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.)

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Help me find these movies!

I have nearly reached the 200-film mark in the quest to watch all of Prakash Raj’s films, which means the end is in sight!There are 73 films left to watch (not-including new films and future films), of which I have confirmed  access to, or have possession of 47. That leaves 24 films in which Prakash Raj appears, that I cannot seem to find. I have scoured dvd sellers in the US and India, youtube, torrent sites, and more, all to no avail.
(Prakash Raj wanted a large chart,but we settled for an Excel spreadsheet)
I’m posting this in the hope that more eyes looking for these films will yield results.  I’ll update and post this list from time to time, in the hope that these movies might show up:
  • in the bargain bin at a local dvd shop
  • on television, in the middle of the night
  • in a mysterious corner of the internet (youtube, dailymotion, etc), discovered by someone with superior google-skills
  • available in the usual places, but in a different language version (Hindi dub of Telugu, Telugu dub of Kannada, etc.)
  • the illegal trade in Soundarya-Jagapati Babu films of the early 2000's

If you are able to help me track down any of these films, I will happily pay the costs of acquisition and shipping. Any format--dvd, vcd, vhs, file--is fine. You will have my eternal gratitude, plus I’ll happily return the favor of tracking down mysterious items for you. Please feel free to post any leads or suggestions in the comments, or email me at dustdevil dot liz at gmail dot com. (For some of the films, I have found songs and short clips. These are definitely helpful, but my ultimate goal is to find the full movie.)

Thanks!

UPDATE 6/22/12: 
I have some leads on Gunshot and Pelli Chesukundam, and Kannadastore says that they have Mitheleya Seetheyaru and Janani. And my monthly searching for titles turned up Subhash on youtube, so I have hope that more titles will appear in random ways.

TITLE LANG YEAR DIRECTOR STARS/CAST NOTES
1. Mithileya Seetheyaru Kannada 1988 Lalitavaree Vishnuvardhan
2. Nila Tamil 1994 Jayaram, Vineetha
3. Thalaivanin Arulullam Tamil 1995 Prabhu, Suganya
4. Pulakuttikaran Tamil 1995 Parthiban Parthiban
5. Subhash Tamil 1996 RV Udhayakuma Arjun, Silk Smitha item song
6. Viswanath Tamil 1996 S Ranganathan Saravanan, Mohini
7. Gunshot Telugu 1996 S.V. Krishna Reddy Ali, Keerthi Reddy
8. Pelli Chesukundaam Telugu 1997 Muthyala Subbaiah Venkatesh, Soundarya
9. Nandhini Tamil 1997 Manobala Suhasini, Vineeth
10. Dhinamum Ennai Gavani Tamil 1997 AR Ramesh Ramki, Sangavi Also spelled “Thinanum”
11. Pathini Tamil 1997 P. Vasu Jayaraman, Khushboo
12. Santhosam Tamil 1998 Karthik Saravanan
13. Shanti Shanti Shanti Kannada 1998 T.B Srinivas Madhavan, Abbas, Prema, Avn Dubbed in Tamil as “Relax”
14. Chinna Chinna Kannile Tamil 2000 Amirjaan Kushboo
15. Sanchalanam Telugu 2000 TammaReddy Bharadwaja Roja
16. Mudu Mukkalata Telugu 2000 K. Raghavendra Rao Jagapati Babu, Soundarya
17. Sadduku Podam Randi(Sardukupodam Randi) Telugu 2001 S V Krishna Reddy Jagapati Babu, Soundarya
18. Premaku Swagatham Telugu 2002 J D Chakravarthy, Soundarya
19. Rifles Telugu 2002 Dasari Narayana Rao Dasari Arun Kumar May have been dubbed as “Vandemataram”
20. Vidyarti Telugu 2004 Balachari Ramesh, Aditi Agarwal
21. Lee Tamil 2007 Prabhu Solomon Sibiraj
22. Sivamayam Tamil 2008 Sanjayram Shaam Not to be confused with the Tamil serial of the same name
23. Zamaanat Hindi 2009 S. Ramanathan Amitabh Bachchan, Karisma Kapoor, Arshad Warsi Not sure if it ever released
24. Janani Kannada 2010 Rajkumar Chandulal Abdullah, Vibha Rai
25. Chutti Chatthan Tamil (2010), Malayalam (2012) 2010 Rama Narayanan Re-release of 1984 3D Malayalam movie, with new scenes added.
26. Prarthane Kannada Sadhashiva Shenoy Anant Nag, Pavitra Lokesh, Prakash Raj

7 comments:

  1. I can't believe you have almost watched 200 Prakash Raj films! Such dedication! Wow, time flies, doesn't it. :) I saw your plea to find movies and of course that sort of thing stirs me to action like nothing else as it is a pain I feel often! :D I am very happy to report that I think I've found at least one for you. Have you checked out www.kannadastore.com? That's my go to place for Kannada titles- they have a ton, especially more obscure older releases, and I've had good order experience with them. They have the first title on your list, Mithileya Seetheyaru, and they probably have some others too (I didn't check). With anytamil.com shut down, I'm of no help for your Tamil titles. :( Good luck!

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  2. oho.. interesting...when will you finish remaining 73 films?

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  3. @MinaiMinai Thank you for the tip on Kannadastore--they were previously out of stock on Mithileya Seetheyaru, but your comment got me to email them, and they have M.S. and Janani available! Two more located!

    @kiran, thanks for stopping by! My average is 6-8 films a month, at that rate, I should be through the 47 (of the 73) films that I have by the end of 2012. Prakash Raj hasn't been in any films in the last few months, but he has more films coming out this year. I figure I will be caught up by February or March of 2013.

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  4. For sure I have Pelli chesukundam, I'll check the others titles:)

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  5. Sivamayam did not release at all, the film was shelved.

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  6. Interesting post. Nice list of movies to watch.

    http://nirnajanactor.blogspot.in/2013/11/s-niranjan-actor-fraud.html

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