Prashant Narayanan

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Prashant Narayanan
Prashant Narayanan Fredrick screening (cropped).jpg
Narayanan at the special screening of Fredrick in 2016
Born (1969-03-31) 31 March 1969 (age 54)
Alma mater Kirori Mal College
Occupation actor
Years active1992–Present

Prashant Narayanan is an Indian actor, known for his roles in films like Waisa Bhi Hota Hai Part II , Shadows of Time , Bombil and Beatrice , Via Darjeeling and Murder 2 . He also worked in the telefilm Ek Tamanna. His break came in the Bhatt banner film Murder 2. [1] Narayanan best known for acted Psychological serial killer in Murder 2 , has acted in many Hindi films along with a few Malayalam films. He was last seen in the Netflix Mai. [2]


Early and personal life

Born in Kerala, Narayanan grew up in Delhi. He was the state badminton champion and studied at the Kirori Mal College of Delhi University. [3]


In 1991, Narayanan moved to Mumbai with plans to start an ad agency. [4] He started as assistant art director for films like Govind Nihalani's Rukmavati Ki Haveli , Subhash Ghai's Saudagar and Shyam Benegal's Sardari Begum . [3] He also worked as a costume director for the TV series Chanakya . He started acting in plays again, and soon got several television shows like Saturday Suspense, Parivartan, Farz, Phulwa, Gatha, Kabhi Kabhie, Jaane Kahan Mera Jigar Gaya Ji and Shagun .

Narayanan got his first film role in 2002 in Hansal Mehta's Chhal as a hit man working in the Mumbai underworld. Though the film got mixed reviews from the critics, he was highly appraised for his portrayal of a hot-tempered, fun-loving goon. [5] His next film was debutante director Shashanka Ghosh's Waisa Bhi Hota Hai Part II . Although Narayanan's role was similar to that in Chhal, the actor was once again appreciated by the critics widely. [6]

In 2003, Narayanan was offered the lead role in the Academy Award winning German director Florian Gallenberger's film Shadows of Time . [7] [8] Narayanan played Ravi in the film. [4] Shadows of Time was challenging for him, as the film set in Calcutta, was to be in Bengali language. Narayanan, being a Malayalee, had to take lessons in Bengali to convincingly portray the role. [9]

In 2009, he played a notable role in the show Bandini , aired on NDTV Imagine. He played the antagonist in Peter Gaya Kaam Se , which also starred Rajeev Khandelwal and Lekha Washington. In 2010, Narayanan appeared in Pravesh Bhardwaj's Mr. Singh Mrs. Mehta , alongside Aruna Shields, where he portrayed the role of Ashwin Mehta, an artist and a painter who has an extra-marital affair with someone's wife, sometimes he even paints her nude picture.

In 2011, he appeared in the role of Dheeraj Pandey in the film Murder 2 , which was a sequel to the 2004 film Murder . In the film, he played a psychopath serial killer, who pretends as a customer to call girls and kills them mercilessly. The movie was a box office hit. It is one of the highest grossing Bollywood films of 2011, where Narayanan's role was highly acclaimed by the critics and public alike.

In 2013, he acted in a Malayalam film Edavappathy (The Monsoon), directed by Lenin Rajendran. Rajendran had a special role in his new film Edavappathy that he had bookmarked for actor Jagathy Sreekumar, since he thought Jagathy was the only actor who could do justice to this very special role. Jagathy was hospitalized because of an accident and Lenin awaited Jagathy, for his return to the screen. Thus, Lenin came across Narayanan, who was reported to have done an awesome job in Edavappathy that stunned the entire unit. [1] [10] [11]

Awards and nominations

Narayanan has received the following recognitions:

2012 Screen Awards Murder 2 Screen Award for Best Actor in a Negative Role Won
Stardust Awards Stardust Award for Breakthrough Supporting Performance - MaleNominated
Apsara Film & Television Producers Guild Awards Best Performance in Negative RoleNominated
2013Golden Achiever AwardsExcellence In ArtsWon [12]



1995 Oh Darling! Yeh Hai India! Sumer Hindi
2003 Mudda - The Issue Pratap SinghHindi
2003 Waisa Bhi Hota Hai Part II VishnuHindi
2004 Shadows of Time Ravi Gupta Bengali
2005 Instant Karma MoEnglish
2007GameMario John BrigenzaEnglish
2007 Bombil and Beatrice BombilEnglish
2007 Summer 2007 Ramoj WaghHindi
2007 Via Darjeeling Kaushik ChatterjeeHindi
2009The Good FridayBuntyUnreleasedHindi
2009The White ElephantShabriUnreleasedHindi
2009 Rang Rasiya ShabriHindi/English
2010 Mr. Singh Mrs. Mehta Ashwin MehtaHindi
2010 Peter Gaya Kaam Se CarlosUnreleasedHindi
2010 Rasgulla Prem ChopraUnreleasedHindi
2010DoorsVikram RanaUnreleasedHindi
2011 Yeh Saali Zindagi ChhoteHindi
2011 Bhindi Bazaar FatehHindi
2011 Murder 2 Dheeraj PandeyHindi
2012Bhatakti Tamanna / Coincidence Ki TalashAarav / Tarun VargheseHindi
2012 Unnam Tomy Eapen Malayalam
2012 Cigarette Ki Tarah Rajesh FogatHindi
2013 Mumbai Mirror ManishHindi
2014 Dishkiyaoon Mota TonyHindi
2013 Issaq Naxal LeaderHindi
2014 Dee Saturday Night Hindi
2014 Nedunchaalai Maasanamuthu Tamil
2014 7th Day Malayalam
2014 Amar Must Die Mafia DonHindi
2015 Mumbai Can Dance Saala SaalaHindi
2015 Manjhi - The Mountain Man JhumruHindi
2015Kaun HoShelvedHindi
2016 Edavappathy (The Monsoon)Malayalam
2016 10 Kalpanakal VictorMalayalam
2016 Fredrick Maanav/FredrickHindi
2017 Oru Cinemakkaran Police OfficerMalayalam
2019 PM Narendra Modi Hindi
TBAX-The Killer's TheoryShelvedEnglish
Vartamaan Ashish CholkarDelayedHindi
Naan Thaan SivaTBADelayed Tamil
Amma CBI Officer Deven BhartiDelayed Kannada, Telugu , Tamil,Hindi,Malayalam
Bhawani MandiPapindar Singh NarukaDelayedHindi


1993-1998ParivartanLalit Ajmera Zee Tv
1995 Aahat Mohan (Episode 1.16 & 1.17 "The Bet") Sony Entertainment Television
1994 Rajani PrashantDoordarshan
1997-98 9 Malabar Hill Zee TV
2001-4 Shagun Sumer Star Plus
2009-11 Bandini Kanji Waghela NDTV Imagine
2011-12 Phulwa Bhavani Colors TV
2014 Encounter Shamsher Bhappali Sony TV
2014-15 Pukaar Dhanraj Rastogi Life OK
2019 Abhay Jaikishan/UP Ka Kasai Zee5
2022 Mai: A Mother's Rage Jawahar Vyas /Mohandas Vyas Netflix
2022 Rangbaaz: Darr Ki Rajneeti 'SP'Raghav Kumar ZEE5 [13]

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