Welcome to "My Year of Prakash Raj," an ongoing project to watch all of the films of my favorite actor working in Indian film.
About me: I'm a Colorado native and a pop-culture junkie. I've been watching Hindi films on and off since 2001, and in 2009 it became a serious obsession. I watched a LOT of Hindi films, started reading and posting on BollyWHAT, and a year ago I saw my first Telugu film. Since then, I've become a die-hard fan of South Indian films.
About Prakash Raj: The wikepedia entry has all of the basic biographical facts, but what you really need to know is that Prakash Raj is:
a) in about every third South Indian (Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam) film you will ever watch. Check out his filmography. Yup, that's a lot of films.
b) AWESOME!!!!!! He's a great dramatic actor (with two National Awards) AND the all-around utility player. He can be a loving or stern father, a righteous or comical police officer, and a whole range of psychotic, maniacally laughing villains.
About the project: I've automatically been adding movies to my "to watch" list when I see Prakash Raj's name in the credits. I kept looking at that filmography on wikipedia, and began to wonder what all of those movies were about, and what would it be like to see them all. I was also reading some random blog about doing something every day for a year, and thus was born "My Year of Prakash Raj", and my goal to see all of Prakash Raj's movies (in a year, give or take.)
Now, to be honest, this isn't really Day One. That was apparently back in 2003, when I first saw Mani Ratnam's Bombay, and it was almost a year ago when I truly fell for the acting chops of P.R., as the bewildered, jet-setting father in Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana. At this point I'm anywhere between 15%-25% on the way to my goal, but it feels like Prakash Raj is making films faster than I can watch them, so this may be a (pleasantly) Sisyphean enterprise.
My hope is that in the coming days, weeks, months, etc. that this blog will be a place to record some purposeful and random thoughts about South Indian cinema in general, and the work of Prakash Raj in particular.
Inspired by Tollywood is My Bollywood's inaugural post about filmi muhurats, I'll kick things off with this image from the Tamil film, Giri: