Prashanth (actor)

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Born Prashanth Thiagarajan
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Occupation Film actor
Years active 1990 – present
Spouse(s) V. D. Grahalakshmi (m. 2005–2006)[1]
Parent(s) Thiagarajan
Relatives Peketi Sivaram

Prashanth (Tamil: பிரசாந்த்; born in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India) is an Indian film actor who appeared in several Tamil films, as well as a few Telugu films, Hindi and Malayalam films.

The son of actor-director Thiagarajan, Prashanth began his career at 17 by appearing in Vaigasi Poranthachu and went on to feature in other films including R. K. Selvamani's Chembaruthi and Mani Ratnam's action-comedy Thiruda Thiruda. After a brief career lull, Prashanth appeared in a dual role in Shankar's blockbuster romantic comedy Jeans alongside Aishwarya Rai. In the late 1990s, he featured in a series of films such as Kaadhal Kavithai, Jodi and Parthen Rasithen. His 2011 release Ponnar Shankar, in which he featured after a career setback was based on the historical epic and won good reviews upon release.[2] Prashanth also owns a multi-storeyed jewellery mart in Panagal Park.[3]

Acting career[edit]


After rejecting opportunities from directors to act during his college days, including a refusal to star in Pratap Pothen's Daisy (1988), Prashanth started off as a leading romantic hero in the 1990 surprise hit Vaigasi Poranthachu. The low budget film was released without much expectation, but its hit music by Deva and galaxy of comedy stars made the film entertaining resulting the successful launch of Prashanth, then he surprised everyone by accepting Malayalam film Perumthachan written by M. T. Vasudevan Nair. His performance as the son of legendary carpentar Perumthachan, played by Thilakan won him rave reviews. The film was a commercial success as well. Prashanth completed Hat-trick of hits with Balu Mahendra' s Vanna Vanna Pookkal. But R. K. Selvamani' s Tamil-Telugu Bi-lingual Chembaruthi, became blockbusters in both Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh establishing Prashanth as the numero uno Romantic star of South Indian films. Meantime Prashanth's contemporaries Vijay debuted in 1992 and Ajith Kumar made his debut in 1993. Prashanth tasted his first failure in Unakkaga Piranthen opposite Mohini and his Bollywood debut I Love You also bombed in spite of its super hit musical score. Ironically the film was the remake of his debut film Vaigasi Poranthachu. He continued doing the romantic roles in Enga Thambi with Subhashri, Kizhakke Varum Paattu and Rasa Magan. He again teamed with R. K. Selvamani in Kanmani, but this time success eluded them, but Sendhamizh Selvan, which had music by M. S. Viswanathan & Illayaraja as a team, done good business especially in rural centres. Later Tholi Muddhu, the Telugu remake of Hindi blockbuster Dil failed at the box-office as many scenes had continuity issues due to the death of actress Divya Bharti. Bi-lingual film Anokha Premyudh and Mani Ratnam' s Thiruda Thiruda too failed to hit the bulls eye. Prashanth experimented as an actor for the first time as Drag in Aanazhagan directed by his father Thiagarajan, however the film failed to live up to expectations. Later he teamed with Ajith Kumar in Kalloori Vaasal, followed by Krishna and Mannava. He then played a dual role in Shankar's Jeans alongside Aishwarya Rai which was a blockbuster movie at the box office. He followed the super success once again in Kannedhirey Thondrinal along with Karan and Simran. Agathiyan' s Kaadhal Kavithai too was a success like Jodi and Hello with Simran and Preeti Jhangiani respectively. But Aasaiyil Oru Kadidham and Poomagal Oorvalam failed at the box-office.


His first release of this decade Good Luck did well with good promotions, also his next releases Appu, the remake of Hindi hit Sadak done well while Parthen Rasithen became a super success. The subtle performance as a taxi driver suffering from mental agony due to his sister's death and the lover caught between 2 lady loves were appreciated for both films respectively. But the much awaited Piriyadha Varam Vendum along with Shalini had a delayed release harming its potential success. He followed with success like Chocolate and Majunu, but director Hari 's debut film Thamizh released along with Vijay' s Thamizhan became a success, but another debutant director Susi Ganeshan' s Virumbugiren had a delayed release resulting in failure in spite of good reviews. Later Sundar C' s Winner became a huge success at the box-office and the credit was given to Prashanth's combination with comedian Vadivelu' s hilarious performance. Prashanth's subsequent releases Jai, Shock and Aayudham fared well at the box office except London which done moderate business.


The actor suffered a setback in the mid 2000s, when he went on signing spree only for several of his projects to become shelved after being launched.[4] In September 2004, Thiagarajan launched Police, a remake of the Hindi film Khakee and the film received coverage from the media after producers had approached Amitabh Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai for key roles. In interviews during the period, Thiagarajan mentioned the grand scale of the project citing that schedules would also be shot abroad; however the film failed to progress.[5] Prashanth next signed on to appear in Susi Ganesan's village acton story Sakkarai in October 2004 only for the film to be discontinued after a grand launch ceremony.[6] In mid-2005, the actor began filming for A. Venkatesh's Petrol and after several leading actresses were approached to play the lead heroine, newcomer Seema was selected. The film continued to shoot schedules for close to a year across India, but Prashanth's marital problems eventually led to delays in the director's schedule and the film remains uncompleted.[7][8] In December 2005, Prashanth accepted and started work in R. K. Selvamani's Pulan Visaranai II, a sequel to the director's 1990 blockbuster, with the film's soundtrack and trailer released by 2006. However despite completion, the film was on hold for eight years due to producer's financial problems, before having a limited release in 2015.[9] Furthermore, Ramesh Selvan's action film Runway was launched amidst much publicity in April 2006 but was discontinued despite the team filming a schedule with actress Ferhana.[10] Morgan's Taxi Driver alongside Reemma Sen and Namitha was also planned amidst much hype, with the team announcing schedules in the Middle East as well as well as marking the debut young music composer G. V. Prakash Kumar; though the film was later shelved.[11] His father's production Kattan with director Suresh of Gambeeram and Arasu also never took off despite an official announcement.[12] The actor's other projects during the period which were announced but never made included Raghuraj's Jockey alongside Gracy Singh, Mukil's Arun Weds Harini and Cheyyaru Ravi's Vithagan.

Moreover, the actor's three films which released in 2006 had all been severely delayed during production and neither of the films made any notable impact at the box office. Jambhavan, which released in September 2006, had gone through production hassles notably after the lead heroine Nila had a spat with the producers and delayed the film's shoot. The film opened to negative reviews and became a failure commercially.[13] Debutant director's Bhuvanaraja's Adaikalam, a family drama which had been completed the previous year, gained positive reviews but the low key nature of the release hampered any chance of a successful box-office run. Featuring no lead heroine, the film told the tale of an estranged family with Thiagarajan, Saranya and Uma also in the cast and a critic noted that "as a brother and a bitter son, Prashanth has churned out what is arguably one of his better performances till date."[14][15] His final release of the year was Shiva Shanmugam's Thagapansamy which featured Prashanth in the role of a village do-gooder, with Pooja and Namitha in other pivotal characters. The film opened to below average collections and average reviews from critics, though noted to "watch the film for the one-man-show of Prashanth, as he is the only silver lining in a film with a confused and confounded plot."[16] Prashanth had no film releases between January 2007 and April 2011, but was involved in the production of two heavily delayed productions during the period - Ponnar Shankar and Mambattiyan. The actor also invested in business opportunities, opening a 12 floor jewellery store in T Nagar, Chennai in 2008.[17]


Year Film Role Notes
1990 Vaigasi Poranthachu Kumaresan Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut - South
1991 Perumthachan Kannan Viswakarman Malayalam film
1992 Vanna Vanna Pookkal Shiva
Chembaruthi Raja
Unakkaga Piranthen Krishna
I Love You Kishen Hindi film
Laati Guna Telugu film
1993 Enga Thambi Pichumani
Tholi Muddhu Prashanth Telugu film
Thiruda Thiruda Azhagu
Kizhakke Varum Paattu Shakthi
1994 Rasa Magan Prabhakaran
Anokha Premyudh Telugu film
Kanmani Raja
Sendhamizh Selvan Selvan
1995 Aanazhagan Raja
1996 Kalloori Vaasal Sathya
Krishna Krishna
1997 Mannava Eashwar
1998 Jeans Vishwanathan,
Kannedhirey Thondrinal Vasanth
Kaadhal Kavithai Vishwa
1999 Poomagal Oorvalam Saravanan
Jodi Kannan
Hello Chandru
Aasaiyil Oru Kadidham Karthik
2000 Good Luck Surya
Appu Appu
Parthen Rasithen Shankar
2001 Piriyadha Varam Vendum Sanjay
Star Moorthy
Chocolate Aravind
Majunu Vasanth
2002 Thamizh Thamizh
Virumbugiren Sivan
2003 Winner Sakthi
2004 Jai Jai
Shock Vasanth
2005 Aayudham Siva
London Sivaraman
2006 Jambhavan Velan
Thagapansamy Kadhirvel
Adaikalam Anbu
2011 Ponnar Shankar Ponnar,
Mambattiyan Mambattiyan
2015 Pulan Visaranai 2
Saahasam Filming


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