The man who defined the real meaning of being multi linguistic in Cinema is actor Prakash Raj. He is referred to as 'Actor' because acting is he has taken acting as his main profession but he is not only that. Prakash is a producer of many poignant films, a filmmaker and also a citizen with social concern.
His mother tongue may by Kannada but language has never been a barrier for Prakash Raj. He debuted in film industry with Kannada films but was identified by K.Balachander who had already introduced another gem belonging to the same state, Superstar Rajnikanth. Prakash Raj wowed everyone by not only his acting in his debut Tamil film Duet, but also by dubbing for the character he played. Today he is a leading actor in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Hindi and Kannada speaking with his own voice. Prakash Raj once told in an interview that if he was approached to act in a Greek film, he will ask 10 days time before accepting the offer, so that he can learn the language. That's valid proof for the actor's commitment to his profession.
And you cannot stereotype Prakash Raj in a particular kind of roles. He made villainy roles in films a 'lovable' one for audience. He was equally good in character and comedy roles. He also played lead role in a few films and made them appear convincing. Like any other successful actor would do some of the utterances of Prakash Raj in films have become a part of normal conversation of the people. One such example is 'Chellam' the word used by the actor to address Trisha in the blockbuster film Gillie. The number of National awards and other awards won by Prakash Raj would speak much more for his acting talent.
Prakash Raj belongs to the rare breed of actors who invest their hard earned money in Cinema itself. Prakash does that for producing poignant films like Mozhi, Abhuyum Naanum and Kanda Naal Mudhal. He debuted as a director with Dhoni a film that was a hard hitting take on the present Education system that fails to recognize the inherent talent of children. Now he is directing a trilingual in Tami, Telugu and Kannada whose Tamil title is Un Samaylarayil.
Prakash Raj is referred to as a good friend and wellwisher by many celebrities that include leading actors and actresses in the Cinema industry. Many young actors and directors are ever grateful to him for offering them a launch pad at his expense.
Today is the birthday of this multi talented man who is fondly referred to as 'Chellam' by Tamil cinema fans. Let's wish Prakash Raj, many more success in the film industries of all languages and a long happy and healthy life on this special day