Prabhu Deva

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Prabhu Deva
Prabhudeva at Wanted press meet.jpg
Born Prabhu Deva Prasad Sundaram
(1970-04-03) 3 April 1970 (age 45)[1]
Mysore, Karnataka, India[1]
Occupation Film actor, director, dance choreographer, producer
Years active 1988–present
Spouse(s) Ramlath (m. 1995 div. 2010)
Parent(s) Mugur Sundar
Relatives Raju Sundaram (brother)
Nagendra Prasad (brother)

Prabhu Deva Prasad Sundaram (born 3 April 1970) known simply as Prabhu Deva is an Indian film director, dance choreographer and actor,[2] who has worked 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 style and has garnered two National Film Awards for Best Choreography.[3]

Beginning with a series of acting roles in the 1990s and early 2000s, Prabhu Deva featured in several commercially successful films including Kadhalan (1994), Minsara Kanavu (1997) and VIP (1997). After further critically acclaimed performances in the comedy Kaathala Kaathala (1998) and the family drama Vanathai Pola (2000), Deva then failed to recreate the success of his earlier films and his box office value began to decline and he subsequently made appearances in supporting roles and low budget Telugu language films. He then successfully ventured into direction with the 2005 Telugu film Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana, and the success of the project prompted further offers for Deva as a director. He then went on to make highly profitable films in Telugu, Hindi and Tamil languages such as Pokkiri (2007), Wanted (2009), Rowdy Rathore (2012) and Singh is Bling (2015).[4]

In August 2015 he started a production company Prabhu Deva Studios.[5]

Early life and career[edit]

Prabhu Deva 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[6] as well as Western styles. Raju Sundaram and Nagendra Prasad are his brothers.

Prabhu 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 99 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.[7] He planned to release his first video album called It is boring in 2013.[8] He also played the lead role in ABCD (Any Body Can Dance), the first 3D dance film in India.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Deva at a promotion for the film Wanted

Prabhu Deva married Ramlath who changed her name to Latha. They had three children, but their eldest son died of cancer in 2008.[10][11] In 2010 his wife filed a petition at the family court, seeking directions against Deva from live-in relationship with the actress Nayantara and requesting a reunion with him.[12][13] Furthermore, Ramalath threatened to go on hunger strike if Prabhu Dheva married Nayantara, while several women's organizations conducted protests against Nayantara for bringing disrepute to Tamil culture, burning an effigy of her.[14] In 2012, Nayantara confirmed that she had ended her relationship with Prabhu Deva.[15][16][17][18]

Deva has moved to Mumbai and is residing at Boney Kapoor's old place called Green Acres.[19] Prabhu Deva's mother Mahadevamma is from the village of Doora, about 17 kilometres (11 mi) from Mysore. He owns property in Doora, and has developed a farm there.[20]

Other appearances[edit]

Deva with Sonakshi Sinha and Akshay Kumar during the promotions of film Rowdy Rathore

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.[21][22]

In the media[edit]

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).[23] 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.[23] The music video was featured on The Colbert Report on 4 December 2008[24] and appeared on the Heavy Metal documentary Global Metal.


As Director
Film Year Language Notes
Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana 2004 Telugu
Pournami 2006 Telugu
Pokkiri 2007 Tamil Vijay Award for Favourite Director
Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Tamil Director
Shankardada Zindabad 2007 Telugu
Villu 2009 Tamil
Wanted 2009 Hindi
Engeyum Kaadhal 2011 Tamil
Vedi 2011 Tamil
Rowdy Rathore 2012 Hindi
Ramaiya Vastavaiya 2013 Hindi
R... Rajkumar 2013 Hindi
Action Jackson 2014 Hindi
Singh is Bling 2015 Hindi
As Actor
Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Film Language Role Notes
Indhu 1994 Tamil Pattasu
Kaadhalan 1994 Tamil Prabhu
Raasaiyya 1995 Tamil Raasaiyya
Love Birds 1996 Tamil Arun
Mr. Romeo 1996 Tamil Romeo, Madras
Minsara Kanavu 1997 Tamil Deva
VIP 1997 Tamil Guru
Naam Iruvar Nammaku Iruvar 1998 Tamil Prabhu, Deva
Love Story 1999 1998 Telugu Vamsi
Kaathala Kaathala 1998 Tamil Sundaralingam
Ninaivirukkum Varai 1999 Tamil Janakiraman (Jonny)
Suyamvaram 1999 Tamil Kanna
Time 1999 Tamil Srininvasa Murthy
Vaanathaippola 2000 Tamil Selvakumar
Eazhaiyin Sirippil 2000 Tamil Ganesan
James Pandu 2000 Tamil James
Pennin Manathai Thottu 2000 Tamil Sunil
Doubles 2000 Tamil Prabhu
Ullam Kollai Poguthae 2001 Tamil Anbu
Alli Thandha Vaanam 2001 Tamil Sathyam
Manadhai Thirudivittai 2001 Tamil Deva
Charlie Chaplin 2002 Tamil Thiru
H2O 2002 Kannada, Tamil Vairamuthu
Santosham 2002 Telugu Pawan
One Two Three 2002 Tamil Tirupati Partially re-shot and also released in Telugu and Kannada
Agni Varsha 2002 Hindi Rakshasha
Thotti Gang 2002 Telugu Suri Babu
Kalyana Ramudu 2003 Telugu Rajesh
Alaudin 2003 Tamil Alaudin
Oka Radha Iddaru Krishnula Pelli 2003 Telugu Murugan
Engal Anna 2004 Tamil Kannan
Intlo Srimathi Veedhilo Kumari 2004 Telugu Gopal
Andalu Dongale Dorikithe 2004 Telugu Bujji
Style 2006 Telugu Ganesh
Chukkallo Chandrudu 2006 Telugu Sharat Guest appearance
Naayudamma 2006 Telugu Prabhu
Michael Madana Kamaraju 2008 Telugu Michael
Urumi 2011 Malayalam Vavvali
ABCD 2013 Hindi Vishnu
ABCD 2 2015 Hindi Vishnu
Kalavaadiya Pozhuthugal 2016 Tamil Chezhiyan Delayed
Untitled A.L.Vijay ProjectFilms that have not yet been released 2016 Telugu
Also Producer[25]
As Producer

He also ventured into production by establishing Prabhu Deva Studios

Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
Film Year Director Language Notes
Sila SamayangalilFilms that have not yet been released 2016 Priyadarshan Tamil Filming
VinodhanFilms that have not yet been released 2016 Victor Jayaraj Tamil Filming
Untitled A.L.Vijay ProjectFilms that have not yet been released 2016 A. L. Vijay Tamil


Film Song Year Language Notes
Mouna Ragam "Panivizhum" 1986 Tamil
Agni Natchathiram "Raja Rajadhi" 1988 Tamil
Idhayam "April Mayile" 1991 Tamil
Unnai Vaazhthi Paadugiren "Outa Langdi" 1992 Tamil
Suriyan "Laalaku Dol Dappima" 1992 Tamil
Prathap "Maanga Maanga" 1993 Tamil
Rakshana "Gallu Mandhi Basu" 1993 Telugu
Gentleman "Chikku Bukku Rayile" 1993 Tamil
Walter Vetrivel "Chinna Raasave" 1993 Tamil
Pukar "Kay Sera Sera" 2000 Hindi
Manasella Neene Guest judge 2002 Kannada Guest appearance
Baba "Kichchu Tha" 2002 Tamil
Shakti "Dumroo Baje Re" 2002 Hindi
Aabra Ka Daabra "Shiv Om" 2004 Hindi
Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana "Paripoke Pitta" 2005 Telugu
Pokkiri "Aadungada" 2007 Tamil
Shankardada Zindabad "Jagadeka Veeruniki" 2007 Telugu
Villu "Rama Rama" 2009 Tamil
Wanted "Jalwa" 2009 Hindi
Pa Ra Palanisamy "Singari Mava" 2010 Tamil
Engeyum Kaadhal "Engeyum Kaadhal" 2011 Tamil
Dhoni "Vaangum Panathukkum" 2012 Tamil
Dhoni "Mattiloni Chettu" 2012 Telugu
Rowdy Rathore "Chinta Ta Chita" 2012 Hindi
Oh My God "Govinda" 2012 Hindi
Ramaiya Vastavaiya "Jadoo Ki Jhappi" 2013 Hindi
Boss "Hum Na Tode" 2013 Hindi
R... Rajkumar "Gandi Baat" 2013 Hindi
Happy New Year Dance instructor 2014 Hindi Guest appearance
Action Jackson "AJ" 2014 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.
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  6. ^ "Prabhu Deva: From his father's shadow to the limelight". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 29 June 2006. 
  7. ^ Prabhudeva's Dance Academy. Retrieved on 13 November 2011.
  8. ^ (Tamil) பிரபு தேவாவின் இசை ஆல்பம் தலைப்பு 'போருடா'!- prabhu deva reveals his album title – Oneindia Tamil. (11 February 2012). Retrieved on 27 September 2013.
  9. ^ "Now a 3D dance film". The Times Of India. 6 March 2012. 
  10. ^ Prabhudeva's little son passes away!. (4 December 2008)
  11. ^ Ramlath demands immediate arrest of Nayantara!. (23 September 2009). Retrieved on 27 September 2013.
  12. ^ "Prabhu's wife files for second petition". The Times Of India. 7 October 2010. 
  13. ^ Entertainment News, Latest Entertainment News, Hollywood Bollywood News | Entertainment – Times of India.[dead link]
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  15. ^ "Nayanthara, Prabhu Dheva call it quits". The Times Of India. 28 January 2012. 
  16. ^ "Prabhu Deva enters into divorce deal with wife". The Times Of India. 29 December 2010. 
  17. ^ "Prabhu Deva granted divorce". Sify. 2 July 2011. Retrieved 2 July 2011. 
  18. ^ "Nayanthara, Prabhu Deva call it quits". The Times Of India. 28 January 2012. 
  19. ^ "Shruti Haasan bags Prabhu Dheva’s next film". The Times Of India. 9 July 2012. 
  20. ^ "Prabhu Deva Celebrates New Year In Mysore". FilmiBeat. 3 January 2014. Retrieved 2015-01-18. 
  21. ^ "Prabhu Dheva, Salman, Priyanka dance begins with IPL!". 18 March 2012. 
  22. ^ "IPL 2012: Katy Perry can't wait to see India". 2 April 2012. 
  23. ^ a b Phan, Monty (6 November 2007). "Buffalax Mines Twisted Translations for YouTube Yuks". (Entertainment : The Web) (Wired Magazine). Retrieved 6 December 2008. 
  24. ^ (Video) The Colbert Report, Comedy Central, 4 December 2008.
  25. ^ "Prabhu Deva to Act in Trilingual"

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