Raju Sundaram

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Raju Sundaram
Born Rajendra Sundaram
(1968-03-07) 7 March 1968 (age 49)
Occupation Choreographer
Director
Actor
Years active 1992–present
Spouse(s) Vasanthi
Relatives Prabhu Deva (brother)
Nagendra Prasad (brother)

Raju Sundaram (born Rajendra Sundaram) is a National Award-winning Indian choreographer who has primarily worked on Tamil and Telugu language films. He has also featured as an actor in the films Jeans (1998), I Love You Da (2002) and Quick Gun Murugan (2009); and directed one feature film, Aegan (2008) starring Ajith Kumar and Nayantara. He is an oldest son of dancer Mugur Sundar, and an older brother to fellow choreographers Prabhu Deva and Nagendra Prasad.[1]

Choreographers and actors like Dinesh, Sridhar, Jhony, Nobel Paul, Shobi, Baba Bhaskar, Viji Sathish and Japan Kumar have worked as dancers and assistants to him.[2][3][4][5][6][7][8]

He won the 64th National Film Award for Best Choreography for his work in the song "Pranaamam" from the Telugu film Janatha Garage (2016)[9]

Career[edit]

Sundaram began his career assisting as an choreographer for his father Mugur Sundar's projects, before going on to lead troupes. He was a dancer in "Rukkumani Rukkumani" from Mani Ratnam's Roja (1992) and in Aasai (1995). He also regularly featured in cameo appearances in songs featuring his brother Prabhu Deva, with the pair making appearances in Shankar's early films Gentleman (1993) and Kadhalan (1994).[10] After being the lead choreographer for a few Kannada films, his first break came through Mani Ratnam's Thiruda Thiruda (1993), where he was given the chance to design dances for three songs.[11] He then went on to become a choreographer of Tamil directors Mani Ratnam and Shankar, and worked on Amitabh Bachchan's album, Aby Baby (1996).

Shankar then offered Sundaram an acting opportunity in his romantic comedy Jeans (1998), where Sundaram played a full-length role. His played the lead in the sports drama I Love You Da (2002) of which The Hindu stated the film proves "serious acting is simply not his cup of tea".[12] He then went on to feature in the trilingual One Two Three (2003) alongside his brothers, with scenes shot in Tamil, Telugu and Kannada. The film opened to mixed reviews and did not perform well at the box office.[13] He has since primarily operated as a choreographer, making a few exceptions by starring in comic roles in Jeeva's Unnale Unnale (2007), Prabhu Deva's Engeyum Kadhal (2011) and in the Telugu film, Action 3D (2013).

Filmography[edit]

Choreographer[edit]

Director[edit]

Year Film Language
2008 Aegan Tamil

Actor[edit]

Film Year Language Role Notes
Jeans 1998 Tamil Madhesh
En Swasa Katre 1999 Tamil Raju
I Love You Da 2002 Tamil Raju
123 2003 Tamil
Kannada
Pazhani/Raju
Pellaina Kothalo 2006 Telugu Prakash
Unnale Unnale 2007 Tamil Raju
Quick Gun Murugun 2009 English Rowdy MBA
Engeyum Kaadhal 2011 Tamil Raju
Action 3D 2013 Telugu Purush
Isai 2015 Tamil Himself Special appearance
Inji Iduppazhagi 2015 Tamil Himself Special appearance
Yaanum Theeyavan 2016 Tamil Pasupathy Filming

Dancer[edit]

Film Song Year Language Notes
Idhayam "Ohh Party Nalla" 1991 Tamil
Roja "Rukumani Rukumani" 1992 Tamil
Suriyan "Thoongu Moonchi" 1992 Tamil
Enga Thambi "Ithu Maanodum" 1993 Tamil
Gentleman "Chikku Bukku" 1993 Tamil
Lockup Death "Current Banthu" 1994 Kannada
Police War "Teenage Papa" 1994 Telugu
Jai Hind "Bodhai Yeri Pochu" 1994 Tamil
Kadhalan "Kadhalikkum Pennin" 1994 Tamil
Aasai "Shockkadikuthu Sona" 1995 Tamil
Kadhal Kavithai "Aalana Naal Mudhala" 1999 Tamil
Circle Inspector "Urmila Urmila" 1999 Kannada
En Swasa Kaatre "Jumbalaka" 1999 Tamil
Ethirum Pudhirum "Thottu Thottu" 1999 Tamil
Anantha Poongatre "Meenatchi Meenatchi" 1999 Tamil
Poovellam Kettuppar "CBI Enge" / "O Senorita" 1999 Tamil
Sandhitha Velai "Muniyamma" 2000 Tamil
Pennin Manathai Thottu "Saltkotta" 2000 Tamil
Maayi "Thennagam Aalum" 2000 Tamil
Rhythm "Ayyayyo Pathikichu" 2000 Tamil
Chamundi "Usarvalli Kshnakondu" 2000 Kannada
Ullam Ketkumae "Mazhai Mazhai" 2005 Tamil
Anniyan "Kumari" 2005 Tamil
Modati Cinema "Ninnyna Nadyna" 2005 Tamil
Konchem Ishtam Konchem Kashtam 2009 Telugu
Pa Ra Pazhanisami "Singari Mava" 2010 Tamil
Vettai "Dhum Dhum" 2012 Tamil
Idharkuthane Aasaipattai Balakumara "En Veettula" 2013 Tamil
Endrendrum Punnagai "Ennatha Solla" 2013 Tamil
Ennamo Nadakkudhu "Money Money" 2014 Tamil
Natpadhigaram 79 "Sollu Sollu Chellamma" 2016 Tamil
Devi "Chal Maar" 2016 Tamil
Remo "Tamilselvi" 2016 Tamil
Kaashmora "Dhikku Dhikku Sir" 2016 Tamil
Bogan "Damaalu Dumeelu" 2017 Tamil

References[edit]

  1. ^ "It takes Raju to tango - HYDB". The Hindu. 2006-01-03. Retrieved 2015-10-30. 
  2. ^ http://dineshmaster.com/profile
  3. ^ "Star Holiday (07/06/15) A day out with choreographer sridhar master [Epi - 8]". Youtube. 28 June 2015. Retrieved 9 November 2015. 
  4. ^ "Adhu Idhu Yedhu - Johnny Master, Bobby Antony & Baba Bhaskar Groupla Doupe". Youtube. 14 November 2011. Retrieved 9 November 2015. 
  5. ^ "Choreographer Nobel Interview Part 1". Youtube. 16 June 2012. Retrieved 9 November 2015. 
  6. ^ "Dance In His Genes:Shobi And His Inspirations". News Central. 14 August 2015. Retrieved 9 November 2015. 
  7. ^ "Virundhinar Pakkam Choreographer Baba Basker Dt 11-09-13". Youtube. 10 September 2013. Retrieved 9 November 2015. 
  8. ^ "ARYA IS HANSIKA'S TEACHER IN 'MEAGAMANN'". Indiaglitz. 18 June 2014. Retrieved 11 September 2016. 
  9. ^ "64th National Awards" (PDF). dff.nic.in. 7 April 2017. Retrieved 8 April 2017. 
  10. ^ "rediff.com, Movies: Dancer in the dark: Raju Sundaram". Rediff.com. 2001-12-04. Retrieved 2015-10-30. 
  11. ^ "Raju Sundaram - Telugu Cinema interview - Telugu film choreographer". Idlebrain.com. 2005-09-27. Retrieved 2015-10-30. 
  12. ^ "I Love You Da". The Hindu. 2002-12-13. Retrieved 2015-10-30. 
  13. ^ "One Two Three". The Hindu. 2002-06-07. Retrieved 2015-10-30. 

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