Prashanth Neel

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Prashanth Neel
Native name
Prashanth Neel
Born (1980-06-04) 4 June 1980 (age 39)
OccupationFilm director, screenwriter
Years active2014–present

Prashanth Neel is an Indian film director who works in Kannada cinema. He made his debut with the 2014 film, Ugramm starring Sriimurali that emerged as a blockbuster and all-time box office hit, and followed it up with the Kannada magnum opus KGF, which he has written and directed.


In an interview with a Kannada weekly magazine, Neel said he took to filmmaking initially for want 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.[1] The film turned out to be a massive commercial success and emerged as one of the highest grossing Kannada films of 2014.[2]

Reports emerged in late-2014 and early-2015 of Neel having been signed to direct three films. The first is a sequel to Ugrammm, 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 and the film turned to be an all time industry hit. The film released in five languages at the same time and has set the premises for a sequel which will be happening soon considering the success of the first film.


  • All films are in Kannada, unless otherwise noted.
Year Title Notes
2014 Ugramm Also wrote story and screenplay, Blockbuster
2018 K.G.F: Chapter 1 Also wrote story and screenplay, Kannada industry record-hit.
2020 K.G.F: Chapter 2 Also wrote story and screenplay – In Progress

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Film Result
2015 Filmfare Best Director Ugramm Won
SIIMA Best Debutant Director Won
2018 Filmibeat Award Best Director K.G.F: Chapter 1 Won
2019 City Cine Award Won
Zee Kannada Hemmeya Kannadiga Won
SIIMA Nominated


  1. ^ Setlur, Mukund. ""ಸಿನೆಮಾ ಉದ್ದೇಶ ಕತೆ ಹೇಳುವುದಲ್ಲ"- ಪ್ರಶಾಂತ್ ನೀಲ್" [Aim of the Film is Not Narration of the Story] (in Kannada). Retrieved 23 April 2015.
  2. ^ "The Top 5 Kannada films of 2014 so far". 16 July 2014. Retrieved 23 April 2015.

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