Prashant Narayanan

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Prashant Narayanan
Prashant Narayanan Fredrick screening (cropped).jpg
Narayanan at the special screening of Fredrick in 2016
Born (1969-03-31) 31 March 1969 (age 48)
Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India
Occupation Film actor
Years active 1992–present
Spouse(s) Shona Chakravarty

Prashant Narayanan is an Indian actor, known for his roles in films like Waisa Bhi Hota Hai Part II, Shadows of Time, Bombil and Beatrice, Via Darjeeling and Murder 2. He also worked in the telefilm Bhatakti Tamanna. His break came in the Bhatt banner film Murder 2.[1]

Early and personal life[edit]

Born in Kerala, Narayanan grew up in Delhi. He was the state badminton champion and studied at the Kirori Mal College of Delhi University.[2] There, he joined a theater group called Act 1, which included actors like Ashish Vidyarthi, Manoj Bajpai, Gajraj Rao and Girish Mishra.

Career[edit]

In 1991, Narayanan moved to Mumbai with plans to start an ad agency.[3] He started as assistant art director for films like Govind Nihalani's Rukmavati Ki Haveli, Subhash Ghai's Saudagar and Shyam Benegal's Sardari Begum.[2] He also worked as a costume director for the TV series Chanakya. He started acting in plays again, and soon got several television shows like "Saturday Suspense", Parivartan, Farz, "Phulwa", Gatha, Kabhi Kabhie, Jaane Kahan Mera Jigar Gaya Ji and Shagun.

Narayanan got his first film role in 2002 in Hansal Mehta's Chhal as a hitman working in the Mumbai underworld. Though the film got mixed reviews from the critics, he was highly appraised for his portrayal of a hot-tempered, fun-loving goon.[4] His next film was debutante director Shashanka Ghosh's Waisa Bhi Hota Hai Part II. Although Narayanan's role was similar to that in Chhal, the actor was once again appreciated by the critics widely.[5]

In 2003, Narayanan was offered the lead role in the Academy Award winning German director Florian Gallenberger's film Shadows of Time.[6][7] Narayanan played the role of Ravi in the film.[3] Shadows of Time was challenging for him, as the film set in Calcutta, was to be in Bengali language. Narayanan, being a Malayalee, had to take lessons in Bengali to convincingly portray the role.[8]

In 2009, he played a notable role in the show Bandini aired on NDTV Imagine. He played the antagonist in Peter Gaya Kaam Se which also starred Rajeev Khandelwal and Lekha Washington. In 2010, Narayanan appeared in Pravesh Bhardwaj's Mr. Singh Mrs. Mehta, alongside Aruna Shields, where he portrayed the role of Ashwin Mehta, an artist and a painter who has an extra-marital affair with someone's wife, sometimes he even paints her nude picture.

In 2011, he appeared in the role of Dheeraj Pandey in the film Murder 2, which was a sequel to the 2004 film Murder. In the film, he played the role of a straight man turned eunuch and psychopath serial killer, who pretends as a customer to call-girls and kills them mercilessly. The film turned out to be the success and one of the highest grossing Bollywood films of 2011, where Narayanan's role was highly acclaimed by the critics and public alike.

In 2013, he acted in a Malayalam film Edavappathy (The Monsoon), directed by Lenin Rajendran. Rajendran had a special role in his new film Edavappathy that he had bookmarked for actor Jagathy Sreekumar, since he thought Jagathy was the only actor who could do justice to this very special role. Jagathy was hospitalized because of accident and Lenin awaited Jagathy, for his return to the screen. Thus, Lenin came across Narayanan who was reported to have done an awesome job in Edavappathy that stunned the entire unit.[1][9][10]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Narayanan has received the following recognitions:

Year Awards Film Role Category Result
2012 Screen Awards Murder 2 Dheeraj Pandey Screen Award for Best Actor in a Negative Role Won
Stardust Awards Stardust Award for Breakthrough Supporting Performance - Male Nominated
Apsara Film & Television Producers Guild Awards Best Performance in Negative Role Nominated
2013 Golden Achiever Awards N/A N/A Excellence In Arts Won[11]

Filmography[edit]

Movies[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Language
1995 Oh Darling! Yeh Hai India! Sumer Hindi
2003 Chhal Girish Hindi
2003 Mudda - The Issue Pratap Singh Hindi
2003 Waisa Bhi Hota Hai Part II Vishnu Hindi
2004 Shadows of Time Ravi Gupta Bengali
2005 Instant Karma Mo English
2007 Game Mario John Brigenza English
2007 Bombil and Beatrice Bombil English
2007 Summer 2007 Ramoj Wagh Hindi
2007 Via Darjeeling Kaushik Chatterjee Hindi
2009 The Good Friday Bunty Unreleased Hindi
2009 The White Elephant Shabri Unreleased Hindi
2009 Rang Rasiya Shabri Hindi/English
2010 Mr. Singh Mrs. Mehta Ashwin Mehta Hindi
2010 Peter Gaya Kaam Se Carlos Unreleased Hindi
2010 Rasgulla Prem Chopra Unreleased Hindi
2010 Doors Vikram Rana Unreleased Hindi
2011 Yeh Saali Zindagi Chhote Hindi
2011 Bhindi Bazaar Fateh Hindi
2011 Murder 2 Dheeraj Pandey Hindi
2012 Bhatakti Tamanna / Coincidence Ki Talash Aarav / Tarun Varghese Hindi
2012 Unnam Tomy Eapen Malayalam
2012 Cigarette Ki Tarah Rajesh Fogat Hindi
2013 MumbaiMiror Manish Hindi
2014 Dishkiyaoon Mota Tony Hindi
2013 Issaq Naxal Leader Hindi
2014 Dee Saturday Night Hindi
2014 Nedunchaalai Maasanamuthu Tamil
2014 7th Day Malayalam
2014 Amar Must Die Mafia Don Hindi
2015 Mumbai Can Dance Saala Saala Hindi
2015 Manjhi - The Mountain Man Jhumru Hindi
2015 Kaun Ho Shelved Hindi
2016 Edavappathy (The Monsoon) Malayalam
2016 10 Kalpanakal victor Malayalam
2016 Vartamaan Ashish Cholkar To be released Hindi
2016 Fredrick Maanav/ Fredrick Hindi
TBA Bhawani Mandi Papindar Singh Naruka To be released Hindi
2017 Oru Cinemakkaran Police Officer Malayalam
2017 Naan Thaan Siva TBA To be released Tamil
2017 Amma CBI Officer Deven Bharti Delayed Kannada, Telugu , Tamil,Hindi,Malayalam
TBA X-The Killer's Theory Shelved English
TBA Main Nahi Anna Shelved Hindi

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Channel
1996-97 Farz Rajan
1997-98 9 Malabar Hill Zee TV
2001-4 Shagun Sumer Star Plus
2009-11 Bandini Kanji Waghela NDTV Imagine
2011-12 Phulwa Bhavani Colors TV
2014 Encounter Shamsher Bhappali Sony TV
2014-15 Pukaar Dhanraj Rastogi Life OK

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Tuteja, Joginder (29 June 2011). "Prashant unleashes terror on Jackie and Emraan in Murder 2". indiaglitz.com. Retrieved 2016-07-16. 
  2. ^ a b Kulkarni, Ronjita (21 August 2002). "The actor who almost didn't work in Chhal". Rediff.com. 
  3. ^ a b "TV star bags role in German film". Mid Day. 25 September 2003. 
  4. ^ Kulkarni, Ronjita (9 August 2002). "This web of lies is worth a watch". Rediff.com. 
  5. ^ Adarsh, Taran (14 November 2003). "Waisa Bhi Hota Hai: Part 2 movie review". Bollywoodhungama.com. 
  6. ^ Thandi, Preeti (2004). "The Reluctant Actor". Mybindi.com. 
  7. ^ Chhaya, M. (27 February 2003). "Oscar-winner to shoot Bengali film". Rediff.com. 
  8. ^ Mitra, Ashish (15 March 2003). "Changing times". Screen. 
  9. ^ Hungama, Bollywood. "Durga Maa 1986". bollywoodhungama.com. Retrieved 2016-07-16. 
  10. ^ Agencies (12 July 2011). "Emraan upset despite Murder 2 being a hit - Indian Express". Indianexpress.com. Retrieved 2016-07-16. 
  11. ^ "71st All India Achievers Award". The Free Press Journal. Retrieved 18 May 2013. 

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