us how you got into films?
My father Sundaram is a popular choreographer. He
used to take me as an assistant to shoots when I was
doing my graduation. I was not interested in films
and I used to torture my father with non-cooperation.
But finally I was forced into the film industry. I
started my career as an individual choreographer with
a few Kannada films. My first Tamil film was Thiruda
Thiruda (Donga Donga in Telugu). I choreographed three
songs in that film. That film worked as a strong foundation
to me and I never looked back since then.
us about the item song you are currently doing for
Let us call this song as special song instead of item
song. This songs comes a backdrop for titles. I am
doing a sole special song after a gap of four years.
This song was shot in Art Gallery yesterday and in
Golkonda Fort today. Tomorrow, we are planning to
shoot it in Charminar and Necklace Road. Visuals of
the film show the spirit of Hyderabad and the lyrics
represent the theme of the film. I have known the
director Venkat Kuchipudi for the past five years.
It is because of Venkat, I accepted to do this song.
do you think songs should be choreographed?
I feel that expressions and feel is more important
while choreographing the song than the body movements
in terms of steps. The songs choreographed with right
expressions would look fresh even if you watch the
song after 5 years. But the songs composed with just
steps would be ignored by the public in no time.
do you compose dances for any song?
I come to the sets and listen to the music. As per
the music I compose the steps instantaneously. I get
the best work out of me through that way.
you do any rehearsals?
I don't prefer to do rehearsals. I believe that dance
should come out spontaneously as per the music. But
a few directors make it a point that I rehearse for
there any rehearsed songs that got you tremendous
Yes. Harerama (Okkadu) and Dum Dumare (Arjun).
brother Prabhudeva made it big both in terms of choreography
and direction. How do you feel about it?
Prabhu Deva is an excellent dancer and excellent director.
He has strong technique, does hard work and is brilliant.
I am really proud of him.
a brother, don't you want to compete with him?
No. I know that Prabhu Deva is the best. I could never
be equal to him. Hence, I would strive achieve next
have three choreographers in your house (Sundaram,
Prabhu Deva and Raju Sundaram). How do you differentiate
with each other?
Let me give you the example of Bombay film. Father
choreographed Kannanule song. Prabhudeva choreographed
Hamma song and I choreographer Kuchikuchi Kunamma
song. You can observe that each one of us have our
own style and signature. Hence we never need to compete
with each other.
you have any suggestions for the upcoming choreographers?
I would suggest them to use technology effectively
in order to enhance the choreography. Depending on
the music, using the movements of camera, lenses,
trolleys, cranes, costumes, locations and sets etc,
a choreographer can add a lot.
is the importance of songs in Indian films?
Songs are meant to entertain the crowds. Since most
of the songs are duets, the choreographer has the
liberty to add up spice and entertainment value with
one's creativity. But in situational songs, we must
make sure that choreographer adds up to the emotion
in the situation. Music is so important in Indian
scenario that separate music-oriented 24/7 music channels
have come in regional languages.
of songs are better in terms of choreography now?
Telugu or Tamil?
I feel choreography for Telugu songs are better than
Tamil songs in the present scenario. There is lot
of dance oriented music (folk tunes) in Tamil.
is the best dancer among the heroes and heroines you
worked so far?
Each and every hero and heroines has got one's own
strengths. As per their strengths, we compose the
choreography. However, I would like to make a statement
about certain heroines.
is that statement?
Most of the heroines start throwing tantrums by giving
statements that they don't want to run around trees
after they become big heroines. I would like to tell
them all that they have become popular because of
their songs in films. So they should never demean
dance-oriented-songs in films. Songs play vital role
in careers of heroines. I respect veteran heroines
like Madhuri Dixit and Sridevi who respected dances
even when they become big.
do you do in your free time?
I watch films.
are your favorite choreographers?
Obviously, father (Sundaram) and brother (Prabhu Deva).
Saroj Khan is also my favorite.
do you think is the best work done by you so far?
AKS (Amitab Bachan), Aby Baby (Amitab's pop album)
and all the songs composed for Shankar's film.
is the atmosphere at home?
Whenever, we meet we discuss family matters. We never
discuss about our work at home.
are the Telugu films you are choreographing for now?
I did a song for Pawan Kalyan's Bangaram. I did a
couple of songs for Vennela. I am asked to do a song
in Chiranjeevi's Jai Chiranjeeva.
is your future ambition?
To become a film director!
Any message to the visitors of idlebrain.com?
Do only the things you like and don't do anything
that you don't like!
SS Rajamouli (Director)
Sameer Reddy (Cinematographer)
Marthand K Venkatesh
Sayaji Shinde (Villain)
Gowri Mumjal (Heroine)
MS Raju (Producer)