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Prabhas in 2019
Uppalapati Venkata Suryanarayana Prabhas Raju[1][2]

(1979-10-23) 23 October 1979 (age 41)[3]
Years active2002–present
RelativesKrishnam Raju (uncle)

Uppalapati Venkata Suryanarayana Prabhas Raju (born 23 October 1979), known mononymously as Prabhas, is an Indian actor who works predominantly in Telugu films. One of the highest-paid actors of Indian cinema, Prabhas has featured in Forbes India's Celebrity 100 list three times since 2015 based on his income and popularity.[4][5][6] He has received seven Filmfare Awards South nominations and is a recipient of the Nandi Award and the SIIMA Award.

Prabhas made his acting debut with the 2002 Telugu drama Eeswar, and later attained his breakthrough with the romantic action film Varsham (2004). His notable works include Chatrapathi (2005), Bujjigadu (2008), Billa (2009), Darling (2010), Mr. Perfect (2011), and Mirchi (2013). Prabhas won the state Nandi Award for Best Actor for his performance in Mirchi.[7][8]

In 2015, Prabhas starred in the title role in S. S. Rajamouli's epic action film Baahubali: The Beginning, which is the fourth-highest-grossing Indian film to date. He later reprised his role in its sequel, Baahubali 2: The Conclusion (2017), which became the first Indian film ever to gross over 1,000 crore (US$155 million) in all languages in just ten days, and is the second highest-grossing Indian film to date.

In addition to acting in films, Prabhas supports many humanitarian causes.[9] He is also the brand ambassador for the Mahindra TUV300. He is the first South Indian actor to receive a wax sculpture at Madame Tussaud's wax museum.[10]

Early life

Prabhas was born to film producer U. Suryanarayana Raju and his wife Siva Kumari. The youngest of the three children, Prabhas has a brother, Prabodh and a sister, Pragathi.[3][11][12] He is the nephew of Telugu actor Krishnam Raju.[3] His family hails from Mogalthur, near Bhimavaram of West Godavari district, Andhra Pradesh.[13] Prabhas completed his intermediate education from Nalanda College, Hyderabad.[14] He is an alumnus of Satyanand Film Institute, Visakhapatnam.[15]


Prabhas (third from Left) along with Kangana Ranaut, Allu Arjun, Puri Jagannadh, and Adityaram during the film Ek Niranjan's audio release

Prabhas started his movie career with Eeswar in 2002. In 2003, he was the lead in Raghavendra. In 2004, he appeared in Varsham. He continued his career with Adavi Raamudu and Chakram. In 2005 he acted in the film Chatrapathi directed by S. S. Rajamouli, in which he portrays the role of a refugee, exploited by goons. It had a 100-day run in 54 centers.[16] Idlebrain stated that he had a unique style and macho charm in his screen presence.[17] Later he acted in Pournami, Yogi and Munna, an action-drama film came out in 2007, followed by the action-comedy Bujjigadu in 2008. In 2009 his two films were Billa and Ek Niranjan. Indiaglitz called Billa stylish and visually rich.[18]

In 2010 he appeared in the romantic comedy Darling. The film opened to positive reviews. The Times of India gave a two and half star rating explaining "Director Karunakaran extracts good performances from his actors, but can't come up with a refreshing plot. It looks like the director hasn't really come out of his Tholi Prema hangover as he dishes out yet another one-sided love saga but fails to come up with a valid and logical reason to make a Gen Z lad to hold back his feelings for his lover until the last moment. However, he compensates it all, by adding loads of fun moments in the film and the screenplay does have its share of some touching moments."[19] In 2011, Mr. Perfect, another romantic comedy.The review site GreatAndhra rated the film with three stars and noted "The film comes across as a clean, family entertainer and the intention of the makers must be appreciated.[20]

In 2012, Prabhas starred in Rebel, an action film directed by Raghava Lawrence. His next film was Mirchi. He rendered voice for a short cameo for the film Denikaina Ready.[21] Sashidhar from The Times of India stated, "The film belongs to hard-core Prabhas fans as the movie is stylish and visually rich but not much in content".[22] Purnima Ranawat from NDTV said, "Rebel serves up fare for the mass audience. The film will be definitely liked by Prabhas' fans. Watch it for the dancing talent of Tamannaah Bhatia and action skills of Prabhas."[23] Radhika Rajamani from gave the movie one and half stars out of five and said, "Working with hardly any storyline, director Raghava Lawrence had made a film that is arduous to watch... Rebel is a movie for the masses and certainly not for the discerning audience."[24]

Jeevi gave a rating of 3.25 out of 5, commenting that "First half of Mirchi is decent. Flashback episode which occupies 100% of second half is good. Climax could have been better. The plus points of the film are Prabhas, music and all-round orientation. On a whole, Mirchi has all the ingredients of a commercial potboiler".[25] Mahesh S Koneru gave his verdict that "At the Box Office, the film will turn in a good commercial performance", giving the film a score of 3.25/5.[26] Way2movies also gave a rating of 3.25/5, giving the verdict that "Prabhas rocks the show in this decent yet formulaic commercial entertainer".[27] Super good movies gave the film 3 stars in a scale of 5, reviewing that "Go and Watch Mirchi, It entertains both Class and Mass. It is a worth watch."[28]

From left to right: Prabhas, Anushka Shetty, Tamannaah, S.S.Rajamouli at the first look launch of Baahubali: The Conclusion in 2016

In 2015 he appeared as Shivudu/Mahendra Baahubali and Amarendra Baahubali in S.S. Rajamouli's epic Baahubali: The Beginning which is the fourth-highest-grossing Indian film to date.[29][30][31] Prabhas reprised his role in its sequel, Baahubali 2: The Conclusion (2017), which became the first Indian film ever to gross over 1,000 crore (US$155 million) in all languages in just ten days, and it is the second highest-grossing Indian film to date.[32][33][34] Prabhas won the SIIMA Award for Best Actor (Telugu) for his performance in The Conclusion.[35]

In 2019, Prabhas starred in Sujeeth-directed action thriller Saaho. Despite receiving unfavourable reviews, the film went on to gross over 433 crore.[36][37]

As of January 2021, Prabhas has two films under production, namely the romantic drama Radhe Shyam, and the Prashanth Neel-directed action film Salaar.[38] Further, Prabhas has signed two other films. He would play the titular role in Aadipurush, an adaptation of the Hindu epic Ramayana. The film helmed by director Om Raut also stars Saif Ali Khan. Prabhas is committed to feature alongside Deepika Padukone and Amitabh Bachchan for Nag Ashwin's untitled sci fi film.[39]


Prabhas, who has been signed on by Mahindra & Mahindra as brand ambassador for the new Mahindra TUV300 car, has made his debut in the television commercial (TVC) arena with their new ad.[40]


Anushka Shetty, Tamannaah Bhatia, Rajamouli, Karan Johar, Prabhas, Rana Daggubati at the trailer launch of the Hindi version of Baahubali 2: The Conclusion
Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Title Role Language Notes Ref.
2002 Eeswar Eeswar Telugu Debut
2003 Raghavendra Raghavendra Telugu
2004 Varsham Venkat Telugu
Adavi Ramudu Ramudu Telugu
2005 Chakram Chakram Telugu
Chatrapathi Siva / Chatrapathi[a] Telugu
2006 Pournami Siva Kesava Telugu
2007 Yogi Eeswar Prasad / Yogi[a] Telugu
Munna Munna Telugu
2008 Bujjigadu Bujji / Linga Raju / Rajinikanth[a] Telugu
2009 Billa Billa / Ranga[b] Telugu
Ek Niranjan Chotu Telugu
2010 Darling Prabhas "Prabha" Telugu
2011 Mr. Perfect Vicky Telugu
2012 Rebel Rishi / Rebel[a] Telugu
Denikaina Ready Himself Telugu Voice role; cameo appearance
2013 Mirchi Jai Telugu
2014 Action Jackson Himself Hindi Special appearance
2015 Baahubali: The Beginning Mahendra Baahubali / Shivudu / Shivu
Amarendra Baahubali[b]
2017 Baahubali 2: The Conclusion
2019 Saaho Ashok Chakravarthy / Siddhant Nandan Saaho[a] Hindi
2021 Radhe Shyam Films that have not yet been released Vikramaditya Hindi
Filming [43]
2022 Salaar Films that have not yet been released Salaar Kannada
Filming [38]
Adipurush Films that have not yet been released Adipurush Hindi
Filming [45]

Awards and nominations

Prabhas awards and nominations
Prabhas at MAMI 18th Mumbai film festival.jpg
Prabhas at MAMI 18th Mumbai film festival
  1. ^ a b c d e Prabhas played a single character with two or more names
  2. ^ a b Prabhas played two characters
  3. ^ Certain award groups do not simply award one winner. They recognize several different recipients, have runners-up and have third place. Since this is a specific recognition and is different from losing an award, runner-up mentions are considered wins in this award tally. For simplification and to avoid errors, each award in this list has been presumed to have had a prior nomination.
Year Film Award Result Ref.
2004 Varsham Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Telugu Nominated [46]
Santosham Film Award for Best Young Performer Won [47]
2005 Chatrapathi Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Telugu Nominated [46]
2009 Ek Niranjan Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Telugu Nominated [46]
2010 Darling CineMaa award for Critic's Choice Actor Won [48]
2011 Mr. Perfect Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Telugu Nominated [46]
SIIMA Award for Best Actor (Telugu) Nominated [46]
2013 Mirchi Nandi Award for Best Actor Won [49][46]
Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Telugu Nominated [46]
SIIMA Award for Best Actor (Telugu) Nominated [46]
2015 Baahubali: The Beginning Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Telugu Nominated [46][50]
IIFA Utsavam for Best Actor – Telugu Nominated [50]
IIFA Utsavam for Best Actor – Tamil Nominated [50]
IBNLive Movie Awards Best Actor South Nominated [51]
SIIMA Award for Best Actor (Telugu) Nominated [50][46]
Santosham Best Actor Award Won [52]
2017 Baahubali 2: The Conclusion Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Telugu Nominated [53][46]
SIIMA Award for Best Actor (Telugu) Won [35][46]
2019 Saaho ETC Bollywood Business Awards – Highest Grossing Debut Actor Won [54][55]

See also


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