India’s Michael Jackson who is magnificent when he is on stage and is grooving on his choreogra[hed steps. The energy he shares pumps up everyone’s heart. Prabhu Deva is son of Sundaram master who is a National Award-winning choreographer in the south Indian film industry, Prabhu Deva began working as a child and we saw him first in a song in Mani Ratnam’s Mouna Ragam. He then moved up to being a background dancer before starting to choreograph for movies.
Prabhu Deva creates magic with his footwork that has been captured beautifully in many songs, especially in Kadhalan and Mr. Romeo.
His inspiration, when he started out, was the King of Pop and this is evident in songs such as Muqala Muqabala and Que Sera Sera. As the dancer-choregrapher-actor-director-producer turns 46, here is a look at 7 outstanding dance numbers choreographed by him.
Que Sera Sera – Pukar (2000)
Madhuri Dixit and Madhuri Dixit Nene created magic with their moves while dancing together. The choreography was unique and unmatched at the time when the film came out. This was also the beginning of craze for contemporary dance pieces.
Go Go Govinda – Oh My God (2012)
This song has a lot of footwork and floor work that Prabhu Deva is popular for. Performing alongside him is Sonakshi Sinha for a special song in Akshay Kumar’s Oh My God.
Saree ke fall sa – R Rajkumar (2013)
This song became an instant hit among the audience the year it released, especially for the dance steps that look easy to emulate. But, if one were to notice the details in the song, the expressions are the highlight. The backup dancers do the same movement throughout the song and you wouldn’t notice this the first time.
Pallakivai – Pournami (2006)
In this song featuring Prabhas and Charmy, we see a girl break into a dance under the influence of a drug. It is more like she is drunk and she discovers dancing at this time. The humor, the slice of life like choreography that Prabhu Deva is associated with comes across quite beautifully in this song.
Kannale Miya Miya
This one has Prabhu Deva and Laila doing a duet and it is very retro in treatment. The song became quite popular for Laila’s outstanding expressions.
Chenna Pattanam / Kaanale Miya Miya Alli Thandha Vaanam (2001)
Two songs from this film have excellent choreography. One features Kalyani as a child artist who shares screen space with Prabhu Deva and the two have a great rapport. It is a hilarious song that talks about how money is important in Chennai.
Kaasumela – Kaathala Kaathala (1998)
This song features both Kamal Haasan and Prabhu Deva who collaborated for the film Kaathala Kaathala. The fun number has two amazing dancers collaborating to come up with a hilarious routine.
Happy birthday Prabhu Deva!