Prabhu Deva

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Prabhu Deva
Prabhudeva at Wanted press meet.jpg
Born Prabhu Deva Sundaram
(1973-04-03) 3 April 1973 (age 42)[1]
Mysore, Karnataka, India[1]
Occupation Film actor, director, dance choreographer, Producer
Years active 1988–present
Spouse(s) Ramlath (1995–2010)
Relatives Raju Sundaram (brother)
Nagendra Prasad (brother)

Prabhu Deva ( born 3 April 1973) 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 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), VIP (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[edit]

Prabhu Deva's father is Kannada and mother is Tamil. 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[5] 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.[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[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.[9][10] 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.[11][12] 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.[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] 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.[19]

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.[20][21]

Soramimi spoof[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).[22] 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.[22] The music video was featured on The Colbert Report on 4 December 2008[23] and appeared on the Heavy Metal documentary Global Metal.



Year Film Cast Language
2005 Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana Siddharth, Trisha Telugu
2006 Pournami Prabhas, Trisha, Charmy Kaur 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, Yami Gautam, Sonakshi Sinha Hindi
2015 Singh is Bling Akshay Kumar, Amy Jackson Hindi


Year Film Role Language
1991 Idhayam One among group dancers in song "April Mayile" Tamil
1992 Unnai Vaazhthi Paadugiren One among group dancers in song "Outa Langdi" Tamil
1992 Suriyan Lead dancer in song "Laalaku Dol Dappima" Tamil
1993 Prathap 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 mammali 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 Action Jackson Special appearance in song "AJ" Hindi
2015 ABCD 2 Vishnu Hindi
2016 Kalavaadiya Pozhuthugal Chezhiyan Tamil


Year Film Director Cast Language
2016 Vinodhan Victor Jayaraj Varun, Vedhika, Salony Luthra Tamil


Year Film Cast Language
1986 Mouna Ragam Himself Tamil
1988 Agni Natchathiram Himself Tamil


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  14. ^ "Nayanthara, Prabhu Dheva call it quits". The Times Of India. 28 January 2012. 
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  18. ^ "Shruti Haasan bags Prabhu Dheva’s next film". The Times Of India. 9 July 2012. 
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  20. ^ "Prabhu Dheva, Salman, Priyanka dance begins with IPL!". 18 March 2012. 
  21. ^ "IPL 2012: Katy Perry can't wait to see India". 2 April 2012. 
  22. ^ a b Phan, Monty (6 November 2007). "Buffalax Mines Twisted Translations for YouTube Yuks". (Entertainment : The Web) (Wired Magazine). Retrieved 6 December 2008. 
  23. ^ (Video) The Colbert Report, Comedy Central, 4 December 2008.

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