Tiger Prabhakar, was a popular villain in Kannada film industry. He was an icon in Karnataka and was feared by heroes of his movies.
Prabhakar started his career by acting as a villain in small-budget movies. After gaining recognition for his acting, he went on to act in Tamil, Telugu, Hindi, and Malayalam movies. He has acted in around 400 movies.
His movie career started at the age of 14 in the 70s. Kaadina Rahisya was his first. As his career progressed, he went on to act in stunt, action, and thriller movies. After playing the role of Tiger in Yaare Saakshi, he earned the sobriquet of Tiger.
His roles were very powerful and directors were in a dilemma about whom to cast as the hero. His muscular build and good looks added to the ferocity of his roles.
He also moved into directing movies towards the latter part of his career. Bombay Dada and King were directed by him where he also acted in the movies.
Prabhakar has helped a lot of people and contributed large sums of money to various charitable organizations. His move into politics was fueled by his passion to help people.
Prabhakar who started his career as a "stunt man" and villain slowly but steadily rose to the height of a popular hero. After his acting in the film Tiger he was always known as Tiger Prabhakar. He has worked in many Telugu films also as a villain. His natural acting in many of Chiranjeevi's films as villain earned him the name as "Kannada Prabhakar".
He has worked in more than 400 films. He was a good technician. Lately he had started production and music direction. His body language and the style of delivering the dialogues was his specialty. He was an easy going man.
He had also produced films like Mahendra Varma and Mister Mahesh kumar. It was his own banner produced by his wife Jayamala. Both these films were box-office hits.
He Acted in some malayalam movies with actors such as Mammootty and Suresh Gopi. His role as Hyder marikkar in Druvam was much acclaimed.
He had been married thrice. After his marriage with the actress Jayamala, he was more successful. But after Jayamala deserting him he was very much upset. He was suffering from diabetes. When he developed diabetic gangrene, doctors advised him to get his one leg amputated he refused to do so. He became more and more ill and was admitted to Mallya Hospital. He died at 10:15 p.m. on 25 March in the Mallya Hospital.
Prabhakar introduced Kanglish into Kannada movies. Kanglish is a mix of Kannada and English dialogs. Many mimicry artists recite his Kanglish dialogs during performances.