Prakash Raj is an Indian film actor, film director, producer, thespian and television presenter who is known for his works in the South Indian film industry, and a few Bollywood films. Prakash Raj married actress Lalitha Kumari in 1994. They have two daughters, Meghana and Pooja, and a son Sidhu.
After working in the Kannada television industry and the Kannada cinema for a few years, he made his debut in Tamil cinema through Duet (1994) by K. Balachander and has since been a commercially successful film star in Tamil. In remembrance, he named his production company Duet Movies. Prakash has also worked in a number of Bollywood films.
Apart from his mother tongue Kannada, Prakash's fluency in Tamil, Telugu, Tulu, Malayalam, Marathi, Hindi and English has placed him among the most sought after actors in Indian cinema. He has played a variety of roles, most notably as the antagonist and, of late, as a character actor. Prakash, as an actor has won a National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1998 for Mani Ratnam's Iruvar, a National Film Award – Special Jury Award / Special Mention (Feature Film) for a Telugu film Antahpuram directed by Krishna Vamsi in 1998 And a National Film Award for Best Actor in 2009 for his role in Kanchivaram, a Tamil film directed by Priyadarshan, and as a producer has won a National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Kannada for Puttakkana Highway directed by his long-time theatre friend B. Suresh in 2011. Prakash was also the host of Neengalum Vellalam Oru Kodi during the show's second season.
Actor Prakash Raj has slammed the Modi government for its silence on assassination of journalist-activist Gauri Lankesh. While Prakash Raj is a household name down south, many people in the other parts of the country may not be fully aware of this one of the finest actors of the country.
He has also been recently voicing his opinions on several pressing issues of the country. Earlier this year, he also took part in the protest held by Tamil Nadu farmers at New Delhi’s Jantar Mantar.