Uppalapati Venkata Suryanarayana Prabhas Raju (born 23 October 1979), known mononymously as Prabhas, is an Indian film actor. One of the highest-paid actors of Indian cinema, Prabhas has featured in Forbes India’s Celebrity 100 list three times since 2015 based on his income and popularity. He is the first South Indian actor to receive a wax sculpture at Madame Tussaud’s wax museum.
Prabhas was born to film producer U. Suryanarayana Raju and his wife Siva Kumari. He has two siblings, a brother named Prabodh and a sister Pragathi. He is the youngest of the three children. He is the nephew of Telugu actor Uppalapati Krishnam Raju. Prabhas attended the Nsm School, Gannavaram mandal, and graduated with a B.Tech. degree from Sri Chaitanya College, Hyderabad.
Prabhas started his movie career with Eeswar in 2002. In 2003, he was the lead in Raghavendra. In 2004, he appeared in Varsham. He continued his career with Adavi Raamudu and Chakram. In 2005 he acted in the film Chatrapathi directed by S. S. Rajamouli, in which he portrays the role of a refugee, exploited by goons. It had a 100-day run in 54 centers. Idlebrain stated that he had a unique style and macho charm in his screen presence. Later he acted in Pournami, Yogi and Munna, an action-drama film came out in 2007, followed by the action-comedy Bujjigadu in 2008. In 2009 his two films were Billa and Ek Niranjan. Indiaglitz called Billa stylish and visually rich.
In 2010 he appeared in the romantic comedy Darling. The film opened to positive reviews. The Times of India gave a two and half star rating explaining “Director Karunakaran extracts good performances from his actors, but can’t come up with a refreshing plot. It looks like the director hasn’t really come out of his Tholi Prema hangover as he dishes out yet another one-sided love saga but fails to come up with a valid and logical reason to make a Gen Z lad to hold back his feelings for his lover until the last moment. However, he compensates it all, by adding loads of fun moments in the film and the screenplay does have its share of some touching moments.” In 2011, Mr. Perfect, another romantic comedy.The review site GreatAndhra rated the film with three stars and noted “The film comes across as a clean, family entertainer and the intention of the makers must be appreciated.
In 2012, Prabhas starred in Rebel, an action film directed by Raghava Lawrence. His next film was Mirchi. He rendered voice for a short cameo for the film Denikaina Ready. Sashidhar from The Times of India stated, “The film belongs to hard-core Prabhas fans as the movie is stylish and visually rich but not much in content”.Purnima Ranawat from NDTV said, “Rebel serves up fare for the mass audience. The film will be definitely liked by Prabhas’ fans. Watch it for the dancing talent of Tamannaah Bhatia and action skills of Prabhas. “Radhika Rajamani from Rediff.com gave the movie one and half stars out of five and said, “Working with hardly any storyline, director Raghava Lawrence had made a film that is arduous to watch… Rebel is a movie for the masses and certainly not for the discerning audience.”
Jeevi gave a rating of 3.25 out of 5, commenting that “First half of Mirchi is decent. Flashback episode which occupies 100% of second half is good. Climax could have been better. The plus points of the film are Prabhas, music and all-round orientation. On a whole, Mirchi has all the ingredients of a commercial potboiler”. Mahesh S Koneru gave his verdict that “At the Box Office, the film will turn in a good commercial performance”, giving the film a score of 3.25/5.Way2movies also gave a rating of 3.25/5, giving the verdict that “Prabhas rocks the show in this decent yet formulaic commercial entertainer”. Super good movies gave the film 3 stars in a scale of 5, reviewing that “Go and Watch Mirchi, It entertains both Class and Mass. It is a worth watch.”
In 2015 he appeared as Shivudu/Mahendra Baahubali and Amarendra Baahubali in S.S. Rajamouli’s epic Baahubali: The Beginning which is the fourth-highest-grossing Indian film to date. Prabhas reprised his role in its sequel, Baahubali 2: The Conclusion (2017), which became the first Indian film ever to gross over ₹1,000 crore (US$155 million) in all languages in just ten days, and it is the second highest-grossing Indian film to date. Prabhas won the SIIMA Award for Best Actor (Telugu) for his performance in The Conclusion.
In 2019, Prabhas starred in Sujeeth-directed action thriller Saaho. Despite receiving unfavourable reviews, the film went on to gross over ₹433 crore.
As of January 2021, Prabhas’ upcoming romantic drama Radhe Shyam is under production. Further, Prabhas has signed three other films. He would play the titular role in Aadipurush, an adaptation of the Hindu epic Ramayana. The film helmed by director Om Raut also stars Saif Ali Khan. Prabhas is committed to feature alongside Deepika Padukone and Amitabh Bachchan for Nag Ashwin’s untitled sci fi film. He will also team up with director Prashanth Neel for the action film Salaar.