Raghava Lawrence

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Raghava Lawrence
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Raghava Lawrence
Born (1976-01-09) 9 January 1976 (age 40)
Chennai, India
Occupation Film actor, Film Director, Dancer, Choreographer, Music Composer and Philanthropist
Years active Choreographer (1993 – present)
Actor (1998 – present)
Director (2004 – present)

Raghava Lawrence (born 29 October 1976)[1] is an Indian choreographer who has also appeared in films as an actor, director, composer and playback singer. After making his debut as a choreographer in 1993, he began looking for acting opportunities. He began his career as an actor in 1998, in a Telugu film, aged 22. He adopted the name "Lawrence" in 2001, and worked for many prominent actors and directors in Tamil cinema throughout his career. He got his breakthrough with Telugu film Style and then Muni. Lawrence is also known for his intricate hip-hop and westernised dance moves and has won 4 Filmfare Awards and 3 Nandi Awards for best choreography. In 2015, after the death of former Indian president A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, Lawrence set up a charity trust in his name and donated 1 crore to it.[2][3]

Career[edit]

Lawrence had brain tumor when he was a child and rarely went to school.[4][5][6] He got cured after his mother went to a temple of Raghavendra Swami[7] and Lawrence strongly believes that it was Raghavendra Swami who cured him of his tumour.[8] He became an ardent devotee of the deity and added its name to his name.[5] He built the Raghavendra Swamy Brindavanam Temple at Thirumullaivayal on the Avadi-Ambattur route, which opened from 1 January 2010.[9]

He was working as a car cleaner for fight master Super Subbarayan.[5] Rajinikanth saw him dancing and helped him to join the Dancers Union.[5][10] Chiranjeevi offered him the job of choreographing the dances for Hitler. Pleased with Lawrence's work, Chiranjeevi asked him to choreograph dances for Master, his next film too.[5]

Lawrence first appeared in a song in Donga Police in 1991, also doing some dances with Prabhu Deva. He was a background dancer in the song Chikku Bukku Chikku Bukku Railey in Gentleman.[5] He also appeared in dance sequences in Muta Mesthri, Rakshana and Allari Priyudu.[5] Producer T V D Prasad offered him the role of a hero in his venture Speed Dancer.[5] That film was a flop.[4] After that he acted in 2 Tamil films as hero and those films also flopped.[4] Director K. Balachander invited him to act in his 100th film Parthale Paravasam.[10] He got his breakthrough with the Muni film series.

Social service[edit]

He did many social service activities in which he has aided many heart surgeries for babies.[11][12][13]

Filmography[edit]

As Actor[edit]

Year Film Role Language Notes
1993 Gentleman Tamil Background dancer in song Chikku Bukku Chikku Bukku
1993 Uzhaippali Tamil Background Dancer in many songs
1993 Mutha Mestri Telugu Background dancer in song Ee Pettakku
1994 Chinna Madam Tamil Main dancer in one song
1999 Amarkalam Tamil Special Appearance in song Maha Ganapathi
1999 Speed Dancer Telugu Lead Role
2000 Parthen Rasithen Tamil
2000 Unnai Kodu Ennai Tharuven Tamil Special appearance in song Sollu Thalaiva
2000 Kshemanga Velli Labham Ga Randi Telugu Special Appearance
2000 Chala Bagundi Telugu Special Appearance
2000 Thirunelveli Tamil
2001 Parthale Paravasam Azhagu Tamil
2001 Asura Kannada Special appearance
2002 Varushamellam Vasantham Tamil Special appearance in song "Naan Ready"
2002 Roja Kootam Tamil special appearance in song "Subbamma"
2002 Arpudham Ashok Kumar Tamil
2002 Baba Tamil Special Appearance
2002 Style Rishaanth Tamil
2003 Ninne Istapaddanu Telugu
2003 Tagore Telugu
2003 Satyam Telugu Special Appearance
2004 Thendral Tamil Special Appearance in song "Ungappanukkum"
2004 Thirumalai Tamil Special Appearance in song "Thaamthakka"
2004 Mass Telugu Special Appearance
2006 Style Raghava Telugu
2007 Muni Ganesh Tamil
2007 Don Raghava Telugu
2008 Pandi Pandi Tamil
2009 Rajadhi Raja Raja Tamil
2010 Irumbukkottai Murattu Singam Singam / Singaram Tamil
2011 Muni 2: Kanchana Raghava Tamil
2014 Kathai Thiraikathai Vasanam Iyakkam Tamil Cameo appearance
2015 Muni 3: Kanchana 2 Raghava, Shiva Tamil
2016 Motta Siva Ketta Siva Siva Tamil Post-production
2016 Muni 4: Naaga Tamil Pre-production
2016 Chandramukhi 2 Tamil Pre-production

As Director[edit]

Year Film Cast Language Notes
2004 Mass Nagarjuna, Jyothika, Charmy Kaur Telugu
2006 Style Prabhu Deva, Charmy Kaur, Kamalinee Mukherjee, Lawrence Telugu Screenplay, story
2007 Muni Lawrence, Vedhika, Rajkiran, Kovai Sarala Tamil / Dubbed in Telugu
2007 Don Nagarjuna, Anushka, Kelly Dorji, Nikita Thukral, Lawrence Telugu Screenplay, story, composer
2011 Muni 2: Kanchana Lawrence, Sarathkumar, Lakshmi Rai, Kovai Sarala Tamil / Dubbed in Telugu
2012 Rebel Prabhas, Tamannaah, Deeksha Seth Telugu Screenplay, Story, composer
2015 Muni 3: Kanchana 2 Lawrence, Taapsee Pannu, Nithya Menon Tamil / Dubbed in Telugu

Television[edit]

  • Masthaana Masthaana Part 2 (2009)

Awards[edit]

Filmfare Awards
Nandi Awards
Edison Awards
  • Manidha Neyam Award – (2015)
  • Extraordinary Performance (Male) – Kanchana 2 (2015)

References[edit]

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