24 Facts About Prakash Raj

1. Prakash Raj was born on Prakash Rai; 26 March 1965 and is an Indian actor, film director, producer, television presenter, and politician.

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2. Prakash Raj made his debut in Tamil cinema through Duet, by K Balachander, and has since been a commercially successful film star in Tamil.

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3. Prakash Raj was the host of Neengalum Vellalam Oru Kodi during the show's second season.

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4. Prakash Raj completed schooling at St Joseph's Indian High School and joined St Joseph's College of Commerce, Bangalore.

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5. Prakash Raj changed his surname to 'Raj' upon prominent Tamil film director K Balachander's advice; he is still called Prakash Rai in his home state, Karnataka.

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6. Prakash Raj acted in back-to-back stage shows for 300 a month in the initial stages of his career, when he joined Kalakshetra, Bengaluru, and he has 2,000 street theatre performances to his credit.

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7. Prakash Raj began his television career with Doordarshan serials such as Bisilu Kudure and Guddada Bhootha (Tulu and Kannada).

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8. Prakash Raj was noticed for his dialogue delivery and histrionics.

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9. Prakash Raj acted under the screen name "Prakash Rai" in Kannada films and was given the name "Prakash Raj" by K Balachander for his debut Tamil film Duet, which saw him playing his first major role.

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10. Prakash Raj was a part of Mani Ratnam's stage show Netru, Indru, Naalai.

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11. Prakash Raj starred in many Malayalam films in 1996: The Prince, Indraprastham and Oru Yathramozhi, the last of which released in 1997.

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12. Prakash Raj was seen in the movie Achayans along with Jayaram.

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13. Prakash Raj acted with actor Kamal Haasan in Vasool Raja MBBS, which was a critical and commercial success.

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14. Prakash Raj took on the mantle of director with Naanu Nanna Kanasu, in Kannada in 2010, for which he was the joint producer.

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15. Prakash Raj was nominated for the Filmfare South "Best Director" category for his first film.

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16. Prakash Raj became a film producer beginning with the Tamil film Dhaya, in which he starred with actress Meena.

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17. Prakash Raj produced a multilingual film Oggarane, Ulavacharu Biryani (Telugu) and Un Samayal Arayil (Tamil) in 2014.

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18. Prakash Raj adopted the villages of Kondareddypalle in Mahabubnagar District, Telangana state and Bandlarahatti in Chitradurga district, Karnataka state.

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19. Prakash Raj lost the election, securing around 28,906 Votes in the election.

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20. Prakash Raj was banned by Telugu film producers six times in the past.

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21. Prakash Raj reacted by saying: "I did not shed my clothes for creating sensation, I had no plans to star in that sequence.

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22. Several Kannada organisations staged protests in front of theatres since they felt that some of the dialogue in a scene in the Hindi film Singham, starring Ajay Devgan and Prakash Raj were derogatory against the Kannadigas.

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23. The controversial scene starts off with Prakash Raj threatening Ajay that he would bring 1,000 people from the Karnataka border to thrash him.

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24. Kannada protesters felt that Prakash Raj, being a Kannadiga should have told the team that it is not right.

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