Prabhu Ganesan or better known as Prabhu is a prominent Indian entrepreneur, producer, comedian and actor who mainly appear in Tamil films. He was born on December 25, 1956 in Chennai, India. His mother is Kamala and his father, Sivaji Ganesan is a stage and film actor during the 20th century. Prabhu is the father of Vikram Prabhu, who is making a name in the Tamil film industry. After his debut in the 1982 film, Sangili, the actor started to play leading and supporting roles, which gained him the Best Actor in Lead Role Award by the Tamil Nadu State Film Awards in after donning a brilliant performance in the Tamil film, Chinna Thambi in 1991.

He studied at Bishop Cotton School in Bangalore and after this he entered film production and worked as an executive producer to his uncle, V. C. Shanmugan. Initially, his father is hesitant in allowing him to become an actor but after some time and because of his work, he started to receive several offers from many filmmakers. When Sangili was released, Prabhu was working on films like Pudhiya Sangaman and Kozhi Koovuthu that later became Prabhu’s first commercial success film. He is also doing four more film at that time and later on, he was featured in over thirty films; nineteen of which he donned with his father including Santhippu, Neethibathi and Mirudhanga Chakravarthy. But when his career started to drop, he started to consider the types of films he agreed on doing. He opted to appear in films that will co-start his father and continuously choose the subjects of the film he selected, rather than accepting many offers as possible.

Some of the first few films he agreed on doing after a hiatus include Aruvadai Naal in 1986 and Paalaivana Rojakkal. Both films become successful and after that, he received commercial successes in year 1988 in films like Guru Sishyan, Agni Natchathiram and En Thangachi Padichava. The success of En Thangachi Padichava brings him to a successful association with P. Vasu in films like Chinna Thambi and Senthamizh Pattu. He successively worked in his 100th film, Rajakumaran by R. V. Udayakumar before he portrayed different roles in K. Balachander’s Duet in 1994 and the Malayalam film, Kaalapani in 1996. But during the late 90’s, many of his films failed to become successful so he shifted to a different genre and choose scripts that will appeal to family audiences. In the early 2000’s, he worked with the popular directors like T. P. Gajendran and Rama Narayanan.

He choose to accept offers where he will portray supporting roles instead of leading roles and he was featured together with Kamal Haasan and Rajinikanth in films like Vasool Raja MBBS in 2004 and Chandramukhi in 2005. Some of his films include Unakkum Enakkum, Ayan, Thaamirabharani, Billa, Kanthaswamy, Raavanan and 3, followed by his venture in Malayalam, Telugu and Kannada films.

Prabhu got married to Punitha in year 1984 and they have been blessed with two children namely Vikram Prabhu and Aishwarya Prabhu. It has been reported that Prabhu had a live in relationship with actress, Kushboo and the two got married on September 12, 1993 and later got divorced in year 1994. He was presented Doctorates for his great contribution to the cinema industry by Vel’s University and Sathyabama University.

Rajinikanth Tamil Actor

Rajinikanth

'Rajinikanth' is the name that is known in every nook and corner of India. He is a popular Indian cinema star who has fans worldwide. Born as Shivajirao Gaekwad, this simple-human started his career as a bus conductor. He made his film debut in 1975 in ‘Apoorva Raagangal’, starred by Kamal Haasan and Srividya. Though he appeared in a small role in that film, he was noted for his style. He is a good example for how to succeed in life with hard work and confidence. He did villainy roles in the beginning. He was applauded for his role in 16 Vayathinile, with Kamal and Sridevi. This trio has done many successful films together. Rajinikanth and Kamal were very close and they started to act in many films together. As per the advice of Kamal, Rajinikanth started to act as a solo hero. He became very popular and got diehard fans too. Producer Balaji titled him as Superstar, in his banner, and from then on, Rajinikanth is referred to as Superstar by the people. He is very simple and humble in nature, and right from his first film, till his latest venture, ‘Linga’, he maintained his character. Rajinikanth always thanked director Balachander, who introduced him to the film industry and blessed him saying that he will become a number one actor, one day. He has gotten many fans for his style and punch dialogues. Rajinikanth not only performs heroic roles, but does comedy too. His sense of humor in Ninaithale Inikkum and Thambikku Entha Ooru are notable. Rajini’s Baasha and Muthu, which were released during the same period, were the favorites of his fans. After watching Muthu, many Japanese became fans for Rajini. After a few years, Rajinikanth reduced his film count and started to provide one film per year. He appeared in a guest role in Kuselan, which depicted friendship. The final speech by Rajinikanth as Ashok Kumar in Kuselan brought tears from many eyes. Rajinikanth has two daughters, Aishwarya and Soundarya. Elder one, Aishwarya, is married to the film actor, Dhanush, and the younger one, Soundarya to Ashwin, a businessman. Rajini acted in an animation film, ‘Kochadayan’, directed by his daughter, Soundarya Ashwin. His elder daughter, Aishwarya, is also a director who has directed two films, 3 and Vai Raja Vai. Another Version of this Bio... Rajnikanth is a mega superstar of Indian cinema- he works in Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, Bengali, as well as the Hollywood film industry. Shivaji Rao Gaekwad, being his birth name, was born on 12th December, 1950, in Bangalore, then Mysore state, present Karnataka. His father, Ramoji Rao Gaekwad, was a police constable and his mother, Ramabai, was a housewife. His parents named him the Great Maratha warrior, Chhatrapati Shivaji. As being from a Marathi family, he was brought up speaking Marathi at home, and used to speak the state language, Kannada, outside. His parents have four children, Rajni being the youngest. He has two elder brothers, Satyanarayana Rao and Nageshwara Rao, and one sister, Aswath Balubhai. They lost their mother when Rajni was 9 years old. Rajni is married to Latha Rangachari. She interviewed him for her college magazine. They got married on 26th February, 1981, in Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh. They have two daughters, Aishwarya and Soundarya. Latha runs a school; it is named ‘The Ashram’. Aishwarya is married to actor Dhanush, and they have two sons, Yathra and Linga. Soundarya is married to industrialist Ashwin Ramkumar. Rajni was sent to the ‘Gavipuram Government Kannada Model Primary School’ for his primary education. He was studious as well as mischievous in school, and also had a lot of interest in cricket, basketball, and football. His brother also engaged him by sending him to the Ramakrishna Math, a Hindu learning hub initiated by Ramakrishna Mission. In the Math, the sense of spirituality was sowed in Rajni through the learning of Vedas and the environment present there. There he also took part in acting in plays. Once he played the role of Eklavay’s friend in the play of the Hindu epic, Mahabharat. He was praised by the audience, especially the Kannada poet, D. R. Bendre. Rajini was enrolled in Acharya Pathasala Public School from the seventh grade till his junior college. There, also, he spent most of the time acting in plays. After completing his education, Rajni did various jobs like being a coolie, carpenter and finally getting selected in the Bangalore Transport Service (BTS) as a bus conductor. During which, Topi Muniappa, a Kannada playwriter, offered him a chance to act in one of his plays. Though his family was not supportive of his acting interest, his friend and co-worker motivated him to join the Madras Film Institute and learn to act. His friend financially supported him during the course. K Balachander, Tamil film director, noticed him and gave him the advice to learn the language, Tamil, which Rajni followed. Rajni made his debut in the year 1975 with the film, ‘Katha Sangama’. His career started by doing small roles. Rajni did 20 various films in Tamil, Telugu, and Kannada languages, in the year 1978. The film, ‘Bairavi’, became the first Tamil film as Rajni in the lead role; it was directed by M Bhaskar. By this film, he earned the title of ‘Superstar’. His film, ‘Vanakkatukuriya Kathaliye’, had a song for his entry; this became the trend in his later films. The film, ‘Mullum Malarum’, released during this period and had the screenplay adapted from a novel of the same name, which was acclaimed very well by the critics. This film won the Filmfare Award for Best Tamil Film, and Rajni won a special prize for Best Actor at the Tamil Nadu State Film Awards. After this, Rajni made his entry into Malayalam films through the film named ‘Allauddinum Albhutha Vilakkum’, which was based on a story from Arabian Nights. Till this time, Rajni had acted in over 50 films in around four languages. During 1980, Rajni was a big star in South Indian cinema. He chose to quit acting then, but made a comeback with the film, ‘Billa’, a remake of the Bollywood film, ‘Don’ (1978). He played dual roles in the film. After some films, he did his first full-length comedy flick directed by K. Balachander named ‘Thillu Mullu'. In 1981, he did another remake of Amitabh Bachchan’s film, ‘Deewar’, which was named ‘Thee’. In 1982, for the first time, Rajni did three roles for a film, ‘Moondru Mugam’. In 1983, Rajni acted in his first Hindi film, ‘Andha Kanoon’, starring Amitabh Bachchan and Hema Malini. The film became the biggest success at the box office at that time. Then, he played a triple role in John Jani Janardhan. He grabbed the Filmfare Best Tamil Actor Award for the film, ‘Nallavanuku Nallavan’. He played the role of Hindu saint Raghavendra Swami in his 100th film, ‘Sri Raghavendra’ (1985). The same year, he played a negative role in a Hindi film, ‘Bewafai’, opposite Rajesh Khanna. The film eventually became a mega hit. In the year 1988, he acted in his only American film, ‘Bloodstone’, playing the role of an English-speaking Indian taxi driver. The film, ‘Raja Chinna Roja’, was the first film to feature live action and animation. After 1990, Rajni was at the spot of commercial entertainer. Maximum number of films were turning out well at the box office. The decade of Rajni kicked-off with another Amitabh Bachchan’s remake of ‘Laawaris’, by the name, ‘Panakkaran’ (1990). Then in 1991, he worked with Mani Ratnam in ‘Thalapathi’, which was inspired by Mahabharat. Rajni also wrote his first screenplay for the film, ‘Valli’ (1993) and he made a special appearance in this film. Though with a controversial climax, the film ‘Veera’ (1994) became one of the highest-grossing films of the year. The year 1995 turned out to be the year of his biggest hit till then, which was the film ‘Baasha’, with director Suresh Krishna. This film is still considered to be a mega-blockbuster. At the end of the year, Rajni did his first Bengali film, ‘Bhagya Debata’. After a long break, Rajni came up with the film, ‘Baba’, in 2002, for which he also wrote the screenplay. The film turned out to be an unsuccessful film and was highly criticized. Also, the fact that the film inspired the youth in a wrong way, by spoiling them by smoking. Some groups also attacked the theaters. Then, in 2005, Rajni did a film, ‘Chandramukhi’, with P. Vasu. This film was highly successful and set the record for the longest running Tamil film. The film ‘Sivaji’ released in 2007, which became one of the top ten best films of the UK and South Africa box offices. For this film, Rajni received 26 crores as a fee, which made him the second highest paid actor of Asia after Jackie Chan. In 2010, Rajni did a science-fiction film, ‘Enthiran’, with Shankar, which became the most expensive Indian film. Rajni was paid 45 crores for that film. Institute of Business Management, Ahmadabad used this film as a case study to analyze the business of cinema. In 2011, during the shoot of ‘Rana’, Rajni suffered a lot of health issues, which made him take many trips to the hospital, and finally get admitted to the ICU. He was diagnosed with bronchitis and was in the hospital for a week. After that, he was again admitted for respiratory and gastrointestinal problems. He further went to Singapore for treatment on Amitabh Bachchan’s advice, and returned to Chennai on 13th July, 2011. Rajni is presently shooting for the film, ‘Enthiran 2’ (Robot 2) with Akshay Kumar playing villain, and Amy Jackson being the heroine.

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Mohan

Mohan was born as Mohan Rao in ITI Colony in Bangalore, India. He was hailed in the Udupi district in Karnataka. Mohan is a popular Indian actor and producer who appeared in many Tamil films and few Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada films. Beside his name Mohan, he is also popularly known as Kokila Mohan after donning his Kannada debut film, Kokila in 1977. In 1982, he was starred in the Tamil film, Payanangal Mudivathillai from which he earned the Filmfare Award for Best Actor. Indian playback singer, S. N. Surendar lends his voice to Mohan in over 75 films.  Mohan started his career in theatre after the popular theatre actor B. V. Karanth spotted him in a restaurant. His very first stage play received praises by the critics around India. He is a student of the drama troupe, Benaka, which B. V. Karanth founded. Later on, he was introduced in Kokila by the director of the film, Balu Mahendra together with Kamal Haasan. This film was a big hit and put him into the limelight of success. In 1980, he played as Bhaskar in the psychological Tamil film, Moodu Pani and since then, Mohan became one of the highest grossing box-office actors in the Tamil film industry. He was also called as the ‘Silver Jubilee Star’ and the ‘Rajendra Kumar’ of Tamil films after the success of many of his films. He was also starred in the Malayalam film, Madaalasa in 1978. Right after the success of this Malayalam film, he donned the Telugu film, Thoorpu Velle Railu; a remake of the Tamil movie, Kizhake Pogum Rail. Then he went on to appear in J. Mahendran’s Tamil film, Nenjathai Killathe in 1980. He also played dual roles in Gandar Golam, under the direction of Singeetham Srinivasa Rao. He started getting more opportunities after Nenjathai Killathe and he became a big star in Payanangal Mudivathillai. He took a hiatus in year 1999 and made a comeback in the 2008 Tamil film, Suttapazham. Mohan stated that when not acting, he is busy producing television serials like Acham Madam Nanam, Selvangal, Hasiyaramayana and Brindavanam. Aside from that, he is also doing charity works and spends time with his family. He got married to Gowri in year 1987. Some of his best films include Thendralae Ennai Thodu and Rettaival Kuruvi. He donned his best performance in the critically acclaimed Tamil romantic drama film, Mouna Ragam in 1986. This film won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film. This year, the brilliant actor was starred in the upcoming Kannada film, Ashokavana, which is expected to bring him back as a solo hero. Another Version Mohan’s original name is Mohan Rao. He was born on 23rd of August in the year 1956. His birthplace was in Bangalore at the ITI Colony. He lived in the district of Udupi in Karnataka. He is a famous producer and actor. He appeared in several Tamil movies and a few Malayalam, Telugu, and Kannada screenplays. He is known by two other names. Those are Kokila Mohan and Mike Mohan.  Coming to his career, Mohan acted in Payanangal Mudivathillai, a Tamil production. For his acting, he received the Filmfare Award for the title of Best Actor. S.N Surender, a dubbing actor and playback singer, had voiced for him in over 75 movies.  Mohan was noticed by B.V Karanth in a restaurant. Karanth was a popular actor in theaters. He made Mohan act in his first stage play. It was applauded by the critics all over India. Mohan has been an alumnus of the drama group named Beneke. B.V. Karanth founded it. Later, he played the role of Kokila in Balu Mahendra’s directorial venture. He worked with Kamal Haasan in this successful film. Mohan got fame in the industry and applause from the public. Then, he featured in Moodu Pani as Bhaskar, which is based on psychology. It made a very good collection in the box-office of Tamil industry. Mohan attained the status of a Silver Jubilee Star. He was recognized as the Rajendra Kumar of  Tamil cinema after his success. In 1978, Mohan featured in a Malayalam film entitled as Madrasa. After his success in this, he then came up with a Telugu flick named Thorpe Velle Railu. The original film was  Kizhakkae Pogum Rail. It was a Tamil film. He played double roles in the flick Gender Golam. Singeetham Srinivasa directed it. Later he did Nenjathai Killathe, which catapulted him to fame. Then, he became a bankable star in Tamil film industry through Payanangal Mudivathillai.  Later Mohan came back in 2008 with Suttapazham after a gap, in the year 1999. It is a Tamil movie. Mohan used to produce TV serials such as Selvangal, Acham Madam Nanam Brindhaavanan, and Hasiyaramayana.  Mohan worked for a social cause and charity too. Mohan used to spend quality time with his family members. In 1987, Mohan married to Gowri. Some of his best shots were Rettaival Kuruvi and Thendralae Ennai Thodu. In 1986, he performed in Mouna Ragam. He starred in the movie Asokavana; a Kannada movie.

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Mohan Tamil Actor