Who is Prakash Raj, the man who has taken on PM Narendra Modi, threatened to return his awards

By: | Published: October 3, 2017 11:53 AM

The National award-winning actor also questioned PM's silence on the incident and said that he felt like 'returning' his awards.

Kicking up a storm with his statement, actor-filmmaker Prakash Raj on Monday criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led BJP government on the recent assassination of journalist-activist Gauri Lankesh in Bangalore. (IE Photo)

Kicking up a storm with his statement, actor-filmmaker Prakash Raj on Monday criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led BJP government on the recent assassination of journalist-activist Gauri Lankesh in Bangalore. Raj slammed PM Modi for following certain individuals on Twitter, who ‘celebrated’ the murder of Gauri. The National award-winning actor also questioned PM’s silence on the incident and said that he felt like ‘returning’ his awards because of “such actors who are acting as though nothing has happened”. He later insisted that he was “not such a fool to give back the national awards.” Take a look at who is Prakash Raj:

• He is well known for his works in the South Indian film industry.

• An Indian film actor, born in Bengaluru dominated Karnataka’s theatre scene before making his big screen debut.

• During his early days as a stage actor, as per the report by the Indian Express, he has apparently given 2,000 street theatre performances.

• His major break came in Tamil when he was launched by legendary director K. Balachander with Duet in 1994.

• He has won five National Awards, including best actor, best supporting actor and best film.

• He has also excelled in performing character roles in films by renowned filmmakers such as Mani Ratnam and Priyadarshan, reported the Indian Express.

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• For more than two decades, Raj remained the most-sought-after actor in the South Indian film industry.

• Besides Kannada, he can fluently speak Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu, Marathi, Hindi and English.

• He has also produced many socially responsible films.

• Raj has also been a television host.

• Apart from playing roles of a villain on the big screen, he has been carrying out various humanitarian efforts through The Prakash Raj Foundation.

• One of the most important achievements in his charity is his developmental works in the drought-hit village, Kondareddypalli, in Mahabubnagar district in Telangana.

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