Prabhu Dheva is an Indian dancer, choreographer, film actor and director. He has performed in a wide range of dancing styles. He was born in Mysore, Karnataka and grew up in Alwarpet, Chennai, Tamil Nadu. He belongs to the Lingayat community. Prabhu Dheva was inspired by his father, Mugur Sundar (known as Sundaram Master), who was a dance master for popular South Indian movies. He took dancing as his career and passion, learning Indian dance forms such as Bharatanatyam as well as Western dance styles. He is widely considered to be one of Indian cinema's greatest dancers and choreographers, and has revolutionized some of the aspects of dance and choreography in modern popular Indian cinema.
His brothers Raju Sundaram and Nagendra Prasad are also established South Indian choreographers. From choreography he went on to establish himself as an actor. His dance steps helped him become a star in Kollywood (the Tamil film industry). His first movie as a dance director was Vetri Vizha. He has since choreographed over 100 movies. Before starting as a full-time actor, he appeared as a background dancer for a song in the Tamil film Agni Natchathiram. His first role as a hero was in Indhu (1994) with actress Roja. Dheva's success resulted largely from his dancing.