Prabhu Deva ( born 3 April 1973) is an Indian film director, dance choreographer and actor, known for his works predominantly in Tamil, Telugu, Bollywood, Malayalam and Kannada films. In a career spanning twenty-five years, he has performed and designed a wide range of dancing styles. He has garnered two National Film Awards for Best Choreography; widely referred in the media as Indian Michael Jackson.
Beginning with a series of acting roles in the 1990s and early 2000s including Kadhalan (1994), Love Birds (1996), Minsara Kanavu (1997), Kaathala Kaathala (1998) and Vanathai Pola (2000), Deva then ventured into direction with the 2005 Telugu film Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana. He then went on to direct films in Telugu, Hindi and Tamil languages such as Shankardada Zindabad (2007), Pokkiri (2007), Wanted (2009), Rowdy Rathore (2012) and R- Rajkumar (2013).