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Prabhu Deva

Prabhu Deva
Born Prabhudheva Sundaram
(1973-04-03) 3 April 1973 [1]
Mysore, Karnataka, India[1]
Occupation Film actor, director, dance choreographer
Years active 1988—present
Spouse(s) Ramlath (1995–2010)
Relatives Raju Sundaram (brother)
Nagendra Prasad (brother)

Prabhu Deva, often credited as Prabhudheva is an Indian film actor, director and dance choreographer[2] known for his works predominantly in Tamil,Telugu,Bollywood, Malayalam and Kannada films. In a career spanning twenty-five years, he has performed and designed a wide range of dancing styles. He has garnered two National Film Awards for Best Choreography; widely referred in the media as Indian Michael Jackson.[3]

Beginning with a series of acting roles in the 1990s and early 2000s including Kadhalan (1994), Love Birds (1996), Minsara Kanavu (1997), Kaathala Kaathala (1998) and Vanathai Pola (2000), Deva then ventured into direction with the 2005 Telugu film Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana. He then went on to direct films in Telugu, Hindi and Tamil languages such as Shankardada Zindabad (2007), Pokkiri (2007), Wanted (2009), Rowdy Rathore (2012) and R... Rajkumar (2013).[4]


  • Early life and career 1
  • Personal life 2
  • Other appearances 3
  • Soramimi spoof 4
  • Filmography 5
    • As director 5.1
    • As actor 5.2
    • As choreographer 5.3
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Early life and career

Dheva was inspired by his father, Mugur Sundar, a choreographer for South Indian movies, and took up dancing learning Indian classical dance forms such as Bharatanatyam from Dharmaraj and Udipi Lakshminarayanan[5] as well as Western styles. Raju Sundaram and Nagendra Prasad are his brothers.

Deva first appeared as a background dancer for a song in the 1988 Tamil film Agni Natchathiram. Deva's first venture as a choreographer was Vetri Vizha (1989). He has since then choreographed in over 100 movies. From choreography, he went into acting. His first film as an actor was Indhu (1994) with actress Roja. In 1999, Dheva, Shobhana and A. R. Rahman performed with a Tamil cinema dancing troupe at the "MJ & Friends" Michael Jackson tribute concert in Munich, Germany. He acted alongside his brothers in the movie One Two Three. As of 2010, he serves as chairman and director of the Prabhudheva's Dance Academy in Singapore.[6] He planned to release his first video album called It is boring in 2013.[7] He also played the lead role in ABCD (Any Body Can Dance), the first 3D dance film in India.[8]

Personal life

Dheva married Ramlath who changed her name to Latha. They had three children, but their eldest son died of cancer in 2008.[9][10] In 2010 his wife filed a petition at the family court, seeking directions against Dheva from live in relationship with the actress effigy of her.[13] In 2012, Nayantara confirmed that she had ended her relationship with Prabhu Deva.[14][15][16][17]

Deva has moved to Mumbai and is residing at Boney Kapoor's old place called Green Acres.[18]

Other appearances

Deva made brief appearances in solo items such as "April Mayile" in Idhayam (1991), "Lallaku Doldapi Ma" in Suriyan (1992), "Chinna Rasave" in Walter Vetrivel (1993), and "Chikku Bukku Rayile" in Gentleman (1993) after appearing as junior artist in songs like "Rajathi Raja" in Agni Natchathiram (1988). He performed with Madhuri Dixit in the song "Ke Sera Sera" for the movie Pukar. He acted along with Lawrence Raghavendra in the 2006 film Style. He performed with Apache Indian in the song "No Problem" for his film Love Birds.

Prabhu Dheva's performance at IPL Season 5 opening ceremony

He performed in the film Abrakadabra for the song "Om Sh". He performed in the Nana Patekar, Karisma Kapoor starrer film Shakti: The Power (2002) for a song. He performed with Upendra in Kannada film H20. He made a special appearance in Pokkiri (which was directed by himself) with Vijay in the song "Aadungada". He performed again with Vijay in his own direction Villu for the song "Hey Rama" as a guest appearance. He performed with Bollywood actors Salman Khan and Govinda for a song in his 2009 directorial Wanted.

He performed at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Indian Premier League on 3 April in Chennai along with Amitabh Bachchan, Salman Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra and American artist Katy Perry. The event was special to Prabhu Deva as he shared his 39th birthday on the same day.[19][20]

Soramimi spoof

The Tamil song became widely known to the English internet audience for its phonetic lyrics.

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On 18 August 2007, a music video for the song "Kalluri Vaanil" from the Indian-Tamil movie Pennin Manathai Thottu was uploaded to YouTube by Mike Sutton (YouTube user Buffalax).[21] The video was retitled Benny Lava and created as a soramimi, edited to include incorrect English subtitles that phonetically approximate the original Tamil lyrics.

Reactions to the "Kalluri Vaanil" soramimi were mixed. Some felt that the video was done in "good fun" while others worried that their culture was being mocked.[21] The music video was featured on The Colbert Report on 4 December 2008[22] and appeared on the Heavy Metal documentary Global Metal.


As director

Year Film Cast Language
2005 Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana Siddharth, Trisha Telugu
2006 Pournami Prabhas, Trisha Telugu
2007 Pokkiri Vijay, Asin Tamil
Shankardada Zindabad Chiranjeevi, Karishma Kotak Telugu
2009 Villu Vijay, Nayanthara Tamil
Wanted Salman Khan, Ayesha Takia Azmi Hindi
2011 Engeyum Kaadhal Jayam Ravi, Hansika Tamil
Vedi Vishal Krishna, Sameera Tamil
2012 Rowdy Rathore Akshay Kumar, Sonakshi Sinha Hindi
2013 Ramaiya Vastavaiya Girish Kumar, Shruti Haasan Hindi
R... Rajkumar Shahid Kapoor, Sonakshi Sinha Hindi
2014 Action Jackson Ajay Devgn, Sonakshi Sinha Hindi

As actor

Year Film Role Language
1988 Agni Natchathiram One among group dancers in song "Raaja Raajathi" Tamil
1991 Idhayam One among group dancers in song "April Mayile" Tamil
1992 Unnai Vazhthi Padugiren One among group dancers in song "Outa Langdi" Tamil
1992 Suriyan Lead dancer in song "Laalaku Dol Dappima" Tamil
1993 Pratap Lead dancer in song "Maanga Maanga" Tamil
1993 Rakshana Lead dancer in song "Gallu Mandhi Basu" Telugu
1993 Gentleman Lead dancer in song "Chikku Bukku Rayile" Tamil
1993 Walter Vetrivel Lead dancer in song "Chinna Raasave" Tamil
1994 Indhu Pattasu Tamil
1994 Kaadhalan Prabhu Tamil
1995 Raasaiyya Raasaiyya Tamil
1996 Love Birds Arun Tamil
1996 Mr. Romeo Romeo
1997 Minsara Kanavu Deva Tamil
1997 VIP Guru Tamil
1998 Naam Iruvar Nammaku Iruvar Prabhu
1998 Love Story 1999 Vamsi Telugu
1998 Kaathala Kaathala Sundaralingam Tamil
1999 Ninaivirukkum Varai Janakiraman (Jonny) Tamil
1999 Suyamvaram Kanna
Also playback singer ("Shiva Shiva Shankara" song)
1999 Time Srininvasa Murthy Tamil
2000 Vaanathaippola Selvakumar Tamil
2000 Eazhaiyin Sirippil Ganesan Tamil
2000 Pukar Special appearance Hindi
2000 James Pandu James Tamil
2000 Pennin Manathai Thottu Sunil Tamil
2000 Doubles Prabhu Tamil
2001 Ullam Kollai Poguthae Anbu Tamil
2001 Alli Thandha Vaanam Sathyam Tamil
2001 Manadhai Thirudivittai Deva Tamil
2002 H2O Vairamuthu Kannada
2002 Charlie Chaplin Thiru Tamil
2002 Santosham Pawan Telugu
2002 One Two Three Tirupati Tamil
2002 Manasella Neene Kannada
2002 Baba Special appearance Tamil
2002 Agni Varsha Rakshasha Hindi
2002 Shakti - The Power Special appearance Hindi
2002 Thotti Gang Suri Babu Telugu
2003 Alaudin Alaudin Tamil
2003 Oka Radha Iddaru Krishnula Pelli Murugan Telugu
2003 Intlo Srimathi Veedhilo Kumari Gophaal Telugu
2003 Kalyana Ramudu Rajesh Telugu
2004 Engal Anna Kannan Tamil
2004 Andalu Dongale Dorikithe Bujji Telugu
2004 Aabra Ka Daabra Himself Hindi
2005 Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana Taanga Driver Telugu
2006 Style Ganesh Telugu
2006 Chukkallo Chandrudu Sharat Telugu
2006 Naayudamma Prabhu Telugu
2007 Pokkiri Special appearance Tamil
2007 Shankardada Zindabad Special appearance Telugu
2008 Michael Madana Kamaraju Michael Telugu
2009 Villu Special appearance Tamil
2009 Wanted Special appearance in song "Jalwa" Hindi
2010 Pa Ra Pazhanisami Tamil
2011 Urumi Vavvali Malayalam
2011 Engeyum Kaadhal Special appearance Tamil
2012 Dhoni Himself Tamil
2012 Rowdy Rathore Special appearance in song "Chinta Ta Chita" Hindi
2012 OMG Special appearance in song "Govinda" Hindi
2013 ABCD – Any Body Can Dance Vishnu Hindi
2013 Ramaiya Vastavaiya Special appearance in song "Jadoo Ki Jhappi" Hindi
2013 Boss Special appearance in song "Hum Na Tode" Hindi
2013 R... Rajkumar Special appearance in song "Gandi Baat" Hindi
2014 Happy New Year Special appearance as Dance Instructor Hindi
2014 Kalavaadiya Pozhuthugal Chezhiyan Tamil
2014 Action Jackson Special appearance in song "AJ" Hindi

As choreographer

Year Title Language Notes
1988 Agni Natchathiram Tamil
1989 Vetri Vizha Tamil
1989 Lankeswarudu Telugu
1989 Siva Telugu worked as Assistant Choreographer
1990 Anjali Telugu
1990 Lorry Driver Telugu
1990 Pratibandh Hindi
1990 Raja Vikramarka Telugu
1990 Jagadeka Veerudu Athiloka Sundari Telugu
1991 Idhayam Tamil
1991 Thalapathi Tamil
1991 Aditya 369 Telugu
1991 Coolie No. 1 Telugu
1991 Gang Leader Telugu
1991 Killer Telugu worked as Assistant Choreographer
1991 Kshana Kshanam Telugu
1991 Nirnayam Telugu
1991 Satruvu Telugu
1991 Surya IPS Telugu
1991 Rowdy Alludu Telugu
1992 Suriyan Tamil
1992 Aaj Ka Goonda Raj Hindi
1992 Aapathbandavudu Telugu
1992 Antham Telugu
1992 Chinarayudu Telugu
1992 Gharana Mogudu Telugu
1992 Johnny Walker Malayalam
1992 Rowdy Inspector Telugu
1992 Sundarakanda Telugu
1993 Chandra Mukhi Hindi
1993 Gumraah Hindi
1993 Allari Alludu Telugu
1993 Allari Priyudu Telugu
1993 Gaayam Telugu
1993 Govindha Govindha Telugu
1993 Muta Mesthri Telugu
1993 Mechanic Alludu Telugu
1993 Nippu Ravva Telugu
1993 Rakshana Telugu
1993 Rojavai Killathe Tamil
1993 Varasudu Telugu
1993 Thiruda Thiruda Tamil
1993 Gentleman Tamil
1993 Walter Vetrivel Tamil
1994 Kadhalan Tamil Also lead actor
1994 Gandeevam Telugu
1994 Raja Babu Hindi "Pak Chik Rajababu" song
1994 Hello Brother Telugu
1994 Mugguru Monagallu Telugu
1994 Super Police Telugu
1995 Bombay Tamil
1995 Criminal Telugu
1995 Raasaiyya Tamil Also lead actor
1995 Rikshavodu Telugu
1997 Minsara Kanavu Tamil Won National Film Award for Best Choreography
2000 Pukar Hindi Nominated - Star Screen Award
2000 Pennin Manathai Thottu Tamil
2002 Shakti: The Power Hindi
2002 Baba Tamil
2002 Agni Varsha Hindi
2003 Khushi Hindi
2004 Lakshya Hindi Won National Film Award for Best Choreography.
Won Filmfare Best Choreography Award.
Won Star Screen Award for Best Choreography.
2004 Varsham Telugu Won Nandi Award for Best Choreographer.
2004 Samba Telugu Title Song only
2005 No Entry Hindi
2005 Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana Telugu Won Filmfare Best Choreography Award (Telugu).
2006 Sillunu Oru Kaadhal Tamil
2006 Don: The Chase Begins Again Hindi
2006 Pournami Telugu
2007 Sivaji: The Boss Tamil
2007 Pokkiri Tamil Also Director
2008 Aegan Tamil "Hey Sala" Song only
2009 Wanted Hindi
2010 Bodyguard Malayalam
2010 Enthiran Tamil 3 songs
2011 Engeyum Kaadhal Tamil Also Director
2012 Rowdy Rathore Hindi Also Director
2012 Oh My God Hindi


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  2. ^ Sharma, Itee (23 June 2013). "Lights, romance, action". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 
  3. ^ Photos: prabhu-deva.jpg. Retrieved on 27 September 2013.
  4. ^ Objections raised against Prabhu Deva, prabhu deva, Ramaiya Vastavaiya. (23 April 2013). Retrieved on 27 September 2013.
  5. ^ "Prabhu Deva: From his father's shadow to the limelight". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 29 June 2006. 
  6. ^ Prabhudeva's Dance Academy. Retrieved on 13 November 2011.
  7. ^ (Tamil) பிரபு தேவாவின் இசை ஆல்பம் தலைப்பு 'போருடா'!- prabhu deva reveals his album title – Oneindia Tamil. (11 February 2012). Retrieved on 27 September 2013.
  8. ^ "Now a 3D dance film". The Times Of India. 6 March 2012. 
  9. ^ Prabhudeva's little son passes away!. (4 December 2008)
  10. ^ Ramlath demands immediate arrest of Nayantara!. (23 September 2009). Retrieved on 27 September 2013.
  11. ^ "Prabhu's wife files for second petition". The Times Of India. 7 October 2010. 
  12. ^ Entertainment News, Latest Entertainment News, Hollywood Bollywood News | Entertainment – Times of India.
  13. ^ "Nayanthara – Tamil Movie News – Nayanthara's effigy burnt – Nayanthara | Prabhu Dheva | Ramlath | Kalpana". 6 October 2010. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  14. ^ "Nayanthara, Prabhu Dheva call it quits". The Times Of India. 28 January 2012. 
  15. ^ "Prabhu Deva enters into divorce deal with wife". The Times Of India. 29 December 2010. 
  16. ^ "Prabhu Deva granted divorce".  
  17. ^ "Nayanthara, Prabhu Deva call it quits". The Times Of India. 28 January 2012. 
  18. ^ "Shruti Haasan bags Prabhu Dheva’s next film". The Times Of India. 9 July 2012. 
  19. ^ "Prabhu Dheva, Salman, Priyanka dance begins with IPL!". 18 March 2012. 
  20. ^ "IPL 2012: Katy Perry can't wait to see India". 2 April 2012. 
  21. ^ a b Phan, Monty (6 November 2007). "Buffalax Mines Twisted Translations for YouTube Yuks". (Entertainment : The Web) ( 
  22. ^ (Video) The Colbert Report, Comedy Central, 4 December 2008.

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