Prabhas Raju Uppalapati, popularly known as Prabhas, is a Tollywood actor and the nephew of Tollywood star and politician Krishnam Raju Uppalapati. He is one of the younger faces of the south Indian film industry ruling today.
Prabhas's early movies, Eeshwar and Raghavendra, did not fare well at the box office but he gained stardom with MS Raju's film, Varsham opposite Trisha Krishnan in 2004. He also won the Santosham Best Young Performer award for this film.
After the success of Varsham, Adavi Ramudu and Chakram did not live up to the expectations of Prabhas's fans. However in September 2005, he made a comeback with the phenomenal blockbuster, Chatrapathi, opposite actress Shriya Saran. For this film, he was nominated for the Filmfare Best Telugu Actor award.
It has been hits and misses for Prabhas. Because after Chatrapathi, he had three flops in a row with Pournami, Yogi, and Munna.
What’s noteworthy is that despite all the flops that have plagued him in his early career, he continues to have a large, loyal fan base among Telugu people, especially among women and young men. In 2009, he will be appearing in the Telugu film Billa, which is a remake of the Tamil film Billa and the Hindi film Don.
He is the nephew of politician Krishnam Raju Uppalapati.
He won the Santosham Best Young Performer award for Varsham (2004).
He was nominated for Filmfare best Telugu actor award for Chatrapati (2005).
He was a massive fan following among young men and women.
His favourite film is Gitanjali.
Though his favourite actress is Shriya Saran, he has acted with Trisha in three films.
I have always preferred a silent life minding my own business. I am far away from day-to-day developments in the industry. I want to do films which entertain the audience and bring cash to the producer.
I like stunts. At the same time, I like them to be realistic to the maximum extent. I don’t like putting on wires and jumping from heights. Generally, it doesn’t happen in real life. It is cinema. When people like it, we are helpless. We must do it. Why only action movies? I also did Chakram to overcome the hangover of stunts. It miserably failed. I realised a successful movie should have all the elements.
Several of my films have mother-sentiment. Except Chatrapathi, the rest were flops. I can say, they have failed our expectations. Overdose of crying and serious mood don’t work out for the present audience. To be frank, I don’t like sentimental movies.
I concentrate on the variety in a subject. I also want uniqueness in the style of narration and direction. Each time, I prefer to change my own characterisation. It should not be like a carried over subject from one film to the other.
I shall not go to any director with a request to direct me. But, I consider it a great opportunity to me, having worked with them at a very early stage in my career. I worked with a debut director Vamsi Paidipalli. In future too, I do invite young and talented technicians.