Prashanth Neel is an Indian film director and screenwriter who primarily works in the Kannada film industry. He made his debut with the 2014 Kannada film, Ugramm and later directed K.G.F: Chapter 1 in 2018.
2014–2019: Debut in Kannada cinema and breakthrough
In an interview with a Kannada weekly magazine, Neel said he took to filmmaking initially for the need of money, following which he completed a course in the same, eventually developing interest in it. After having completed the course, he decided to cast his brother-in-law and actor Srimurali in Aa Hudugi Neene, a screenplay that he had written during the time. After the latter expressed his concerns due to his inexperience, Neel changed his mind and began observing Srimurali's mannerisms over a period of time, and came up with the project Ugramm, an action film. The film turned out to be a massive commercial success and emerged as one of the highest-grossing Kannada films of 2014.
Reports emerged in late 2014 and early 2015 of Neel having been signed to direct three films. The first is a sequel to Ugramm, entitled Ugramm Veeram, which would feature Srimurali reprise his role from Ugramm. His next film KGF which stands for Kolar Gold Fields presented Yash in the role of Rocky, an orphan who becomes a don. The sequel KGF: Chapter 2, was scheduled for a theatrical release on 16 July 2021, but was delayed due to the second wave of the COVID pandemic in India.
2020–present: Debut in Telugu cinema
On 2 December 2020, Hombale Films have announced the film Salaar. The film's shoot began on 29 January 2021. In May 2021, Mythri Movie Makers have announced a film in collaboration with Neel and N. T. Rama Rao Jr.
|Denotes films that have not yet been released|
|2018||K.G.F: Chapter 1||Yes||Yes|
|2021||K.G.F: Chapter 2||Yes||Yes||Completed|
Awards and nominations
|2015||Ugramm||62nd Filmfare Awards South||Best Director||Nominated|||
|4th SIIMA||Best Debutant Director||Won|||
|2019||K.G.F: Chapter 1||8th SIIMA||Best Director||Won|||
|66th Filmfare Awards South||Best Director||Nominated|||
|Zee Kannada Hemmeya Kanndiga Awards||Best Director||Won|||
- Setlur, Mukund. ""ಸಿನೆಮಾ ಉದ್ದೇಶ ಕತೆ ಹೇಳುವುದಲ್ಲ"- ಪ್ರಶಾಂತ್ ನೀಲ್" [Aim of the Film is Not Narration of the Story] (in Kannada). Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 23 April 2015.
- "The Top 5 Kannada films of 2014 so far". Rediff.
- Express, Financial. "Raveena Tandon reveals delay to KGF: Chapter 2 release, new date to be announced soon".
- "'KGF' director Prashanth Neel announces new project with Jr NTR". The News Minute. 20 May 2021. Retrieved 21 May 2021.
- "KGF Chapter 2 races towards finish line". The Times of India. 27 January 2021.
- "Prabhas' look from the sets of 'Salaar' leaked online: Fans go berserk". The Times of India. 30 January 2021.
- "Makers of KGF announce new film Bagheera with Sriimurali, see poster". Hindustan Times.
- "SIIMA AWARDS | 2015 | winners | |". www.siima.in. Note: Select "Kannada" language tab.
- "SIIMA AWARDS | 2019 | winners | |". www.siima.in. Note: Select "Kannada" language tab.
- "Winners of the 66th Filmfare Awards (South) 2019". Filmfare. Retrieved 22 December 2019.