|Born||Prabhu Deva Prasad Sundaram
3 April 1970 
Mysore, Karnataka, India
|Occupation||Film actor, director, dance choreographer, producer|
|Spouse(s)||Ramlath (m. 1995 div. 2010)|
|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, 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.
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).
In August 2015 he started a production company Prabhu Deva Studios.
Early life and career
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 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. 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.
Prabhu Deva married Ramlath who changed her name to Latha. They had three children, but their eldest son died of cancer in 2008. 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. 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. In 2012, Nayantara confirmed that she had ended her relationship with Prabhu Deva.
Deva has moved to Mumbai and is residing at Boney Kapoor's old place called Green Acres. 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.
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.
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.
In the media
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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 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. The music video was featured on The Colbert Report on 4 December 2008 and appeared on the Heavy Metal documentary Global Metal.
- As Director
|Pokkiri||2007||Tamil||Vijay Award for Favourite Director
Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Tamil Director
|Singh is Bling||2015||Hindi|
- As Actor
|Denotes films that have not yet been released|
|Mr. Romeo||1996||Tamil||Romeo, Madras|
|Naam Iruvar Nammaku Iruvar||1998||Tamil||Prabhu, Deva|
|Love Story 1999||1998||Telugu||Vamsi|
|Ninaivirukkum Varai||1999||Tamil||Janakiraman (Jonny)|
|Pennin Manathai Thottu||2000||Tamil||Sunil|
|Ullam Kollai Poguthae||2001||Tamil||Anbu|
|Alli Thandha Vaanam||2001||Tamil||Sathyam|
|One Two Three||2002||Tamil||Tirupati||Partially re-shot and also released in Telugu and Kannada|
|Thotti Gang||2002||Telugu||Suri Babu|
|Oka Radha Iddaru Krishnula Pelli||2003||Telugu||Murugan|
|Intlo Srimathi Veedhilo Kumari||2004||Telugu||Gopal|
|Andalu Dongale Dorikithe||2004||Telugu||Bujji|
|Chukkallo Chandrudu||2006||Telugu||Sharat||Guest appearance|
|Michael Madana Kamaraju||2008||Telugu||Michael|
|Untitled A.L.Vijay Project||2016||Telugu
- As Producer
He also ventured into production by establishing Prabhu Deva Studios
|Denotes films that have not yet been released|
|Untitled A.L.Vijay Project||2016||A. L. Vijay||Tamil
|Agni Natchathiram||"Raja Rajadhi"||1988||Tamil|
|Unnai Vaazhthi Paadugiren||"Outa Langdi"||1992||Tamil|
|Suriyan||"Laalaku Dol Dappima"||1992||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|
|Shakti||"Dumroo Baje Re"||2002||Hindi|
|Aabra Ka Daabra||"Shiv Om"||2004||Hindi|
|Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana||"Paripoke Pitta"||2005||Telugu|
|Shankardada Zindabad||"Jagadeka Veeruniki"||2007||Telugu|
|Pa Ra Palanisamy||"Singari Mava"||2010||Tamil|
|Engeyum Kaadhal||"Engeyum Kaadhal"||2011||Tamil|
|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|
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- (Tamil) பிரபு தேவாவின் இசை ஆல்பம் தலைப்பு 'போருடா'!- prabhu deva reveals his album title – Oneindia Tamil. Tamil.oneindia.in (11 February 2012). Retrieved on 27 September 2013.
- "Now a 3D dance film". The Times Of India. 6 March 2012.
- Prabhudeva's little son passes away!. Sify.com (4 December 2008)
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- "IPL 2012: Katy Perry can't wait to see India". 2 April 2012.
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- (Video) The Colbert Report, Comedy Central, 4 December 2008.
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