Prashanth (actor)

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Prashanth at Saahasam Audio Launch.jpg
Prashanth at the audio launch of Saagasam
Born Prashanth Thiagarajan
(1973-04-06) 6 April 1973 (age 45)[1]
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Occupation Film actor
Years active 1990–2006, 2011-present
Parent(s) Thiagarajan

Prashanth (born in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India) is an Indian film actor known for his works predominantly in Tamil cinema. He has also appeared in few Telugu films, Bollywood 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 Balu Mahendra's Vanna Vanna Pookkal (1992), R. K. Selvamani's Chembaruthi (1992) and Mani Ratnam's action-comedy Thiruda Thiruda (1993).

Prashanth rose to stardom with Shankar's blockbuster romantic comedy Jeans (1998) in which he played a dual role alongside Aishwarya Rai. The success of the film saw him garner opportunities to work in bigger film projects and in the late 1990s, he featured in a series of profitable films such as Kannedhirey Thondrinal (1998), Kaadhal Kavithai (1998) and Jodi (1999). Prashanth owns a multi-storeyed jewellery mart in Panagal Park.[2]

Acting career[edit]

Early work[edit]

Prashanth started off as a leading romantic hero in the 1990 film Vaigasi Poranthachu. He then appeared in the Malayalam film Perumthachan written by M. T. Vasudevan Nair where he played the son of the title character. He also acted in Tholi Muddhu alongside Divya Bharti which was the remake of the Bollywood film Dil.

At the peak of his career in the late 1990s, Prashanth appeared in stage events across the world for the Tamil diaspora titled "Prashanth Star Nite". Featuring him alongside actresses and comedians, the show was held in Singapore and then at Wembley Arena in London.[3]

Prashanth appeared in Good Luck, Appu, and Parthen Rasithen. He began the project Piriyadha Varam Vendum directed by Kamal which had a delayed release. He followed this with Chocolate and Majunu. He appeared in director Hari 's debut film Thamizh. Susi Ganeshan' s Virumbugiren also had a delayed release. Sundar C' s Winner and the films Jai, Shock and Aayudham, London followed.


In the mid 2000s, Prashanth signed for several projects which were 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 the film would also be shot abroad; however the film failed to progress.[5] Prashanth next signed on to appear in Susi Ganesan's village action story Sakkarai in October 2004, though the film was late shelved.[6] In mid-2005, he began filming for A. Venkatesh's Petrol but the shoot was delayed.[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 the 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 marking the debut of music composer G. V. Prakash Kumar; but 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 alongside Trisha and Cheyyar Ravi's Vithagan.[13]

Jambhavan, which released in September 2006, had gone through production hassles. The film opened to negative reviews and became a failure commercially.[14] Debutant director Bhuvanaraja's Adaikalam (2006), a family drama had been completed the previous year. Of his performance in the film, Indiaglitz stated "as a brother and a bitter son, Prashanth has churned out what is arguably one of his better performances till date."[15][16] His final release of the year was Shiva Shanmugam's Thagapansamy (2006) which featured Prashanth in the role of a village do-gooder. remarked "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".[17] 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. Prashanth also invested in business opportunities, opening a 12-floor jewellery store in T Nagar, Chennai in 2008.[18]

As of February 2017, Prashanth was working on the Tamil remake of the Hindi film Special 26 (2013) and the Hindi remake of the Tamil film Naan (2012).[19]


Year Film Role Language
1990 Vaigasi Poranthachu Kumaresan Tamil
1991 Perumthachan Kannan Viswakarman Malayalam
1992 Vanna Vanna Pookkal Shiva Tamil
1992 Chembaruthi Raja Tamil
1992 Unakkaga Piranthen Krishna Tamil
1992 Prema Shikharam Prashanth Telugu
1992 I Love You Kishen Hindi
1992 Laati Guna Telugu
1993 Enga Thambi Pichumani Tamil
1993 Tholi Muddhu Prashanth Telugu
1993 Thiruda Thiruda Azhagu Tamil
1993 Kizhakke Varum Paattu Shakthi Tamil
1994 Anokha Premyudh Prashanth Hindi
1994 Rasa Magan Prabhakaran Tamil
1994 Kanmani Raja Tamil
1994 Sendhamizh Selvan Selvan Tamil
1995 Aanazhagan Raja Tamil
1996 Kalloori Vaasal Sathya Tamil
1996 Krishna Krishna Tamil
1997 Mannava Eashwar Tamil
1998 Jeans Vishwanathan,
1998 Kannedhirey Thondrinal Vasanth Tamil
1998 Kaadhal Kavithai Vishwa Tamil
1999 Poomagal Oorvalam Saravanan Tamil
1999 Jodi Kannan Tamil
1999 Hello Chandru Tamil
1999 Aasaiyil Oru Kadidham Karthik Tamil
2000 Good Luck Surya Tamil
2000 Appu Appu Tamil
2000 Parthen Rasithen Shankar Tamil
2001 Piriyadha Varam Vendum Sanjay Tamil
2001 Star Moorthy Tamil
2001 Chocolate Aravind Tamil
2001 Majunu Vasanth Tamil
2002 Thamizh Thamizh Tamil
2002 Virumbugiren Sivan Tamil
2003 Winner Sakthi Tamil
2004 Jai Jai Tamil
2004 Shock Vasanth Tamil
2005 Aayudham Siva Tamil
2005 London Sivaraman Tamil
2006 Jambhavan Velan (Jambhavan) Tamil
2006 Thagapansamy Kathirvel Tamil
2006 Adaikalam Anbu Tamil
2011 Ponnar Shankar Ponnar,
2011 Mambattiyan Mambattiyan Tamil
2015 Pulan Visaranai 2 Sabarathinam Tamil
2016 Saagasam Ravi Tamil
2018 Johnny Johnny Tamil


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