Born and brought up in Bengaluru by his doting mother, Prakash Raj explains to us that she is no doubt the queen of his life.
“She is an innocent soul who was brought up in an orphanage as her mother died when she was 12 and her father was unable to take care of her.”
He also shares how his mother had to raise him and his siblings single handed as their father did not want to work and wanted to only drink all the time.
“He was a vagabond, who would stay three months in the house, collect some money and leave and not be available for the next six months. She brought us up and is a strong Roman Catholic. She did not want to leave him and thus brought up all four of us together, my father and her three children”.
The actor explains how his mother is possessive about him and believes he cannot ever be wrong.
“My problem is I live with only women — be it my mother, wife, daughters, cook and nurse — who are all drama queens, ranging from the age of 8 to 75, all wanting a slice of me. But it’s mind-blowing to have these women in my life,” says he.
When asked about his broken marriage with first wife Lata (who was also a Tamil actress) he says,” She and I had differences. We had three children — two daughters and one son — but we lost our son when he was five. My younger daughter was born after that and we divorced in 2009. I live life the way I am and I didn’t want to lie so I sat my daughters down and explained to them why I wanted to divorce even though Lata did not want to let me go. My daughters are both with her and me. My office still runs her home and while I have divorced her, my mother, daughters and friends have not. During the period that we were separated and had applied for a divorce, I met Pony who was choreographing for one of my films. I spoke to my mother and my daughters and said, this is what I want to do, but I wanted Pony to spend time with my daughters. I knew it was her first marriage, though I came with baggage. She also met Lata and my daughters, who said, ‘Cool dad, please go ahead’.
He then talks about current wife Pony and how his newfound love has given him an energy and positivity in life.
“She has been such a breath of fresh air in the family. I love her energy. I got married to her at 45. Probably, I would have become a little serious in life. But she brought romance and music in my life. It’s great to have a beautiful young woman next to you when you go out and can escape for a holiday. Suddenly, you feel younger and there is so much joy in my life. I love the way she has become a friend to my elder daughter Pooja, the way they talk and have secrets.”
He also spoke about his late son who he buried in his own farm. He said he could never forget him, even though he has removed all photographs of his.
“I just go, sit there many times. He is the one who made me realize how helpless I am and how unpredictable life is and how small it is and how weak you are in front of nature. I love my daughters, but just miss my child even though it’s been nine years since he died. He was just five when, while flying a kite from a one-foot-high table, he fell on the ground. For a few months after that, he would have fits, after which he died. Nobody could understand what the reason was. His death was more than any other sorrow for me. I don’t take life for granted anymore and live in the moment.”
The actor was recently blessed with a baby boy with wife Pony.