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3 April 1973 |
Mysore, Karnataka, India
|Occupation||Film actor, director, choreographer|
Prabhu Deva (born 3 April 1973 as Shankupani Sundaram) is an Indian dancer, choreographer, film actor and director. He has performed in a wide range of dancing styles, is a two time National Best Choreographer Award winner and has been called by the media as India's Michael Jackson.
After a sequence of successful attempts in acting in the 1990s and early 2000s such as Kadhalan (1994), Raasaiyya (1995), Minsara Kanavu (1997), Naam Iruvar Namakku Iruvar (1998), Kaathala Kaathala (1998) and Vanathai Pola (2000), Prabhu Deva also pursued a career in direction through the 2005 Telugu blockbuster Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana. He then went on to direct successful films in Telugu, Hindi and Tamil languages such as Shankardada Zindabad (2007), Pokkiri (2007), Wanted (2009) and Rowdy Rathore (2012).
Early life and career 
Prabhu Deva was born in Mysore, Karnataka to Kannada Lingayat family and was originally named Shankupani. His father, Mugur Sundar (known as Sundaram Master), was a choreographer for South Indian movies. His family later moved to Chennai where he grew up. Prabhu Deva was inspired by his father and took up dancing learning Indian classical dance forms such as Bharatanatyam from Dharmaraj and Udipi Lakshminarayanan as well as Western styles. Raju Sundaram and Nagendra Prasad are his brothers.
Prabhu Deva's first venture 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 into acting. His first film as an actor was Indhu (1994) with actress Roja. In 1999, Deva, Shobhana and A. R. Rahman performed with a Tamil cinema dancing troupe at the "Michael Jackson and Friends" 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 Prabhudeva's Dance Academy in Singapore. He planned to release his first video album called It is boring in 2013. He also played the lead role in ABCD (Any Body Can Dance), the first 3D dance film in India.
Personal life 
During the making of the film Villu in 2008, there were reports that he and actress Nayantara fell in love on the sets with some reports even claiming that he married her secretly in June 2009. She had tattooed his name on her wrist and began appearing with him in public, while neither denying nor confirming the relationship. In September 2010, Prabhu Deva openly confessed his love for Nayantara and further stated that he would marry her soon. The issue gained media attention and turned into a controversy, since Prabhu Deva was not divorced from Ramalath. Prabhu Deva publicly claimed that his marriage to Ramalath was invalid; he privately wed Nayantara after she underwent conversion to Hinduism. Unwilling to grant a divorce, she filed a petition at the family court, seeking directions against her husband and Nayantara 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.
Prabhu Deva has moved to Mumbai and is residing at Boney Kapoor's old place in Green Acres.
Other appearances 
- Prabhu Deva made brief appearances in solo items such as "Rajathi Raja" in Agni Natchathiram (1988), "April Mayile" in Idhayam (1991), "Lallaku Doldapi Ma" in Suriyan (1992), "Chinna Rasave" in Walter Vetrivel (1993), and "Chikku Bukku Rayile" in Gentleman (1993).
- He performed with Madhuri Dixit in the song "Ke Sera Sera" for the movie Pukar.
- He acted along with Lawrence Raghavendra in the hit movie Style.
- He performed with Apache Indian in the song "No Problem" in the film Love Birds.
- He made a special appearance in Pokkiri (which was directed by himself) with Vijay in the song "Aadungada".
- He performed in the film Abrakadabra for the song "Om Sh".
- He performed in the Nana Patekar – Karisma Kapoor film Shakti for a song.
- He performed with Vijay in the movie Villu for the song "Hey Rama". This was a guest appearance. The film was also directed by him.
- He performed with Bollywood actors Salman Khan and Govinda for a song in the 2009 movie Wanted.
- He performed with American singer Katy Perry at the opening ceremony of the 5th edition of IPL on 3 April 2012 in Chennai along with Amitabh Bachchan, Salman Khan, Kareena Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra. This event was special to Prabhu Deva as the actor shared his 39th birthday on the same day.
- 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, Prabhu Won the Nandi Award for Best Choreographer for Varsham (2004).
- 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.
Soramimi spoof 
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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). The video was 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. The music video was featured on The Colbert Report on 4 December 2008 and appeared on the Heavy Metal documentary Global Metal.
As director 
|2005||Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana||Siddharth, Trisha||Telugu|
|2007||Pokkiri||Vijay, Asin||Tamil||Vijay Award for Favourite Director|
|2007||Shankardada Zindabad||Chiranjeevi, Karishma Kotak||Telugu|
|2009||Wanted||Salman Khan, Ayesha Takia Azmi||Hindi|
|2011||Engeyum Kaadhal||Jayam Ravi, Hansika||Tamil|
|2011||Vedi||Vishal Krishna, Sameera||Tamil|
|2012||Rowdy Rathore||Akshay Kumar, Sonakshi Sinha||Hindi|
|2013||Ramaiya Vasta Vaiya||Girish Kumar, Shruti Haasan||Hindi||Releasing on July 19, 2013|
|2013||Rambo Rajkumar||Shahid Kapoor, Sonakshi Sinha||Hindi||Filming|
As actor 
|1988||Agni Natchathiram||Tamil||Special appearance in song "Raaja Raajathi"|
|1991||Idhayam||Tamil||Special appearance in song "April Mayile"|
|1992||Suriyan||Tamil||Special appearance in song "Laalaku Dol Dappima"|
|1993||Pratap||Tamil||Special appearance in song "Maanga Maanga"|
|1993||Rakshana||Telugu||Special appearance in song "Gallu Mandhi Basu"|
|1993||Gentleman||Tamil||Special appearance in song "Chikku Bukku Rayile"|
|1993||Walter Vetrivel||Tamil||Special appearance in song "Chinna Raasave"|
|1998||Naam Iruvar Nammaku Iruvar||Prabhu
|1998||Love Story 1999||Vamsi||Telugu|
|1999||Ninaivirukkum Varai||Janakiraman (Jonny)||Tamil|
|1999||Suyamvaram||Kanna||Tamil||Also playback singer ("Shiva Shiva Shankara" song)|
|2000||Pennin Manathai Thottu||Sunil||Tamil|
|2001||Ullam Kollai Poguthae||Anbu||Tamil|
|2001||Alli Thandha Vaanam||Sathyam||Tamil|
|2002||One Two Three||Thirupathy||Tamil|
|2002||Shakti - The Power||Hindi||Special appearance|
|2002||Thotti Gang||Suri Babu||Telugu|
|2003||Oka Radha Iddaru Krishnula Pelli||Murugan||Telugu|
|2003||Intlo Srimathi Veedhilo Kumari||Gophaal||Telugu|
|2004||Andalu Dongale Dorikithe||Bujji||Telugu|
|2004||Aabra Ka Daabra||Himself||Hindi||Special appearance|
|2005||Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana||Taanga Driver||Telugu||Cameo appearance|
|2007||Shankardada Zindabad||Telugu||Cameo appearance|
|2008||Michael Madana Kamaraju||Michael||Telugu|
|2010||Pa Ra Pazhanisami||Tamil||Cameo appearance|
|2011||Engeyum Kaadhal||Tamil||Special appearance|
|2012||Rowdy Rathore||Himself||Hindi||Special appearance|
|2012||Oh My God||Himself||Hindi||Special appearance|
|2013||ABCD – Any Body Can Dance||Vishnu||Hindi|
As choreographer 
|1988||Agni Natchathiram||Tamil||as a Group Dancer in Sundaram's choreography|
|1989||Siva||Telugu||worked as Assistant Choreographer|
|1990||Jagadeka Veerudu Athiloka Sundari||Telugu|
|1991||Killer||Telugu||worked as Assistant Choreographer|
|1992||Aaj Ka Goonda Raj||Hindi|
|1994||Kadhalan||Tamil||Also lead actor|
|1994||Raja Babu||Hindi||"Pak Chik Rajababu" song|
|1995||Raasaiyya||Tamil||Also lead actor|
|1997||Minsara Kanavu||Tamil||Won National Film Award for Best Choreography|
|2000||Pukar||Hindi||Nominated for Star Screen Award for Best Choreography.|
|2000||Pennin Manathai Thottu||Tamil||Features the "Kalluri Vaanil" music video popularly known as "Benny Lava".|
|2002||Shakti: The Power||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||Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana||Telugu||Won Filmfare Best Choreography Award (Telugu).|
|2006||Sillunu Oru Kaadhal||Tamil|
|2006||Don: The Chase Begins Again||Hindi|
|2007||Sivaji: The Boss||Tamil|
|2008||Aegan||Tamil||"Hey Sala" Song only|
|2010||Enthiran||Tamil||"Pudhiya Manidha", "Kadhal Anukkal" & "Arima Arima"|
|2011||Engeyum Kaadhal||Tamil||Also Director|
|2012||Rowdy Rathore||Hindi||Also Director|
|2012||Oh My God||Hindi|
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- Indhu – Prabhu Deva Roja Music Deva Tamil Songs. Tamilbeat.com (1973-04-03). Retrieved on 2011-11-13.
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- Prabhudeva's Dance Academy. Prabhudeva.com.sg. Retrieved on 2011-11-13.
- "Now a 3D dance film". The Times Of India. 2012-03-06.
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- Ramlath demands immediate arrest of Nayantara!
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- "Prabhu's wife files for second petition". The Times Of India. 7 October 2010.
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- "Nayanthara – Tamil Movie News – Nayanthara's effigy burnt – Nayanthara | Prabhu Deva | Ramlath | Kalpana". Behindwoods.com. 6 October 2010. Retrieved 18 October 2011.
- "Nayanthara, Prabhu Deva call it quits". The Times Of India. 28 January 2012.
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- "Prabhu Deva granted divorce". Sify. 2011-07-02. Retrieved 2011-07-02.
- "Nayanthara, Prabhu Deva call it quits". The Times Of India. 2012-01-28.
- "Shruti Haasan bags Prabhu Dheva’s next film". The Times Of India. 9 July 2012.
- "Prabhu Deva, Salman, Priyanka dance begins with IPL!". 2012-03-18.
- "IPL 2012: Katy Perry can't wait to see India". 2012-04-02.
- Phan, Monty (2007-11-06). "Buffalax Mines Twisted Translations for YouTube Yuks". (Entertainment : The Web) (Wired Magazine). Retrieved 2008-12-06.
- (Video) The Colbert Report, Comedy Central, 4 December 2008.