Popularly known as ‘Young Rebel Star’, Prabhas is an Indian actor who mostly acts in Telugu movies. He is the nephew of yesteryear's actor Krishnam Raju and debuted as an actor with ‘Eeshwar’ in 2002. His performances have earned him nation wide recognition after the release of S.S. Rajamouli’s blockbuster 'Baahubali.’ ‘Varsham’, ‘Chatrapathi’, ‘Darling’, ‘Mr. Perfect’, ‘Mirchi’ and 'Baahubali' are some of his notable hits.
Prabhas Early Life
Prabhas was born as Venkata Satyanarayana Prabhas Raju Uppalapati to late U. Suryanarayana Raju and Siva Kumari in Chennai on October 23, 1979. He is the youngest of the two children with a brother Prabodh Uppalapati. Prabhas did his schooling from DNR School, Bhimavaram and intermediate from Sri Chaitanya Jr. College, Hyderabad before going on to complete his graduation. Before venturing into films, he took an acting course under the guidance of Satyanand master, who is known for training many of the biggest stars present in the Telugu industry.
Prabhas Family Father Mother Uncle
Prabhas' father late U Suryanarayana Raju was a film producer and younger brother of Rebel Star Krishnam Raju. He produced a couple of movies on his banner, Gopi Krishna Movies of which the prominent ones being 'Bhakta Kannappa', 'Bobbili Brahmanna' and a few others. His mother Siva Kumari is a housewife and he also has an elder brother, Prabodh Uppalapati. They hail from Mogulthuru, a village in West Godavari, which is best known for the ancient Kalidindi Zamindari clan to which Krishnam Raju is a nephew. His cousin Pramod Uppalapati along with friends Vamsi Krishna Reddy and Vikram Reddy, started a production house, UV Creations with 'Mirchi' being their first project.
Being the son of film producer U. Suryanarayana Raju and nephew of yesteryear's Rebel star Krishnam Raju Uppalapati, working in films was not far away for Prabhas. After completing his college, he made his onscreen debut in director Jayanth C. Paranjee’s ‘Eshwar’ in 2002 where he was paired opposite Sridevi Vijaykumar, who also made her debut into movies. Prabhas’ performance was given a thumbs up and immediately it was followed with director Suresh Krishna’s action-drama ‘Raghavendra’ in 2003 which was an average grosser.
The fortune of this handsome hunk changed when ‘Varsham’ released in 2004. It was directed by Sobhan and produced by MS Raju under his banner Sumanth Art Creations. ‘Varsham’ opposite Trisha was a runaway hit as it got him his first blockbuster hit. ‘Varsham’ was later remade in other languages including Hindi as ‘Baaghi’ in 2016 starring Tiger Shroff and Shraddha Kapoor. ‘Adavi Ramudu’ and ‘Chakram’ which followed after ‘Varsham’ were average fairs.
Prabhas was earlier approached for the movie 'Simhadri' by director SS Rajamouli, but the project did not materialize as Prabhas rejected the offer. In 2005, for the first time, Prabhas collaborated with Rajamouli for ‘Chatrapathi’ where he was paired opposite Shriya Saran. It was a super hit and the success of this action drama gave Prabhas the needed commercial hero image and cemented his place in the Telugu film industry. In the following year 2006, he teamed up for the second time with MS Raju for 'Pournami' which was directed by choreographer-turned-director Prabhu Deva and Prabhas was praised for his intense performance. In 2007, he collaborated for the first time with VV Vinayak to make 'Yogi' which was another average grosser. The second release in 2007 was 'Munna' directed by debutant Vamsi Paidipally and was produced by 'Dil' Raju who had earlier offered Prabhas 'Arya' but was rejected by him.
The following year, 2008 saw his first collaboration with ace director Puri Jagannadh for 'Bujjigadu'. Collection King Mohan Babu co-starred in this romantic action drama and he paired with Trisha for the third time. The word 'Darling', which Prabhas uses in the movie constantly, got quite famous, especially with his fans. While his first film in the year 2009 was 'Billa', a remake of Amitabh Bachchan's classic movie 'Don' and was directed by Meher Ramesh, his second movie in 2009 was again with Puri Jagannadh, 'Ek Niranjan' where Kangana Ranaut was paired opposite to him. Both the movies ended as average grossers.
The year 2010 saw Prabhas in a new avatar in Karunakaran's rom-com, 'Darling'. He bounced back into the league of super hits with this film that featured Kajal Aggarwal as the female lead. The movie showed Prabhas in a new light as an uber cool guy and the word 'Darling' got even more famous among the youth and his fans. It also fetched him a CineMAA Award for Best Actor (Jury). The next year 2011, Prabhas teamed up for the second time with 'Dil' Raju to come up with 'Mr. Perfect'. It was directed by Dasaradh and starred Kajal Aggarwal and Tapsee Pannu as the leading ladies. The movie joined his streak of superhits and this was followed by 'Rebel' in the year 2012 which was directed by Raghava Lawrence.
Come to 2013 and Prabhas teamed up with Koratala Siva who made his debut as a director with ‘Mirchi’. Anushka Shetty and Richa Gangopadhyay were cast as the leading ladies opposite to him. The movie turned out to be a blockbuster and Prabhas marched into the top league of actors in the Telugu Film Industry. The movie also earned Prabhas his first ever Nandi Award as Best Actor and the movie in total won 6 Nandi Awards including Best Feature Film.
In the same year, SS Rajamouli announced his most ambitious project 'Baahubali', a Telugu-Tamil bilingual as his next venture. A two-part drama for which he confirmed Prabhas would star in the titular role of Mahendra and Amarendra Baahubali. Prabhas went through intense workout regime for his two roles in the movie and also postponed his marriage plans which stands as a testimony to his dedication towards his work. The first part, 'Baahubali: The Beginning' was released on July 10, 2015, in Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam and Hindi and it went on to become the third highest grosser at the Indian Box Office. After creating some historic records with the first part, the team resumed to complete the second part and it was released on April 28, 2017. Across four languages, the movie released in over 9000 screens globally and it went on to become India's biggest motion picture cracking the Rs. 1000 Cr. mark.
With 'Baahubali : The Conclusion' re-writing the history of Indian Cinema and opening a new phase for Telugu cinema, Prabhas became an international star with global media houses such as BBC and The Guardian running stories on the epic. Director SS Rajamouli made a special mention that 'Baahubali' was possible only because of Prabhas and he will be ever grateful to the star in blindly believing in him and his dream for 5 years without accepting any other movie. A daring move of not accepting any movie for five years and working only on one movie was something any actor did for the first time in the history of Indian Cinema. The hard work he put into this movie not just earned him the biggest blockbuster in the history of Indian Cinema but also a great following across the nation. He also became the first South Indian Celebrity to have a wax statue at the Madame Tussauds, Bangkok.
After the stupendous success of 'Baahubali' series, Prabhas' next movie is Telugu-Tamil-Hindi tri-lingual, 'Saaho' with young director Sujeeth in which Shraddha Kapoor is playing the female lead. The movie is touted to be a heavy action thriller with stars like Neil Nithin Mukesh, Jackie Shroff, Arun Vijay, Mahesh Manjrekar, Mandira Bedi, Lal, Vennela Kishore and others being a part of it. With a budget close to Rs. 150 crores, UV Creations is bankrolling this project which is slated for a 2018 release in four languages including Malayalam.
After 'Saaho', he has confirmed his next film which would be under the direction of Radha Krishna Kumar of 'Jil' fame and UV Creations will be bankrolling this film as well.
Prabhas won his first award for the movie 'Darling' for which he was given the CineMAA Award for Best Actor (Jury). In 2013, he won a Nandi Award for Best Actor for his performance as Jai in 'Mirchi.'
Year Movie Category Award 2010 Darling Best Actor (Jury) CineMAA Award 2013 Mirchi Best Actor Nandi State Award 2015 Baahubali: The Beginning Best Actor Santosham Award
Prabhas Favourites Food Biryani, Butter Chicken, Pani Puri Color Black Sports Volleyball Director Actor Robert De Niro,, Vehicle Rolls Royce Phantom, Jaguar XJ, BMW X5 Song Mellaga Karagani (Varsham) Book The fountainhead by Ayn Rand Holiday Spot London
Prabhas claims to be a big foodie and enjoys having his favourite biryani and butter chicken when he is not working out. When it comes to celebrities owning luxury cars, Prabhas is not far behind. He owns a Jaguar XJ, Rolls Royce Phantom and a BMW X5. He has many times claimed that his all-time favourite directors are Mani Ratnam and Rajkumar Hirani while Jayasudha and Trisha are his favourite actresses. He admires Robert De Niro big time and also loves reading books in his free time. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand stands as his favourite book.
Prabhas did his schooling from DNR School, Bhimavaram and Intermediate from Sri Chaitanya College, Hyderabad. After completing his graduation, he joined for an acting course under Master Satyanand in Vizag before he made his entry into Telugu cinema.
Prabhas has endorsed only one product so far. In the year 2015, he was the brand ambassador for Mahindra TUV 300. Though he received many offers post the release of the first part of 'Baahubali', Prabhas chose to stay away in order to give his complete time to Rajamouli till he completes the movie.
Prabhas Trivia & Facts
- He made his first Bollywood cameo appearance in Ajay Devgn’s ‘Action Jackson’
- He has given voiceover for Manchu Vishnu's film ‘Denikaina Ready’
- Not many people know that full name of Prabhas is Venkata Satyanarayana Prabhas Raju Uppalapati
- He is known as the only actor in Indian Cinema to have dedicated 5 years of his career in his peak time for one role. It was for the two-part epic series of 'Baahubali'
- For the movie of 'Baahubali', he was gifted with gym equipment worth 1.5 crores from the makers to work out as required
- Megastar Chiranjeevi and Prabhas hail from the same village Mogulthuru in West Godavari district, Andhra Pradesh
- He is the only South Indian actor to have a wax statue at the Madame Tussauds
- Prabhas initially wanted to become an hotelier, but destiny had acting in place for him
- He was the only South Indian actor to feature in the list of GQ’s Most Influential Young Indians, 2017
Prabhas Social Service
It is very well known that Prabhas has a heart of gold. Though he kept all his social work silent, a good deed never goes unnoticed. And thus, here we have a few incidents when Prabhas showed he was hero in real life as well.
- In 2012, he donated Rs. 10 Lakhs to a blind school while shooting for his movie, 'Rebel'
- In 2015, he donated Rs. 5 Lakhs to an old age home
- During the 2014 Hudhud cyclone that hit the city of Vizag, Andhra Pradesh Prabhas came forward donating an amount of Rs. 20 lakhs
- At the time of Chennai floods in 2015, Prabhas gave away Rs. 15 lakhs to the Chennai floods relief activities.
He also met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2015 after the stupendous success of the first part, 'Baahubali: The Beginning.' Later in 2017 on the occassion of Mahatma Gandhi Jayanthi, he supported the 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan' calling out to his followers and fans to keep the country clean. His fans took it up on themselves and acted upon the initiative imediately. Prabhas even thanked his fans for following his words religiously requesting them to continue the mission and not wave it off in a day.
Prabhas is a 'darling' to almost everyone in the industry. For the shy person he is and the down to earth attitude he carries, he has always been everyone's favourite. However, the closest to this one of the tallest Tollywood celebs in Telugu cinema is Gopichand and Allu Arjun. He has told at number of events that these two are always his closest friends in Telugu Film Industry. He also shares a great bond with SS Rajamouli and this was way before 'Baahubali' even took off. For the banner Vishwamitra Creations thats owned by Rajamouli's relatives, Urmila Gunnam and P Cherry, Prabhas is the one who appears as Vishwamitra when the production house title rolls. This was done as friendly gesture by Prabhas for the bond he shares with Rajamouli.
Being one of the most desirable bachelor with a huge following, Prabhas couldn't help falling victim to a few baseless rumours especially around his marriage, There were even rumours that Prabhas would marry Raashi Cements founder, BV Raju's grand daughter. Also, for the amazing chemistry that worked out with Anushka Shetty and starring alongside her in 4 movies, there were rumours doing the rounds about his marriage with her.
Prabhas Social Profiles
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