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an actor and producer in Telugu and Tamil film industries: Tollywood and Kollywood respectively.He has acted in Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu, Kannada and Hindi films. His original name 'Prakash Rai' in Kannada screen was rechristened to 'Prakash Raj' by K. Balachander for Prakash Rai's debut movie 'Duet'.Prakash Rai began his acting career with Kannada DoorDarshan serials like Bisilu Kudure and Guddada Bhootha.He later took up small supporting roles in kannada films like Raamachari, Nishkarsha, Lockup Death and etc and was noticed for his dialogue delivery and histrionics. His breakthrough role came in form of Harakeya Kuri starring Vishnuvardhan and Geetha, directed by K S L Swamy. His performance in the movie was noticed by Geetha and she in turn introduced him to her mentor, the noted director K. Balachander. Prakash Rai re-entered Kannada films with a bang through Nagamandala in 1997
was an Indian character actor.Starting his career in 1947, he was a popular supporting actor from the 1950s until the 1980s. He was one of the elite of the film industry in the 60's 70's & to some extent 80's.His pivotal roles in the films Chupke Chupke, Julie, and Buddha Mil Gaya are considered to be among his best along with Daddu in Namak Halaal and De Silva in Zanjeer. He is known for his roles in comedy films.One of his best performances in his later years was Sharaabi (1984), where he played a role that was pivotal for the movie.