Popularly known as "Kathal IIavarasan", Prashanth remains the hot favourite among the youngsters. Son of film actor, producer and director Thyagarajan, he has many successful films to his credit in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Hindi. Prashanth is a Bharathanatyam exponent, and has trained in several martial arts like kung-fu, karate, kalari, gymnastics, roller skating, horse riding, rowing and yatching.
He is a also a high-board diver and long distance sea swimmer. He has a penchant for music and plays many musical instruments. Prashanth has passed third grade in music-piano from the Trinity Collge of Music, London. He is the only actor to work with almost all the popular directors in South including Mani Ratnam, Balu Mahendra, Shankar, R.K. Selvamani and Agathiyan, among many others.
Prashanth's debut was in 1990 when he starred in Vaigasi Poranthachu which went on to become a big hit. Soon he was in yet another hit Chembaruthi directed by R.K.Selvamani. Vanna Pookal by Balu Mahendra won the best regional film award at the national level and gave Prasanth yet another hit.
The young actor went on to do many films like Enga Thambi, Unkahhe Piranthen, Raasa Maghan, Senthamizh Selvan and Kanmani M.
Then came Mani Ratnam’s Thiruda Thiruda which bombed at the box-office. He has acted in an offbeat Malayalam film Perunthachan which won the best film award in Kerala. He has also done Telugu films like Tholi Muddu, Prema Vijayam, Prema Sikaram, Premapattam, Allariprema as well Hindi films like I Love You.
Prashanth signed Shankar’s Jeans and for three years he did not do any other film. Many in the industry felt that it was unwise, because he was putting all his eggs in the same basket.
The gamble paid off and Jeans celebrated 100 days. Once again Prashanth was at the top and he had a series of hit movies like Kathal Kavithai, Jodi, Kannithirey Thondrinal, Parthen Rasithen and Piriyatha Varam Vendum .
His recent films Virumbugiren, Winner and Jai were appreciated but due to the delay in release and lack of good publicity they suffered at the box-office.
Prashanth‘s latest release Shock is all set to electrify the box-office and the actor is excited about the film. It is a remake of Ramgopal Varma’s Bhoot and is guaranteed to scare the viewers. It is his home production and dad Thygarajan is the art director, screenplay, costume designer, producer and director of the film.