Venkat Kumar Gangai Amaren (born on 7 November 1975), better known by his stage name Venkat Prabhu (Tamil: வெங்கட் பிரபு) is an Indian filmmaker, who has worked as an actor, director and playback singer in the Tamil film industry.
Though he had the ambition to became a successful music director after completing his music degree from Trinity College of Music, London he could not fulfill his dreams and instead started his career as a singer in the film industry and later became an actor, acting in character roles rather than in lead.
He hogged spotlight for the first time when he turned director with the summer hit Chennai 600028, after which he directed the comedy thriller film Saroja, which proved to be a successful box-office hit. He followed it up with Goa which was appreciated for its humour and fresh story-line and was a box office hit. He is currently filming Mankatha with Ajith Kumar along with an ensemble cast. As a lead hero he acted in a film called Poonjolai directed by his father in 1997 but the film was never released. He also acted in Agathiyan's Kadhal Samrajyam, which featured him in one of the lead roles and remains unreleased as well.
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