Prakash Raj: The greatest movie villain, comedian, character artist and storyteller


Prakash Raj turns 56 on Friday. The second we hear his title, his many performances because the villain in his profession spanning over three a long time come to thoughts. Which is his finest efficiency in a villainous function? There is not any straightforward reply to that query. Think again to his efficiency within the 1995 movie Aasai, by which he performs a adorned military officer, Major Madhavan. It should be the wickedest character that the Tamil movie trade had produced on the time. Major Madhavan pretends to be a noble and selfless-men, however behind that masks, he’s a lustful creature who’s prepared to go to any extent to indulge his evil needs. His lack of regret within the scene the place he phases his spouse’s homicide is the stuff nightmares are made from.

Oh wait, what about his function in director Balachander’s Kalki. The mendacity, chauvinistic, philanderer who mistreats his spouse with out an iota of guilt? Or the hot-headed, extraordinarily violent, feudal lord – Narasimha in Anthahpuram? The transgender brothel-keeper in Appu? And we are able to’t neglect his most up-to-date efficiency as Janakiraman in director Vetrimaaran’s Oor Iravu in Netflix anthology Paava Kadhaigal, can we now? Prakash effortlessly transforms from a soft-spoken and seemingly caring father to an unreasonably bigoted man, who nonchalantly kills his pregnant daughter for the sake of his caste delight.

Sai Pallavi and Prakash Raj in Oor Iravu.Also, let’s not neglect he’s not solely identified for refined appearing, he’s additionally commercially probably the most profitable villain that the south Indian movie trade has produced but. He has acted in all 4 south Indian languages in addition to in Hindi. He will be real looking and flamboyant on the identical time. Who can neglect Muthu Pandi from Ghilli? Or Gowri Shankar in Dil? You can’t assist however crack-up wanting on the method he reacts when he finds out the reality about his spouse’s “distant relatives” on the finish of Dil. Then there are Pokiri, Sivakasi, Ayya, Businessman and extra?

It would even be a grave injustice to categorise Prakash Raj as only a display villains. While he’s a professional at that, he may also tickle your humorous bone. Think of his performances within the business potboilers, particularly within the scenes the place he begs the hero to spare his life. These climactic scenes have change into a staple in senseless entertainers he does in Telugu cinema. Even for those who see such scenes for the a hundredth time, his appearing nonetheless will get you.

And he’s the principle comic in Mozhi. Mind you, the movie additionally had Brahmanandam in it and but Prakash steals the present as a happy-go-lucky man named Viji, who makes you grin and often burst out laughing together with his antics. He is not only one of many all-time greatest movie villains but additionally a superb comic. And that’s simply barely scratching the floor of his expertise.

There’s extra to him as an artist and storyteller.

Besides wickedness and humour, he may also make you are feeling a gamut of different feelings. He can go away you impressed as Tamizhselvan in Mani Ratnam’s Iruvar. He can present you be a great father and come to phrases with the midlife disaster in Abhiyum Naanum. At the identical time, he could make you ridicule him and admire him directly as a doting father in Bommarillu. He could make you are feeling the ache of a father, who’s anxious concerning the dignity and security of his daughter in Parugu. He may also present you be a greater husband in O Kadhal Kanmani.

Some could name it a untimely remark however we are going to stick our neck out and say it — Prakash Raj is a legend.


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