Prabhu Deva
Prabhu Deva - Cinema

Prabhu Deva (born 3 April 1973) is an Indian dancer, choreographer, actor and film director. He has been called "India's Michael Jackson" for his fast-paced dance movements,though he has given performances in a wide range of dancing styles. While he is mainly involved in Tamil cinema, he has also contributed to filmmaking in other Indian film industries, including Telugu cinema, Malayalam Cinema, Kannada cinema and Hindi cinema.

Prabhu took dancing as his passion, learning Indian classical dance forms such as Bharatanatyam as well as Western styles. He is widely considered to be one of Indian cinema's greatest dancers and choreographers; Prabhu Deva has revolutionized some of the aspects of dance and choreography in modern popular Indian cinema. His brothers Raju Sundaram and Nagendra Prasad are also established South Indian choreographers.

Prabhu Deva's first movie as a choreographer was Vetri Vizha (1989). Before that, he had appeared as a background dancer for a song in the Tamil film Agni Natchathiram. He has since then choreographed in over 100 movies. From choreography, he went on to establish himself as an actor. His first film as an actor was Indhu (1994) with actress Roja.

Prabhu Deva was married to Ramlath for 15 years and had three children; their eldest son (Basavaraju/Vishal) died in 2008 after suffering from cancer. In September 2010, Prabhu Deva openly confessed his love for Nayantara and further stated that he would marry her soon. The issue soon gained media attention and turned into a controversy, since Prabhu Deva was not divorced from his wife Ramalath.

Unwilling to agree for a divorce, she filed a petition at the family court, seeking directions against her husband and Nayantara from marrying, attending functions together and receiving awards as husband and wife, and requesting a reunion with him. Furthermore, Ramalath threatened to go on hunger strike if Prabhu Deva married Nayantara, while several women's organizations conducted protests against Nayantara for "bringing disrepute to Tamil culture", burning an effigy of her. In 2012, Nayantara confirmed that she had ended her relationship with Prabhu Deva.

Films Acted

Mouna Raagam
Agni Natchathiram
Walter Vetrivel
Love Birds
Mr. Romeo
Minsara Kanavu
Naam Iruvar Nammaku Iruvar
Love Story 1999
Kaathala Kaathala
Ninaivirukkum Varai
Eazhaiyin Sirippil
James Pandu
Pennin Manathai Thottu
Nila Kaalam
Ullam Kollai Poguthae
Alli Thandha Vaanam
Manadhai Thirudivittai
Charlie Chaplin
One Two Three
Manasella Neene
Agni Varsha
Shakti - The Power
Thotti Gang
O Radha Iddharu Krishnula Pelli
Intlo Srimathi Veedhilo Kumari
Engal Anna
Andalu Dongale Dorikithe
Aabra Ka Daabra
Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana
Chukkallo Chandrudu
Shankardada Zindabad
Michael Madana Kamaraju
Pa Ra Pazhanisami
Engeyum Kaadhal
Rowdy Rathore

Family Background

Prabhu Deva was born in Mysore, Karnataka and grew up in Alwarpet, Chennai, Tamil Nadu. Prabhu Deva was inspired by his father, Mugur Sundar (known as Sundaram Master), who was a choreographer for popular South Indian movies.

Awards & Titles

• He is a two-time winner of the National Film Award for Best Choreography for his work on the film Minsaara Kanavu (1997) in Tamil and Lakshya (2004) in Hindi, as well as a Filmfare Best Choreography Award (Telugu) for the Telugu film Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana (2005) and Filmfare Award Best Choreography for film Lakshya (2004).

• In 2001, he was nominated for the Star Screen Award for Best Choreography, for choreographing the dance sequences in the Hindi film Pukar (2000).

• In 2005, he won the Star Screen Award for Best Choreography, the Filmfare Best Choreography Award, and the National Film Award for Best Choreography, for choreographing the dance sequences in the Hindi film Lakshya.

• In 2007, he won a Vijay Award for Favourite Director and a Mathrubhumi Award for Best Director in Tamil for the film Pokkiri.

• He has been honoured with a life membership at the International Film and Television Research Centre of the Asian Academy of Film & Television by Sandeep Marwah.