Prabhu Deva is referred to as the Michael Jackson of Indian cinema, and rightly so. He is not just a great dancer but also an ace choreographer, film director, and actor. He was born on April 3, 1973, in Mysore, Karnataka, India. On Prabhu Deva's birthday, we are looking back at Prabhu Deva's best dance songs as well as the numerous Indian films he significantly contributed to, in the Indian film industry.
Prabhu Deva started his career as a dancer and choreographer in the South Indian film industry. Prabhu Deva's dance rose to fame with unique dance moves and choreography in Tamil, Telugu, and Hindi films. He has also won several awards for his dance performances and choreography. He worked as a background dancer in many films before his break as a choreographer in the Tamil film Agni Natchathiram (1988).
He soon became a famous choreographer in the South Indian film industry and gained nationwide fame for his choreography in the song ‘Muqabla’ from the film Humse Hai Muqabla (1994). The song became a massive hit and helped Prabhu Deva gain recognition across India.
Prabhu Deva made his acting debut in the Tamil film Indhu (1994) and went on to act in several other films like Kadhalan (1994), Minsara Kanavu (1997), and VIP (1997). He also continued to work as a choreographer and created some of the most memorable dance sequences in Indian cinema.
In 2005, Prabhu Deva made his directorial debut with the Telugu film Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana. The film was a huge success and earned him critical acclaim. This started Prabhu Deva’s Bollywood career, he went on to direct several other successful films like Wanted (2009), Rowdy Rathore (2012), and Singh is Bliing (2015).
In recent years, Prabhu Deva has also worked as an actor in Hindi films like ABCD (2013) and its sequel ABCD 2 (2015). He has also continued to choreograph dance sequences in films like Dabangg 3 (2019) and Radhe: Your Most Wanted Bhai (2021).
Apart from his contribution as an actor, Prabhu Deva's dance songs have an unforgettable impression and are always the top party numbers in the country.
1. 'Urvasi Urvasi'
'Urvasi Urvasi' is a peppy Bollywood number from the 1994 Tamil film Kadhalan, directed by Shankar and starring Prabhu Deva and Nagma in lead roles. The song was composed by A. R. Rahman and written by Vairamuthu. The song features a fusion of Indian classical and Western music, along with catchy lyrics that became popular among Indian audiences. Prabhu Deva's dance steps in the song, choreographed by himself, are considered some of the best in Indian cinema.
2. 'Kay Sera Sera'
‘Kay Sera Sera’ is a popular Indian song from the 1999 Hindi film Pukar, directed by Rajkumar Santoshi and starring Anil Kapoor, Madhuri Dixit, and Namrata Shirodkar in lead roles. The song was choreographed by Prabhu Deva and composed by A. R. Rahman, with lyrics by Majrooh Sultanpuri. The choreography for ‘Kay Sera Sera’ is known for its fast-paced moves and typical energetic Prabhu Deva's dance steps, and it won him the National Film Award for Best Choreography in 2000.
3. 'Go Go Govinda'
‘Go Go Govinda’ is a popular Indian song from the 2012 Hindi film OMG – Oh My God!, directed by Umesh Shukla. The song was choreographed by Prabhu Deva and composed by Himesh Reshammiya, with lyrics by Shabbir Ahmed. Ever since it has become a classic example of the unique blend of music, dance, and storytelling that is characteristic of Indian cinema. The song is often remembered as one of the best works of Prabhu Deva as a choreographer, and it showcases his exceptional talent for creating innovative and dynamic dance sequences. A must-play during Prabhu Deva's birthday.
4. 'Muqabala Muqabala'
'Muqabala Muqabala' is a popular song from the Indian movie Humse Hai Muqabala (also known as Kadhalan in Tamil), released in 1994. The song features Prabhu Deva, a famous Indian dancer and actor, performing a high-energy dance routine with other dancers. The song was composed by A.R. Rahman, one of the most renowned Indian music composers, and the lyrics were written by P.K. Mishra. It became an instant hit upon its release and is still remembered as one of the iconic songs of Indian cinema.
Prabhu Deva is regarded as one of the finest dancers and choreographers in the Indian film industry. He has revolutionised the dance style in Indian cinema with his unique and creative moves.
Happy Birthday, Prabhu Deva. We wish that you keep entertaining and amazing us with your music and dance, now and forever.