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Cheran was born on December 12, 1970, in Pazhaiyurpatty, Melur. His father Pandian was a Projector Operator in Vellalur touring theater and his mother Kamala was a primary school teacher. He has two sisters. He is a Tamil, film Director.
From early childhood, he had a keen interest in Dramatics. Initially, he started off his career as a Production Manager in some movies. He even worked as an assistant director under Director K.S. Ravikumar in ‘Puriyaadha Pudhir.’
He finally made his directional debut in ‘Bharathi Kannamma’ in 1997 through Producer Henry. The film met with a lot of controversies but keeping that aside it managed to hit he box office. He even practiced his acting skills under Thangar Bachan’s‘Solla Marandha Kadhai.’ Sooner he became one of the best-known Directors in the box office.
He has won the National Award three times,
1. “Vetri Kodi Kattu” (Best film of 2000)
2. "Autograph" (Most Entertaining Film in 2004) and
3. “Thavamai Thavamirundhu” National award for best film on Family Welfare in the year 2005. From early childhood, he dreamt of becoming an actor. He even moved to Chennai with a pocket full of hopes and heart full of dreams to achieve his aims. He applied his childhood acting skills, but it didn’t work. Then he gave his shot for the other side of the coin, Direction.
One has rightly said, if you have the passion for achieving something, no hindrance can ever stop you. His movies focused on serious issues and carried a moral and social message for the society. Sooner or later with the grace of God, his fame rose to the heights of glory in his direction career. Cheran is a person with intense thoughts and passion.
He says, “Everybody chases money and money chases everybody. It’s like a game of hide and seek.” Cheran’s movies are somewhere or the other inspired by someone. Like the movies he used to watch in his childhood when he was a simple fan took deep roots within him. There is no particular attributes to his thought behind a successful movie but the environment in which he lived, his family, his lifestyle and his village and his social life somewhere cater to it.
The reason that he has reached up high is that he never looks down. With each new movie, he directs it like a learner and gains and will gain what he well deserves.
Rishi is the Tamil actor-cum-host, who was born to a Tamil father and a Gujarati mother. He is best known to the TV audience through the program, “Deala No Deala.” He has also hosted, “Kaiyil Oru Kodi- Are you Ready”, a reality game show.
Rishi has also acted in a few films and is currently doing some films too. He is a college dropout, who quit his engineering course due to his passion in theatrical performance. Apart from acting in films, serials and hosting reality shows, Rishi has performed in numerous TV ads.
He is the brand ambassador for Vim dishwash liquid for the Southern region. Furthermore, he is the grandson of C.R. Subramanyam, who was in the ministry of the legendary politician, the King Maker, K. Kamaraj. Rishi’s performance in the film, “Ananda Thandavam” opposite Tammanah Bhatia was memorable. He acted as a womanizer, and his wife was Tammanah.
Though the role was negative and the film was led by Siddharth, Rishi got a good name. He then acted in “Payanam”, which was a bilingual movie shot in Telugu as Gaganam. That film was led by Nagarjuna and Prakashraj. He has also acted in TV soaps like, “Idhu Oru Kadhal Kathai” and “Asoka Vanam".
“Padamatha Gali” is the Telugu serial, which had Rishi in the main cast. “Nandanam” and “Iruvar Ullam” are the movies which are yet to be released and have Rishi in the supportive roles.
Venkatraghavan aka Raaghav, was born on April 18, 1974 in Madurai. Though his passion was acting, he has a very strong educational background. A gold medalist from College of Engineering Guindy Chennai and then on a Post graduation from University of Illinois, he started his career as a software Engineer.
His strong passion towards media attracted him to Small Screen and he became an anchor. He did strong roles serials like Anni, Alaigal and appeared in few episodes of “piriyamudan KB”. He acted as a terrorist in a serial called Arasi and did a negative role in Anni. He anchored a 26 week show called “O podu”, which was a Vikatan Televistas Children’s show. His interest towards music made him start a music troupe Magic Factory which has done music for jingles and also for tele serials.
He is married to Preetha who is also a TV artist and together they appeared in dance reality shows called Jodi number one in star Vijay and Manaada Mayilada in Kalaignar TV. They have one daughter. When he set eyes towards big screen he got many offers and he has done nearly 15 films from 2003 until now. He has played the lead role in a movie Nanjapuram. He has done few advertisements and tele films also.
Raaghav is a health freak and believes in meditation and healthy eating.
Chippy, who is more popularly known as Shilpa, is a noted actress turned producer who works in Kannada and Malayalam movies and in Malayalam TV serials and reality shows. Chippy was born on June 1, 1975 to Keralite parents Shaji and Thantham in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India. Chippy a.k.a Shilpa made her debut in the Malayalam film industry opposite superstar Mammootty in the year 1993 with the Malayalam movie Padheyam. Chippy’s performance was well received both by the critics and the audiences. She then went to feauture in many successful Malayalam and Kannada movies. However, she is best remembered for the portrayal of her role in the record-breaking Kannada film Janumada Jodi for which she also won the Karnataka state film award in the year 1996 which was awarded to her from the Government of Karnataka. Janumada Jodi ran successfully for over 500 days which made shot her to instant stardom and also made the film a cult classic and a memorable movie in the history of Kannada Film Industry. Chippy then went on to appear in many commercials and in a string of hot and successful Kannada and Malayalam movies. Some of her famous movies are-Sopanam, Spadikam, Adhyate Kanmani, Hitler, C.I.D Unnikrishnan B.A;B.Ed, Bhoomi Thaiyya, Chikka, etc. Chippy also starred in the following TV serials-Sthreehridayam, Aakashdooth- currently being aired on Sun TV in which Chippy is seen playing the lead role, Shreekrishnan and many more. Chippy also judged a reality TV show on Asianet named Vodafone Comedy Stars. She got married M. Renjith in the year 2001 and together they have a daughter named Avanthika. Presently Chippy has turned into a producer and she along with her husband produce Malayalam films and TV serials under the name of their production house Avanthika Creations.
When contemplating a serial TV star, one cannot possibly shot the eyes against an outstanding actress in person of Sangeetha, one of India’s TV actresss who was born into the family of Mr. Balan in Chennai in India. Suffice to say, Sangeetha’s grandfather originally was into film production and he was well very famous in this field, Mr. K. R. Balan must have inspired the screen goddess Sangeetha to have keen interest in acting in his hay days. It is on record that Sangeetha’s grandfather had successfully produced a total of about twenty Tamil films. Also her interest in acting led her to vie into a kind of Indian dance choreography called and popularly referred to as Bhanumathy. The filming activities and productions definitely runs in her family as information have it that her biological father too was involved at a certain point in time in film production.
Sangeetha's successful educational background can be traced back to the college she attended where she was one of the leaders of her generation, she was elected as the senior girl of St. John’s Besant Nagar where she carried out her educational studies during her youth.
Her acting profession commenced at the closing end of 1990s, she featured in the then yet to be released film titled; Poonjolai. This however was an amateur performance and a budding which then propelled her to a successful career. She appeared in another Telugu film title Khadgam in company of other artist in the year 2002. She was also a member of the cast in the award winning film – Pithamagan. She acted in a film called Uyir and her role as an obsessed lady lusting after her husband’s brother brough her to fame too. Her mind blowing role in the film called Kaalal and Films in Tamil such as Dganam earned her so much fame and commendation from the public. And meanwhile it was after then that she got married thereafter and it appeared she was settled for family life.
This commendable pedigree in the film industry earned her an exalted position as she was contracted as one of the judges in various competition platforms such as Vijay TV’s hit show Jodi No. 1 and many others. She is married to popular film playback singer namely Krish since February, 2009. It was a celebrity wedding that had the dignitary of the film industry in participation and the marriage was blessed with a baby girl in 2012.
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‘Sangeetha Krish’ is an actress as well as a model and a playback singer in the Indian film industry who started her acting career in the mid-nineties era. She was born in Chennai, India and her grandfather was also a producer of movies mainly in the Tamil movie segment. Her father has also been an individual who has produced several movies so it can be said that this ability runs in the family. In her young school days, she was educated at St. John's, Besant Nagar School where she was also the head girl of the school. Sangeetha started on her career as acting in the mid 90’s era where she initially only performed in movies which were of a low budget. The film ‘Khaadgam’ in the year 2002 greatly helped her to get a better standing in the industry. She also acted in films such as ‘Pithamagan’, then in ‘Uyir Kaalai’ and furthermore in ‘Dhanam’ as well. She also got married to, ‘Krish’ who was also a playback singer in 2009 on the first of February and this ceremony of marriage was held at the ‘Arunachaleshwarar Temple’ which is located in ‘Thiruvannamalai’. Many famous celebrities were present at this function to bless the couple with best wishes as well. They had their firstborn child, a daughter in the year 2012.
Sangeetha initiated her career with low-budget movies. In 90’s she made her debut with an unreleased movie titled ‘Poonjolai’. Later, she worked in a big hit Telugu film ‘Khadgam’ starring opposite actor Ravi Teja. ‘Khadgam’ was released in the year 2002. Then came her movie, ‘Uyir’ which was not a big hit and she even appeared in the movie ‘Kaalai’. Before she got married, her last movie was ‘Dhanam’. This movie was a big hit among the masses.
On 1st February 2009, Sangeeta got married to renowned playback singer, Krish. He is a South Indian actor and singer. Initially, Krish entered film industry as a playback singer and later tried his luck in acting as well. They got married in the Thiruvannamalai in Tamil Nadu. Their wedding was attended by many film personalities. Sangeetha and Krish were blessed with a baby girl in the year 2012.
Apart from acting, modeling, and singing, Sangeetha was a judge in the show ‘Jodi No.1’ which was telecasted by Vijay TV. She acted as a judge in three seasons of this hit show ‘Jodi No.1’. In Vasantham Central Indian Dance Competition, ‘Dhool’, which was held in Singapore in the year 2002, she appeared as a guest judge.
Kala is an Indian choreographer and a reality TV show judge who was born on 5 February 1971 in Chennai. One of south India's leading choreographer and national award winner Kala entered into the film world at the age of 12 in 1982. While she was in seventh standard she dropped out from school in order to pursue her natural interest in choreography. Kala, the veteran dance master of south Indian cinema was affectionately known as Kala master among all the industry people.
After a brief stint as an assistant choreographer with Raghu master, she got a break in Punnagai Mannan. Her continued and untiring efforts since then, took her all the way forward and she choreographed over 3000 songs in various languages including Malayalam, Hindi, Tamil, Bengali, Telugu, Oriya, English, Kannada, Italian and Japanese. She has worked with directors like K. S. Ravikumar, Kamal Haasan, K. Balachander, Fazil , Priyadarashan, Mani Ratnam and the filmography contains names like 'PranayaVarnangkal' ,'Roja', 'Vaaname Ellai', 'Pasa Kiligal', 'Chandramukhi', 'Pudhu Pudhu Arththangkal', 'Virasat' etc.
Kala was so popular as a choreographer that she was entrusted with the task of judging as many as 300 shows in India and overseas including US, UK, Australia, Dubai, etc. Not only this, she choreographed various dancing styles for beauty pageant such as one for Miss World 1996 held in Bengaluru. Amongst her major dance shows are Chandramukhi show and Japan Expo dance show.
The 'Natiya Tharagai' awardee Kala has many more awards to her name including the filmfare awards and screen awards for her brilliant performance as a choreographer. Her malayalam movie 'Kochu Kochu Santhoshangal' fetched her the National Award from the then Indian president K.R. Narayanan.
Bharath Kalyan is a Tamil Television actor who has 13 years of a long journey to his credit. He is the son of Mr. Kalyan Kumar, the famous actor of Kannada Film industry of 1960s-70s. He is a common household name in the Tamil entertainment industry. He has worked in Kannada movies as a child artist, and he has also done a few Tamil movies.
His performance in the Tamil movie ‘Shringaram’ has been widely acclaimed and the movie has been a subject of talk, at national as well as international platforms. In the year 2010, he made his foray into Kannada Films with a movie called ‘Yakka.' He has been recently noticed in the TV series ‘Celebrity Kitchen’ along with actor ‘Aravind’. He loves traveling, dancing, singing and he has a deep interest in playing video games.
He has an elder brother who, with his family, is settled in the USA. He, along with his wife, mother and children lives in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. He is now working in a medical theme based serial called ‘Uyirmeiy’ in which he plays actress Amala’s husband. Although he comes from a hyped background, he maintains modesty as his prime objective.
Uma Riyaz Khan (born Uma) is a Tamil actress who appears in supportive roles in movies. She is also a popular figure in the TV industry where she has performed in serials, dance shows and as judge in comedy shows.
Uma was born to music director Kamesh and actress Kamala Kamesh as the only child. She lost her father at a young age of 9 and was brought up by her mother. She was a state level athlete in 100mt sprint and Javelin. She also is master over several dance skills including classical, salsa and other Latin American dance forms.
Uma debuted in Priyadarshan’s ‘Muskurahat’ in which she played Amrish Puri’s daughter. Her first movie was very special to her. After a decade, she starred in a supportive role in Kamal Hassan’s classic ‘Anbe Sivam’. She calls the movie as her magnum opus. After no big chances in the silverscreen, she turned to acting in TV serials where she did ‘Marumagal’ in Vijay TV and ‘Muhurtham’ in Sun TV.
Uma Riyaz participated in the famous dance show ‘Jodi No. 1 season 2’ of Vijay TV. She had to quit the serial after her pair Babloo was involved in a dispute with the judge STR. She also judged Vijay TV’s ‘Kalakka povathu Yaru’ which was eventually won by Siva karthikeyan. He described that she was the greatest inspiration and motivation behind his success.
In 2011, she acted as a pregnant woman constable in ‘Mouna Guru’ which won her critical aclaim and a Vijay award for best supporting actress in 2012. She then starred in the 3D movie ‘Ambuli’, Karthi’s ‘Biriyani’ and in Dhanush’s ‘Mariyaan’ in good supporting roles.
Uma Riyaz is married to an actor Riyaz Khan, who hails from kerela. They had described in an interview how the fell in love after years of knowing each other. They are blessed with two children.
Movies acted: Muskurahat, AnbeSivam, KanavuMeipadaVendum, Mouna Guru, Ambuli, Mariyaan, Biriyani.
Serials acted: Marumagal, Muhurtham.
Ramya Krishnan is a South Indian movie and TV actress who has acted in more than 200 films. She has acted in the 5 big languages of Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu, Kannada and Hindi. She is a pro in the likes of classic dances, Bharathanatiyam and Kuchipudi, and has performed worldwide as well. She was born in Chennai to Telugu parents, who speak fluent Malayalam, Kannada and Hindi. She is the niece of Cho Ramasamy, an actor and a leading politician. She is married to Krishna Vemsi, a Telugu director, and has a son named Ritwik.
Ramya Krishnan started to act in movies in a lead role when she was only 13. She starred opposite Y. G. Mahendran in ‘Vellai Manasu’. Since then, Ramya Krishnan started acting her best in every character possible. Her pinnacle was the Rajnikanth starrer, ‘Padaiyappa’, in which she played an arrogant protagonist. She has described in an interview as to how crucial the character of ‘Neelambari’ played, in relation to her life, since it was the Superstar Rajnikanth she was destined to play with. Eitherway, it would take her to the peak or it would destroy her career, had the character failed to make impact. As expected, the character portrayed by her became one of the most notorious woman villains in history. She received nationwide accolades for her unequable portrayal.
Since then, she got many offers throughout South India. She has the fame of acting with all leading actors of all the respective film industries. This include the likes of Kamal Hassan, Amitabh Bachchan, SivajiGanesan, Mammooty, Mohanlal, Chiranjeevi, and Venkatesh. She has also pepped in some item numbers, and acted in commercials when she was running out of movies.
After conquering the cine industry, she turned to acting in TV serials before hosting a game show called ThangaVettai, on Sun TV, and judging a dance show, ‘Jodi No.1’, on Vijay TV. Her first serial was ‘Thangam’, which was aired on Sun TV. She continued her stay under the Sun TV banner to act in ‘Rajakumari’, ‘Kalasam’ and ‘Vamsam’. She also owns a firm in the name of her son, Ritwik.
Ramya Krishnan has received numerous awards from different institutions and governments for various languages. She has 2 Filmfare awards- one for Padaiyappa and another for a Telugu movie- 1 Tamil Nadu state award, 2 Nandi awards, 1 Dubai amma award, 1 Amrita film award, and finally, 1 Sun TV family award for her performance in the serial, ‘Thangam’. All these awards include the categories of ‘Best Actress’ and ‘Best Supporting Actress’.
Movies acted: Over 114 movies.
Serials acted: Thangam, Rajakumari, Kalasam, Vamsam.
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Ramya Krishnan is a popular actress in South India. Now, she is acting in movies as well as serials. She is from Chennai. Her mother tongue is Tamil. She is a multi-talented actress, not only in Telugu, but also in other languages. She can speak Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, English and Hindi. She performed in all the South Indian languages. She has acted in more than 200 movies in all languages. She married Krishna Vamsi, a Telugu film director. She has one son named Rithvik. She has given many stage shows in Kuchipudi, Bharathanatyam, and western dance forms. Her father’s name is Cho Ramaswami. He was also a comedian/actor in Tamil movies. She started her career when she was at the age of 13. She has 30 years of experience in the cinema field. Now, she is acting in the Kutumbam serial, as well as the Bahubali movie.
She started her career with the Tamil movie, Vellai Manasu, as a leading role. She got recognition through goddess movies like Sri Raja Rajeswari, Ammoru, Madhurai Minatchi, etc. Her first film in Telugu was Bale Mithrulu. The movie, ‘Shruthilayalu’, gave her good fame in the Telugu industry. She has done many roles in movies like heroine, villain, and mother. She acted with all big stars in Telugu and other languages.
She won the National Award from the Indian Government, and also won two Nandi awards from the Government of Andhra Pradesh. She received special jury award by acting in Dasari Narayana Rao’s movie, “Kante Kuthurne Kanu”. She also acted in some stage shows in USA.
Movies: Ammoru, Shruthilayalu, Anji, Tulasi, Simhadri, Hero, Bhahubali, etc.
Serials: Kutumbham, Ala Modhalaindhi.
Shows: Jodi Number One, etc.
Vijay Adhiraj is a famous Tamil TV anchor, television actor, film star and director. He is widely known for his vibrant presenting and competing on reality shows and versatile acting. He first made his first appearance in a small role in the 1999 movie, ‘Ponnu Veettukkaran’. After that he played a more substantial role in ‘Roja Koottam’ alongside Srikanth and then in the same year he went on to act with Jothika, Ramba and Laila in the women-strong ‘Three Roses’ and ‘Pathi Rathiri Bayangaram’ which didn’t make it big at the box office.
He ventured into direction after a long wait as advised by his friends including Crazy Mohan and materialized his script into ‘Puthagam’ a low-key film that saw Sathya in the lead role. Puthagam was released in 2013. Before venturing into the direction he has played anchor to many shows on TV and also played the lead role in the television serial ‘Lakshmi’. He has done 48 serials that include ten mega serials in the 14 years he has been in the industry and has tried his hand at production as well. He produced the Kannada and Tamil remake of the Telugu film, ‘Anukokonda Oka Roju’ that he produced along with his friends Ravichandran and Sangeeth Sivan.
He fell in love and married Rachna, a long-time friend turned lover and the couple has two daughters, Laya and Lasya. Vijay and Rachna participated together in Jodi Number One - a dance reality show on Vijay TV. Rachna is a skilled dancer trained in various art forms like Odissi, Kathakali, Kathak, etc. and they went on to go to the finals of the show in its first season, but unfortunately, ended runners-up.
Devadarshini is a Tamil TV serial actor who first made her debut in the year 1998 and is now married to fellow serial actor Chetan with whom she has an 11-year-old daughter, Niyati. She has played several supporting roles in more than 50 films and has appeared in around 20 TV serials. She got her first break through the series ‘Marmadesam’ where she acted along with Chetan. She has also played several pivotal roles in cult serials like Annamalai, Kolangal, Athi Pookkal, Poovilangu among many others. She is widely known for her comedy and sentimental roles in several movies in the first decade of the 21st century.
Deepak Dinkar is a popular image in the Tamil Television Industry. He is a popular host and participant of many reality shows and also appears on many shows on Vijay TV. He initially wanted to become an actor but accidentally, by chance, got an offer to become a host and he says "he has loved it totally." He participated in the very first season of the dance reality show “Jodi No.1” and was praised by many dance experts on his dance prowess. He is quite famous to host shows along with his initial Jodi No.1 with partner DD and has been a household name ever since. They have also hosted Airtel Super Singer and other shows together.
When his friend and co-star, Sanjeev with whom he shares a great rapport, recommended him for a small role in ‘Thirumathi Selvam’, Deepak essayed it well and his role was extended to further shows and this role, he says, caught people’s attention and ultimately ended him landing a role as the protagonist in the hit serial ‘Thendral’. He is married to fellow actress Ranjini. He has played meaty character roles in serials like Bhandam, Selvi, etc. and is currently playing the lead role in the long-running ‘Thendral’ on Sun TV. Thendral has completed over 1000 episodes and is one of the longest running shows on Sun TV for which he has received many an accolade and the Best Serial Actor awards.
He is the host of the reality show, ‘Home Sweet Home’ on Sun TV which invites celebrities from around the industry. He recently played a small role in a movie ‘Uyarthiru 420’ which didn’t do well at the box office and received unexcited reviews. Deepak is a huge cricket and a football fan, often seen cheering for Chennai Super Kings in the IPL and is self-proclaimed travel freak loving to travel almost any time given a chance.
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Deepak is a Tamil TV compare and host. He hails from Chennai and has hosted over 100 programs individually and along with famous compering like Divyadarshini, Ramya, etc.
He is an economics graduate from Loyola College, Chennai and is fluent in Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu, Kannada, Hindi, English and French. His sister, Surya, represented India Miss World University, China and had hosted a show on Vijay TV.
Before entering the industry, Deepak was doing modeling along with some of his close friends Sanjeev, Venkat, and Shree. He also later worked with them together in many shows and serials.
He made a breakthrough through serials that earned him the chance to host shows In Vijay TV. He was a participant of Jodi No. 1 – Season 1 and its anchor for the forthcoming seasons. He is well known for his vivid talks and a funny laugh.
Deepak started to act in Sun TV serials like ‘Thirumathi Selvam’ and that paved way for his getting more chances in serials and shows throughout the Tamil industry. His starter ‘Thendral’ holds the record for the longest serial to be aired on TV of over 1100 episodes.
Deepak is married to Sivaranjini and has a son named Agnidh. He has also dubbed for several movies. In 2011, he received the Ehrlich Subramaniam Silver Rolling Trophy for best actor in a leading serial role from director K. Balachander.
DOB: 15th September 1979
Serials acted: Anni, Geethanjali, Agni Sakshi, Jenmam-X, Arasi, Malargal, Manaivi, Bandham, VairaNenjam, ThirumathiSelvam, Nila, Thendral.
Movies acted: Kadhal Virus, Uyarthiru 420, Saroja, Mundhinam Parthene.
Nethran is a multi-talented personality in the Tamil television industry. He is a stand-up Comedian, and also a talented actor. Nethran has appeared in a number of Tamil television serials mainly in strong supportive character role sometimes in roles with a comic touch. Born and brought up in a small town in Tamil Nadu, he moved to the big city Chennai to pursue his career as an actor.
Nethran began his acting career as a Tamil theater artist and later joined a comedy troupe and performed there as a Stand Up comedian. He has an unbelievable comic timing and a certain sense of humor which makes him stand out in the crowd. Eventually, he landed up getting acting offers from the Tamil tele town. Nethran has showcased his acting skills in many serials but among them was the popular and hit serial Sathi Leelavathi- a typical masala family daily drama soap.
Nethran then went on to appear as a celebrity guest chef in the popular cookery show aired on Sun TV “Celebrity Kitchen”. Recently he became the guest celebrity judge and also a co -host of the newly launched popular cookery show aired on Vijay TV- “Kitchen Superstars”. It’s not known to everybody that, Nethran is an excellent cook until he appeared in the cookery shows. He is a trained singer and dancer apart from being an actor. He also participated in the popular Tamil dance reality show Jodi no.1 as a contestant and became very popular.
Though he was eliminated in the early rounds of the competition, he attracted the audience’s towards him with his comic mic skills and was given the chance to host the next season of the show.
Mugur Sundar is known for donning various hats: actor, dancer, director, and choreographer. He is known as the guru of contemporary dance sequences in south Indian movies and has choreographed dancing steps for several Indian actors. He is also famous in the film fraternity as the father of noted choreographer, dancer, actor Prabhu Deva. Even Mugur Sundar was an excellent choreographer who has directed over 10,000 dance sequences in various South Indian movies.
The choreographer Mugur Sundar is also known as dance master Sundaram or Sundaram Master in film circle. Master Sundaram has been the choreographer right from MGR- Shivaji time. He was born in Mysore in a village named Mugur. Besides Prabhu Deva, he has two other sons Raju Sundaram and Nagendra Prasad. He directed his first Kannada film in 2001 titled as ‘Manasella Neene,' which was a remake of Telugu film ‘Manasanthaa Nuvve.' He directed this film as a launch pad for his son Nagendra Prasad, who had played a lead hero in this movie.
Dance master Sundaram won National Film Award for Best Choreography for his work in film ‘Thiruda Thiruda’ (1994). Also, he is also the recipient of Vijay Award for contribution to cinema in 2011. In 1999, he was also honored with Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award for his meaningful contribution to South Indian cinema.
This eminent choreographer was also an acclaimed judge for children dance reality show ‘Putani Pantru’ along with two more judges, actress Rakshitha, and director Guru Prasad. The show was aired in 2015 on Suvarna Channel. Dance master Sundaram was also a judge for another dance show ‘AATA 4’ which was telecast on Zee Telugu. Besides, he also appeared as a judge for Vijay TV’s popular show ‘Jodi No 1’ and ‘Jodi No 2’ where the participants were television artistes.
In the year 2012, Sundaram also performed the role of a scientist in the film ‘Pa Ra Palanisamy’ which was his first movie with a strong character. Also, he performed a cameo role in a Kannada film ‘Thabbali’ in which he even choreographed a song. He also had made actors like N.T Rama Rao, Chiranjeevi, Nagarjuna, Rajnikanth, Kamal Haasan, Nagesh to dance to his steps.
Dance is an important element of Indian cinema. Some actors have rhythm in their step while others have to work really hard to get it right. But when a dance was choreographed by Mugur Sundar, every actor did magic on the screen with their steps.