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Chiranjeevi
Also known as: Konidela Siva Sankara Vara Prasad, Megastar, Dr. K. Chiranjeevi
Actor • Voice Cast • Producer • Special Appearances
Born: August 22, 1955 in Mogalthur, Andhra Pradesh, India
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Konidela Siva Sankara Vara Prasad, popularly known by his stage name Chiranjeevi, is an iconic Indian film actor, dancer, producer, singer, voice artist, businessman, investor and a politician. In the early 1980`s, he gained popularity among masses for introducing break dance and performing stunts that were never seen before in Telugu movies at that time. The versatile artist, in his illustrious career spanning over 35 years has won almost all the popular awards including the four Nandi Awards, 10 Filmfare Awards South, and a Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award - South. In 2006, for his outstanding contribution to the Indian cinema, the actor was conferred with the prestigious Padma Bhushan Award, the third highest civilian award in India. Apart from his work in the film industry, the actor is also known for his charitable works; he founded the Chiranjeevi Charitable Foundation in 1998.

EARLY LIFE
Born in Mogalthur, a small village near Narsapur, Andhra Pradesh he is the son of Konidela Venkat Rao who worked as a constable and Anjana Devi. Owing to his father`s work in police, the family moved to different places on a regular basis due to which he did his schooling at different places. While in school he participated in the Republic Day Parade in New Delhi as an NCC cadet in the early 70s and did his Intermediate at C. S. R. Sarma College in Ongole. After graduating with a degree in commerce from Sri Y N College at Narsapur, Chiranjeevi moved to Chennai and joined the Madras Film Institute in 1976 to pursue a career in acting. His brothers` Nagendra Babu and Pawan Kalyan are also popular actors in the Telugu film industry and Allu Aravind, a film producer is his brother-in-law.

PERSONAL LIFE
Chiranjeevi got married to Surekha Konidala in the year 1980. They have two daughters, Sushmita and Srija and a son named Ram Charan Teja who is an actor in Tollywood.

MOVIE CAREER
After finishing his study from the Madras Film Institute, Chiranjeevi was cast in the movie Punadhirallu however due to the production delay, he collaborated with director K. Vasu for his 1978 film, Pranam Khareedu, which marked his acting debut. Following his debut film, the actor appeared in a supporting role in Mana Voori Pandavulu (1978). Punadhirallu finally released in 1979. In the same year, he went on to appear in Tayaramma Bangarayya, I Love You and K. Balachander`s Idi Katha Kaadu. The year worked out really well for the actor as he had eight major film releases, followed by 14 films in the consecutive years. He portrayed negative roles in films like Mosagadu (1980), Rani Kasula Rangamma (1981) and the Tamil-Telugu bilingual 47 Natkal /47 Rojulu directed by K. Balachander (1981). In the same year, he played an anti-hero in A. Kodandarami Reddy`s Nyayam Kavali followed by a villain role in Ranuva Veeran opposite the superstar Rajinikanth.

In 1982, Chiranjeevi was seen in a lead role as a civil engineer, Rajasekharam in Intlo Ramayya Veedilo Krishnayya directed by Kodi Ramakrishna, which was a hit at the box office. He then starred in K. Viswanath`s Shubhalekha, which highlighted the evils of the dowry system prevailing in the society. Whilst the film received moderate reviews, Chiranjeevi`s role as Narasimha Murthy, a waiter in a star hotel was much appreciated. His stellar performance earned him his maiden Filmfare Award for Best Actor - Telugu. Post this, he worked in movies like Idi Pellantara, Sitadevi, and Bandhalu Anubandhalu all of which released in 1982.

The actor continued his successful run in 1982 with yet another super hit in 1983, which was titled Khaidi. The film noted for sizzling action sequences propelled Chiranjeevi to become a superstar and he achieved national stardom. This followed with Vijaya Bapineedu`s action-drama film Hero (1984), A. Kodandarami Reddy`s drama-action Rakshasudu (1986), and a dual role in the fantasy-comedy Yamudiki Mogudu (1988) made him one of the most sought after actors in the Telugu industry.

His next venture Rudraveena, which released in March 1998 not only won the Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration, but also the Nandi Special Jury Award. He was then seen in K. Raghavendra Rao`s socio-fantasy Jagadeka Veerudu Atiloka Sundari as a courageous and spirited young man and followed his brilliant role with an electrifying performance in the blockbuster movie Gang Leader in 1991 that got critics to call him the `Boss of Telugu Cinema.` For his role as the servant and cowherd Madhava in Aapadbandhavudu (1992), he received his second Nandi Award for Best Actor and third Filmfare Award for Best Actor - Telugu.

In the mid-1990s Chiranjeevi had a few box-office failures like Mechanic Alludu, Big Boss, and Rikshavodu, but still managed to earn his fourth Filmfare Award for Best Actor - Telugu for the film Muta Mesthri. Hitler in 1997 got him both critical and commercial acclaim, followed by commercial successes like Master, Bavagaru Bagunnara? and Choodalani Vundi (1998).

The actor started the new decade with Muthyala Subbaiah`s Annayya co-starring Ravi Teja, Soundarya, and Sarath Babu. He followed this up with B. Gopal`s Indra (2002), which broke all his previous box office records of Tollywood and won him his third Nandi Award for Best Actor and sixth Filmfare Award for Best Actor - Telugu. He then appeared in films that conveyed a social message or were based on a social cause like Tagore (2003), and Shankar Dada MBBS (2004). The latter won him his seventh Filmfare Award for Best Actor - Telugu.

Following the huge success of Shankar Dada MBBS, the actor starred in a dual role alongside Rimi Sen, Tabu, Pradeep Rawat and Prakash Raj in the Srinu Vytla directed comedy-drama film Andarivaadu, which released in June 2005. Over the next few years, the actor appeared in films like Style (2006), Shankar Dada Zindabad (2007) and Magadheera (2009) where he did a cameo. Post-2009, the actor took a sabbatical before eventually making his comeback in 2015 with Bruce Lee - The Fighter where he appeared in a guest role. His 2017 release includes Khaidi No. 150 directed by V.V. Vinayak. The film, which marks his 150th appearance on the big screen also features Shriya Saran and Kajal Aggarwal in the lead roles. His 2019 release includes Syeraa Narasimha Reddy.
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Family
Surekha Konidala
Spouse
Ram Charan
Son
Chiranjeevi Sreeja
Daughter
Chiranjeevi Sushmitha
Daughter
Anjana Devi
Mother
Konidela Venkat Rao
Father
Rao Madhavi
Sister
Vijaya Durga
Sister
Nagendra Babu
Brother
Pawan Kalyan
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Did You Know? (14)

  • Much before Chiranjeevi could become an actor, he was an NCC cadet and was, in fact, a part of the Republic Day Parade in New Delhi in the early 70s.
  • Chiranjeevi, even though is a regional language actor, he surpassed Amitabh Bachchan in 1992 in terms of remuneration by charging INR 1.25 crore for a movie.
  • Chiranjeevi was the first South Indian Star to be been invited to the Oscar Awards in 1987.
  • Chiranjeevi is the 1st Indian actor to have developed a personal website.
  • In the year 2006, Chiranjeevi was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Andhra University.
  • In 2014, Chiranjeevi was awarded International Face of Indian Cinema at the 3rd South Indian International Movie Awards from Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor.
  • Two of Chiranjeevi's films, Swayam Krushi and Pasivadi Pranam, were dubbed into Russian.
  • In 2013, IBN LIVE named Chiranjeevi as one of "The Men Who Changed the Face of Indian Cinema."
  • In 1999, he almost made his Hollywood debut with the movie The Return of the Thief of Baghdad, however, for reasons best known to the makers, the movie was shelved.
  • Chiranjeevi's music video for the song Golimaar, which is often referred to as the Indian Thriller, from the movie Donga (1985) often resurfaces on the Internet and is considered to be one of most viral videos on YouTube even after all these years.
  • Each time a distributor suffers a loss over any of Chiranjeevi's recent movies, they are given the rights of the actor's old hits for free so as to compensate for the loss.
  • Chiranjeevi has won the highest number of Best Actor Award at Filmfare's South edition, with seven in his kitty.
  • Chiranjeevi's 1990 action film Kodama Simham was dubbed in English as Hunters Of The Indian Treasure, making it the first South Indian movie to have received this feat.
  • Chiranjeevi's 1992 action film Gharana Mogudu went on to collect over INR 10 crores making it the first South Indian movie to have raked in that much revenue at the time of its release.
  • Personal Quotes (5)

  • "I play characters of ordinary men in extraordinary circumstances. I like characters who have a perspective for right and wrong."
  • "Admiration is not adorning the cutouts with blood or indulging in fights with other fans. But being of help to the needy, living life again by donating eyes after death is what I call genuine admiration of a fan."
  • "I used to do some philanthropic work, but with the political platform, I can contribute in a bigger way."
  • "In India, there are lots of places that I love, but my favourite is Kashmir."
  • "Tourism in India has the potential to promote faster, sustainable and more inclusive growth. It could be used as a powerful antidote to tackle poverty."
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