Prakash Belawadi is an Indian actor and theater artist. He is also an acclaimed media personality. Prakash Belawadi is a famous Indian activist and teacher. Prakash Belavadi works as a mentor at BISFF (Bengaluru International Short Film Festival) since 2010. He is best known for being a part of the 2022 film ‘The Kashmir Files’. The film was based on the exodus and genocide of Kashmiri Pandits in 1990.
Prakash Belawadi was born in 1970.age 52 years; by 2022) in Bangalore, Karnataka, India. She completed her early schooling from Mahila Seva Samaj, high school at National High School. He then completed his pre-university course at National College, Bangalore. Later, he went to the University Visvesvaraya College of Engineering in 1983 to pursue a degree in Mechanical Engineering.
Height (approx.): 6
Hair Color: gray
Eye Colour: Black
parents and siblings
His father’s name is Belavadi Nanjundaiah Narayan and mother’s name is Bhargavi Narayan. Both of them were theater artists and Kannada film actors.
He has two sisters named Sudha Belwadi and Sujata Belwadi. Sudha is a theater artist, and Sujatha is a teacher and yoga exponent.
He has a brother named Pradeep Belawadi, who is a theater artist and an engineer.
His niece Sanyuktha Hornad is a theater artist and works in Kannada, Tamil and Telugu films.
wife and children
He is married to Chandrika Belawadi.
The couple has two daughters named Meghna Belawadi and Teju Belawadi. Both of them are actresses.
Prakash Belavadi started working in films in 1976, and his first project was a Kannada film titled ‘Bangaravayatu’ in which he played the character of Shambhu.
Later, she acted in several Hindi, Telugu, Malayalam and Tamil films, including Madras Cafe (Hindi) as Bala in 2013, Airlift (Hindi) as George Kutty in 2016, Dr. Chetan Bhagwat in 2015 Atagara (Tamil), Solo (Malayalam). ) as Vishnu in 2017, Katha Sangma (Kannada) as Satya Murthy in 2019, The Tashkent Files (Hindi) as GK Ananth Suresh in 2019, and 100 (Kannada) as Sadananda in 2021. In 2022, Prakash Belawadi was cast in the film. ‘The Kashmir Files’ in which he played the character of Doctor Mahesh Kumar.
At universities in Sweden, Istanbul and Turkey, Prakash Belavadi is a faculty member for film courses.
The television serial Garva was written and directed by Prakash Belavadi in 2001, and is ranked first among Kannada serials.
‘Bangalore for Citizens’ organization
An active citizen platform called ‘Citizens for Bengaluru’ was set up by Prakash Belawadi in 2017. This organization raises its voice for the welfare of citizens by challenging government policies. An ecology festival named ‘Rotary Avani’ is often organized by Prakash Belawadi from 22 April to 5 June every year to create environmental awareness among the citizens of the state. Its major areas of work focus on saving the five elements – earth, water, fire, air and sky, along with supporting government, industry, business and citizens to save the ecosystem of urban areas.
Prakash Belavadi contested the 2010 Brihat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) elections as a Loksatta Party (LSP) candidate from Sankenahalli constituency.
Prakash Belawadi started appearing on various OTT platforms as an actor in 2018. His first web series was Smoke in which he played the role of Bhau.
Prakash Belawadi then appeared in the web series Hai, which was streamed on MX Player, and in this series, he played the character of Dr. Sridhar Roy in 2020. In 2021, he appeared in Amazon Prime Video’s web series Mumbai as Dr Mani Subramaniam. Diary 26/11. Prakash Belavadi played the character of Krishna Gundu Bala (KGB) in the Kannada web series ‘Politician Nograj’ in 2022 and this web series was streamed on Voot Select.
Awards, Honors, Achievements
- In 2003, the film Stumble, written and directed by Prakash Belawadi, won the National Award for Best Film in the English Language. In the same year, Prakash Belavadi was awarded ‘Pratibha Bhushan’ by the Government of Karnataka for his contribution to culture.
- In 2011-12, Prakash Belavadi won the Karnataka Natak Akademi Award for his contribution to English and Kannada language theatre.
- In 2015, Prakash Belavadi was honored with the ‘Pride of Karnataka’ award by the Bangalore Round Table. In the same year, he was awarded the ‘Varsha Kannada’ award in the field of entertainment, and the award was presented to Prakash Belavadi by News18 Kannada.
- In 2019, Prakash Belavadi was the recipient of the Helpman Award, Australia’s Best Actor, Male in the play Counting and Cracking, Belvoir St Theatre, Sydney.
Facts / Trivia
- Prakash Belawadi was born and brought up in a family of theater artists. His parents were famous Kannada theater artists and also appeared in several Kannada, Tamil and Malayalam films. His father, Belavadi Nanjundaiah Narayan, was active in the South Indian entertainment industry from 1929 to 2003. Apart from being a theater artist, Belavadi Nanjundaiah Narayan was also a trained make-up artist, popularly known as Makeup Nani.
- Various renowned online events and conferences like TEDx often invite Prakash Belawadi to deliver motivational speeches to their audience.
- Many renowned institutions in India and across the world regularly invite Prakash Belawadi as a guest speaker for their seminars, conferences and festivals. The Beyond Bollywood convention at the Gothenburg International Film Festival was attended by Prakash Belavadi in 2010. He was a guest speaker at the 2011 Performing Arts Market conference in Seoul. Prakash Belavadi participated in the 50th Theatertrafen – Annual Theater Festival Meet in Berlin. a guest speaker. Prakash Belavadi participated in the symposium and exhibition, ‘Nature – a Good Idea’ in Trollhattan, Sweden in 2014.
- Prakash Belawadi posted an inflammatory theory on his Facebook page in May 2021. In his post, he said that Muslims were responsible for the post-poll violence in West Bengal. He also defined Muslims as ‘others’. In the same post, Prakash Belawadi had also mentioned the Gujarat pogrom of 2002. Indirectly, his post supported the rivalry of the Sangh Parivar against the minorities. His post was widely shared by right-wing and BJP supporters in Karnataka and across India. Reportedly, in the same year, Prakash Belawadi was organizing a theater show called Parva, which was based on a novel written by Bhairappa, and this theater show cost Rs. 1 crore, which was provided to him by the government.
- In March 2022, soon after the release of the film ‘The Kashmir Files’, Prakash Belawadi, in an interview with a media house, said that he was not aware of the pain that Kashmiri Pandits felt when they visited Kashmir in 1990. was forced to leave. He further said that he came to know about the horrors of the escape only after reading the script of the film written by Vivek Agnihotri. He said,
I am privileged to be a part of ‘The Kashmir Files’. When I was sent the script to be read by Vivek Agnihotri, I was shocked because till then I did not have the details of the horrors and exodus of Kashmiri Pandits from the state of Jammu and Kashmir in the 1990s.
According to Prakash Belawadi, he was working as a journalist in 1990, when Kashmiri Pandits were facing brutal massacre, and said that he felt guilty for not raising the issue as a journalist at that time. Was doing. Prakash Belawadi said,
I feel ashamed of myself, I also feel guilty because I was a journalist at that time and took pride in myself as a man armed with contemporary events, but I see that was not the case. I feel it is appropriate for me to apologize to the community for being a part of this apathy for so long.”