PRAKASH RAJ: Kannada’s loss, cinema’s gain?

Prakash Raj alias Prakash Rai, the Mangalore-born actor, who began his career as an actor on Bangalore Doordarshan, has won the national award for 2007 for his performance in the Tamil film Kanchipuram. Prakash, who changed his name for his debut Tamil film, is said to have pipped Shah Rukh Khan and Aamir Khan.

In Kanchipuram, directed by Priyadarshan, Prakash Raj depicts the lives of silk weavers in the eponymous town in Tamil Nadu in pre-independence India and exposes communists “who preach a lot and practice little“. He had earlier won a national award for his supporting role in Mani Ratnam‘s Iruvar in 1998, and a special jury award in 2003.

Question: Are actors like Prakash Raj lost to Kannada cinema?

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