Prakash Raj born as Prakash Rai is an Indian polyglot actor who appears mainly in Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam and Hindi Cinema. Being a veteran of over 2,000 theater performances and few TV serials in Kannada, Prakash Raj made his screen debut with K Balachander’s Duet and was rechristened from Prakash Rai to Prakash Raj by the director.
Prakash Raj is born to a Tulu speaking family and was highly influenced by the theater since his childhood, joined theater group and acted in several stage shows and TV serials to satiate his acting desire. His performance was noticed by the actress Geetha and has referred his name to the veteran director K Balachander, who cast him in Duet. His fluency in multiple languages and versatility made Prakash Raj, the most sought-after actors in no time.
The abundantly talented actor made his foray into Telugu films with Sankalpam and has won many accolades and awards with his mesmerizing performances in movies like Anthapuram for which he has won the all prestigious National Award under special jury mention.
He made his debut in Hindi Cinema with Salman Khan’s Wanted, a remake to Mahesh Babu’s Pokiri and has become a regular in Hindi Cinema too. His performance in Mani Ratnam’s Iruvar, a biopic based on the lives of veteran Tamil Cinema idol and ex-chief minister MG Ramachandran and famous politician Karunanidhi has won him National Award for a best supporting actor. Prakash Raj has directed Dhoni and Ulavacharu Biryani in Telugu and produced Gaganam. The most famous movies of Prakash Raj in Telugu are Amma Nanna O Tamil Ammayi, Pokiri, Seethamma Vakitlo Sirimalle Chettu, Anthapuram and Shivamani.