Prabhu Ganesan Biography: Age, Net Worth, Spouse, Children, Siblings, Movies, Awards

May 20, 2024 0 Posted By Haruna Ayuba

Prabhu Ganesan is a well-known Indian actor, entrepreneur, and producer primarily working in the Tamil film industry. He is the son of the renowned actor Sivaji Ganesan.

Prabhu rose to prominence as one of the leading actors in Tamil cinema during the late 1980s and 90s, earning the nickname “Ilaya Thilagam.” He has portrayed lead and supporting roles with a career spanning over 220 films in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, and Kannada.

His debut in Sangili (1982) paved the way for him to showcase his talent in various roles, leading to his acclaimed portrayal in Chinna Thambi (1991), for which he received the Best Actor award from the Tamil Nadu State.


  • Full Name: Prabhu Ganesan
  • Date of Birth: December 25, 1956
  • Age: 68 years old
  • Gender: Male
  • Place of Birth: Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
  • Nationality: Indian
  • Profession: Actor, Film Producer
  • Height: 5 feet 10 inches (177 cm)
  • Parents: Sivaji Ganesan (Father), Kamala Ganesan (Mother)
  • Siblings: Ramkumar Ganesan (Brother)
  • Spouse: Punitha Prabhu
  • Children: Vikram Prabhu (Son), Ramkumar Prabhu (Son)
  • Relationship Status: Married
  • Net Worth: $20 million

Early Life and Education

Prabhu Ganesan, who was born on December 25, 1956, in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India, is currently 68 years old. He was raised in a family deeply rooted in the Tamil film industry, with his father, Sivaji Ganesan, being a legendary actor. Prabhu’s mother is Kamala. He has an older brother named Ramkumar and two sisters named Shanthi and Thenmozhi.

After completing his education at Bishop Cotton Boys’ School in Bangalore, Prabhu became an executive producer of films. He worked closely with his uncle and mentor, V. C. Shanmugam, who emphasized the importance of learning the filmmaking process disciplinedly.

This included tasks such as arranging chairs for the artists. Before pursuing acting in films, Prabhu was involved in the production of films by Sivaji Productions, including his father’s 200th film, Thirisoolam, the highest-grossing Tamil film at the time of its release.

Personal Life

Prabhu married Punitha in 1982 and has two children, Vikram Prabhu and Aishwarya Prabhu. Vikram Prabhu, an actor, made his first appearance in the film Kumki in 2012. While still married to Punitha, Prabhu was in a live-in relationship with actress Khushbu and later married her on September 12, 1993. However, the couple decided to separate just four months after their wedding.


Prabhu’s father, the actor Sivaji Ganesan, initially hesitated to allow Prabhu to pursue an acting career. However, as Prabhu started receiving offers from filmmakers, his father’s reluctance diminished.

Prabhu made his acting debut in C. V. Rajendran’s Sangili (1982), a remake of the Hindi film Kalicharan, where he played a supporting role. He succeeded commercially while working on six films, including Pudhiya Sangamam and Kozhi Koovuthu.

Initially, Prabhu acted alongside his father in several commercially successful films. However, after a drop in his career, he began reconsidering the types of films he signed.

From 1986 to 1996, he chose roles carefully and achieved success in films like Aruvadai Naal, Paalaivana Rojakkal, Guru Sishyan, Agni Natchathiram, En Thangachi Padichava, Chinna Thambi, and Senthamizh Pattu. He also received the Best Actor award recognition by the Tamil Nadu state for his performance in En Thangachi Padichava.


  • Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actor (1988, 1993)
  • Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil (1993)
  • Cinema Express Award for Best Actor (1993)
  • Tamil Nadu State Film Honorary Award (2005)
  • Edison Award for Best Supporting Actor (2014)

Net Worth

Prabhu’s current net worth is estimated to be $20 million.


In 1979, Prabhu was accused of trying to shoot himself, but the Madras High Court dismissed the petition. Prabhu denied attempting suicide, explaining that he was cleaning his father’s gun when he accidentally injured himself. He was found in pain after a gunshot was heard, but fortunately, he did not sustain any severe injuries.

Social Media

  • Instagram: @prabhu_actor
  • Twitter: @PrabhuG_offl


  • Sangili
  • En Uyir Thozhan
  • Chinna Thambi
  • Vasool Raja MBBS
  • Thozha
  • Asuran

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