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Prakash Raj, the modern Iago of Indian cinema, is a versatile actor, director, and producer of South Indian Movies.

Actor Prakash Raj

At the beginning of his career, he struggled a lot to make ends meet. He acted in more than 2000 Street Shows as a street artist. At that time he received monthly Rs. 300/ as remuneration. However, he refused to surrender to his fate and continued his journey as a Street actor. Eventually, he succeeded in becoming a polished theatre artist, and therefore, he joined Ravindra Kalakhestra, a center for musical and theatrical training Institute in Bangalore. After that, he started to appear on the screen through serials. He debuted in the Television serial Bisilu Kudure, a Kannada serial aired on Doordarshan. Then he appeared in the serial Guddada Bhootha, a thriller. The whole storyline was based on the lifestyle of the Tulu people in Tulu Nadu. Prakash was the lead actor in it. It was directed by Girish Kasaravalli. Then he started to show up in Kannada films in supporting roles. His memorable roles as supporting actors were Ramachari, Ranadheera, and Nishkarsha.

Prakash Raj Movies

Up next, he got the lead role for the first time in the Kannada political drama movie Harakaya Kuri (1992). It was directed by K.S.L. Swamy. He acted with Vishnuvardhan in this movie. He had acted with him in 1988 in the movie Mithileya Seetheyaru, and in Muthina Haara ( in1990). He also shared the screen with him in the movie Nishkarsha where he portrayed the character of an anti-terrorist commando. Suresh. The heroine of the film, Geetha liked his performance in the movie. Therefore, she led him to meet Kadasam Balachander, a famous Indian filmmaker.  This Tamil film director advised him to change his surname from Rai to’ Raj’ for his first Tamil debut film  Duet. Then again he appeared in Kannada films. In the year 1997, he appeared in the Kannada movie Nagamandala. The movie was directed by T.S. Nagabharana. The story of the movie was based on a play by Girish Karnad. This movie was successful in making a place at the International Film Festival (1997). Then he was seen in a musical theatre Netru Indru Naali.

 In the same year, he worked on a biopic named Iruvar. It was directed by Mani Ratnam. This film was about the lives of M.G.Ramachandran, M. Karunanidhi, and J.Jaylalithaaj.Prakash’s acting in the movie started to increase his fan following. Again, the movie brought him National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor. He was also cast in many Malayalam movies like The Prince, Indraprastham, etc. Apart from all these, there were lots of other Malayalam movies where he acted as a supporting actor. Up next, he acted in many Telugu films. In 1998 he acted in the Telugu film Antahpuram (1998). He was credited with a National Film Award & Special Jury Award/ Special Mention. In 2008 he appeared in a Tamil film Saroja directed by veteran director  Venkat Prabhu. Above all, he also showed up in several Hindi movies. Be it, an antagonist or a protagonist, he is adept at portraying them all very well. He appeared in the Bollywood movie Khakee with the Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, Ajay Devgan, Akshay Kumar, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, and Tushar Kapoor. Here he portrayed the role of A C.P. Shrikant Naidu with artistry and dexterity. Next, he shifted his interest to play the role of villain in movies. His role as a villain in the Salman Khan starer movie wanted was praiseworthy. Thereafter, he consecutively appeared in a villainous role in several movies. For example, he appeared as Jaikant Shikre in Singham (2011)). Therefore, he entertained the audience with his negative role as a corrupt politician and businessman. Next year he played the role of the antagonist in Dabaang  2 replacing Sonu Sood who was the chief antagonist in Dabaang (2010). In this movie, he portrayed the narrative of the most corrupted politician Thakur Bachcha Singh.

Next, he appeared in the movie Mumbai Mirror. Here he had the role of Shetty to play. Next, he acted in K.S.Ravikumar directed movie Police Giri. Sanju baba(Sanjay Dutt) was the antagonist of the movie. He also acted with the megastar Kamal Hassan in several movies. He shared the screen with him in Tamil comedy-drama Vasool Raja MBBS(2004). It was a remake of the Sanjay Dutt starrer Munnabhai MBBS (2003).

He got critical acclamation for his acting in the movie. The movie was commercially successful. Next in the year 2015, he was seen with Kamal Hassan in the movie Toonga Vanam. It was released both in Tamil and in Telugu language. In 2018, he appeared in the political action movie Bharat Ane Nenu. It was a Telugu movie and Koratala Siva was the director. Here he appeared opposite the South Indian superstar Mahesh babu. Prakash Raj showed up in a supporting role here.

More Successful Movies

In 2018 he appeared in the movie Bharat Ane Nenu, a political thriller opposite South Indian Superstar Mahesh Babu .Koratala Siva directed the movie. In the movie, Prakash was in a supporting role.

He was also successful as a director of the movies. He directed a movie entitled Naanu Nanna Kanasu , a remake of the Tamil movie Abhiyum Naanum. The Tamil movie was also a remake of the original American Romantic Comedy Father Of The Bride. Prakash, Amoolya Sithara, Ramesh Babu (& more) were in the movie.The movie was a huge success with a massive box office collection. Therefore, he was awarded best director in Filmfare South. After that, he directed and produced a movie named Dhani (in 2012). Apart from all these, he directed several other movies in several different languages such as Oggarane(in Kannada),Ulavacharu Biriyani (in Telugu),Un Samayal Arayil(in Tamil).Among all the movies Oggarane was a blockbuster.

In Tamil he produced several movies.They are –Dhaya, Naam (2003),Azhagiya Theeye (2004),Kanda Naal Mudhai (2005), Velli Thirai(2008) etc.He also produced numerous  movies other than in Tamil language. Naanu Nanna Kanasu (2010) was his first produced movie in Kannada language.He was also  the producer of a Kannada movie entitled Putta Kkana Highway .He got the National Award for the movie.In between 2012-and 14 he produced movies like Payanam(2019),Mayilu and Dhoni Gouravam was a Telugu movie which was also produced by him.

Prakash Raj Wife Pony Verma

In 1994 Prakash married Lalitha Kumar .He is the father of two daughters .They are Meghana and Pooja .He had a son named Sidhu .Unfortunately, Sidhu died in the year 2004.Prakash and his wife got separated in the year 2009. Later, in the year 2010, he married Pony Verma , a choreographer(24August,2010).Now the couple has a son named Vedhanth .Vedhanth was born in the year 2015.

Prakash Raj Family

Prakash was born on 26th March 1965 in Bangalore, Mysore, India. He belonged to a lower-middle-class family. His father’s name is Manjunath Rai who hails from the Tulu community whereas his mother Swarnalatha belongs to a Kannada community. Prasad Rai, an actor by profession, is Prakash’s brother. Prakash’s early education started at St.Joseph’s Indian High School. After completing his school education he set foot in St.Joseph’s College of Commerce, Bangalore to pursue his graduation. On the advice of K.Balachander, a Tamil film director, Prakash changed his surname from’Rai’ to ‘Raj’. Despite this fact, every one of his family prefers to call him by his original surname’Rai’

Prakash Raj Upcoming Movies 2022 & 2023

Poikkal Kuthirai

Director: Santhosh Peter Jayakumar

Release Date :Not Finalized .Release Year : 2023


Director :Kannan Thamarakulam

Release Date :Not Finalized Release Year : 2022


Director Ramana Gopisetti

Release Date25 Apr 2022


Director :Ramana Gopisetti

Release DateMay 2022


Director :Muthaiah

Release DateMay 2022

Big Picture

Director :P.Balachandrakumar

Release Date05 May 2022


Director :Sashi Kiran Tikka

Release Date27 May 2022


Director Hari (Director of Tamil Movies)

Release Date17 Jun 2022


Director :Rudrapatla Venugopal

Release Date26 Sep 2022

Ponniyin Selvan: Part 1

Director:Mani Ratnam

Release Date30 Sep 2022


Directed byMithran R Jawahar

Release DateOct 2022

Naangu Vazhi Saalai

Director;Shahid Khader

Release Date14 Oct 2022

Madha Gaja Raja (MGR)

Director :Sundar C

Release Date22 Oct 2022

Uma Maheshwaram

Director:Nithin Ramakrishnan

Release Date19 Nov 2022

Manjina Hani

Director :Ravichandran

Release Date25 Nov 2022


Director :Thyagarajan

Release DateDec 2022


Directed byDayal Padmanabhan

Release DateDec 2022

Ranga Maarthaanda

Director :Krishna Vamshi

Release Date10 Dec 2022

Madha Gaja Raja

Director :Sundar C

Release Date18 Dec 2022


Director :Prakash Raj

Release Date19 Dec 2022


Director :Raghu Jaya

Release Date22 Dec 2022

Prathi Kshanam

Director :Vyas

Release Date24 Dec 2022


Director :Naveen ,a renowned Tamil director.

Release Date28 Dec 2022


Director: R Malathesh

Release Date28 Dec 2022

Sathuranga Vettai 2

Director : Nirmal Kumar

Release DateMar 2023

Pen Adimai Illai

Director Name : Krupakar Reddy

Release Date21 Sep 2023

Agni Siragugal

Director : Naveen , a famous Tamil Director

Release DateApr 2024

Prakash Raj Tatvamasi :Tatvamasi : Tamil Movie

Genre : Crime Thriller

Directed By : Ramana Gopisetti

Cast; Ishaan ,Sarath kumar ,Varalaxmi.Prakash

Release Date: May 2022.


Name Prakash Raj
Nick Name Prakash
Date of Birth 26th March 1965
Age 56 Years (As in 2022)
Profession actor, director, and producer
Birth Place Bangalore, Mysore, India
Resident Place Mumbai
Nationality Indian
Religion Hinduism
Zodiac Sign Aries
Marital Status Married
Wife Lalit Kumari (1994-2009) Pony Verma (2010)
Daughter Pooja Rai & Meghna Rai
Son Sidhu Rai & Vedhanth
Father Manjunath Rai
Mother Swarnalatha Raj
Siblings Prasad Rai
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