Vinaya Prasad (Indian actress) Bio, Facts.
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Vinaya Prasad
Born Name: Vinaya Bhat
Date of Birth: November 22, 1965
Place of Birth: Udupi, Karnataka, India
Occupation: Actress
Spouse: Jyotiprakash (m. 2002), V.R.K Prasad (m. 1988–1995)
Children: 2 (Prathama Prasad)
Parent(s): Krishna Bhat, Vatsala Bhat
Siblings: Ravi Bhat, Kripa Bhat, Vijaya Satyanarayana, Kshama Bhat

Vinaya Prasad (also credited as Vinaya Prakash), born as Vinaya Bhat, is a popular film and television actress in South India who has primarily featured in Kannada and Malayalam films and TV series besides acting in Tamil and Telugu language films. She has won the State Best Actress Award for her performances in Aathanka (1993) and Bannada Hejje (2001). The senior actress in her career has shared screen space with Vishnuvardhan, Ananth Nag, Chiranjeevi, Rajinikanth, Mohanlal, Ambareesh, Venkatesh, Akkineni Nagarjuna, V. Ravichandran, Shivrajkumar, Mahesh Babu, N. T. Rama Rao Jr. and others.

Career
Vinaya Prasad hails from Udupi district of Karnataka state. Prasad made her film debut with a small role in G. V. Iyer's Madhwacharya in 1988. She worked in smaller character roles before playing the leading lady in Ganeshana Maduve opposite Anant Nag. The film was a huge success and she went on to act in more than 60 films in not only Kannada but also Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu. Some of her notable Kannada films include Ganeshana Maduve, Neenu Nakkare Haalu Sakkare, Gauri Ganesha, Mysore Jaana and Suryodaya. After a successful career as a lead actress, Prasad switched over to character roles in South Indian films and remains a sought-after actress in Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu movies. Prasad is also an effective compere and singer. Prasad has compered several important events like Vasantha Habba in Nrityagram and the annual Dasara procession in Mysore.

She starred in a few Malayalam films also before starring in the longest-running and most popular daily soap opera on Malayalam TV, Sthree, which aired from late 1998 to mid 2000 on Asianet television channel. The Kannada version of this serial was also made. The popularity of this soap made her a household name among Malayalis.

She starred in a supporting role in the all-time blockbuster Manichitrathazhu, which starred Mohanlal. In Tamil, Prasad has acted as the heroine in the hit movie Thaikulame Thaikulame with Pandiarajan and Urvashi in the lead roles. In Telugu, Prasad's movies include Indra, Donga Dongadi and Andhrudu, for which her performance won a lot of praise.

In 2006, she returned to the Malayalam small screen to reprise her role as Indu in the sequel to the original Sthree, also named, Sthree.

Personal life
Prasad is from the Udupi district in Karnataka and was brought up in Udupi. She was first married in 1988 to V. R. K Prasad, an award-winning director and editor of Kannada films who expired in 1995 at a young age. The couple had a daughter, Prathama Prasad.

She married then Jyotiprakash, a former widower, in 2002. Prasad currently resides in Bangalore with her husband, Jyotiprakash and daughter, Prathama Prasad. Jyotiprakash already has a son named Jai Atre from his previous marriage who is also in to film direction and screen-writing in Mumbai.

Awards and nominations
Awards won
  • 1992-1993: Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actress (Aathanka)
  • 1999-2000: Karnataka State Film Award for Best Supporting Actress (Bannada Hejje)
  • 2007: Asianet television awards for Best Actress (Sthree 2)
  • 2009: Asia Vision Award for Best popular actress in Television (Priyamanasi)
  • 2017: RED FM Tulu Film Awards Best supporting actress (Pannoda Bodhcha)
  • 2019: Zee Kannada award for Iconic role of the Year (Paaru)
Nominated
  • 2011: Filmfare Awards South- Best Supporting Actress -Malayalam (Marykkundoru Kunjaadu)
Source: Wikipedia
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