Raghava Lawrence, is a household name in Tamil Nadu for various reasons and a fairly recognizable personality in Telugu states as well. Lawrence who started his career as a choreographer later turned himself into a director, actor and a philanthropist.
He has admirers and fans for his dance, directorial movies in mass genre in Telugu and horror-comedy genre movies which seldom sees himself as an actor and director in both Telugu and Tamil languages.
His humanitarian nature of providing food, shelter and education to certain number of kids on a daily basis and his proactive support and involvement in the recent 'jallikattu' protest in Tamil Nadu has made him an even bigger star amongst the youth.
However, it was not a bed of roses for the Muni hero when he ventured himself into the industry, and it was these two Legends of Indian cinema who were influential in chiselling out a beautiful career for the ace choreographer-actor.
Back in 1991, a young lad who had dancing abilities carried out odd jobs to cater his daily needs. Being a car assistant to Super Subbarayan, the stunt master of Tamil cinema, the young kid had fancy dreams of making it big in the cinema industry.
During a film shoot, Super Subbarayan urged Lawrence to show his expertise in dance by flexing a couple of moves in front of none other than his matinee idol, Superstar Rajinikanth. Post the performance, Thalaiva was not seen uttering a word or expressing appreciation to the budding talent but instead walked to his car straight away.
However, knowing Thalaiva, he just did not walk out of the set, but asked Lawrence to report to his residence the next day. Rajinikanth's secretary handed over a recommendation letter to Lawrence which got him placed comfortably in the dance union which was being managed by Prabhu Deva. This opened the doors for Raghava Lawrence to realize his dreams.
Our Sivalinga hero made use of the provided opportunity to its maximum extent. He knocked the doors of the neighbouring states and the call was answered by none other than Megastar Chiranjeevi who is known as the synonym of dance.
Chiranjeevi offered him with an opportunity with his 1997 blockbuster, Hitler, which was followed by his subsequent movie, Master. Pleased with his work, the Megastar of Telugu cinema repeated Lawrence as his main choreographer till almost 2007 and it was Indra's Veena step which brought in a lot of accolades and appreciation to the star choreographer.
Lawrence, claimed to have been an individual choreographer by himself by 1995-96 period where he had stated that blessings from Superstar Rajinikanth was sought before he ventured out as a dance master.
One can even spot the fan boy moment of Raghava Lawrence during many film related functions where the star is seen mentioning his Thalaivar's name on a frequent basis and not to mention his small cameo with the Superstar in Baba's 'Maya Maya' song.
With both Superstar and Megastar having showered abundantly in their own ways, the Tamil and Telugu industries have been blessed with this multifaceted personality.