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Prabhas
Also known as: Prabhas Raju Uppalapati
Actor • Special Appearances • Voice Cast
Born: October 23, 1979 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
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Born as Prabhas Raju Uppalapati, Prabhas is a popular Indian actor who appears in Telugu cinema. He is the nephew of the veteran actor of the Telugu film industry, Uppalapati Krishnam Raju. In the year 2015, Prabhas starred in the movie, Baahubali, which is one of the highest grossing movies of Indian cinema and later reprised his titular role in Baahubali 2: The Conclusion (2017), which became the first Indian film in the history of Indian cinema to gross 1000 crores INR at the box office. The huge star that Prabhas is, the actor not only has a huge fan base across India but also over the years has earned several nick names from his fans including Mr. Perfect, Pubsi and Prabha.
Early Life
Born to Siva Kumari and the famous Telugu director and producer, Uppalapati Suryanarayan Raju, Prabhas is the youngest amongst his siblings: he has an elder brother Pramod and a sister Pragathi.
Acting Career
Prabhas made his debut in the Telugu film industry with the movie Eeshwar in the year 2002. Much was expected from the movie, however, it failed to impress the audience and was termed as an `average hit`. Likewise, Prabhas failed to leave an impression on the box office with his second release as well. His second movie, Raghuvendra, which was released in 2003, also wasn`t well received by the audience. However, his next movie, Varsham (2004), which also starred Trisha Krishnan and Gopichand, was commercially successful. Varsham marked his stardom in the Telugu film industry and Prabhas also won the Best Young Performer at the Santosham Film Awards and his co-star, Trisha, bagged the Filmfare Best Actress award for the movie.

Following his success with Varsham, Prabhas` next movie was highly anticipated. However, his next movie, Adavi Ramdu (2004), received negative reception at the box office and and failed to live up to the audience`s expectation.

In the year 2005, Prabhas starred in S.S. Rajamouli`s Chatrapati, which ran for over a 100 days at around 54 cinema theaters. It was a huge hit and his screen presence was highly praised. However, for a second time in a row in his career, Prabhas followed a hit with a movie which disappointed his fans. His next release in 2006, Pournami, proved to be a failure at the box office.

Later, Prabhas appeared in Yogi (2007), and Munna (2009), which achieved mediocre success at the box office but was well received bymost of his fans. In the next few years, Prabhas starred in movies such as Billa (2009) and Ek Niranjan (2013) - both these movies did exceptionally well and Prabhas also received a Filmfare nomination for his performance in Ek Niranjan.

After starring in a couple of romantic-comedy movies - Darling (2011), and Mr. Perfect (2012) - Prabhas appeared in an action film, Rebel (2014), directed by Raghava Lawrence. In the same year, the actor made his debut in a Bollywood film with a cameo appearance in Action Jackson, an Indian action coedy film directed by Prabhudeva and featuring Ajay Devgn, Sonakshi Sinha and Yami Gautam in pivotal roles. Prabhas followed this with two blockbuster hits - Mirchi (2013) and Baahubali: The Beginning (2015). The latter became the highest grossing movie of the year and it also won the National Film Award for Best Special Effects. In preparation for his role in the film, the actor underwent a strict diet regime, which included eating about 40 egg whites everyday as well as he took special training in rock climbing. The highest paid actor in the Telugu industry reprises his role in the second installment of the Baahubali franchise, which is titled Baahubali 2: The Conclusion, which released in April 2017. His 2019 release includes Saaho.
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Did You Know? (10)

  • It is said that Prabhas was paid over INR 20 crore for Baahubali series, making him the highest-paid Telugu film actor
  • Before beginning shooting for Baahubali, the makers gifted Prabhas gym equipment worth 1.5 crore INR to bulk up muscles.
  • While preparing for Baahubali: The Beginning, the actor was trained by Lakshman Reddy, former winner of title Mr. World.
  • Prabhas is a self-confessed fan of the Bollywood director Rajkumar Hirani; Munna Bhai MBBS and 3 Idiots in particular.
  • Both Prabhas and Rana Daggubati had to weigh over 100 kgs for Baahubali 2. Rana gained 33kgs and Prabhas put on 20 kgs.
  • While working for Baahubali: The Beginning, Prabhas did not sign any movies for a period of three years.
  • Prabhas did not want to become an actor but instead wanted to become a businessman and holds a degree in Engineering.
  • Prabhas is a trained dancer and has learnt dance under Sekhar master.
  • Prabhas was paid INR 24 crores for his role in the movie Baahubali.
  • Prabhas’ favorite book is The Fountain Head written by Ayn Rand.
  • Personal Quotes (7)

  • "No star is bigger than the success of a film."
  • "Tough times call for tougher decisions."
  • "Friendship is a personal issue, and it should remain that way."
  • "Everything else is irrelevant after the bliss of giving a perfect shot."
  • "You don`t have to look like a warrior in every role."
  • "If the script is not good, the film will not work."
  • "For Rajamouli, I would have even spent more than four years on Baahubali. I would have been ready to dedicate even seven years for him on the project."
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