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Male actor Prabhu Deva Sundaram from India, famous due to tollywood

Director and producer


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Prabhu Deva Sundaram (Tamil: பிரபு தேவா சுந்தரம்) (Kannada ಪ್ರಭು ದೇವ ಸುಂದರಂ) (born April 3, 1973) is an award-winning choreographer, dancer, actor and film director in India. He has been called "India's Michael Jackson" for his fast-paced dance movements. 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 Hindustani cinema. He has won a number of awards for his elaborate dance sequences, including two National Awards for Best Choreography, a Filmfare Best Choreography Award, and a Filmfare Best Choreography Award (Telugu). He has also won a Best Director award for the film Pokkiri.

Personal life

Prabhu Deva Sundaram was born in Mysore, India on April 3, 1973, and grew up in Alwarpet, Chennai, Tamil Nadu. He was inspired by his father, Sundaram who was a dance master for popular south-indian movies. He took dancing as his career and passion, by learning Bharatanatyam and Western dance styles. His brothers Raju Sundaram and Nagendra Prasad are also 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 did song sequences in films, beginning with Gentleman (1993). His first movie as a hero was in Kadhalan (1994) with actress Nagma. Sundaram's success resulted largely from his dancing. He has a significant fan following in the Tamil, Telugu and Kannada film industry. He acted alongside his brothers in the movie 123.

Married to Latha, Prabhu Deva has three sons - Vishal aka Basavraj, Rishi Raghavendra Deva and Adith Deva.

Prabhu Deva's, 13-year-old son, Vishal aka Basavraj passed away at 3.30 am, on thursday the 4th December 2008. Vishal, who was lovingly called Basavraj, was the eldest amongst the three siblings the other two being Rishi and Aditya. Vishal had been diagnosed with cancer last year.

The family was aware that Vishal's condition was terminal. A source close to the actor said, "Prabhu Deva did not leave any stone unturned to cure his son. He even consulted doctors abroad. But his condition had become serious." The funeral was held on the same day.

Other appearances

Sundaram 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 has 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 Joseph Vijay in the song Aadungada.
He also danced in the film Abra Ka Dabra for the song Om Sh
He danced with Vijay in Villu movie for the song Hey Rama. This was a guest appearance.
Had a chance to dance with Michael Jackson on stage in New York but this concert was canceled for some certain reason.


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 Best Director award for the film Pokkiri.

Benny Lava

Kalluri Vaanil

The Tamil song became widely known to the English internet audience for its phonetic lyrics.


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In 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 approximate the original Tamil lyrics phonetically.

The name Benny Lava comes from Sutton's dubbing of the Tamil lead line "Kalluri vaanil kaayndha nilaavo?" as "My loony bun is fine, Benny Lava!". The video led other Youtube users to refer to Prabhu Deva Sundaram as "Benny Lava". The video was inspired after Sutton watched Moskau by German pop-band Dschinghis Khan. One of Sutton's friends "wished he could understand the song so he could sing along. Sutton thought the real translation would be difficult and instead used English lyrics that replicated the German song.

"Benny Lava" influenced others and resulted in similar videos based on phonetic translations; a Brazilian Portuguese version of the song is called "Rivaldo, sai desse lago". The viral video quickly spread and as of January 2009 the original video had 10,541,514 views. Reception to the video was mixed; Some felt that the video was done in "good fun" while others worried that their culture was being mocked. The video was described by the Philippine Daily Inquirer as a "Catchy melody, a battalion of back-up dancers, colorful costumes, impressive vocal gymnastics, jaw-dropping choreography this music video has it all. And if those arent enough, the person who uploaded this vid also provided subtitles so you can sing along. They arent the real lyrics though, but just what they sound in English, resulting in a lot of nonsense.


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As actor

Year Movie Title Language Role Notes
2009 Villu Tamil Cameo Appearance in the song "Hey Ram"
2008 Michael Madana Kamaraju Telugu
2007 Pokkiri Tamil Cameo Appearance in the song "Aadungada"
Prarambha Kannada Truck Driver
2006 Chukkallo Chandrudu Telugu Sharat
Style Telugu Ganesh
H20 Kannada
2005 Satti Telugu Satti
2004 Aabra Ka Daabra Hindi Guest Appearance Appearance in the song "Om Sh"
Engal Anna Tamil Kannan
Tapana Telugu
Andharu Dongalle Dorikithe Telugu 1 of 7 Gangster
2003 O Radha Edaru Krishnala Pelli Telugu
Pehli Nazar Ka Pehla Pyaar: Love at First Sight Hindi Karan
2002 Santosham Telugu Pawan
Alaudin Tamil Hero
Baba Tamil Cameo Appearance in the song "Baba Kichchu"
Shakthi: The Power Hindi Appearance in the song "Dumroo Baje Re"
Agni Varsha Hindi
Charlie Chaplin Tamil
Thotti Gang Telugu
123 Tamil Tirupati
2001 Alli Thandha Vaanam Tamil
Ullam Kollai Poguthae Tamil
Apna Bana Ke Dekho Hindi Jankiraman 'Johny'
2000 James Pandu Tamil
Pukar Hindi Cameo Appearance in the song "Que Sera Sera"
Doubles Tamil
Eazhaiyin Sirippil Tamil
Vanathai Pola Tamil Youngest Brother
Pennin Manathai Thottu Tamil Features the "Kalluri Vaanil"
1999 Suyamvaram Tamil
Time Tamil
Ninaivirukkum Varai Tamil
1998 Kaadhala Kaadhala Tamil Sundaralingam
Zulm Ka Badshah Hindi
Love Story 1999 Telugu
1997 V.I.P Tamil Guru
Minsara Kanavu Tamil Deva Voice has been rendered by the actor Vikram
Naam Iruvar Namukku Iruvar Tamil Prabhu/Deva
1996 Love Birds Tamil Arun
Mr. Romeo Tamil Madras & Romeo
Chhaila Hindi Kanhaiya
1995 Premikudu Telugu
1994 Rasaiya Tamil Rasaiya
Kadhalan Tamil Prabhu First film as hero
Indhu Tamil
1993 Gentleman Tamil Cameo Appearance in the song "Chikku Bukku Raiyle"
Walter Vetrivel Tamil Cameo Appearance in the song "Chinna Rasave"
1992 Suriyan Tamil Cameo Appearance in the song "Lallaku Doldapi Ma"
1991 Idhayam Tamil Cameo Appearance in the song "April Mayile"
1987 Agni Natchathiram Tamil Cameo Appearance in the song "Raaja Raajathi"

As choreographer

Year Film Title Language Notes
2008 Aegan Tamil
2007 Sivaji: The Boss Tamil
2006 Sillunu Oru Kaadhal Tamil
2006 Don - The Chase Begins Again Hindi
2005 No Entry Hindi
2005 Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana Telugu Won Filmfare Best Choreography Award (Telugu).
2004 Lakshya Hindi Won National Film Award for Best Choreography.
Won Filmfare Best Choreography Award.
Won Star Screen Award for Best Choreography.
2004 Samba Telugu
2003 Khushi Hindi
2002 Shakti: The Power Hindi
2002 Baba Tamil
2002 Agni Varsha Hindi
2000 Pukar Hindi Nominated for Star Screen Award for Best Choreography.
2000 Pennin Manathai Thottu Tamil Features the "Kalluri Vaanil" music video popularly known as "Benny Lava".
1997 Minsaara Kanavu Tamil Won National Film Award for Best Choreography.
1995 Bombay Tamil
1994 Kadhalan Tamil
1993 Chandra Mukhi Hindi
1993 Gumraah Hindi
1993 Mechanic Alludu Telugu
1993 Gaayam Telugu
1993 Govindha Govindha Telugu
1993 Gentleman Tamil
1993 Walter Vetrivel Tamil
1992 Suriyan Tamil
1992 Gharaana Mogudu Telugu
1992 Aaj Ka Goonda Raaj Hindi
1991 Idayam Tamil
1991 Thalapathi Tamil
1991 Rowdy Alludu Telugu
1991 Kshana Kshanam Telugu
1991 Gang Leader Telugu
1990 Raja Vikramarka Telugu
1990 Jagadeka Veerudu Attilokasundari Telugu
1989 Vetri Vizha Tamil
1987 Agni Natchathiram Tamil

As director

Year Film Language Notes
2009 Wanted Hindi Filming
Villu Tamil Flop
2007 Pokkiri Tamil Super Hit
Shankardada Zindabad Telugu Average
2006 Pournami Telugu Flop
2005 Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana Telugu Super Hit

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