Prabhu Deva
Prabhu Deva

Prabhu Deva (born 3 April 1973) is an Indian dance choreographer, movie director, producer and actor who has labored predominantly in Tamil, Hindi, and Telugu language movies.[1] In a profession spanning 32 years, he has carried out and designed a variety of dancing kinds and has garnered two Nationwide Movie Awards for Greatest Choreography. In 2019, he was awarded the Padma Shri for his contributions to bop.[2]

Starting with a sequence of performing roles within the Nineties and early 2000s, Prabhu Deva featured in a number of commercially profitable movies together with Kadhalan (1994), Love Birds (1996), Minsara Kanavu (1997) and VIP (1997). After additional critically acclaimed performances within the comedy Kaathala Kaathala (1998), the household drama Vanathai Pola (2000), and the romantic dramas Pennin Manathai Thottu (2000) and Alli Thandha Vaanam (2001). Deva then did not recreate the success of his earlier movies and his field workplace worth started to say no and he subsequently made appearances in supporting roles in Tamil. He then efficiently ventured into path with the 2005 Telugu movie Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana, and the success of the venture prompted additional affords for Deva as a director. He then went on to make extremely worthwhile movies in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi languages corresponding to Pokkiri (2007), Shankar Dada Zindabad (2007), Needed (2009), Rowdy Rathore (2012), R… Rajkumar (2013) and Singh is Bliing (2015).[3]

Formative years and household

Prabhu Deva was born in Mysore of present-day Karnataka state on 3 April 1973 to Mugur Sundar and Mahadevamma Sundar. Impressed by his father Mugur Sundar, a choreographer for South Indian motion pictures, he took up dancing, studying Indian classical dance kinds corresponding to Bharatanatyam from Dharmaraj and Udupi Lakshminarayanan[4] in addition to Western kinds. Raju Sundaram and Nagendra Prasad are his brothers.

Deva first appeared as a boy taking part in a flute within the music “Panivizhum Iravu”, from the Tamil movie Mouna Ragam (1986).[5][6] He later appeared as a background dancer for a music within the 1988 Tamil movie Agni Natchathiram. Deva’s first enterprise as a choreographer was the Kamal Haasan starrer Vetri Vizha (1989).[7] He has since then choreographed for over 100 motion pictures. From choreography, he went into performing. In 1999, Deva, Shobhana and A. R. Rahman carried out with a Tamil cinema dancing troupe on the “MJ & Mates” Michael Jackson tribute live performance in Munich, Germany. As of 2010, he serves as chairman and director of the Prabhu Deva’s Dance Academy in Singapore.[8] He deliberate to launch his first video album referred to as It’s boring in 2013.[9]

Performing profession


After a sequence of cameo appearances in songs from Tamil movies, Prabhu Deva was given his first lead function by director Pavithran within the romantic drama movie Indhu (1994). Showing alongside actress Roja and Sarathkumar, Deva’s means to bop was totally utilised within the music sequences, with gaana and disco music thereafter being repeatedly featured in his movies. He made his breakthrough as an actor with Shankar’s sophomore movie, the romantic drama Kadhalan (1994), the place he portrayed a younger pupil who first stands up towards his lover’s father after which a world terrorist.[7] The movie was extremely lauded for its technical prowess and went on to win 4 Nationwide Movie Awards, whereas A. R. Rahman’s songs and Deva’s choreography, particularly within the songs “Mukkabla” and “Urvasi Urvasi”, turned highly regarded throughout India.[10] Regardless of starring relative newcomers, the movie went on to turn out to be the very best grossing Tamil movie of 1994 and the industrial success made Deva a bankable actor.[11] The movie additionally noticed success by its dubbed Telugu and Hindi variations, making a marketplace for Deva in different Indian regional industries.

Whereas his subsequent venture Raasaiyya (1995) garnered poor critiques and collections, he continued to draw big-budget movies and labored in two additional movies with music by Rahman in 1996, Love Birds and Mr. Romeo. Shot extensively in London, Love Birds acquired a large theatrical launch in abroad locations and received Deva optimistic critiques for his portrayal.[12] In the meantime, for Mr. Romeo, Deva charged a relatively excessive ₹60 lakhs for his remuneration and appeared in a double function alongside Shilpa Shetty and Madhoo. The music and dance parts of each movies had been praised by critics, although each endured middling performances on the field workplace.[13][14]

Deva received essential popularity of his function in Rajiv Menon’s romantic drama Minsara Kanavu (1997), the place he portrayed a streetwise hairstylist who inadvertently attracts the eye of a younger girl, who he tries to assist arrange with one other man. That includes Deva alongside Arvind Swamy and Kajol, the movie went on to win 4 Nationwide Movie Awards, three Tamil Nadu State Movie Awards and a Filmfare Award largely for the movie’s soundtrack by Rahman. In the meantime, Deva additionally received the Nationwide Movie Award for Greatest Choreography for his work within the music “Vennilave”.[15] A critic from wrote: “it’s straightforward to turn out to be a fan of Prabhu Deva after this film if you’re not one but”, whereas referred to his efficiency as “sleek”.[16][17] Minsara Kanavu carried out properly on the field workplace and likewise had a large launch in Hindi, below the title Sapnay. His following launch, the romantic comedy V. I. P. (1997), that includes an ensemble solid of Abbas, Simran and Rambha additionally did properly commercially.[18][19] described the movie as “most likely the feel-good film of 1997”, including that “this film is vital as its most likely the approaching of age for Prabhu Deva” and that “he has positively matured since his Kadhalan days and exhibits much more restraint and a bit of aptitude for comedy”.[20] In the course of the interval, Deva additionally signed a big-budget bilingual Hindi and Tamil manufacturing titled Mazhai Vara Poguthey reverse Juhi Chawla. Regardless of starting manufacturing, the movie was later cancelled.[21][22]

Deva continued to win essential acclaim and industrial success together with his roles within the comedy movie Kaathala Kaathala (1998), co-starring Kamal Haasan and the drama movie Ninaivirukkum Varai (1999). Relating to his efficiency within the latter movie, a reviewer from cited that “Prabhu Deva will get a beautiful script and character that he is snug in”.[23][24] He subsequently went on to function within the Guinness World File-setting movie Suyamvaram (1999) and Vikraman’s profitable household drama movie Vaanathaippola (2000), the place critics praised his “histrionic talents”.[25] In 2002, Deva appeared within the Trilingual romantic comedy movie directed by Okay. Subash, One Two Three, The Winners, together with Jyothika and real-life brothers, Raju Sundaram and Nagendra Prasad.[26]

Within the early 2000s, Deva actively started to work on extra smaller-budget comedy movies as his enchantment on the field workplace started to say no. Regardless of profitable essential popularity of his efficiency as a bus conductor in Eazhaiyin Sirippil (2000) and industrial success together with his work in Sundar C’s Ullam Kollai Poguthae (2001) and Manadhai Thirudivittai (2001), a lot of his different Tamil movies through the interval didn’t carry out properly financially.[27] On this interval, he additionally notably labored on the trilingual One Two Three (2002), alongside his brothers and Siddique’s Engal Anna (2004), with Vijayakanth. Subsequently, Deva moved on to prioritise performing roles in numerous industries, notably starring in off-beat roles within the Kannada movie H2O (2002), alongside Upendra and the Hindi movie Agni Varsha (2002), with Amitabh Bachchan. He additionally labored extensively within the Telugu movie business, showing in multi-starrer movies or because the second lead actor, in tasks together with Santosham (2002), Kalyana Ramudu (2003) and Andaru Dongale Dorikite (2004).[28]


The President, Ram Nath Kovind presenting the Padma Shri Award to Prabhu Deva, at an Investiture Ceremony, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on 11 March 2019

Following the success of his directorial ventures, Deva actively began appearing in fewer performing roles. He portrayed main roles within the dance movie Fashion (2006). Deva additionally portrayed a supporting function in Santosh Sivan’s Malayalam historic drama movie Urumi (2011), that includes in an ensemble solid together with Prithviraj, Arya and Genelia D’Souza. The movie opened to essential acclaim, whereas Deva was extremely appreciated for his efficiency with a critic from The Hindu noting: Deva “excels together with his standout comedian repartee”.[29][30] He continued to make occasional appearances and portrayed main roles within the dance movies Fashion (2006), ABCD (2013) and its sequel ABCD 2 (2015). The movies all carried out properly commercially, with a critic writing: “thought to be the dance legend by many, Prabhu is, expectedly, incomparable in dances, however the excellent news is that he handles the dramatic scenes properly too” for his efficiency in ABCD.[31]


Deva returned to Tamil cinema as an actor after a spot of 11 years with the 2016 movie Devi, becoming a member of fingers with director A. L. Vijay.[32] The movie was additionally concurrently shot in Hindi and Telugu, titled Abhinetri and Tutak Tutak Tutiya.[33][34] In 2017, Deva acted in Thangar Bachan’s movie Kalavaadiya Pozhuthugal. In 2017, he launched a comedy pushed heist movie Gulaebaghavali (2018) in Pongal competition.[35] Adopted by silent movie, Mercury (2018) and musical dance Lakshmi (2018).[36][37] In 2019, Charlie Chaplin 2 was launched, which is a sequel to 2002 movie Charlie Chaplin.[38] He additionally debuted as a lyricist within the movie.[39] After that Deva appeared in Devi 2, which is a sequel of Devi.[40] The movie was concurrently shot in Telugu as Abhinetri 2 and Khamoshi directed by Chakri Toleti, each co-starring Tamannaah.[41][42]

Deva has directed Salman Khan in Radhe (2021), an official remake of the 2017 South Korean movie, The Outlaws.[43]

Private life

Prabhu Deva married Ramlath, who later modified her title to Latha. That they had three youngsters, however their eldest son died of most cancers in 2008, aged 13.[44][45] In 2010, Ramlath filed a petition on the household court docket, searching for instructions towards Deva from live-in relationship with the actress Nayanthara and requesting a reunion with him. Moreover, Ramlath threatened to go on a starvation strike if Prabhu Deva married Nayanthara. A number of girls’s organisations performed protests towards Nayanthara for bringing disrepute to Tamil tradition, burning an effigy of her. Ramlath and Deva divorced in 2011. In 2012, Nayanthara confirmed that she had ended her relationship with Prabhu Deva.[46][47][48][49]

Deva has moved to Mumbai and is residing at Boney Kapoor’s previous place referred to as Inexperienced Acres.[50] Prabhu Deva’s mom 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.[51]

In Could 2020, amid the COVID-19 lockdown in India, Deva married Himani, a Mumbai primarily based physiotherapist.[52][53]

Different appearances

Deva with Sonakshi Sinha and Akshay Kumar through the promotion for the movie Rowdy Rathore

Deva made temporary appearances in solo objects corresponding to “April Mayile” in Idhayam (1991), “Lallaku Doldapi Ma” in Suriyan (1992), “Chinna Rasave” in Walter Vetrivel (1993), “Chikku Bukku Rayile” in Gentleman (1993), after showing as junior artist in songs corresponding to “Rajathi Raja” in Agni Natchathiram (1988). He carried out with Madhuri Dixit within the music “Ke Sera Sera” for the film Pukar. He acted together with Lawrence Raghavendra within the 2006 Telugu movie Fashion. He carried out with Apache Indian within the music “No Drawback” for his movie Love Birds.

Prabhu Deva’s efficiency at IPL Season 5 opening ceremony

He carried out within the movie Aabra Ka Daabra, for the music “Om Sh”. He carried out within the Nana Patekar and Karisma Kapoor-starrer movie Shakti: The Energy (2002) for a music. He carried out with Upendra within the Kannada movie H2O. He made a particular look in Pokkiri (which was directed by himself), with Vijay within the music “Aadungada”. He carried out once more with Vijay in his personal directional Villu for the music “Hey Rama” as a visitor look. He carried out with Bollywood actors Salman Khan and Govinda for a music in his 2009 directorial Needed.

He carried out on the opening ceremony of the 2012 Indian Premier League on 3 April in Chennai together with Amitabh Bachchan, Salman Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra and American artist Katy Perry. The occasion was particular to Prabhu Deva as he shared his thirty ninth birthday on the identical day.[54][55]



12 months Award Class Ref
2015 Kalaimamani Award Tamil Movie Trade Contribution [56]
2019 Padma Shri Padma Shri within the discipline of art-dance [57]


12 months Award Movie Language Class End result Ref
1994 Nandi Awards Rakshana Telugu Greatest Choreography Received [58]
1997 Nationwide Movie Awards Minsara Kanavu Tamil Received [59]
2004 Lakshya Hindi Received [60]
Filmfare Awards Received [61]
Nandi Awards Varsham Telugu Received [62]
2005 Filmfare Awards South Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana Received [63]
2007 Vijay Awards Pokkiri Tamil Favorite Director Received [64]
2018 Zee Cine Awards Tamil Maari 2 Greatest Choreography Received [65]

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