dozen films at the moment including his own production, Abhiyum Naanum.
His latest production venture in Tamil Mozhi,directed by Radhamohan, starring himself, Jyothika, Prithviraj andSwarnamalya was a blockbuster. He recently acted as a rich businessmanin Venkat Prabhu's second film Saroja, a box-office hit.

Recently he took on the mantle of producer and has produced several movies in Tamil (Kollywood). Most of the movies he produced are box-office hits and also are critically acclaimed.citation neededHis movies are generally acclaimed by the audience as good qualitymovies and are also considered as family entertainers. He produced themovie Dhaya in which he acted as the hero with actress Meenawhich was a hit and earned him a special jury award (a prestigiousnational award) for his performance. Also as a producer his selectionof movies typically have natural storylines. His movie Poi (lie in English) which is directed by his mentor, veteran director K. Balachander, was a non grosser. It has Uday Kiran as the hero. Both the director (K. Balachander) and producer (Prakash Raj) acted in this movie as Good and Bad.
Now he is also very busy as a producer for his 3 forthcoming films.Prakash Raj had danced in a whole song for his film Vellithirai, a folksong named "Kanchi Paanaiyin Maela."

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