Prakash Belawadi is a famous Indian journalist, activist, TV and film personality, and a theater artist. Born in the erstwhile state of Mysore, now Bangalore, Karnataka, he was born into a family of famous theater artists. Make-up Nani, his father, was a famous theater actor and has acted in many Kannada films as well. Also, he was a famous makeup artist. Bhargavi, his mother, was an eminent Kannada theater personality. His siblings Sujata, Pradeep, and Sudha, are also famous theater personalities. Prakash co-founded the Centre for Film and Drama, Bangalore, and also started Suchitra School of Cinema and Dramatic Arts at the Suchitra Cinema and Cultural Academy campus in Bangalore in 2012.
Prakash gained his academic proficiency through Mahila Seva Samaja, National High School, and National College, Bangalore.
Prakash has tested waters in plays by helming direction and acting in several English and of course, in the widely spoken language of his home place, Kannada. Apart from plays and documentaries he has directed famous Kannada television shows, namely, Garva in 2001, and
Illiruvudu Summane in 2008.
Prakash has endeavored into journalism by getting associated with prominent newspapers such as Indian Express.
One of Prakash’s earliest movies was movie Mathadana, a Kannada film in which he had a short role. The movie starred Tara, Avinash and
Anant Nag. In 2013, he played a very significant role in Madras Café. He played the role of Bala and worked alongside
John Abraham. In 2015, he acted in three films in the Kannada language. He played a minor role in Benkipatna. In Aatagara, he played the role of Dr. Chetan Bhagawat. And in, Kendasampige, he played the role of DCP Suryakanth. The same year, he did a Tamil movie Uttama Villian in which he played the role of a doctor. In 2015, he played the role of Swamy in Talvar. The movie was based on the famous Aarushi Talwar murder case.
In 2016, Prakash did the role of George Kutty in Akshay Kumar’s Airlift, which was well-received. Also, he played the role of DCP in
Amitabh Bachchan and
Farhan Akhtar starrer Wazir. Prakash also did
Last Bus and Ishtakamya, two Kannada films in 2016.
In 2003, Prakash directed his first film Stumble, which won the country’s National Award given for the superlative feature movie in English. The film revolves around the corruption in today’s IT world and highlights many mutual fund scams.