Prashanth, 32, was the most eligible bachelor in the Tamil film industry. But now, he has crushed many a teenybopper heart by announcing his engagement.
Interestingly, an actor who has been married off by the media to many actresses has finally settled for an arranged marriage.
Proposals came not in tens or hundreds, but in thousands when Prashanth's parents started looking for a 'homely girl' for their only son. There were more than 40,000 proposals from all around the world, Thiagarajan, Prashanth's proud father, told the media.
"We wanted a homely girl who can take care of the family like my wife does," said Thiagarajan, an actor-producer-director who kept his wife and daughter away from tinsel world all these years. Only son Prashanth joined the industry, at age 17.
It was Prashanth's mother who pinned down the girl, who is from Chennai. Grihalakshmi, 26, is the only daughter of Dhanasekharan, an industrialist and exporter. Her uncle is a famous surgeon from Chennai, Dr Rangabhashyam.
Prashanth shot to prominence with Shankar's Jeans in which he was paired opposite Aishwarya Rai. His next release will be Police, a remake of Khakkee.
The Prashanth-Grihalakshmi wedding will take place in a couple of months
Smile-smeared faces and glittering stars were all that one got to see, at the wedding reception of Manoj Bharathy and Nandana.
Manoj Bharathy is the son of the celebrated director of Tamil cinema, Bharathiraja, who took Tamil films to new heights with his films soaked with Tamil nativity. Manoj Bharathy turned an actor and acted in a few films, and his performance in Kadal Pookal directed by his father won him appreciation from many quarters.
Nandana, also an actor, is one of those few actors with subdued expressions that manage to strike a chord in the viewers' hearts. The love between Manoj Bharathy and Nandana culminated in a happy marriage at Calicut and the reception was held in Chennai last evening, at Mayor Ramanathan Chettiar Hall.
A multitude of celebrities including the Tamil Nadu CM Kalaignar Karunanidhi, Perasiriyar Anbazhagan, Ministers M K Stalin, Arcot Veerasamy, K Balachander, Jayakanthan, Rajinikanth, AVM Saravanan, Sathyaraj, RM Veerappan, Lakshmi, Film News Anandhan, Vairamuthu, Bhagyaraj with his wife Poornima and son Shantanu, Manobala, Sangili Murugan, Napolean, KT Kunjumon with his son Ebi and many others graced the occasion.