Who is Prakash Raj?

Actor Prakash Raj has slammed the Modi government for its silence on assassination of journalist-activist Gauri Lankesh. While Prakash Raj is a household name down south, many people in the other parts of the country may not be fully aware of this one of the finest actors of the country.

Written by Manoj Kumar R | Bengaluru | Updated: October 2, 2017 8:05 pm
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Actor-filmmaker Prakash Raj has kicked up a storm as he minced no words while criticising the Modi government for its silence on shocking violent incidents in the country, including the recent assassination of journalist-activist Gauri Lankesh.

He slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for following certain individuals on Twitter, who celebrated the murder of Gauri, who was Prakash’s close friend. He even took a swipe at Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, who has sort of taken a break from his public office, to perform the rituals as the temple head priest of Gorakhnath temple.

Prakash thinks people in power were better actors than him and he feels like giving them all the prestigious National Awards bestowed upon him. “When I see such talented actors (read politicians), I feel like giving them all five National Awards that were given to me,” Prakash said mainly referring to Modi and Adityanath.

Prakash’s explosive remarks have become a hotly debated topic on social media with many questioning his credentials to criticise the Modi government. Many may even ask should his comments be taken seriously at all?
While Prakash Raj is a household name down south, many people in the other parts of the country may not be fully aware of this one of the finest actors of the country. He has made a significant contribution to Indian cinema and the society.

He should not be judged by the few commercial films that he has done in Hindi. The gems of his work are hidden in the regional pockets.

Arguably, the South Indian film industry is yet to find a worthy actor who can give Prakash a run for his money when comes to playing villain roles on the big screen. He has also excelled in performing character roles in films helmed by renowned filmmakers such as Mani Ratnam and Priyadarshan. He has five National Awards to his credit, including best actor, best supporting actor and best film.

Born in Bengaluru, Prakash dominated Karnataka’s theatre scene before making his big screen debut. He has apparently given 2,000 street theatre performances during his early days as a stage actor.

Besides Kannada, he can fluently speak Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Marathi, Hindi and English. His major break came in Tamil when he was launched by legendary director  K. Balachander with Duet in 1994. And he has remained the most-sought-after actor in the South Indian film industry for more than two decades.

Not just a successful actor, he has produced many socially responsible films and has even been a television host.

While he has made a career playing negative roles in films, in real life, he is a man with a social conscience. He has been carrying out various humanitarian efforts through The Prakash Raj Foundation.

One of the most important achievements in his charity is his developmental works in the drought-hit village, Kondareddypalli, in Mahabubnagar district in Telangana. From constructing good roads, toilets in every household, supplying drinking water, digging borewells, Prakash is making the lives of the people better in the village.

He has also been recently voicing his opinions on several pressing issues of the country. Earlier this year, he also took part in the protest held by Tamil Nadu farmers at New Delhi’s Jantar Mantar.

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