Venkat Prabhu is the son of director-turned-music-director Gangai Amaran and younger brother to actor, singer and music director Premji Amaran. His uncle is the music director Ilayaraaja and his cousins are the music composers Yuvan Shankar Raja, Karthik Raja and singer Bhavatharini. S. P. B. Charan, producer of Prabhu's first directorial venture Chennai 600028, is his very close friend and they both have worked together on several projects. He did his schooling at St. Bede’s school in Chennai. On 10 September 2001, Venkat Prabhu married Rajalakshmi, the foster daughter of dance teacher K. J. Sarasa, and has a daughter named Shivani. Shivani has already sung a song for the album Thaaaii when she was 5 years old. He hogged the spotlight for the first time when he turned director with the summer hit Chennai 600028, after which he directed the comedy thriller film Saroja. This proved to be a successful box-office hit. He followed it up with Goa, which was appreciated for its entertaining and fresh storyline and was a box office hit. He is 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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