Prakash

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Prakash is a Kannada film writer and director. He debuted with the direction of the 2003 hit Khushi starring Vijay Raghavendra. Since then he has directed more hits like Rishi and Milana.


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Early life

Prakash is cousin to the sons of Rajkumar, and to Vijay Raghavendra and Shri Murali. He was originally not intending to be film-maker, and spent some time in Britain as a software engineer. Khushi was his first movie.


Career

Prakash started his film career with the direction of Khushi. He took this up as a challenge, to force the then reluctant Kannada audience, especially youth, into the theaters. He cast a bunch of youngsters, with cousin Vijay Raghavendra in the lead and told a simple coming of age story of three irresponsible brothers. The film released alongside two big budget movies, and ran for 100 days. Prakash had succeeded in his challenge. He followed up with Rishi, in which he repeated Vijay Raghavendra as the brat. He also worked with his other cousin Shiv Rajkumar, who played the lead role of Rishi. Rishi was another successful film, it was also a film that brought the cool image to Kannada films. Prakash, with the hits Khushi and Rishi came to be known as the cosmo film maker of Kannada.


He then made Shree casting Vijay Raghavendra in the lead again. The film was shot almost entirely in Bangkok, and made use of a form of Thai martial art. Vijay even underwent training for this film in Bangkok. The film misfired, and to date it is the only flop that Prakash has directed. After the debacle of Shree, Prakash set to work on his biggest hit, Milana. Milana dealt with a mature romance, between a reluctantly married couple, and it had Puneet Rajkumar in the lead. The film's music was a big hit, the film went on to be an even bigger hit and ran for over a year in a multiplex, breaking the record Mungaaru Male had set. Prakash directed Vamshi the following year and gave Puneet Rajkumar a much needed make-over. The film told the story of the son of a gangster aspiring to be a police officer, but ultimately turns into a gangster himself. Puneet acted in a role with shades of grey for the first time in his career. The film did well, but didn't meet high expectations. Prakash was also criticized for too many elements that distracted from the plot.


Recurring Actors

Prakash chooses to work with his cousins in lead roles. He has worked with Vijay Raghavendra in three films and with Puneet Rajkumar in two.


Filmography

Year Title Starring Status Notes
2003 Khushi Vijay Raghavendra, Sindhu Menon Released
2005 Rishi Shiv Rajkumar, Vijay Raghavendra Released
2006 Shree Vijay Raghavendra, Jennifer Kotwal Released
2007 Milana Puneet Rajkumar, Parvati Menon Released
2008 Vamshi Puneet Rajkumar, Nikita Thukral Released
2009 Gokula Vijay Raghavendra, Pooja Gandhi Released

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