This day, 61 years ago, the Megastar was born. He can be even referred to as the most talented actor of the Telugu Film Industry. At a time when dance was not really considered an important aspect in Telugu films, Chiranjeevi introduced it. He danced so effortlessly, you could see the joy on his face while dancing. This immensely gifted and talented actor has always been able to connect with his fans and he continues to do so. While he is busy shooting for his 150th film, let’s have a look at the career and some killer dance moves of an actor who has spent more than three decades in the film industry :
Birth of a Megastar:
This Telugu star was a student at the Madras Film Institute and an amateur stage actor before venturing into the film industry as an actor. Punadirallu was to be his debut movie. However, the first movie to release starring Chiranjeevi was Pranam Khareedu. Punadirallu was released as his seventh movie.
Then he did films like ManavooriPandavalu (1978) directed by Bapu and Intlo Ramayya Veedhilo Krishnaiah (1982) directed by Kodi Ramakrishna, which not only propelled him to stardom but also brought him a lot of laurels. Once he became a star, he began getting good offers like Mondighatam (1982) directed by Raja Chandra in which his unique style was much appreciated.
It was Khaidi (1983) directed by Kodandarami Reddy that further catapulted Chiranjeevi to super stardom. The film was based on the Sylvester Stallone-starring Hollywood film First Blood. Khaidi was a blockbuster that also gave him an action hero image.There was no looking back for him after this movie. He got into the habit of delivering hits. This however did not mean his strike rate was 100%. However, it was his ability to bounce back after the flops that said a lot about the megastar.
Chiranjeevi did not only do action films; he chose a variety of roles and showed his skills in comedy, romance. He is known for playing a varied characters ranging from cobbler, painter, goon, cowboy, rebel to a cop and leader. His fan following expanded with every film.
He has also worked in Tamil, Kannada and Hindi industries in a career spanning over three decades. By mid-1990s, Chiranjeevi became a mass hero with a cult following. Some of his best films during that decade include Gang Leader, Gharana Mogudu, Kondaveeti Donga and Mutha Mestri. However, films like Aapad Bandhavadu, Shubalekha and Chantabbai brought to fore the versatility of one of the finest actors in this country.
By early 2000, Chiranjeevi evolved as a megastar. Films like Indra, Tagore, Shankar Dada MBBS and Jai Chiranjeeva are proof of his stardom.
He was at one time paid more than Amitabh Bachchan! He was paid INR 1.25 crore for Aapad Bandhavudu in 1992, overtaking Amitabh Bachchan charged INR 1 crore for a movie. This sure says a lot about the popularity of Chiranjeevi.
He is currently filming his 150th film, which is the remake of the Tamil hit film Kaththi. This movie will be produced by Chiranjeevi’s son Ram Charan under his Konidela Production Company and directed by VV Vinayak.
Chiru The Dancer:
While some actors thought of dancing as a task, Chiranjeevi absolutely enjoyed it in his movies. Need proof? Watch him dance to the following songs:
He also did a dance number in his son Ram Charan’s movie Magadheera. We are amazed at how effortlessly he moves even now.
Some facts about the megastar you may or may not know:
– His real name is Konidela Siva Shankara Varaprasad.
– He was the first actor from South India to be invited for the Oscars in 1987.
– For his early hit movie Subhalekha (1982) he won his first Filmfare award in the Best Actor category. He was recently awarded the Padmabhushan.
– Chiranjeevi’s Hindi film Pratibandh (1990) and The Gentleman (1993) won him accolades.
– The following are some top leading ladies who have appeared alongside him in the movies: