Raju Sundaram

Raju Sundaram (born Basuva Raju Sundaram) is an Indian dance choreographer, actor and director, who works primarily in Tamil, Kannada and Telugu films. He appeared as an actor in films such as but not limited to: Jeans (1998), 123 (2002), I Love You Da (2002) and Quick Gun Murugun (2009); and directed one film, Aegan (2008). He is the son of dancer Mugur Sundar, and the younger brother of choreographers Prabhu Deva and Nagendra Prasad.[1]

Raju Sundaram
Born
Basuva Raju Sundaram

(1970-09-09) 9 September 1970 (age 50)
Occupation
Years active1992–present
RelativesMugur Sundar (Father)
Prabhu Deva (brother)
Nagendra Prasad (brother)

Choreographers and artists L. L. Cool Jayanth, Ashok Raja, Dinesh, Sridhar, Shobi Paulraj, Baba Bhaskar, Johny, Noble Paul, Lalitha Shobi, Sathish Krishnan, Viji Sathish, Poppy, Japan Kumar, Sindhuja Nanditha Jennifer, Raja and Shanthi Arvind had worked as dancers and assistants to him.[2][3][4][5][6][7][8] He won the National Film Award for Best Choreography for his work in the song "pranamam pranamam" song from the film Janatha Garage (2016)[9] and "Everest anchuna" song from the film Maharshi (2019).[10]

CareerEdit

Sundaram began his career assisting as a choreographer for his father Mugur Sundar's projects, before going on to lead troupes. He was a dancer in "Rukkumani Rukkumani" from Mani Ratnam's Roja (1992) and in Aasai (1995). He also regularly featured in cameo appearances in songs featuring his brother Prabhu Deva, with the pair making appearances in Shankar's early films Gentleman (1993) and Kadhalan (1994).[11] After being the lead choreographer for a few Kannada films, his first break came through Mani Ratnam's Thiruda Thiruda (1993), where he was given the chance to design dances for three songs.[12] He then went on to become a choreographer of Tamil directors Mani Ratnam and Shankar, and worked on Amitabh Bachchan's album, Aby Baby (1996).

Shankar then offered Sundaram an acting opportunity in his romantic comedy Jeans (1998), where Sundaram played a full-length role. His played the lead in the sports drama I Love You Da (2002) of which The Hindu stated the film proves "serious acting is simply not his cup of tea".[13] He then went on to feature in the trilingual One Two Three (2003) alongside his brothers, with scenes shot in Tamil, Telugu and Kannada. The film opened to mixed reviews and did not perform well at the box office.[14] He has since primarily operated as a choreographer, making a few exceptions by starring in comic roles in Jeeva's Unnale Unnale (2007), Prabhu Deva's Engeyum Kadhal (2011) and in the Telugu film, Action 3D (2013).

FilmographyEdit

ChoreographerEdit

DirectorEdit

Year Film Language
2008 Aegan Tamil

ActorEdit

Film Year Language Role Notes
Chirunavvula Varamistava 1993 Telugu Un­known
Jeans 1998 Tamil Madhesh
En Swasa Katre 1999 Raju Special appearance
Manasella Neene 2002 Kannada Himself Special appearance
I Love You Da 2002 Tamil Raju
123 2003 Tamil/ Kannada / Telugu Pazhani
Pellaina Kothalo 2006 Telugu Prakash
Unnale Unnale 2007 Tamil Raju
Quick Gun Murugun 2009 English Rowdy MBA
Engeyum Kaadhal 2011 Tamil Raju
Julai 2012 Telugu Himself Special appearance
Mirchi 2013 Himself Special appearance
Action 3D 2013 Purush
Isai 2015 Tamil Himself Special appearance
Inji Iduppazhagi 2015 Himself Special appearance
Yaanum Theeyavan 2017 Pasupathy
Padi Padi Leche Manasu 2018 Telugu Goon Special appearance

DancerEdit

Film Song Year Language Notes
Assembly Rowdy "Turpu Kondallo" 1991 Telugu
Idhayam "Ohh Party Nalla" 1991 Tamil
Roja "Rukumani Rukumani" 1992
Suriyan "Thoongu Moonchi" 1992
Enga Thambi "Ithu Maanodum" 1993
Gentleman "Chikku Bukku" 1993
Lockup Death "Current Banthu" 1994 Kannada
Police War "Teenage Papa" 1994 Telugu
Jai Hind "Bodhai Yeri Pochu" 1994 Tamil
Kadhalan "Kadhalikkum Pennin" 1994
Aasai "Shockkadikuthu Sona" 1995
Ullaasam "Valibam Vaazha Sollum" 1997
Sollamale "Allamma Samba" 1998
Kadhal Kavithai "Aalana Naal Mudhala" 1999
Circle Inspector "Urmila Urmila" 1999 Kannada
Kya Soorat Hai "Kya Soorat Hai" 1999 Hindi Music Video
En Swasa Kaatre "Jumbalaka" 1999 Tamil
Ethirum Pudhirum "Thottu Thottu" 1999
Anantha Poongatre "Meenatchi Meenatchi" 1999
Poovellam Kettuppar "CBI Enge" / "O Senorita" 1999
Sandhitha Velai "Muniyamma" 2000
Pennin Manathai Thottu "Saltkotta" 2000
Maayi "Thennagam Aalum" 2000
Rhythm "Ayyayyo Pathikichu" 2000
Chamundi "Usarvalli Kshnakondu" 2000 Kannada
Aks "Banda Bindas" 2001 Hindi
Alai "Alai Adikuthu" 2003 Tamil
Ullam Ketkumae "Mazhai Mazhai" 2005
Anniyan "Kumari" 2005
Modati Cinema "Ninnyna Nadyna" 2005 Telugu
Konchem Ishtam Konchem Kashtam "Evade Subramanyam" 2009
Pa. Ra. Palanisamy "Singari Mava" 2010 Tamil
Vettai "Dhum Dhum" 2012
Idharkuthane Aasaipattai Balakumara "En Veettula" 2013
Endrendrum Punnagai "Ennatha Solla" 2013
Ennamo Nadakkudhu "Money Money" 2014
Thozha "Door Number One" 2016
Natpadhigaram 79 "Sollu Sollu Chellamma" 2016
Devi "Chal Maar" 2016
Abhinetri Telugu
Tutak Tutak Tutiya Hindi
Remo "Tamilselvi" 2016 Tamil
Kaashmora "Dhikku Dhikku Sir" 2016
Bogan "Damaalu Dumeelu" 2017
Sangathamizhan "Oh My God" 2019

AwardsEdit

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "It takes Raju to tango - HYDB". The Hindu. 3 January 2006. Retrieved 30 October 2015.
  2. ^ http://dineshmaster.com/profile
  3. ^ "Star Holiday (07/06/15) A day out with choreographer sridhar master [Epi - 8]". Youtube. 28 June 2015. Retrieved 9 November 2015.
  4. ^ "Adhu Idhu Yedhu - Johnny Master, Bobby Antony & Baba Bhaskar Groupla Doupe". Youtube. 14 November 2011. Retrieved 9 November 2015.
  5. ^ "Choreographer Nobel Interview Part 1". Youtube. 16 June 2012. Retrieved 9 November 2015.
  6. ^ "Dance In His Genes:Shobi And His Inspirations". News Central. 14 August 2015. Retrieved 9 November 2015.
  7. ^ "Virundhinar Pakkam Choreographer Baba Basker Dt 11-09-13". Youtube. 10 September 2013. Retrieved 9 November 2015.
  8. ^ "ARYA IS HANSIKA'S TEACHER IN 'MEAGAMANN'". Indiaglitz. 18 June 2014. Retrieved 11 September 2016.
  9. ^ "64th National Awards" (PDF). dff.nic.in. 7 April 2017. Retrieved 8 April 2017.
  10. ^ Desk, The Hindu Net (22 March 2021). "67th National Film Awards: Complete list of winners". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 24 March 2021.
  11. ^ "rediff.com, Movies: Dancer in the dark: Raju Sundaram". Rediff.com. 4 December 2001. Retrieved 30 October 2015.
  12. ^ "Raju Sundaram - Telugu Cinema interview - Telugu film choreographer". Idlebrain.com. 27 September 2005. Retrieved 30 October 2015.
  13. ^ "I Love You Da". The Hindu. 13 December 2002. Retrieved 30 October 2015.
  14. ^ "One Two Three". The Hindu. 7 June 2002. Retrieved 30 October 2015.

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