My Year of Prakash Raj

Some people spend a year
cooking Julia Child's recipes, or following all of the rules in the Bible, or reading books by people who spent a year doing something. My quest is to watch the 200-some films of South Indian character-actor-extraordinaire, Prakash Raj. (It'll probably take more than a year... and I'll post about some Prakash-less films here as well.)

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Coming Attractions

So many Prakash Raj movies are coming out this fall and in the coming months. Here's a run-down of what's coming, and my level of excitement (in Prakash eyebrow raises) for each one.

Anwar (Malayalam, starring Prithviraj and Mamta!!!)
This looks like it actually has a suspenseful plot, so I'm trying not to read too much about it. It looks like a "Prakash Cop" role, with a focus on terrorist interrogations. I'm loving the clunky glasses, I love Mamta, and I've loved the Prithvi-Prakash pairing in other films.

Level of excitement for seeing Prakash Raj in this movie: 5 eyebrow raises.

Brindavaanam (Telugu, starring Jr. NTR and Kajal)
I saw a short summary online that Prakash Dad and Srihari Dad play feuding factionalists with daughters. Jr. NTR's character tries to bring the feuding Dads together.  I've liked the way Prakash plays off of Tarak and Srihari in other films, plus he will be wearing lots of white and, fingers crossed, lungis!
Level of excitement for seeing Prakash Raj in this movie: 4 eyebrow raises.

Khaleja (Telugu, starring Mahesh and Anushka)
I'm really excited to see Mahesh, I'm loving the soundtrack and the northern India location, but it sounds like a pretty standard Prakash Bad role.
Note: Dark, oversized sunglasses= evillllll.

Prakash Raj makes a short appearance a few minutes into this "making of" video:
Level of excitement for seeing Prakash Raj in this movie: 3 eyebrow raises.

Badrinath (Telugu, starring Allu Arjun and Tammanah)
There hasn't been a lot of official info on this one, but what has been confirmed:  scenes were shot in Manali (and Prakash Raj and Pony Verma honeymooned there while he was shooting), Imran Khan is NOT in it, andV.V.Vinayak is directing. I think I read that it's a negative role, but who knows.

Prakash Raj wasn't at the muhurat, but it's still fun to watch Bunny, Chiru and the gang.
Level of excitement for seeing Prakash Raj in this movie: 2 eyebrow raises (but that could change with more info).

Electra (Malayalam, starring Nayantara and Manisha Koirola)
This is a modern-day adaptation of the classic Greek story/play. I'm psyched that this has some strong, interesting female roles for Nayantara and Manisha to tackle. Prakash plays the Agamemnon role and he may not have a lot of screen time, but it's "Classical Prakash Dad"! It sounds like the release is tied up in some legal brouhaha, but hopefully it will make it's way to subtitled DVD in the next few months.
 Level of excitement for seeing Prakash Raj in this movie: 4 eyebrow raises

Vaanam (Tamil, starring Simbu, Bharath, Anushka)
This is the Tamil remake of the Telugu Vedam, which I am looking forward to seeing. (I still want to see Bunny in it before seeing the Simbu version, but I'm always excited to see Bharath.) Prakash is slated to play the Manoj Bajpai role. I've really liked Prakash Raj in some of these more nuanced roles (like the Kannada Atithi.)  Scoop on the South just posted some photos:

"Why didn't Bella choose Jacob?! Why??!"
Level of excitement for seeing Prakash Raj in this movie: 3.5 eyebrow raises 


  1. I didn't know about a couple of these. Anwar looks awesome and of course I am waiting (and waiting...) for Khaleja and Brindavanam. Such a fun filmi Fall!

  2. Haven't seen any of these so far. Hope you are having fun watching them!!