Venkat Prabhu

Venkat Kumar Gangai Amaren (born 7 November 1975), better known by his stage name Venkat Prabhu, is an Indian filmmaker, who has worked as an actor, director and playback singer in the Tamil film industry.[1] After completing his education, he began pursuing an acting career, with his first three ventures featuring him in a starring role, failing to release, following which he began appearing in character roles. He entered the spotlight for the first time when he turned director with the summer hit Chennai 600028 (2007).[2] He achieved further commercial successes with his subsequent directorials Saroja (2008), Goa (2010), Mankatha (2011), Biriyani (2013) and Mass Masilamani (2015). His father Gangai Amaren is a film director and music director.

Venkat Prabhu
Venkat Prabhu at Damaal Dumeel Audio Launch.jpg
Prabhu at Damaal Dumeel Audio Launch
Venkat Kumar Gangai Amaran

(1975-11-07) 7 November 1975 (age 45)
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
OccupationActor, film director, film producer, playback singer, screenwriter, lyricist
Years active1997–present
RelativesPremgi Amaren (Brother)
Gangai Amaren (Father)
Karthik Raja
Yuvan Shankar Raja (Cousin)
Ilaiyaraja (Paternal Uncle)

Early life and CareerEdit

Venkat Prabhu lived in the United Kingdom for seven years; during that time, he completed his high school and university studies, obtaining a degree in accounting.[3][4] at Middlesex University.[5] Following his return to India, Prabhu began singing for demos by his cousins, Yuvan Shankar Raja and Karthik Raja,[3] and started his career as a playback singer in the film industry. In 1996, he, his brother Premgi Amaren and his childhood friend S. P. B. Charan set up a music band called Next Generation,[2] which also featured Yugendran and Thaman as members,[6][7] and did several stage performances. The following year, Prabhu played the lead role opposite Sangeetha in a film titled Poonjolai directed by his father Gangai Amaren,[8] but the film was cancelled in mid-production and attempts to revive and release the film by the late-2000s were unsuccessful. Prabhu starred in two more ventures, alongside his friends S. P. B. Charan and Yugendran; Wanted, directed by Premgi Amaren,[9][10] and Agathiyan's Kadhal Samrajyam,[11][12] both failing to release as well. Venkat Prabhu was then approached to essay supporting roles, with April Maadhathil (2002) becoming his first release. He went on to play character roles in nearly ten films, the most notable ventures being N. Linguswamy's Ji, starring Ajith Kumar, and the Perarasu-directed Sivakasi, featuring Vijay in the lead role. In 2008, he worked in Seeman's Vaazhthugal alongside Madhavan in his last credited appearance to date. He also played lead roles in Samuthirakani's directorial debut Unnai Charanadaindhen and Gnabagam Varuthey (2007), both co-starring Charan.

Chennai 600028 and the futureEdit

Prabhu snapped at a shooting spot

In 2007, Venkat Prabhu ventured into film directing with the sports comedy film Chennai 600028, produced by S. P. B. Charan, that revolved around a street cricket team from a suburban area in Chennai, with its players being portrayed by 11 newcomers, including his brother Premgi. The film emerged as a sleeper hit,[13][14] garnering high critical acclaim and becoming labelled a "cult classic" in the following years,[15] which led to the lead cast growing in popularity. He next directed the comedy thriller film Saroja (2008), the title being derived from a hit number from Chennai 600028,[16] which also featured an ensemble cast including Charan and Premgi. The film followed the journey of four young men who, by taking a diversion off the main road, land into the hands of a kidnapper gang; it received positive response from critics and at the box office as well. He followed it up with Goa (2010), a full-length comedy film, which received mixed response and did fairly well at the box office. In 2011, he directed his biggest project to date, the action thriller Mankatha, featuring Ajith Kumar in the lead role and Mankatha is biggest blockbuster in that year.

His next project, Biriyani (2013), featured Karthi and Hansika Motwani in the lead roles.

After Biriyani, Venkat Prabhu directed Masss, with Suriya in the lead role. The film was produced by K. E. Gnanavelraja's Studio Green and co-produced by S. R. Prakashbabu and S. R. Prabhu; it was released on 29 May 2015 to positive reviews.

He directed Chennai 600028 II, the sequel of the 2007 blockbuster Chennai 600028, and it was released on 9 December 2016 to positive reviews.[citation needed] His next directorial has been titled Party (2020 film) , which has Sathyaraj, Nassar, Ramya Krishnan, Regina doing lead roles, producer by T.Siva.[17] This is the first time Venkat Prabhu does not collaborate with his cousin, Yuvan Shankar Raja to compose the soundtrack, instead replacing him with his brother, Premji Amaren.After several Delays due to Gst and COVID-19,it is said to release in September 2020. While Venkat is currently shooting for action-political thriller drama Maanaadu starring Silambarasan & Premgi Amaren in lead roles while S. J. Surya will portray negative role. It is said to be release in August 2021. While Venkat is also finishing script for Mankatha sequel which will be his carrier's highly budget and must anticipated project.

Personal lifeEdit

Venkat Prabhu is the son of director-turned-music-director Gangai Amaran and elder brother to actor, singer and music director Premgi Amaran. His uncle is the music director Ilayaraaja and his cousins are the music composers Yuvan Shankar Raja, Karthik Raja and singer Bhavatharini.[18] S. P. B. Charan, producer of Prabhu's first directorial venture Chennai 600028, is his very close friend and they both have worked together on several projects.

He did his schooling at St. Bede's school in Chennai. On 10 September 2001, Venkat Prabhu married Rajalakshmi, the daughter of dance teacher K. J. Sarasa, and now has a daughter named Shivani. Shivani has already sung a song for the album Thaaaii when she was 5 years old.


As DirectorEdit

Year Film Notes
2007 Chennai 600028 Vijay Award for Best Crew
Vijay Award for Best Find of the Year
Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Family Film
Nominated—Vijay Award for Best Director
Nominated—Vijay Award for Best Story, Screenplay Writer
2008 Saroja Nominated—Vijay Award for Favourite Director
2010 Goa Edison Award for Best Romantic Film
2011 Mankatha Vijay Award for Favourite Director
ITFA Best Director Award
Edison Awards – Best Director of the Year
2013 Biriyani
2015 Massu Engira Masilamani
2016 Chennai 600028 II: Second Innings
TBA Party
2020 Maanaadu

As an actorEdit

Year Film Role Note
2002 April Maadhathil Venkat
2003 Vikadan Rammohan's friend
Unnai Saranadainthaen Kannan
2004 Neranja Manasu Machakaalai
2005 Ji Uma Shankar
Sivakasi Ramalingam
Mazhai Kasi
2007 Vasantham Vanthachu Kumaresan
Gnabagam Varuthey Ramu
2008 Vaazhthugal Kalai
Saroja Special appearance
2010 Goa Himself Special appearance
2011 Mankatha Uncredited appearance
2013 Naveena Saraswathi Sabatham Himself Special appearance
2014 Ninaithathu Yaaro Himself Special appearance
Vadacurry Himself Special appearance
Nalanum Nandhiniyum Himself Special appearance
Kathai Thiraikathai Vasanam Iyakkam Himself Special appearance
Theriyama Unna Kadhalichitten Himself Special appearance
2017 Mupparimanam Himself Special appearance
Vizhithiru Dhileepan
2018 Tamizh Padam 2 Himself Special appearance
2019 Kalavu Inspector direct-to-video
2020 Lock Up Moorthi ZEE5
TBA Kasada Thapara TBA Also co-producer

As SingerEdit

Film Song Composer Notes
Anjali "Something Something", "Iravu Nilavu", "Motta Maadi", "Vaanam Namakku", "Anjali Anjali" Ilaiyaraaja
Kalyana Galatta "Aadham Evaal" Yuvan Shankar Raja
Ullasam "Cholare" Karthik Raja
Thulluvadho Ilamai "Neruppu Kootadikkuthu" Yuvan Shankar Raja
Samba "Nandamuri Chandamama" Mani Sharma
Daas "Ennoda Raasi" Yuvan Shankar Raja
Veyilodu Vilayadu "Kattukadanga" Karthik Raja
Kadhal Samrajyam "Mullai Poo" Yuvan Shankar Raja
Enakku 20 Unakku 18 "Oru Nanban Irundhal" A. R. Rahman
Chennai 600028 "Yaaro (Friendship)" Yuvan Shankar Raja
Kunguma Poovum Konjum Puravum "Muthathu Pakkathile" Yuvan Shankar Raja
Siddu +2 "Naan Aalana Thamarai" Dharan
Adhe Neram Adhe Idam "Nammooru Chennaiyile" Premgi Amaren
Goa "Yezhezhu Thalaimuraikkum" Yuvan Shankar Raja
Pugaippadam "Oru Kudaiyil" Gangai Amaran
Thozha "Oru Nayagan" Premji Amaren
Vanavarayan Vallavarayan "Kongunattu thendralukkum" Yuvan Shankar Raja
Chennai 600028 II: Second Innings "Soppanasundari" Yuvan Shankar Raja

As LyricistEdit

Film Song Composer Notes
Chennai 600028 II: Second Innings Soppanasundari Yuvan Shankar Raja


Year Film Language Notes
2016 Chennai 600028 II: Second Innings Tamil
2019 RK Nagar Tamil
TBA Kasada Thapara Tamil Pre-Production


  • Idho Boopalam[19]
  • Kundakka Mandakka
  • Thedathey Tholaindhu Povai[20]
  • Kollywood Kings


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  2. ^ a b Malini Mannath I was mixing money with friendship: Venkat Prabhu interview. 6 June 2007
  3. ^ a b "Generation NEXT". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 22 October 2003.
  4. ^ "Prabhu gets candid!". The Times of India. 1 September 2008.
  5. ^ The amazing success story of Venkat!
  6. ^ Raghavan, Nikhil (10 September 2009). "On a song". The Hindu. Chennai, India.
  7. ^ "Fresh notes". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 26 June 2009.
  8. ^ "Actor Sangeetha content with her success". Chennai, India: The Hindu. 3 August 2006. Retrieved 19 December 2011.
  9. ^ "A-Z (V)". Archived from the original on 24 April 2013. Retrieved 19 December 2011.
  10. ^ "1997–98 Kodambakkam babies Page". Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 19 December 2011.
  11. ^ "Vasundhara's no glam doll". 29 April 2002. Retrieved 19 December 2011.
  12. ^ "Youthful line-up". Chennai, India: The Hindu. 5 July 2002. Retrieved 19 December 2011.
  13. ^ "Tamil cinema in 2007 – half-year report". Retrieved 19 December 2011.
  14. ^ "CHENNAI 28 BOX OFFICE TOP 10 OF 2007". Retrieved 19 December 2011.
  15. ^ "Movies that beat the odds – Chennai 600028". Retrieved 19 December 2011.
  16. ^ "Saroja is not Chennai 600028". Retrieved 19 December 2011.
  17. ^ "It's 'party' time for Venkat Prabhu!". 25 June 2017. Retrieved 25 June 2017.
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