Prashant Narayanan is a renowned Indian actor, born in Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala, India. He was raised up in Delhi and studied at Kirori Mal College of Delhi University, where he became a badminton state champion. He also joined Act 1, a theatre group at school. In year 1991, the actor moved to Mumbai with a plan to make his own ad agency. He initiated his career as an assistant art director in films like Rukmavati Ki Haveli, Saudagar and Sardari Begum.
He was also the costume director of the historical drama series, Chanakya on DD National. Later, he started to act in plays again and subsequently received an offer for television shows such as Shagun, Parivartan, Jaane Kaha Mera Jigar Gaya Ji, Farz, Kabhi Kabhie and Gatha. His first film role was from the movie, Chhal by
in 2002. The film received mixed reviews from the critics but his performance as a hitman who works in the underworld of Mumbai was well appreciated. Later, he acted as Vishnu in the film, Waisa Bhi Hota Hai Part II, the directorial debut of Shashanka Ghosh.
His character was quite similar to his character in Chhal, but he gained appreciations by the critics. In 2004, he was starred as
in the Bengali language German film, Shadows of Time by the award winning director, Florian Gallenberger. He also played a pivotal role as Kanji Waghela in Ekta Kapoor’s Bandini on NDTV Imagine. He was roped in to do the antagonist role as Carlos in the unreleased Hindi film, Peter Gaya Kaam Se. Prashant gained more fame after essaying the role of Dheeraj Pandey in the Bollywood psychological thriller film, Murder 2; a sequel to the film, Murder in 2004.
He played as a straight man who later turned as a serial killer who kills call girls. His portrayal in the film received praises by the critics and the Best Villain at the Screen Award and the Best Actor in a Negative Role at the National Award. In 2012, the actor was seen in the Malayalam film, Edavapathi by Lenin Rajendran. Prashant has done films including ‘Oh Darling! Yeh Hai India!’, Mudda: The Issue, Instant Karma, Game, Summer 2007, The good Friday, The White Elephant, Mr. Singh Mrs. Mehta, Peter Gaya Kaam Se, Rasgulla, Doors, Unnam,
Cigarette Ki Tarah
Dee Saturday Night
, 7th Day, Nedunchaalai, Amma and he is currently filming the Tamil film, Naan Thaan Siva.