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Prabhu Deva

Prabhu Deva (Kannada: ಪ್ರಭು ದೇವ, Tamil: பிரபு தேவா, Telugu: ప్రభు దేవ) (born 3 April 1973)[1][2] is an Indian dancer, choreographer, actor and film director. He has been called "India's Michael Jackson" for his fast-paced dance movements,[3] 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 Hindi 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). Prabhu Deva directed the 2009 film Wanted and received critical acclaim for his work.

Prabhu Deva was born in Mysore, Karnataka and grew up in Alwarpet, Chennai, Tamil Nadu.[4][5][6] 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. 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.

Prabhu Deva is married to Latha and they have two sons, Rishi Raghavendra Deva and Aditya Deva.

Deva's 12-year-old son Vishal Deva died on 4 December 2008.[7] He had suffered from cancer for a long time. Vishal, originally named Basavaraju, was the eldest among Deva's three children.

Other appearances

  • Prabhu Deva was also noticed when he made brief appearances in solo items such as "Rajathi Raja" in Agni Natchathiram (1988), "April Mayile" in Idhayam (1991), "Lallaku Doldapi Ma" in Suriyan (1992), "Chinna Rasave" in Walter Vetrivel (1993), and "Chikku Bukku Raiyle" in Gentleman (1993).
  • He danced with Madhuri Dixit for the song "Que Sera, Sera" in the movie Pukar.
  • He acted along with Lawrence Raghavendra in the hit movie Style.
  • He danced with Apache Indian in the song "No Problem" in the film Love Birds.
  • He made a special appearance in Pokkiri (which was directed by himself) with Vijay in the song "Aadungada".
  • He also danced in the film Abra Ka Dabra for the song "Om Sh".
  • He also danced in the Nana Patekar - Karisma Kapoor film Shakti for a song.
  • He danced with Vijay in the movie Villu for the song "Hey Rama". This was a guest appearance. Villu was also directed by him.
  • He appeared in a song sequence with superstar Rajnikanth in the Tamil movie Baba.
  • He danced with Bollywood actors Salman Khan and Govinda for a song in the 2009 movie Wanted.

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