Prabhu Deva (born 3 April 1973) is an Indian dance choreographer, film director, producer and actor, who has worked in Tamil, Telugu, Hindi, Malayalam and Kannada films. In a career spanning twenty five years, he has performed and designed a wide range of dancing styles and has garnered two National Film Awards for Best Choreography.
Prabhu Deva was born in a kannada speaking family in mysore, karnataka on 3rd april 1973 to mugur sundar and Mahadevamma Sundar. 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 Udupi Lakshminarayanan as well as Western styles. Raju Sundaram and Nagendra Prasad are his brothers.
Prabhu Deva first appeared as a boy playing a flute in the song “Panivizhum Iravu” from the Tamil film Mouna Ragam (1986). He later appeared as a background dancer for a song in the 1988 Tamil film Agni Natchathiram. Deva’s first venture as a choreographer was the Kamal Haasan starrer Vetri Vizha (1989). He has since then choreographed in over 100 movies. From choreography, he went into acting. 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. 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.
After a series of cameo appearances in songs from Tamil films, Prabhu Deva was given his first lead role by director Pavithran in the romantic drama film, Indhu (1994). Appearing alongside actress Roja and Sarathkumar, Deva’s ability to dance was fully utilised in the song sequences, with gaana and disco music thereafter being regularly featured in his films. He made his breakthrough as an actor with Shankar’s sophomore film, the romantic drama Kadhalan (1994), where he portrayed a young student who first stands up against his lover’s father and then an international terrorist. The film was highly lauded for its technical prowess and went on to win four National Film Awards, while A. R. Rahman’s songs and Deva’s choreography, especially in the songs “Mukkabla” and “Urvasi Urvasi”, became very popular across India. Despite starring relative newcomers, the film went on to become the highest grossing Tamil film of 1994 and the commercial success made Deva a bankable actor. The film also saw success through its dubbed Telugu and Hindi versions, creating a market for Deva in other Indian regional industries. While his next project Raasaiyya (1995) garnered poor reviews and collections, he continued to attract big-budget films and worked in two further films with music by Rahman in 1996, Love Birds and Mr. Romeo. Shot extensively in London, Love Birds received a wide theatrical release in overseas destinations and won Deva positive reviews for his portrayal. Meanwhile, for Mr. Romeo, Deva charged a comparatively high ₹60 lakhs for his remuneration and appeared in a double role alongside Shilpa Shetty and Madhoo. The music and dance portions of both films were praised by critics, though both endured middling performances at the box office.
|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|
|H2O||2002||Kannada||Vairamuthu||Partially reshot in Tamil|
|One Two Three||2002||Tamil||Tirupati||Partially re-shot and 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, Ravi|
|Tutak Tutak Tutiya||Hindi|