Born Konidela Kalyan Babu, Pawan Kalyan is the younger brother of Tollywood megastar Chiranjeevi. Pawan Kalyan managed to do what younger siblings of superstars often fail at – he made a place for himself in the Telugu film industry. He is today known as Power Star Pawan Kalyan and has a huge fan following. His fans call themselves his devotees, they have even coined the term ‘Pawanism’, which according to his fans is more than a religion and is dedicated to all the people who follow his cult. Let’s have a look at what makes Pawan Kalyan one of the biggest stars in Tollywood, as he turns 45 today:
He made his debut with the movie Akkada Ammayi Ikkada Abbayi in 1996. The fans of Pawan Kalyan are so dedicated to the star that the date of his debut i.e. the 11th October of every year is celebrated as World Pawanism Day and the celebration seems to grow bigger with every year. There are three special occasions that Pawan Kalyan's fans celebrate without fail each year – his birthday, the day he made his debut, and the day his movie releases.
Post his debut, he went on to star in many critically and commercially successful films which established him as one of the leading actors in Tollywood.
He starred in the hit films Tholi Prema, Khushi, Thammudu, Teen Maar, Panjaa, Gabbar Singh, Atharintiki Daaredi , Gopala Gopala and Sardaar Gabbar Singh. It is very interesting to note that he acquired the status of a superstar even though he has only done 23 movies till date.
He founded a political party called Jana Sena in 2014 and has been actively participating in politics ever since. There were even talks of him quitting acting to pursue his political career. His fans would surely not be too happy if this happens.
In 2014, a STAR India survey ranked Pawan Kalyan as one of the Top 5 Heroes of India. His ability to break box office numbers is unparalleled.
He was even listed 26th in the Forbes India list of Top 100 Celebrities of 2013.
Since Pawan Kalyan holds a black belt in karate, he does his own stunts in movies.
Pawan Kalyan was the first South Indian actor to endorse Pepsi in an advertisement campaign.
On his birthday, we wish him a very Happy Birthday and hope he continues doing movies because his fans will no doubt be disappointed if he disappears from the big screen altogether, for his political career.
– By Stacey Prince