Prabhu Dheva Kannada (born 3 April 1973 ) is an Indian film choreographer, stage dancer, actor and director known for his works predominantly in Tamil ,Telugu cinema,Bollywood, Malayalam and Kannada films. In a career spanning fifteen years, He has performed and designed a wide range of dancing styles. He has garnered two National Film Awards for Best Choreography, and has been widely known by the media as India's Michael Jackson.
After a sequence of successful attempts in acting in the 1990s and early 2000s such as Kadhalan (1994), Raasaiyya (1995), Minsara Kanavu (1997), Naam Iruvar Namakku Iruvar (1998), Kaathala Kaathala (1998) and Vanathai Pola (2000), Prabhu Dheva ventured into direction with 2005 Telugu blockbuster Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana. He then went on to direct successful films in Telugu, Hindi and Tamil languages such as Shankardada Zindabad (2007), Pokkiri (Tamil)(2007), Wanted (2009) and Rowdy Rathore (2012).
Early life and career
Prabhu Dheva was born in chennai to Kannada Lingayat family. His father, Mugur Sundar (known as Sundaram Master), was a choreographer for South Indian movies. His family later moved to Chennai where he grew up. Prabhu Dheva was inspired by his father and took up dancing learning Indian classical dance forms such as Bharatanatyam from Dharmaraj and Udipi Lakshminarayanan as well as Western styles. Raju Sundaram and Nagendra Prasad are his brothers.
Prabhu Dheva's first venture as a choreographer was Vetri Vizha (1989). Before that, he had appeared as a background dancer for a song in the Tamil film Agni Natchathiram. He has since then choreographed in over 100 movies. From choreography, he went into acting. His first film as an actor was Indhu (1994) with actress Roja. In 1999, Dheva, Shobhana and A. R. Rahman performed with a Tamil cinema dancing troupe at the "Michael Jackson and Friends" concert in Munich, Germany. He acted alongside his brothers in the movie One Two Three. 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. He also played the lead role in ABCD (Any Body Can Dance), the first 3D dance film in India.
Prabhu Dheva married Ramlath who converted from Islam and changed her name to Latha; they had three children - their eldest son (Basavaraju/Vishal) died of cancer in 2008.
During the making of the film Villu in 2008, there were reports that he and actress Nayantara fell in love on the sets with some reports even claiming that he married her secretly in June 2009. She had tattooed his name on her wrist and began appearing with him in public, while neither denying nor confirming the relationship. In September 2010, Prabhu Dheva openly confessed his love for Nayantara and further stated that he would marry her soon. The issue gained media attention and turned into a controversy, since Prabhu Dheva was not divorced from Ramalath. Prabhu Dheva publicly claimed that his marriage to Ramalath was invalid; he privately wed Nayantara after she underwent conversion to Hinduism. Unwilling to grant a divorce, she filed a petition at the family court, seeking directions against her husband and Nayantara marrying, attending functions together and receiving awards as husband and wife, and requesting a reunion with him. Furthermore, Ramalath threatened to go on hunger strike if Prabhu Dheva married Nayantara, while several women's organizations conducted protests against Nayantara for bringing disrepute to Tamil culture, burning an effigy of her. In 2012, Nayantara confirmed that she had ended her relationship with Prabhu Deva.
Prabhu Dheva has moved to Mumbai and is residing at Boney Kapoor's old place in Green Acres.
Prabhu Dheva 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 Rayile" in Gentleman (1993).
He performed with Madhuri Dixit in the song "Ke Sera Sera" for the movie Pukar.
He acted along with Lawrence Raghavendra in the hit movie Style.
He performed 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 performed in the film Abrakadabra for the song "Om Sh".
He performed in the Nana Patekar – Karisma Kapoor film Shakti for a song.
He performed with Vijay in the movie Villu for the song "Hey Rama". This was a guest appearance. The film was also directed by him.
He performed with Bollywood actors Salman Khan and Govinda for a song in the 2009 movie Wanted.
He performed with American singer Katy Perry at the opening ceremony of the 5th edition of IPL on 3 April 2012 in Chennai along with Amitabh Bachchan, Salman Khan, Kareena Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra. This event was special to Prabhu Dheva as the actor shared his 39th birthday on the same day.
National Film Awards
National Film Award for Best Choreography - Minsaara Kanavu (1997)
National Film Award for Best Choreography - Lakshya (2004)
Nandi Award for Best Choreographer for Varsham (2004)
Vijay Award for Favourite Director (2005)
Filmfare Best Choreography Award - Lakshya (2004)
Filmfare Awards South
Filmfare Award for Best Dance Choreographer – South - Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana (2005)
Star Screen Awards
Star Screen Award for Best Choreography - Lakshya (2004)
Mathrubhumi Award for Best Director in Tamil for the film Pokkiri.
life membership at the International Film and Television Research Centre of the Asian Academy of Film & Television by Sandeep Marwah.
The Tamil song became widely known to the English internet audience for its phonetic lyrics.
On 18 August 2007, a music video for the song "Kalluri Vaanil" from the Indian-Tamil movie Pennin Manathai Thottu was uploaded to YouTube by Mike Sutton (YouTube user Buffalax). The video was created as a soramimi, edited to include incorrect English subtitles that phonetically approximate the original Tamil lyrics.
Reactions to the "Kalluri Vaanil" soramimi were mixed. Some felt that the video was done in "good fun" while others worried that their culture was being mocked. The music video was featured on The Colbert Report on 4 December 2008 and appeared on the Heavy Metal documentary Global Metal.
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