Prayag Raj has been a profound name in Film Industry for a long time. He tried his hands at almost everything including acting, writing, singing, composing, direction, etc. Not only has he done Indian films, but he has also been a part of a few International movies as well. He also loved working in the theater and television as evident in his long career. He was born in Allahabad, an eastern U.P. City, and is happened to be named after the city. His father, Ram Das ‘
,’ was a well-known poet of his time. His father died when he was young, and so he started working to support his family financially. He used to work for the Prithvi Theatres in Mumbai and continued with his education alongside.
After struggling for a few years initially, he started getting good jobs in the industry. He has two sons Aditya Raj and
. Rahul is in the film industry and dubs Hollywood movies into Hindi. Aditya was initially in the industry as an assistant director but later decided to leave the industry. He started acting after the Prithvi Theatres closed. His first movies were Aag (1948) and Awara (1951). He got his first writing job in the 1963 movie Phool Bane Angaare. During his initial struggling days, he befriended , who introduced him to
. This trio did a lot of films including the famous movie, The Householder, for which he wrote the Hindi dialogues.
As a director, he did a few movies like Paap Aur Punya (1974), Ponga Pandit (1975), Chor Sipahee (1977), etc. His stint as a director didn’t last long as the movies weren’t much of success. But he has directed for a vast variety of actors. He has also done several screenplays like in Gurudev, Parvarish (1977), Roti, Aa Gale Lag Jaa (1973), etc. He has written a lot of movies like Jhuk Gaya Aasman (1968), Dharam Karam (1975), Amar Akbar Anthony (1977), Ganga Jamuna Saraswathi (1988), etc.
He has acted in Jab Jab Phool Khile (1965), Bombay Talkie (1970), In Custody (1993), The Guru (1969), etc. his screenplay write-ups have made a recognized personality in the film fraternity. In 1983 he also sang a song ‘Accident Ho Gaya’ for Lakshmikant-Pyarelaal’s movie, ‘Coolie.’ He was alongside
. In the song Junglee, he gave the opening note ‘Yahoo.’ He has also worked as a lyricist with music director
in movies Mard (1985) and Allah Rakha (1986). He is an experienced and inspiring personality who is today one of the most successful among the scriptwriters.