Prabhu Deva

Date of Birth: April 03, 1973
Actor, Director, Screenplay, Choreographer
National Film Award, Choreography Award, Star Screen Award
Years Active:
Prabhu Deva
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Born Prabhu Deva Sundaram
April 3, 1973 (1973-04-03) (age 37)
Mysore, Karnataka, India
Occupation Film actor, director, choreographer
Years active 1987—present

Prabhu Deva (Kannada: ಪ್ರಭು ದೇವ, Tamil, Telugu: ప్రభు దేవ) (born 3 April 1973) is a two time National Film 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.

Early life and career
Prabhu Deva was born in Mysore, Karnataka to a lingayat family and grew up in Alwarpet, Chennai, Tamil Nadu.456 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. As of 2010, he serves as chairman and director of a dance academy in Singapore named Prabhudeva's Dance Academy.

Personal life
Deva was married to Ramlath and had three children: Vishal, Aditya and Rishi. His eldest son Vishal passed away due to cancer at the age of 14 in late 2008.

* 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).
* 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.

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