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Prabhu Deva (born 3 April 1973) is an Indian , film director, producer and actor, who has worked in , , , and . In a career spanning 25 years, he has performed and designed a wide range of dancing styles and has garnered two for . He is often referred to as the Indian Michael Jackson.

Beginning with a series of acting roles in the 1990s and early 2000s, Prabhu Deva featured in several commercially successful films including (1994), (1997) and (1997). After further critically acclaimed performances in the comedy (1998) and the family drama (2000), Deva then failed to recreate the success of his earlier films and his box office value began to decline and he subsequently made appearances in supporting roles and low budget Telugu language films. He then successfully ventured into direction with the 2005 film , and the success of the project prompted further offers for Deva as a director. He then went on to make highly profitable films in Telugu, and Tamil languages such as (2007), (2009), (2012) and (2015).

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Early life and career[edit]

Prabhu Deva was born in Mysore, Karnataka on 3 April 1973 to and Mahadevamma Sundar in the Family. Inspired by his father , a choreographer for , he took up dancing, learning such as from Dharmaraj and Udupi Lakshminarayanan as well as Western styles. and are his brothers.

Deva first appeared as a boy playing a flute in the song "Panivizhum Iravu", from the Tamil film (1986). He later appeared as a background dancer for a song in the 1988 . Deva's first venture as a choreographer was the Kamal Haasan starrer (1989). He has since then choreographed for over 100 movies. From choreography, he went into acting. In 1999, Dheva, and performed with a Tamil cinema dancing troupe at the "" Michael Jackson tribute concert in , . As of 2010, he serves as chairman and director of the Prabhudheva's Dance Academy in . He planned to release his first video album called It is boring in 2013.

Acting career[]

1993–2000[]

After a series of cameo appearances in songs from Tamil films, Prabhu Deva was given his first lead role by director in the romantic drama film (1994). Appearing alongside actress and , Deva's ability to dance was fully utilised in the song sequences, with and music thereafter being regularly featured in his films. He made his breakthrough as an actor with 's sophomore film, the romantic drama (1994), where he portrayed a young student who first stands up against his lover's father and then an international terrorist. The film was highly lauded for its technical prowess and went on to win four , while 's songs and Deva's choreography, especially in the songs "Mukkabla" and "Urvasi Urvasi", became very popular across India. Despite starring relative newcomers, the film went on to become the highest grossing Tamil film of 1994 and the commercial success made Deva a bankable actor. The film also saw success through its dubbed Telugu and Hindi versions, creating a market for Deva in other Indian regional industries. While his next project (1995) garnered poor reviews and collections, he continued to attract big-budget films and worked in two further films with music by Rahman in 1996, and . Shot extensively in , Love Birds received a wide theatrical release in overseas destinations and won Deva positive reviews for his portrayal. Meanwhile, for Mr. Romeo, Deva charged a comparatively high ₹60 lakhs for his remuneration and appeared in a double role alongside and . The music and dance portions of both films were praised by critics, though both endured middling performances at the box office.

Deva won critical acclaim for his role in 's romantic drama (1997), where he portrayed a streetwise hairstylist who inadvertently attracts the attention of a young woman, who he tries to help set up with another man. Featuring Deva alongside and , the film went on to win four , three and a mostly for the film's soundtrack by Rahman. Meanwhile, Deva also won the for his work in the song "Vennilave". A critic from Indolink.com wrote: "it is easy to become a fan of Prabhu Deva after this movie if you are not one yet", while Rediff.com referred to his performance as "graceful".Minsara Kanavu performed well at the box office and also had a wide release in Hindi, under the title Sapnay. His following release, the romantic comedy (1997), featuring an ensemble cast of , and also did well commercially. Indolink.com described the film as "probably the feel-good movie of 1997", adding that "this movie is important as its probably the coming of age for Prabhu Deva" and that "he has definitely matured since his Kadhalan days and shows a lot more restraint and a little flair for comedy". Deva continued to win critical acclaim and commercial success with his roles in the comedy film (1998), co-starring and the drama film (1999). Regarding his performance in the latter film, a reviewer from Indolink.com cited that "Prabhu Deva gets a wonderful script and character that he's comfortable in". He subsequently went on to feature in the -setting film (1999) and 's successful family drama film (2000), where critics praised his "histrionic abilities".

2000–2015[]

In the early 2000s, Deva actively began to work on more smaller-budget comedy films as his appeal at the box office began to decline. Despite winning critical acclaim for his performance as a bus conductor in (2000) and commercial success with his work in 's (2001) and (2001), many of his other Tamil films during the period did not perform well financially. In this period, he also notably worked on the trilingual (2002), alongside his brothers and 's (2004), with . Subsequently, Deva moved on to prioritise acting roles in different industries, notably starring in off-beat roles in the Kannada film (2002), alongside and the Hindi film (2002), with . He also worked extensively in the Telugu film industry, appearing in multi-starrer films or as the second lead actor, in projects including (2002), (2003) and (2004).

Following the success of his directorial ventures, Deva actively began to appear in less acting roles. However, he continued to make occasional appearances and portrayed leading roles in the dance films (2006), (2013) and its sequel (2015). The films all performed well commercially, with a critic writing: "regarded as the dance legend by many, Prabhu is, expectedly, incomparable in dances, but the good news is that he handles the dramatic scenes well too" for his performance in ABCD. Deva also portrayed a supporting role in 's Malayalam (2011), featuring in an ensemble cast including , and . The film opened to critical acclaim, while Deva was highly appreciated for his performance with a critic from noting: Deva "excels with his standout comic repartee".

Personal life[]

Deva at a promotion for the film Wanted

Prabhu Deva married Ramlath, who changed her name to Latha. They had three children, but their eldest son died of cancer in 2008. In 2010, his wife filed a petition at the family court, seeking directions against Deva from with the actress and requesting a reunion with him. Furthermore, Ramalath threatened to go on if Prabhu Dheva married Nayantara, while several women's organizations conducted protests against Nayantara for bringing disrepute to Tamil culture, burning an of her. In 2012, Nayantara confirmed that she had ended her relationship with Prabhu Deva.

Deva has moved to Mumbai and is residing at 's old place called Green Acres. Prabhu Deva's mother Mahadevamma is from the village of , about 17 kilometres (11 mi) from . He owns property in Doora, and has developed a farm there.

Other appearances[]

Deva made brief appearances in solo items such as "April Mayile" in (1991), "Lallaku Doldapi Ma" in (1992), "Chinna Rasave" in (1993), "" in (1993), after appearing as junior artist in songs such as "Rajathi Raja" in (1988). He performed with in the song "Ke Sera Sera" for the movie . He acted along with in the 2006 . He performed with in the song "No Problem" for his film .

Prabhu Dheva's performance at opening ceremony

He performed in the film , for the song "Om Sh". He performed in the and -starrer film (2002) for a song. He performed with in the Kannada film . He made a special appearance in (which was directed by himself), with in the song "Aadungada". He performed again with Vijay in his own directional for the song "Hey Rama" as a guest appearance. He performed with Bollywood actors and for a song in his 2009 directorial .

He performed at the opening ceremony of the on 3 April in Chennai along with , , , and American artist . The event was special to Prabhu Deva as he shared his 39th birthday on the same day.

Soramimi spoof[]

On 18 August 2007, a for the song "", from the Indian movie was uploaded to by Mike Sutton (YouTube user Buffalax). The video was retitled Benny Lava and created as a , edited to include incorrect English that phonetically approximate the original 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 on 4 December 2008 and appeared on the documentary .

Filmography[]

Director[]

Producer[]

Deva established the production company Prabhu Deva Studios.

Performance roles[]

Actor[]

Dancer[]

Singer[]

Film Song Year Language Notes Suyamvaram "Siva Siva Sankara" 1999 Tamil Ullam Kollai Poguthe "Kingda" 2001 Tamil Sang the chorus portions

Lyricist[]

Awards and nominations[]

ABCD

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