7 March 1968
Prabhu Deva (brother)|
Nagendra Prasad (brother)
Raju Sundaram (born Rajendra Sundaram) is an Indian choreographer who has primarily worked on Tamil and Telugu language films. He has also featured as an actor in the films Jeans (1998), I Love You Da (2002) and Quick Gun Murugan (2009); and directed one feature film, Aegan (2008) starring Ajith Kumar and Nayantara. He is an oldest son of dancer Mugur Sundar, and an older brother to fellow choreographers Prabhu Deva and Nagendra Prasad.
Sundaram began his career assisting as an 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). 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. 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". 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. 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). Choreographers and actors like Dinesh, Sridhar, Jhony, Nobel Paul, Shobi, Baba Bhaskar, Viji Sathish and Japan Kumar have worked as dancers and assistants to him.
|I Love You Da||2002||Tamil||Raju|
|Quick Gun Murugun||2009||English||Rowdy MBA|
|Idhayam||"Ohh Party Nalla"||1991||Tamil|
|Enga Thambi||"Ithu Maanodum"||1993||Tamil|
|Lockup Death||"Current Banthu"||1994||Kannada|
|Police War||"Teenage Papa"||1994||Telugu|
|Jai Hind||"Bodhai Yeri Pochu"||1994||Tamil|
|Kadhal Kavithai||"Aalana Naal Mudhala"||1999||Tamil|
|Circle Inspector||"Urmila Urmila"||1999||Kannada|
|En Swasa Kaatre||"Jumbalaka"||1999||Tamil|
|Ethirum Pudhirum||"Thottu Thottu"||1999||Tamil|
|Anantha Poongatre||"Meenatchi Meenatchi"||1999||Tamil|
|Poovellam Kettuppar||"CBI Enge" / "O Senorita"||1999||Tamil|
|Pennin Manathai Thottu||"Saltkotta"||2000||Tamil|
|Ullam Ketkumae||"Mazhai Mazhai"||2005||Tamil|
|Modati Cinema||"Ninnyna Nadyna"||2005||Tamil|
|Konchem Ishtam Konchem Kashtam||2009||Telugu|
|Pa Ra Pazhanisami||"Singari Mava"||2010||Tamil|
|Idharkuthane Aasaipattai Balakumara||"En Veettula"||2013||Tamil|
|Endrendrum Punnagai||"Ennatha Solla"||2013||Tamil|
|Ennamo Nadakkudhu||"Money Money"||2014||Tamil|
|Natpadhigaram 79||"Sollu Sollu Chellamma"||2016||Tamil|
|Kaashmora||"Dhikku Dhikku Sir"||2016||Tamil|
- "It takes Raju to tango - HYDB". The Hindu. 2006-01-03. Retrieved 2015-10-30.
- "rediff.com, Movies: Dancer in the dark: Raju Sundaram". Rediff.com. 2001-12-04. Retrieved 2015-10-30.
- "Raju Sundaram - Telugu Cinema interview - Telugu film choreographer". Idlebrain.com. 2005-09-27. Retrieved 2015-10-30.
- "I Love You Da". The Hindu. 2002-12-13. Retrieved 2015-10-30.
- "One Two Three". The Hindu. 2002-06-07. Retrieved 2015-10-30.
- "Star Holiday (07/06/15) A day out with choreographer sridhar master [Epi - 8]". Youtube. 28 June 2015. Retrieved 9 November 2015.
- "Adhu Idhu Yedhu - Johnny Master, Bobby Antony & Baba Bhaskar Groupla Doupe". Youtube. 14 November 2011. Retrieved 9 November 2015.
- "Choreographer Nobel Interview Part 1". Youtube. 16 June 2012. Retrieved 9 November 2015.
- "Dance In His Genes:Shobi And His Inspirations". News Central. 14 August 2015. Retrieved 9 November 2015.
- "Virundhinar Pakkam Choreographer Baba Basker Dt 11-09-13". Youtube. 10 September 2013. Retrieved 9 November 2015.
- "ARYA IS HANSIKA'S TEACHER IN 'MEAGAMANN'". Indiaglitz. 18 June 2014. Retrieved 11 September 2016.