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Prasanth
Prasanth is known in Tamil filmdom and to his fans as 'Kathal Ilavarasan' (the prince of love) for his success as an actor has come mostly through romantic subjects. His debut film was in 1990 when he starred in Vaigasi Poranthachu and it went on to become a big hit. Soon he was in yet another hit Chembaruthi directed by 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 was in demand by then. He signed many films which later on did not help him much in his career. Sathya movies Enga Thambi, Thirupur Maniís Unkahhe Piranthen, Manivannanís Raasa Maghan, Manoj Kumarís Senthamizh Selvan and Selvamaniís Kanmani - all of these films proved to be flops at the box office. Many said that it was the end of the young actor mainly because of his bad choice. When a lot was expected of Manirathinamís Thiruda Thiruda to push Prasanthís career it only pulled him down because it took one year to make and when it was released the film bombed.

And at the same time this young man was acting in an offbeat Malayalam film Perunthachan which won the best film award in Kerala. He was also doing Telugu films like Tholi Muddu, Prema Vijayam, Prema Sikaram, Premapattam, Allariprema as well Hindi films like I Love You.

Yet another bad move was that Prasanth had signed Shankarís Jeans and for three years he was not doing any other films. This, many felt was very unwise, because he was putting all his eggs in one basket. The gambit paid off and the film Jeans celebrated 100 days run in Singapore and Malayasia and silver jubilee runs in ten theatres in Chennai. Once again Prasanth was at the top. Then he got a series of hit movies like Kathal Kavithai, Jodi and Kannithirey Thondrinal.

His entire career was managed by his father Thiagarajan who is himself a producer-actor-director. Prasanthís father had him trained in martial arts and other forms of sparing like Silambu, Kalari and in gymnastics, roller skating, horse riding, swimming and yatching. When he entered films he was trained in all forms of sports and was also skilled in Bharatanatyam. All he needed was Lady dame Luck to smile on him and he would make it. Added to that, Prasanth had also studied in Trinity College of Music, London.

Recently the Saran directed Parthen Rasethen where he co-starred with Laila went on to be one of the biggest super hits. Though his last film Piriyatha Varam Vendum did not do too well at the box-office, it has bought him critical acclaim. Now his fans are eagerly looking forward for the release of Virumbugeren and Star which is bound to boost his popularity. He is on the lookout for subjects which are unique and offer him good scope to show his multifaceted talents.

To those who are interested in talking to him on the net, access him at Tyson@md2.vsnl.net.in. Prasanth now aged 24 has so far completed 39 films and is today all set to rise to new heights as a star under the guidance and shrewd tutelage of his father Thiagarajan.

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