Raghava Lawrence

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Raghava Lawrence
Born Raghav Murugaiyan
(1976-01-09) 9 January 1976 (age 39)
Chennai, India
Occupation Film actor, Director, choreographer, composer and philanthropist
Years active

1993 – present (Choreographer)

1998– present (Actor)
Religion Hinduism

Raghavan Murugaiyan (born 9 January 1976) 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 & 3 Nandi Awards for best choreography .


Lawrence had brain tumor when he was a child and rarely went to school.[1][2][3] He got cured after his mother went to a temple of Raghavendra Swami[4] and Lawrence strongly believes that it was Raghavendra Swami who cured him of his tumour.[5] He became an ardent devotee of the deity and added its name to his name.[2] He built the Raghavendra Swamy Brindavanam Temple at Thirumullaivayal on the Avadi-Ambattur route, which opened from 1 January 2010.[6]

He was working as a car cleaner for fight master Super Subbarayan.[2] Rajinikanth saw him dancing and helped him to join the Dancers Union.[2][7] 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.[2]

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.[2] He also appeared in dance sequences in Muta Mesthri, Rakshana and Allari Priyudu.[2] Producer T V D Prasad offered him the role of a hero in his venture Speed Dancer.[2] That film was a flop.[1] After that he acted in 2 Tamil films as hero and those films also flopped.[1] Director K. Balachander invited him to act in his 100th film Parthale Paravasam.[7]


As Choreographer[edit]

As Choreographer
Year Film Language
1995 Aunty Telugu
1997 Hitler Telugu
Master Telugu
1999 Amarkalam Tamil
2000 Annayya Telugu
Mrigaraju Telugu
2001 Orey Thammudu Telugu
Hanuman Junction Telugu
2002 Indra Telugu
Baba Tamil
2003 Okkadu Telugu
Simhadri Telugu
Tagore Telugu
Satyam Telugu
2004 Varsham Telugu
Nenunnanu Telugu
Samba Telugu
Thirumalai Tamil
Adavi Ramudu Telugu
Mass Telugu
2005 Naa Alludu Telugu
Bunny Telugu
Andarivaadu Telugu
Chatrapati Telugu
Jai Chiranjeeva Telugu
2006 Style Telugu
Ashok Telugu
Stalin Telugu
2007 Muni Tamil
Sivaji: The Boss Tamil
Chirutha Telugu
Don Telugu
2011 Muni 2: Kanchana Tamil

As Actor[edit]

As Actor
Year Film Role Language Notes
1993 Gentleman Tamil Background dancer in song Chikku Bukku Chikku Bukku
1994 Chinna Madam Tamil Main dancer in one song
1999 Amarkalam Tamil Special Appearance
1999 Speed Dancer Telugu Lead Role
2000 Parthen Rasithen Tamil
2000 Unnai Kodu Ennai Tharuven Tamil
2000 Chala Bagundi Telugu Special Appearance
2001 Parthale Paravasam Azhagu Tamil
2002 Varushamellam Vasantham Tamil
2002 Arpudham Ashok Kumar Tamil
2002 Baba Tamil Special Appearance
2002 Style Rishaanth Tamil
2003 Ninney Ishta Paddaanu Telugu
2003 Tagore Telugu
2003 Satyam Telugu Special Appearance
2004 Thendral Tamil Special Appearance
2004 Thirumalai Tamil Special Appearance
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 Tamil
2011 Muni 2: Kanchana Raghava Tamil
2014 Kathai Thiraikathai Vasanam Iyakkam Tamil Cameo appearance
2014 Kanchana 2 Tamil Filming
2015 Oru Ticketla Rendu Cinema Tamil Filming

As Director[edit]

As Director
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
2014 Kanchana 2 Lawrence, Taapsee Pannu, Nithya Menon Tamil Filming

As composer[edit]


  • Masthaana Masthaana Part 2 (2007)


Filmfare Awards
Nandi Awards


  1. ^ a b c "Raghava Lawrence – Telugu Cinema interview – Telugu film director". Idlebrain.com. 16 January 2006. Retrieved 26 August 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Rediff on the Net, Movies: India rubber". Rediff.com. 25 April 1998. Retrieved 26 August 2013. 
  3. ^ http://web.archive.org/web/20060105224137/http://www.telugucinema.com/c/stars/interview_lawrence_2005.php
  4. ^ Sashidhar AS, TNN 30 August 2012, 05.33PM IST (30 August 2012). "Lawrence had a disability during childhood – Times of India". Articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com. Retrieved 26 August 2013. 
  5. ^ "Friday Review Chennai / Religion : Landmark at Thirumullaivayil". The Hindu. 26 February 2010. Retrieved 26 August 2013. 
  6. ^ Expresso, Team. "Rajini's spiritual suggestion". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 26 August 2013. 
  7. ^ a b "Metro Plus Kochi / Music : My First Break – Raghava Lawrence". The Hindu. 8 November 2008. Retrieved 26 August 2013. 

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