Mahat Raghavendra

Mahat Raghavendra is an Indian actor who works in Tamil cinema and Telugu cinema. He is best known for his supporting roles in the heist thriller film, Mankatha (2011), and the action drama, Jilla (2014).

Mahat Raghavendra
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Born
Ashish Mohanlal

OccupationFilm actor
Years active2011 - present
Spouse(s)
Prachi Mishra (m. 2020)

CareerEdit

After finishing a degree at Hindustan College of Arts and Science, Mahat pursued a career in films. Prior to his first full fledged acting role, Mahat was seen as a background artiste in Vallavan (2006) and Kaalai (2008), two films starring his childhood friend, Silambarasan.[1] He was initially set to make his debut in a Tamil remake of the successful Telugu film, Ullasamga Utsahamga (2008), though the venture never took off.[2] Mahat was signed to portray a role in Venkat Prabhu's action thriller Mankatha (2011) which featured an ensemble cast including Ajith Kumar, Arjun and Vaibhav. He was selected for the film as he was also a childhood friend of producer Dhayanidhi Alagiri, and in the process, replaced the original choice, Manoj Manchu, who had opted out with a shoulder injury.[3] Mahat appeared as a Dharavi bar owner and the film opened to critical and commercial acclaim in August 2011.[4] For his performance in the film, Mahat was recognised as the year's Best Male Debut Actor from the Edison Awards committee.[2]

Mahat played his first lead role in the Telugu film, Backbench Student (2013), where he appeared alongside Piaa Bajpai and Archana Kavi. He was cast in the film after the makers were impressed after seeing an interview of the actor during his promotions for Mankatha.[5][6][7] He then featured in the fantasy comedy Bunny n Cherry (2013) alongside Prince Cecil, though it garnered negative reviews.[8] Mahat made a return to Tamil films with Jilla (2013), starring alongside Mohanlal and Vijay, in a supporting role.[9] He then announced more projects in 2014 as the lead actor including the Tamil films, Badam Pistha and Simbu, but none of the films completed shoot.[10] After failing to establish himself as a bankable lead actor in Telugu films, Mahat continued to star in small budget ventures including Ladies & Gentlemen (2015) and Run (2016), where he made a guest appearance.[11] His other Telugu films including Panchadara Pachimirchi, Yenthapani Chesave Sirisha and She, failed to have a theatrical release. In the Tamil film industry, Mahat continued to appear in supporting roles, notably starring as a mute character in Chennai 600028 II (2016) and a rowdy in Anbanavan Asaradhavan Adangadhavan (2017).[12]

In 2018, Mahat appeared as a contestant in the Tamil reality television show Bigg Boss hosted by Kamal Haasan.[13]

Personal lifeEdit

Mahat was in a relationship with actress Taapsee Pannu from 2011 until 2012.[14][15] Mahat was assaulted by actor Manoj Manchu at the after party of the 59th Filmfare Awards South ceremony in July 2012, and subsequently filed a police complaint, alleging that he suffered eye and jaw injuries. He later stated that he believed that his relationship with Taapsee had irked Manoj Manchu, which led to the incident.[16][17][18]

Mahat began dating model Prachi Mishra, a former runner-up in the Miss Earth 2012 pageant, in 2017. During his participation in the Bigg Boss show, he admitted to having feelings for fellow contestant Yashika Aanand, prompting Prachi to take to social media to announce their split. Within hours, Prachi deleted the post and the pair sorted all the problems out following his exit from the show.[19] The pair became engaged in April 2019.[20] Finally, Mahat ties the knot with Prachi Mishra on 1-FEB-2020 [21]

FilmographyEdit

Year Movie Role Language Notes
2006 Vallavan Vallavan's friend Tamil Uncredited roles
2007 Kaalai Jeeva's friend
2011 Mankatha Mahat
2013 Backbench Student Karthik Telugu
Bunny n Cherry Charan (Cherry)
Biriyani Himself Tamil Cameo appearance
2014 Jilla Vignesh
Vadacurry Himself Cameo appearance
2015 Ladies & Gentlemen Vijay Telugu
2016 Run Manik Guest appearance
Chennai 600028 II Oor Kaavalan Tamil
2017 Anbanavan Asaradhavan Adangadhavan Sabi
2019 Vantha Rajavathaan Varuven Rohit
2020 Cycle Vankayalu Telugu
Kettavanu Per Edutha Nallavanda Tamil Filming
Ivan Than Uthaman
Television
  • Bigg Boss Tamil 2- Evicted Day 70 (2018)
  • Jodi Unlimited (2018)
  • Dancing Superstars (2019-present)

AwardsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Simbu inspired me to get into movies: Mahat - Times of India". The Times of India.
  2. ^ a b "I'm not friends with Manoj: Mahat Raghavendra - Times of India". The Times of India.
  3. ^ "Of true friends and fake celebs | Deccan Chronicle | 2010-09-17". web.archive.org. 7 December 2010. Archived from the original on 7 December 2010.
  4. ^ "Mahat Raghavendra, actor". The New Indian Express.
  5. ^ Dundoo, Sangeetha Devi (13 March 2013). "Going solo" – via www.thehindu.com.
  6. ^ "'Back Bench Student is a love story'". Rediff.
  7. ^ "'I could relate to Back Bench Student'". Rediff.
  8. ^ "Review : Buny n Cherry – Damp Squib". 15 December 2013.
  9. ^ "Vijay's brother in Jilla has a Mankatha connect, Jilla, Mankatha". www.behindwoods.com.
  10. ^ "Mahat Raghavendra is all set to start his 2 films Badam Pista and Simbu soon". www.behindwoods.com.
  11. ^ "Mankatha fame Mahat will be doing a cameo in Neram Telugu remake". Behindwoods. 21 January 2016.
  12. ^ "Mahat Raghavendra's next features a wolf". The New Indian Express.
  13. ^ Sundaravelu, Anugraha (4 September 2018). "I've learned a lot about myself: Actor Mahat after his 'Bigg Boss' experience" – via www.thehindu.com.
  14. ^ "I dated Taapsee for 2 years: Mahat - Times of India". The Times of India.
  15. ^ "Taapsee and Mahat: More than just friendship? - Times of India". The Times of India.
  16. ^ "Is Taapsee Pannu the reason behind the Mahat-Manchu brawl". Bollywood Life. 11 July 2012.
  17. ^ iQlik Movies (8 September 2013). "More Stories". Iqlikmovies.com. Retrieved 1 October 2019.
  18. ^ "Mahat and I buried our differences long ago, Manoj says - Times of India". The Times of India.
  19. ^ "Bigg Boss Tamil 2: Mahat Raghavendra reunites with his girl friend Prachi Mishra - Times of India". The Times of India.
  20. ^ "Mahat of Tamil 'Bigg Boss 2' fame gets engaged to girlfriend Prachi Mishra". The News Minute. Retrieved 1 October 2019.
  21. ^ "Mahat Raghavendra ties the knot with Prachi Mishra on 1-FEB-2020". TheHindu. 1 February 2020.
  22. ^ "Vijay and Richa win big at Edison awards". Behindwoods. Retrieved 13 February 2012.

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