Venkat Prabhu is an Indian filmmaker, who has worked as an actor, director and playback singer in the Tamil film industry. His father, Gangai Amaren, is a renowned music director. Prabhu, after completing his education, began pursuing an acting career, with his first three ventures, featuring him in a starring role, failing to release, following which he began appearing in character roles. He hogged spotlight for the first time when he turned director with the summer hit Chennai 600028 (2007). He achieved further commercial successes with his subsequent directorials Saroja (2008), Mankatha (2011), Biriyani (2013), Vizhithiru (2017) and Party (2018). His 2021 release includes Maanaadu.