Raghava Lawrence

Lawrence Raghavendra is an Indian dance choreographer, actor, director, composer, dancer and playback singer. After making his debut as a dance choreographer in 1993, he began looking for acting opportunities. He began his career as an actor in 1998, in a Telugu film. He adopted the name "Raghava" in 2001, and worked for many prominent actors and directors in Tamil cinema throughout his career. He got his breakthrough with Telugu film Style and then Muni. Lawrence is also known for his intricate hip-hop and westernised dance moves and has won four Filmfare Awards and three Nandi Awards for best choreography. In 2015, after the death of former Indian president A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, Lawrence set up a charity trust in his name and donated 1 crore (US$130,000).[1][2]

Raghava Lawrence
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Lawrence promoting Kanchana 2 in 2015
Lawrence Raghavendra

(1976-10-29) 29 October 1976 (age 46)
  • Choreographer
  • actor
  • film director
  • composer
  • philanthropist
  • film producer
  • playback singer
  • dancer
Years active1989–present
SpouseLatha Lawrence

Early life and backgroundEdit

Lawrence had a brain tumor when he was a child.[3][4] He attributes the curing of his tumor to the deity, Raghavendra Swamy,[5] and in an act of devotion, he took the name Raghava.[4] He built the Raghavendra Swamy Brindavanam Temple at Thirumullaivayal on the Avadi-Ambattur route, which opened on 1 January 2010.[6]


Initial career (1989–2001)Edit

He was working as a car cleaner for fight master Super Subbarayan.[4] Rajinikanth saw him dancing and helped him to join the Dancers Union.[4][7] Lawrence first appeared in a song in Samsara Sangeetham a Tamil film in 1989 directed by T. Rajendran. Then he appeared in Donga Police in 1991, also doing some dances with Prabhu Deva. He was a background dancer in the song Chikku Bukku Chikku Bukku Railey in Gentleman (1993).[4] He also appeared in dance sequences in Muta Mesthri (1993), Rakshana (1993) and Allari Priyudu (1993).[4] Chiranjeevi offered him the job of choreographing the dances for Hitler (1997). Pleased with Lawrence's work, Chiranjeevi asked him to choreograph dances for Master (1997), his next film too.[4] Producer T V D Prasad offered him the role of a hero in his venture Speed Dancer (1999).[4] That film was a flop.[3] After that he acted small roles in Tamil like Ajith Kumar's Unnai Kodu Ennai Tharuven (2000) and Prashanth's Parthen Rasithen (2000).[3] Director K. Balachander invited him to act in his 100th film Parthale Paravasam (2001).[7]

Establishing career (2002–2010)Edit

He acted as a first lead role in the Tamil movie Arpudham (2002). As described by review sify , the latest in the line is Lawrence, who like his predecessor Prabhu Deva, is determined to be a hero. Arputham has a decent screenplay and Lawrence is tolerable. Thereafter, Style (2002). He also made a guest appearance with Vijay in the Tamil movie Thirumalai (2003). After a guest appearance in the film Thendral (2004), he directed his first film in Telugu, Mass (2004) starring Nagarjuna and Jyothika. The movie was a commercial success.[8][9]

He got his breakthrough with the Muni (2007), a horror thriller film.[10] Thereafter, he directed another film, Don (2007). The film starring Nagarjuna and Anushka Shetty. Raghava acted in second roles and made the film depending only on style and technical aspects. The movie had an average response.[11] Raghava continues to play in different categories films such as Pandi (2008), Rajadhi Raja (2009) and Irumbukkottai Murattu Singam (2010). Pandi was a moderate success,[12] while Rajadhi Raja and Irumbukkottai Murattu Singam were released to mixed reviews.[13][14]

Later career (2011–present)Edit

He takes the series Muni in Kanchana (2011). Sarath Kumar play in the main role. The movie was commercially successful.[15] In 2012, he directed Telugu movie Rebel starring Prabhas and Tamannaah.[16] He acted in Kanchana 2 (2015). In 2017, he starred in an action Masala film, Motta Shiva Ketta Shiva. Sify described the film as, "Crass, loud and brainless."[17] Then another of genre horror Shivalinga, remake a Kannada language with the same name directed by P. Vasu. Shakthi Vasudevan, son of director, also starred in the important role for two versions. The story is a cop investigating the suspicious death of a Muslim finds out that his own wife has become possessed by the young man's ghost.[18] Raghava Lawrence is back with the fourth movie in the series – Muni 4: Kanchana 3: Kaali (2019), with the new change being three heroines.[19] The film has received a good collections at the box office.[20] In 2020, he made his directorial debut in Bollywood with film, Laxmii, a remake of Muni 2: Kanchana.[21]

Social workEdit

He did many social service activities in which he has aided many heart surgeries for small children.[22][23][24] He was one of the supporters of the bull-riding sport jallikattu after its ban in 2017. During a protest in Tamil Nadu in January 2017, he provided food, medicine and basic needs to the protesters and promised to support them until the protests were over.[25] He asked for an appointment with Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan to donate 1 crore as relief fund for the Kerala flood victims.[26][27]



List of films as director, writer, or producer
Year Film Director Writer Producer Language Notes
2004 Mass Yes Yes No Telugu Director Debut
2006 Style Yes Yes No
2007 Muni Yes Yes No Tamil
Don Yes Yes No Telugu
2011 Kanchana Yes Yes Yes Tamil Remade in Kannada as Kalpana
2012 Rebel Yes Yes No Telugu
2015 Kanchana 2 Yes Yes Yes Tamil
2019 Kanchana 3 Yes Yes Yes Tamil
2020 Laxmii Yes Yes No Hindi Remake of Kanchana


  • All films are in Tamil language, unless otherwise noted
List of acting performances in film
Year Film Role(s) Notes
1999 Speed Dancer Seenu Telugu film
2000 Unnai Kodu Ennai Tharuven Ganapathi
2000 Parthen Rasithen Doss
2001 Parthale Paravasam Azhagu
2002 Arpudham Ashok Kumar
Style Rishaanth
2004 Thendral Kumar
Mass Cameo Telugu film
2006 Style Raghava Telugu film
2007 Muni Ganesh
Don Raghava Telugu film
2008 Pandi Pandi
2009 Rajadhi Raja Raja
2010 Irumbukkottai Murattu Singam Singam & Singaram Double role
2011 Muni 2: Kanchana Raghava
2015 Muni 3: Kanchana 2 Raghava & Shiva Dual role
2017 Motta Siva Ketta Siva ACP Shivakumar Also playback singer for song "Motta Paiyan"
Shivalinga Shivalingeswaran
2019 Muni 4: Kanchana 3 Raghava & Kaali Dual role
2023 Rudhran   Rudhran Releasing on April 2023[28]
Adhigaram   TBA Filming[29]
Chandramukhi 2   TBA Filming[30]
Durga   TBA Announcement[31]
Jigarthanda Double X   TBA Announcement


List of dancing performances in film
Year Film Song Language Notes
1993 Uzhaippali "Uzhaippali Illatha" Tamil
1993 Gentleman "Chikku Bukku Rayile" Tamil
1993 Mutha Mestri "Ee Pettakku" Telugu
1994 Chinna Madam "Kora Kizhangukku Kodi" Tamil
1995 Thai Thangai Paasam "Roopu Tera Masthana" Tamil
1996 Akka Bagunnava "Aalesha Deko Pyaree" Telugu
1997 Hitler "Nadaka Kalisina Navaraatri" Telugu
1998 Prema Pallaki "Kannepilla Pongulu " Telugu
1998 Suryudu "Manasu Petti" Telugu
1999 Amarkalam "Maha Ganapathi" Tamil
2000 Bagunnara? "Tirumala Tirupati Venkatesa" Telugu
2000 Unnai Kodu Ennai Tharuven "Sollu Thalaiva" Tamil
2000 Kshemamga Velli Labhamga Randi "Lovvuki Age" Telugu
2000 Chala Bagundi "Yentabagundi Basu" Telugu
2000 Thirunelveli "Yele Azhagamma" Tamil
2001 Asura "Maha Ganapathi" Kannada
2002 Varushamellam Vasantham "Naan Ready Neenga Readya" Tamil
2002 Roja Kootam "Subbamma" Tamil
2002 Baba "Maya Maya" Tamil
2003 Ninne Istapaddanu "Krishna Zilla" Telugu
2003 Satyam "Kuch Kuch" Telugu
2003 Naaga "Nayudori Pilla" Telugu
2003 Andhrawala "Naire Naire" Telugu
2003 Pudhiya Geethai "Annamalai" Tamil
2003 Thirumalai "Thaamthakka Dheemthakka" Tamil
2004 Mass "Mass" Telugu
2010 Pen Singam "Adi Aadi Asaiyum Iduppu" Tamil
2014 Kathai Thiraikathai Vasanam Iyakkam "Live The Moment" Tamil


  • Masthaana Masthaana Part II (2007)


As a playback singerEdit

List of films as a playback singer
Song(s) Year Film Composer
Thala Suttuthe Maamu 2007 Muni Bharadwaj
Motta Motta Paiyyan 2017 Motta Siva Ketta Siva Amresh Ganesh

As a music composerEdit

List of films as music composer
Year Film
2007 Don
2012 Rebel

As lyricistEdit

Year Film Song Notes
2011 Kanchana "Nillu Nillu"


Filmfare Award Movie Year Language Result Ref.
Filmfare Award for Best Dance Choreographer Paarthale Paravasam 2001 Tamil Won [32]
Indra 2002 Telugu Won [33]
Style 2006 Won [34]
Nandi Awards Film Year Result Ref.
Nandi Award for Best Choreographer Annayya 2000 Won
Indra 2002 Won
Style 2006 Won

Tamil Nadu State Film Award

Best Choreographer - Raghava Lawrence


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