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Peter Hein is an Indian action choreographer and stunt coordinator who works in South Indian films and Bollywood.[1] He became famous for his action sequences in films such as Anniyan (2005), Sivaji (2007), Ghajini (2008), Magadheera (2009), Enthiran (2010), Raavanan (2010), 7aum Arivu (2011), Kochadaiyaan (2014), Baahubali (2015), and Pulimurugan (2016) Madhura Raja (2019). He has been nominated for the Taurus World Stunt Award against many big Hollywood names. He received a Filmfare Award for Best Action for his work in Ghajini. He was the first recipient of the National Film Award for Best Stunt Choreographer for his work in Pulimurugan.

Peter Hein
Born (1973-08-12) 12 August 1973 (age 46)
Occupation
Years active1992–present

Early life and careerEdit

He was born in Karaikal, Puducherry, India to a Tamil father and Vietnamese mother. He grew up in Chennai's Vadapalani neighbourhood. His father, Perumal, worked as an assistant fight master in Tamil films. Later, Peter started his career as an extra fighter and assistant fight master for many Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam films. During the initial days of his career, he worked as assistant to action directors Kanal Kannan and Vijayan. During his early days he was body double for heroes as well as heroines.[2]

His debut film as "fight master " was in Gautham Menon's debut directorial Minnale (2001). Krishna Vamsi, a Telugu film director recognised his sincerity and dedication[citation needed] and offered him the chance to direct the action sequences for the film Murari which was also dubbed into Tamil. From then on, he became a full-length action film director, action co-ordinator and stunt director for various Telugu and Tamil films.

He acquired recognition from critics and media for his work in several films such as Anji, Run, and Kaakha Kaakha and it was his work in films such as Varsham, Anniyan, Athadu, Chatrapati and so on that brought him critical acclaim. Ram Gopal Varma introduced him to Bollywood with the film James. Mani Ratnam was very much impressed[citation needed] with his work in films like Athadu, Anniyan and Sivaji and enrolled him to direct the stunt sequences for the film Raavan. However, due to scheduling conflicts with Magadheera, Hein has done limited work for Raavan. He was the first recipient of the National Film Award for Best Stunt Choreographer for his work in Pulimurugan (2016).

FilmographyEdit

Year Film Language Notes
2001 Minnale Tamil First movie as full-time Action Director
Murari Telugu
Middle Class Madhavan Tamil
2002 Santosham Telugu
Roja Kootam Tamil
Run Tamil
April Maadhathil Tamil
Gummalam Tamil
2003 Arasu Tamil
Punnagai Poove Tamil
Pudhiya Geethai Tamil
Paarai Tamil
Parthiban Kanavu Tamil
Kaakha Kaakha Tamil
Kadhal Kisu Kisu Tamil
Alaudin Tamil
Alai Tamil
Ottran Tamil
Anjaneya Tamil
Thirumalai Tamil
Enakku 20 Unakku 18 Tamil
2004 Anji Telugu
Adavi Ramudu Telugu
Pudhukottaiyilirundhu Saravanan Tamil
Varsham Telugu
Gharshana Telugu
Jana Tamil
Bose Tamil
Puttinikki Raa Chelli Tamil
Gowri Telugu
Malsaram Malayalam
Aparichithan Malayalam
7G Rainbow Colony Tamil
2005 Ponniyin Selvan Tamil
James Hindi
Mazhai Tamil
Anniyan Tamil Filmfare Best Action Director Award (South)
Athadu Telugu
Chatrapati Telugu
2006 Veerabhadra Telugu
Family: Ties of Blood Hindi
Bommarillu Telugu
Aathi Tamil
Pournami Telugu
Sainikudu Telugu
2007 Munna Telugu
Aata Telugu
Sivaji: The Boss Tamil
2008 Ready Telugu
Tashan Hindi
Satya in Love Kannada
Heroes Hindi
Ghajini Hindi Received Filmfare Best Action Award
2009 Ek: The Power of One Hindi
Magadheera Telugu Received NANDI STATE AWARD
2010 Darling Telugu
Raavan Hindi
Raavanan Tamil
Maryada Ramanna Telugu
Enthiran: The Robot Tamil
Khaleja Telugu
Brindaavanam Telugu
Ramaa: The Saviour Hindi
Orange Telugu
2011 Ko Tamil
Badrinath Telugu
D-17 Malayalam
7aum Arivu Tamil
2012 Agent Vinod Hindi
Super Six Sinhala
Maattrraan Tamil SIIMA Award for Best Fight Choreographer
Nominated – Vijay Award for Best Stunt Director
Julai Telugu SIIMA Award for Best Fight Choreographer
2013 Atharintiki Daaredi Telugu
Race 2 Hindi
2014 1: Nenokkadine Telugu
Kochadaiyaan Tamil
2015 Baahubali: The Beginning Tamil
Telugu
Ranna Kannada
Dohchay Telugu
Rudramadevi Telugu
2016 Pulimurugan Malayalam National Film Award for Best Stunt Choreographer
2017 Baahubali 2: The Conclusion Tamil
Telugu
Spyder Tamil
Telugu
Aramm Tamil
2018 Touch Chesi Chudu Telugu
Gulebakavali Tamil
Odiyan Malayalam
2019 Petta Tamil
Natasaarvabhowma Kannada
Irupathiyonnaam Noottaandu Malayalam Post production
Madhura Raja Malayalam
Shuddhi Hindi Announced
Kaappaan Tamil
Boxer Tamil
Asuran Tamil
2020 Darbar Tamil Filming
Ka Pe Ranasingam Tamil Announced
Jack Daniel Malayalam Announced
2021 Indian 2 Tamil Filming
Sangamithra Tamil Announced

ActorEdit

Year Film Language Notes
2003 Ottran Tamil Special Appearance
2004 Gowri Telugu Special Appearance
2004 Pudhukottaiyilirundhu Saravanan Tamil Chinese Immigrant
2011 Ko Tamil Special Appearance
2016 Pulimurugan Malayalam Special Appearance

Extra fighterEdit

Year Film Language Notes
1992 Kaviya Thalaivan Tamil
1993 Band Master Tamil
1994 Priyanka Tamil
Sarigamapadani Tamil
Pudhiya Mannargal Tamil
1995 Vishnu Tamil
Periya Kudumbam Tamil
Chandralekha Tamil
Muthu Tamil
Seethanam Tamil
Manathile Oru Paattu Tamil
1996 Parambarai Tamil
Sengottai Tamil
Thurai Mugam Tamil
Avvai Shanmughi Tamil
Mr. Romeo Tamil
Selva Tamil
1997 Hitler Telugu
Sakthi Tamil
Adimai Changili Tamil
1998 Rathna Tamil
1999 Thulladha Manamum Thullum Tamil
Padayappa Tamil
Jodi Tamil
Mudhalvan Tamil
2000 Uyirile Kalanthathu Tamil

AssistantEdit

  • Raavanaprabhu (2001) – Second assistant; choreographed Mohanlal v Siddique fight scene.[3]

AwardsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Malani, Gaurav (27 March 2009). "Ek – The Power of One: Movie Review". Indiatimes. 27 March 2009. Retrieved 6 August 2011.
  2. ^ http://www.hindustantimes.com/regional-movies/peter-hein-the-dangerous-life-of-the-man-who-plays-body-double-for-all-top-tamil-telugu-stars/story-AVw8oCyL2UBIc5xiFnLgdK.html
  3. ^ Sidhardhan, Sanjith (12 December 2018). "Peter Hein first choreographed Mohanlal's action scenes in Ravanaprabhu". The Times of India. Retrieved 28 August 2019.

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