Prakash Raj Biography, Age, Height, Wife, Family, Caste, Daughter, Brother, Net Worth & More

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Prakash Raj Bio/Wiki:

Prakash Raj is an Indian actor, film producer, director, and politician known for his works in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, and Hindi language films. He has received many awards and nominations for his contribution to films. Prakash has so far won 5 National Awards, 8 Nandi Awards, 8 Tamil Nadu State Film Awards, 5 South Filmfare Awards, 4 SIIMA Awards, 3 CineMaa Awards, and 3 Vijay Awards.

He was born on 26 March 1965 in Bangalore, Karnataka. He did his early studies at St. Joseph’s Indian High School, Bangalore. After that, he Graduated in Commerce from St. Joseph’s College of Commerce, Bangalore. Prakash Raj’s real name was Prakash Rai. He later changed his surname to Raj on the advice of film director K. Balachander.

In the early days of his career, he did stage shows one after the other, for which he used to get ₹300 a month. He has done around 2,000 street theatrical performances. Prakash started his television career with Doordarshan dramas Bisilu Kudure and Guddada Bhootha. He started his acting career in 1990 with the Kannada film Muthina Haara in which he was seen in the role of Jai Singh.

After working in Kannada serials and movies, Prakash made his Tamil debut with Balachandra’s film Duet, released in 1994. The film was a commercial hit at the box office. Earlier in 1993, he made his Hollywood debut as a police officer in the English film Tropical Heat. He made his debut in the Malayalam film industry in 1994 by playing the role of Johnykutty in the Malayalam film Thekkekara Superfast.

After working in language films like Tamil, Malayalam, and Kannada, he made his debut in the Telugu industry with the Telugu film Sahanam. He played the character of K.N.Rao in this film. After working in several South Indian movies, Prakash turned to Hindi films in 2004. He made his debut in the Bollywood industry with the role of ACP Shrikant Naidu in the 2004 Hindi film Khakee.

Earlier he had appeared in the role of a sharpshooter in the 2002 Hindi film Shakti – The Power. He became the third South Indian actor after Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan to make a mark in South as well as Hindi films. After the departure of the legendary actor Amrish Puri, who was the villain of Bollywood, Prakash Raj worked to fill the place of a villain in Hindi films.

He played the role of a dangerous villain in Bollywood films like Singham, Wanted, and Dabangg 2 which all proved to be blockbusters at the box office. After acting, he has also directed some films which include films like Naanu Nanna Kanasu, Dhoni, and Manavoori Ramayanam / Idolle Ramayana.

The movies produced by him are Dhaya, Naam, Azhagiya Theeye, Kanda Naal Mudhal, Poi, Mozhi, Velli Thirai, Abhiyum Naanum, Puttakkana Highway, Arishadvarga, and Dhoni. Prakash began his political career after the assassination of his journalist-turned-activist friend Gauri Lankesh.

Prakash Raj Awards & Achievements:

  • 5 National Awards
  • 8 Nandi Awards
  • 8 Tamil Nadu State Film Awards
  • 5 South Filmfare Awards
  • 4 SIIMA Awards
  • 3 cineMaa Awards
  • 3 Vijay Awards

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Real NamePrakash Rai
Nick NamePrakash
ProfessionActor, Film Director, Politician, Producer, and Television Presenter
Popular forAs an actor
Date of Birth26 March 1965 (Friday)
Age (as of 2024)59 years
BirthplaceMysore, Karnataka, India
HometownBangalore, Karnataka
Current AddressBangalore, Karnataka
Language KnownHindi & English
School NameSt Joseph’s Boys’ High School, Bengaluru, Karnataka
College NameSt. Joseph’s College of Commerce, Bengaluru, Karnataka
Educational Qualification• PUC (Pre-University Course) from St. Joseph’s College of Commerce, Bengaluru, Karnataka (1983-1985)
• BCom dropout from St. Joseph’s College of Commerce, Bengaluru, Karnataka (1985-1987)
Religious ViewsHe is an atheist
EthnicityKannadiga community, a Dravidian ethnolinguistic group
Zodiac Sign/Star SignAries ♈
Debut in Tvin Kannada TV: ‘Bisilu Kudure’ (the early 90s)
in Tamil TV: ‘Kaialavu Manasu’ (1995)
Debut in Filmin Hollywood films: ‘Tropical Heat’ (1993)
in Tamil films: ‘Duet’ (1994)
in Malayalam films: ‘Thekkekkara Superfast’ (1994)
in Telugu film: ‘Sankalpam’ (1995)
in the Kannada film: ‘Mithileya Seetheyaru’ (1998)
in Bollywood films: Shakti– The Power (2002)
Debut in Web series:Tamil WebSeries: ‘Paava Kadhaigal’ (2020)
Hindi WebSeries: ‘Shootout at Alair’ (2020)
Debut as a Producer:Tamil film: ‘Daya’ (2002)
Telugu film:
‘Gouravam’ (2013)
Kannada film:
‘Naanu Nanna Kanasu’ (2010)

Body Measurement & Physical Stats:

Prakash Raj’s age in 2024 is 59 years and his height is 5 feet 9 inches, which is equal to 175 centimeters. His body weight is about 74 kg, he takes a proper diet to keep his body fit so his body measurement is not known. His eye color is brown and his hair color is Black.

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Age (as of 2024)59 years
Heightin centimeter: 175 cm
in meter: 1.75 m
in feet: 5’9” inches
Weight in kilogram74 kg
Weight in pounds163 lbs
Body MeasurementNot Known
Eye ColourBrown
Hair ColourBlack

Prakash Raj Family Members & Their Relationship:

Prakash Raj Family
Prakash Raj’s Second wife Pony Verma (middle) and her 2 daughters Meghana and Pooja and his son Vedantha

Prakash was born in a lower-middle-class family in Bangalore. His entire family believes in Hinduism. But he is an atheist. His real name is Prakash Rai and he belongs to Tlu Caste. Prakash Raj’s father’s name is Manjunath Rai and his mother’s name is Swarnalatha Rai. His father was a Tulu while his mother was a Kannada. He also has a younger brother named Prasad Raj who is also an actor.

Prakash Raj’s marital status is married. Prakash Raj’s first wife’s name is Lalitha Kumari whom he married in 1994. Prakash Raj had two daughters Meghna and Pooja and a son Sidhu from his first wife. His son Sidhu died in 2004. He later divorced his first wife Lalita in 2009 due to personal reasons. After that on 24 August 2010, Prakash did his second marriage to Pony Verma. His second wife Pony gave birth to a son Vedanth in 2015.

ParentsFather: Manjunath Rai
Mother: Swarnalatha Rai (nurse)
SiblingsBrother: Prasad Raj
Prakash Raj brother Prasad Raj
Sister: NA
ChildrenSon: Sidhu Raj (from the first wife; died in 2004)
Vedantha Raj (from the second wife)
Prakash Raj with his son Vedantha Raj
Daughter: Meghna (from the first wife)
Prakash Raj daughter Meghana Raj
Pooja (from the first wife)
Wife NameFirst Wife:  Lalitha Kumari (actress; m. 1994- div. 2009)
Prakash Raj first wife Lalitha Kumari
Second Wife: Pony Verma (marriage in 2010)
Prakash Raj with her second wife Pony Verma
Martial StatusMarried
Girlfriends / AffairsLalitha Kumari
Pony Verma
Prakash Raj with his girlfriend and second wife Pony Verma

Prakash Raj Net Worth, Income & Salary:

All the information regarding the total net worth of Prakash Raj is given in the table below.

Salary₹1 crore to ₹2 crores per movie
Car CollectionToyota Innova
BMW 520D
Isuzu V-Cross
Mahindra Bolero Maxitruck
Audi Q3
Mercedes Benz
Mahindra Thar
Assets/PropertiesMovable Assets
• Cash: ₹80,000
• Deposits in Banks, Financial Institutions, and Non-Banking Financial Companies: ₹6,08,000
• Bonds, Debentures, and Shares in companies: ₹1,68,53,142
• Personal loans/advance given: ₹1,23,39,974
• Motor Vehicles: ₹1,88,29,236
• Jewellery: ₹24,00,000
• Other assets, such as values of claims/interests: ₹7,53,000
Gross Total: ₹5,18,63,352

Immovable Assets
• Agricultural Land: ₹14,72,93,300
• Non-Agricultural Land: ₹5,00,00,000
• Commercial Buildings: ₹35,00,000
• Residential Buildings: ₹6,86,16,616
Gross Total: ₹26,94,09,916
Bike CollectionVespa Scooter
Total Net Worth₹40 crores (Approx, as of 2022)

Social Media Handle & Other Contact Details:

Facebook@PrakashRajOfficial (4.1m+ followers)
Instagram@joinprakashraj (280k+ followers)
Twitter@prakashraj (2.6m+ followers)
EmailNot Known
Mobile/Phone NumberNot Known

Some Interesting Facts About Prakash Raj:

  • Prakash Raj was born into a middle-class family.
  • His father was Tulu and his mother was Kannada.
  • His mother Swarnalatha Rai was a nurse by profession.
  • He has participated in more than 2,000 street theatrical plays in his career.
  • He started his acting career with the Doordarshan serial Bisilu Kudure.
  • Apart from Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil, and Telugu films, he also plays main roles in Hindi films.
  • Apart from being a successful actor, he is also a successful film director and producer.
  • He is also a pet lover and has a pet dog.
  • He got recognition in Hindi films from Salman Khan’s film Wanted in which he played the role of Gani Bhai.
  • Prakash has a long association with controversies and has been banned by the Telugu cinema industry 6 times.
  • He is the third artist after South Indian actors Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan to make a mark in the Hindi film industry as well.
  • His real name was Prakash Rai, and he changed to Prakash Raj at the behest of director K Balachander.
  • He has also adopted Kondareddypalle in Mahbubnagar District of Telangana State and Bandlarahatti Village in Chitradurga District of Karnataka State.
  • He launched a political movement on social media with the hashtag #justasking after the assassination of his friend Gauri Lankesh.
  • He is a strong critic of the BJP government and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Disclaimer: All images are available on Prakash Raj’s official Instagram Account. Images can be taken from his official Instagram account for educational purposes. Image Credit goes to the respective owners of the Image Creator.

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