Vinaya Prasad

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Vinaya Prasad‌
Born Udupi, Mysore State, India
Nationality Indian
Occupation Actress
Spouse(s) V. R. K. Prasad (?-1995;his death)
Jyotiprakash (?-present)
  • Krishna Bhat
  • Vatsala

Vinaya Prasad (also credited as Vinaya Prakash) is a popular film and television actress in South India who has primarily featured in Kannada and Malayalam films besides acting in a few Tamil and Telugu language films. She has won the State Best Actress Award for her performances in Aathanka (1993) and Bannada Hejje (2001). The senior actress in her career has shared screen space with Vishnuvardhan, Rajinikanth, Mohanlal, Ambareesh, Ananth Nag and Akkineni Nagarjuna, V. Ravichandran, Shivrajkumar, Mahesh Babu, Jr. NTR and others.


Vinaya Prasad hails from Udupi district of Karnataka state. Vinaya made her film debut with a small role in G V Iyer’s Madhwacharya in 1988. She worked in smaller character roles before playing the leading lady in Ganeshana Maduve opposite Anant Nag. The film was a huge success and she went on to act in more than 60 films in not only Kannada but also Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu. Some of her notable Kannada films include, Neenu Nakkare Haalu Sakkare, Ganeshana Maduve, Gauri Ganesha, Mysore Jaana and Suryodaya. After a successful career as a lead actress, Vinaya switched over to character roles in South Indian films and remains a sought after actress in Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu movies. Vinaya is also an effective compere and singer. Vinaya has compered several important events like Vasantha Habba in Nrityagram and the annual Dasara procession in Mysore.[1]

She starred in a few Malayalam films also before starring in the longest-running and most popular daily soap opera on Malayalam TV, Sthree which aired from late 1997 to mid 2000 on Asianet Television channel. The Kannada version of this serial was also made. The popularity of this soap made her a household name among Malayalis.

In Tamil, Vinaya has acted as the heroine in the hit movie Thaikulame Thaikulame with Pandiarajan and Urvashi in the lead roles. She starred in a supporting role in the all-time blockbuster Manichitrathazhu, which starred Mohanlal. In Telugu, Vinaya's movies include Indra, Donga Dongadi and Andhrudu for which her performance won a lot of praise.

In 2006, she returned to the Malayalam small screen to reprise her role as Indu in the sequel to the original Sthree, also named, Sthree.

Personal life[edit]

Vinaya is from the Udupi district in Karnataka and was brought up in Udupi. She is a Karhade Brahmin. She is married to Jyotiprakash who directs television serials. Vinaya was earlier married to V.R.K Prasad, an award winning director and editor of Kannada films who expired in 1995 at a young age. Vinaya has an elder sister Vijaya Satyanarayana and twin sisters Kshama Bhat and Kripa Bhat. Her brother Ravi Bhat is in the television industry as an actor. Vinaya currently resides in Bangalore with her husband Jyotiprakash and daughter Prathama Prasad. Jyotiprakash has a son named Jay who is also in to film direction and writing in Mumbai.[2]


Year Title Language Notes
1988 Madhwacharya Kannada
1990 Ganeshana Maduve Kannada
1990 Policena Hendthi
1991 Gauri Ganesha Kannada
1991 Perunthachan Malayalam
1991 Neenu Nakkare Haalu Sakkare Kannada
1991 Mookilla Rajyathu Malayalam
1991 Maangalya Kannada
1992 Mysore Jaana Kannada
1992 Police File Kannada
1993 Manichitrathazhu Malayalam
1993 Dakshayini Kannada
1993 Aaganthuka Kannada Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actress
1993 Suryodaya Kannada
1994 Karulina Koogu Kannada
1994 Bhavya Bharatha Kannada
1994 Mouna Kannada
1994 Naandeno Nimmavane Kannada
1994 Pidakkozhi Koovunna Noottandu Malayalam
1994 Yarigu Helbedi Kannada
1994 Mahashakthi Maaye Kannada
1994 Anuraga Spandana Kannada
1994 Shwethagni Kannada
1995 Thumbida Mane Kannada
1995 Thaikulame Thaikulame Tamil
1995 Thavaru Beegaru Kannada
1995 Muthinantha Hendathi Kannada
1995 Lady Police Kannada
1996 Sowbhagya Devathe Kannada
1996 Central Jail Kannada
1996 Laalanam Malayalam
1997 Krishnagudiyil Oru Pranayakalathu Malayalam
1997 Laali Kannada Guest appearance
1997 Yuvashakthi Malayalam
1998 Preethsod Thappa Kannada
2001 Bannada Hejje Kannada Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actress
2001 Bhadra Malayalam
2002 Indra Telugu
2004 Donga Dongadi Telugu
2004 Love Kannada
2005 Rishi Kannada
2005 Chandramukhi Tamil
2005 Andhrudu Telugu
2006 Dattha Kannada
2007 Thayiya Madilu Kannada
2007 Aa Dinagalu Kannada
2007 Krishna
2007 Aadavari Matalaku Ardhalu Verul Telugu
2007 Ugadi Kannada
2007 Ee Preethi Yeke Bhoomi Melide Kannada Guest appearance
2008 Honganasu Kannada
2008 Ganesha Mathe Bandha Kannada
2008 Satya In Love Kannada
2008 Ready Telugu
2008 Indhra Kannada
2008 Bombaat
2008 Shankara Punyakoti Kannada
2009 Oru Black And White Kudumbam Malayalam
2009 Anjaneyulu Telugu
2009 Ghauttham Kannada
2010 Shankar IPS Kannada
2010 Adhurs Telugu
2010 Aptharakshaka Kannada
2010 Varudu Telugu
2010 Marykkundoru Kunjaadu Malayalam
2010 24 Hours Malayalam
2010 Arjun Malayalam
2010 Varan Malayalam
2010 Bava Telugu
2010 Modalasala Kannada
2011 Aan Piranna Veedu Malayalam
2011 Indhra Malayalam
2011 Krishnan Marriage Story Kannada
2012 Shakthi Kannada
2012 18th Cross Kannada
2012 Lovely
2012 Paper Dhoni Kannada
2012 Spanish Masala Malayalam
2012 Shirdi Sai Telugu
2012 Perinoru Makan Malayalam
2012 Dookudu Telugu
2012 Adhikari Kannada
2012 Vaidooryam Malayalam
2012 Sagar Kannada
2013 Sketch for Love Telugu
2013 Madarangi Kannada
2013 Bhai
2013 Sakkare Kannada
2014 Om Shanti Oshana Malayalam
2014 Ulsahacommittee
2014 Bangalore Days Malayalam Natasha's mother


  • Sthree Malayalam in Asianet
  • Sthree Kannada
  • Kaanchana in 'Bangaara' on Udaya TV
  • Saradha in Malayalam (on Asianet)
  • Neermathalam on Surya TV
  • Devimahatymam on Asianet
  • Anupama on Zee Kannada
  • Nithyothsava on Zee Kannada
  • Balamani on mazhavillu manorama


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