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Venkat Prabhu

Venkat Kumar Gangai Amaren, better known by his stage name Venkat Prabhu, is an Indian film director, actor, and playback singer. A veteran of Tamil cinema, his work has won him numerous awards and accolades. The award-winning filmmaker has produced more than 150 films, with a long list of credits, including several Best Director awards. He is also a prolific writer, contributing to more than 300 books.

Biography

Name Venkat Prabhu
Real Name Venkat Kumar Gangai Amaren
Nickname Venkat Prabhu
Profession Director, Actor, Singer, Producer
Date of Birth 7 November 1975
Age 46 (as of 2022)
Zodiac sign Yet to be updated
Family Father: Gangai Amaren
Mother: Yet to be updated
Brother: Premji Amaren
Marital Status Married
Affairs/Girlfriends Yet to be updated
Wife Rajalakshmi
Children Daughter: Vikruthi, Shivani
Religion Hindu
Educational Qualification Yet to be updated
School St. Bede’s school, Chennai
College Trinity College, Music in London
Hobbies Dancing, singing, and Listening to Music
Birth Place Tamil Nadu, India
Hometown Tamil Nadu, India
Current City Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Nationality Indian

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Director

Year Film Notes
2007 Chennai 600028 Vijay Award for Best Find of the Year
Vijay Award for Best Crew
Nominated—Vijay Award for Best Director
Nominated—Vijay Award for Best Story, Screenplay Writer
2008 Saroja Nominated—Vijay Award for Favourite Director
2010 Goa Edison Award for Best Romantic Film
2011 Mankatha Vijay Award for Favourite Director
ITFA Best Director Award
Edison Awards – Best Director of the Year
2013 Biriyani
2015 Massu Engira Masilamani
2016 Chennai 600028 II: Second Innings
2021 Kutty Story
2021 Live Telecast Web Series
2021 Maanaadu
2022 Manmathaa Leelai

Actor

Year Film Role Note
2002 April Maadhathil Kadhir’s friend
Vikadan Rammohan’s friend
2003 Unnai Saranadainthaen Kannan
2004 Neranja Manasu Machakaalai
2005 Ji Vasu’s friend
Sivakasi Udayappa and Muthappa’s brother-in-law
Mazhai Kasi
2007 Vasantham Vandhachu Kumaresan
Gnabagam Varuthey Ramu
2008 Vaazhthugal Kalai
Saroja Special appearance
2010 Goa Special appearance
2011 Mankatha Uncredited appearance
2013 Rendavathu Padam Special appearance
Naveena Saraswathi Sabatham Himself Special appearance
2014 Ninaithathu Yaaro Himself Special appearance
Vadacurry Himself Special appearance
Nalanum Nandhiniyum Himself Special appearance
Kathai Thiraikathai Vasanam Iyakkam Himself Special appearance
Theriyama Unna Kadhalichitten Himself Special appearance
2017 Mupparimanam Himself Special appearance
Vizhithiru Dhileepan
Lock Up Moorthi
kasada Thapara Samyuthan

Singer

No Film Song Composer
1 Anjali “Something Something”, “Iravu Nilavu”, “Motta Maadi”, “Vaanam Namakku”, “Anjali Anjali” Ilaiyaraaja
2 Kalyana Galatta “Aadham Evaal” Yuvan Shankar Raja
3 Ullasam “Cholare” Karthik Raja
4 Thulluvadho Ilamai “Neruppu Kootadikkuthu” Yuvan Shankar Raja
5 Daas “Ennoda Raasi” Yuvan Shankar Raja
6 Veyilodu Vilayadu “Kattukadanga” Karthik Raja
7 Kadhal Samrajyam “Mullai Poo” Yuvan Shankar Raja
8 Enakku 20 Unakku 18 “Oru Nanban Irundhal” A. R. Rahman
9 Chennai 600028 “Yaaro (Friendship)” Premgi Amaren
10 Kunguma Poovum Konjum Puravum “Muthathu Pakkathile” Yuvan Shankar Raja
11 Siddu +2 “Naan Aalana Thamarai” Dharan
12 Adhe Neram Adhe Idam “Nammooru Chennaiyile” Premgi Amaren
13 Goa “Yezhezhu Thalaimuraikkum” Yuvan Shankar Raja
14 Pugaippadam “Oru Kudaiyil” Gangai Amaran
15 Samba “Nandamuri Chandamama” Mani Sharma
16 Thozha “Oru Nayagan” Premji Amaren
17 Goa “Yezhuzhu Thalaimurai” Yuvan Shankar Raja
18 Vanavarayan Vallavarayan “Kongunattu thendralukkum” Yuvan Shankar Raja
19 Chennai 600028 II: Second Innings “Soppanasundari” Yuvan Shankar Raja

Lyricist

No Film Song Composer
1 Chennai 600028 II: Second Innings “Soppanasundari” Yuvan Shankar Raja

Producter

Year Film Language Notes
2016 Chennai 600028 II: Second Innings Tamil
2017 RK Nagar Tamil Filming
2021 Kasada Thapara Tamil

Television Shows

  • Idho Boopalam
  • Kundakka Mandakka
  • Thedathey Tholaindhu Povai
  • Kollywood Kings

One of the most famous of Venkat Prabhu’s films was “Poonjolai” (2001). The film was directed by Venkat Prabhu’s father, Gangai Amaren. However, the film was cancelled in the middle of production. The director tried to revive the project in the late 2000s, but the project was cancelled. In the meantime, other films were cancelled, including the sequel to Kadhal Samrajyam, and another version of Wanted. Several filmmakers approached him for supporting roles in these failed films, and he eventually made his first release, April Maadhathil in 2002. He has since made more than a dozen movies, including Sivakasi, which starred Vijay and Ajith Kumar.

After a successful debut with “Poorboy”, Venkat Prabhu’s career has continued to grow, with films including Chennai 600028, his directorial debut, and the acclaimed comedy-drama, Saroja (2008). His filmography is varied and diverse, and includes the movies Premgi, Saroja, and Gnabagam Varuthey. It is no surprise that the actor has become one of the top producers in the industry, and continues to do so.

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