Prabhu Deva life and biography

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Prabhu Deva biography

Date of birth : 1973-04-03
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Mysore, Karnataka,India
Nationality : Indian
Category : Arts and Entertainment
Last modified : 2011-10-07
Credited as : Actor, Dancer, India's Michael Jackson

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Prabhu Deva is an award-winning Indian dancer, choreographer, actor and film director. He has been called "India's Michael Jackson" for his fast-paced dance movements, though he has given performances in a wide range of dancing styles. While he is mainly involved in Tamil cinema, he has also contributed to filmmaking in other Indian film industries, including Telugu cinema, Kannada cinema, and Hindustani cinema. He has won a number of awards for his elaborate dance sequences, including two National Awards for Best Choreography (holding the record for the most Best Choreography awards alongside Saroj Khan), a Filmfare Best Choreography Award, and a Filmfare Best Choreography Award (Telugu). He has also won a Best Director award for the film Pokkiri.

Prabhu Deva, was born in Mysore, Karnataka and grew up in Alwarpet, Chennai, Tamil Nadu.He belongs to the Lingayat community He was inspired by his father, Mugur Sundar (known as Sundaram Master), who was a dance master for popular South Indian movies. He took dancing as his career and passion, learning Indian dance forms such as Bharatanatyam as well as Western dance styles. He is widely considered to be one of Indian cinema's greatest dancers and choreographers, and has revolutionized some of the aspects of dance and choregraphy in modern popular indian cinema.

His brothers Raju Sundaram and Nagendra Prasad are also established South Indian choreographers. From choreography he went on to establish himself as an actor. His dance steps helped him become a star in Kollywood (the Tamil film industry). His first movie as a dance director was Vetri Vizha. He has since choreographed over 100 movies. Before starting as a full-time actor, he appeared as a background dancer for a song in the Tamil film Agni Natchathiram. His first role as a hero was in Indhu (1994) with actress Roja. Deva's success resulted largely from his dancing. In 1999, Deva, Shobhana and A. R. Rahman performed with a Tamil cinema dancing troupe at the "Michael Jackson and Friends" concert in Munich, Germany. He has a significant fan following in the Tamil, Telugu and Kannada film industries. He acted alongside his brothers in the movie 123. As of 2010, he serves as chairman and director of a dance academy in Singapore named Prabhudeva's Dance Academy.

Prabhu Deva was married to Ramlath for 15 years and had three children, the eldest(Basavaraju/Vishal) of whom died in 2008 after suffering from cancer. During the making of Villu (2009), reports suggested that Prabhu Deva was having an affair with actress Nayantara. This was eventually confirmed by Nayantara, who also stated their intention to marry one another. After a year-long court-case filed by Ramlath against her husband and Nayantara, she finally accepted Prabhu Deva's request for divorce in 2010. After a lot of consistent denial for the divorce, it was officially sanctioned on 2nd July, 2011.


He is a two-time winner of the National Film Award for Best Choreography for his work on the film Minsaara Kanavu (1997) in Tamil and Lakshya (2004) in Hindi, as well as a Filmfare Best Choreography Award (Telugu) for the Telugu film Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana (2005) and Filmfare Award Best Coreography for film Lakshya (2004).
In 2001, he was nominated for the Star Screen Award for Best Choreography, for choreographing the dance sequences in the Hindi film Pukar (2000).
In 2005, he won the Star Screen Award for Best Choreography, the Filmfare Best Choreography Award, and the National Film Award for Best Choreography, for choreographing the dance sequences in the Hindi film Lakshya.
In 2007, he won a Vijay Award for Favourite Director and a Mathubhumi Award for Best Director in Tamil for the film Pokkiri.
He has been honoured with a life membership at the International Film and Television Research Centre of the Asian Academy of Film & Television by Sandeep Marwah.


As actor

2010 Pa Ra Pazhanisami
2011 Urumi, Engeyum Kaadhal, Kalavadiya Pozhudugal

As choreographer

2009 Wanted
2010 Bodyguard, Enthiran, Engeyum Kaadhal

As director

2009 Villu
2011 Engeyum Kaadhal

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