Siva Sankara Vara Prasad Konidela
5' 9" (1.75 m)
Has two younger brothers- actor/producer Nagendra Babu and actor Pawan Kalyan.
Brother-in-law of producer/actor Allu Aravind.
Son-in-law of actor Allu Ramalingaiah.
He is the founder of the Chiranjeevi Charitable Trust, which is the state's largest recipient of Eye and Blood Donations.
Uncle of actor Allu Arjun.
Padma Bhushan, the third highest civilian award was announced for Chiranjeevi by Government of India on Jan 25, 2006
His favorite comedian is Charlie Chaplin.
His favorite producer is D. Rama Naidu.
His favorite actor is Sean Connery.
His favorite singer is Balasubramaniam S.P.
Background of Chiranjeevi
He was born in Mogalthur West Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh to Konidela Venkata Rao and Anjana Devi. Chiranjeevi has two brothers (Nagendra Babu & Pawan Kalyan) and two sisters (Vijaya Durga and Madhavi). He is happily married to Surekha (daughter of Allu RamaLingayya) on February 20, 1980. Chiranjeevi has one Ram Charan Teja (set to debut in 2007) and two daughters Sushmita and Srija.
This Macho Telugu Star was a student at the Madras Film Institute and an amateur stage actor. His first public performance was in the Republic Day parade ballet of Andra Pradesh on 26 January, 1976. His film debut was Punadhirallu (197
. His brother-in-law is producer Allu Aravind. His success started with Initilo Ramayya Vidhilo Krishnayya (1981). He is known for his extradorinary dances and fights apart from his power packed performances in movies. His movies carry a reputation of being the best entertainers along with carrying a social message across to the audience. He has done a couple of hindi movies as well viz., Pratibandh (1990), Aaj ka Gunda Raaj etc and was well recognized for them too.
He is one of the highest paid actors in India today and commands an extraordinarily huge (and cult-like) fan following not only in Andra Pradesh, his native state but all over India and other countries as well. His films are released in US, Europe and Asia Pacific.
Apart from movies, he is also widely known for his philanthropy. He set up a Chiranjeevi Trust for Eye and Blood donations and his fans take an active part in it.
He was awarded the 'Padmabhushan' recently along with a 'Doctorate'.
chiranjeevi familyThe sense of descipline and hard work which he still embraces were introduced at a very young age in his life and the tough childhood he had being the eldest in his family have helped him to handle many such events of higher proportion with great expertise in the later stages of his life.
Little did he imagine, even in the wildest of his dreams, that he would, one day, be a Megastar and rule the Telugu Film Industry. Years later, this youngster called "Chiru" in the Film Industry , with his hard work and dedication to his proffession, could make it really big in the field hitting the limelight, with an unparallel fan following emulating his every act, word, dress and dance. What makes this ordinary human being such an extraordinary one - god knows After graduation, Chiranjeevi moved to Madras to seek a career in his chosen field of acting in the Film Industry.
To get himself ready for the stage, he joined in an acting school in Madras. After struggling for some time, he took to acting by appearing in small roles in films like "Pranam Kareedu" and "Punadhi Rallu". He, from that modest beginning to this date, has acted in 132 films. Throughout his career he has been through a lot of ups and downs but every time he came back with extra persevrance and won his way through people's hearts with wonderful performances in his films. Chiranjeevi got married to Surekha, the daughter of veteran actor sri "Allu Ramalingaiah". Chiru has always been a family man - being blessed with two daughters Sushmita & Srija and a son Ramcharan Tej.
And as Chiru becomes the most popular hero, he has lived a royal life, travelled widely from one country to another around the world almost every time in the delightful company of filmi celebreties who act, sing and dance with him. He acted in a lot of best movies to date and had been able to deliver splendid action-packed movies. With all these talents in him, it isn't a big surprise to know that he has been one of the highest paid movie actors in the Indian Film Industry.
Be it actor, star or megastar - Chiranjeevi has been acknowledged as being one of the most successful actors in the history of the Telugu Motion Picture Industry. We, in our site, would like to highlight the remarkable work Chiranjeevi has shared with the movie-going-public for the last 20 years. ENJOY!
As Chiranjeevi completes 20 years of his entry into the films and in all the achievements and honors, there's no sign of pride but he's still going successfully with a string of hit films. Chiru tells his fan association: " Among the many skilled performers who toil in front of the camera, only a few are excellent actors. A fewer still are those with the vague and elusive traits we call star quality. At the intersection of these groups is the most selected group of all, a tiny number among whom Chiranjeevi stands out. The reality is - i am an actor. My fans perceive me as a Megastar".
Above all, on Oct 02 1998 he started Chiranjeevi Eye & Blood Bank and Charitable Trust to give back to the people whatever he could on the humanitarian ground thus demonstrating a new dimension in his personality.
The first film Chiranjeevi acted was when he was in the Film Institute itself. The role was supposed to have been done by a friend of him, "Sudhakar". But as he was under a contract with "Bharathi Raja" then, he could not act in that film. It was recommended by him to act in that film. He got the permission from principal, "Y.G. Partha Sarathi" and then acted in that film. One of the producers sri "Kranthi Kumar" saw the film and booked him for another black and white art film. It was released on 22nd Sep 1988. Sri "K. Bala Chander " and "K. Bapu" were also there to watch the preview of the movie. Afterwards, they signed him for their next films.
He acted in so many films but never thought of the sizes of roles that he was offered that he had taken all the roles as a challenge and given his best including the guest roles and villainy roles in his starring career. In 1983, Khaidi was released. It was a history in the Tollywood and on that day onwards, there was no looking back for Chiranjeevi, the "Megastar", that he was, all of a sudden, transformed into a "Supreme Hero".So long a way from "Supreme Hero" to "Mega Star" today.
The list of films he worked
Year Film Role Other notes
2007 Shankar Dada Zindabad Shankar Prasad
2006 Stalin Stalin
2006 Style Cameo
2005 Jai Chiranjeeva Satyanarayana Murthy
2005 Andarivadu Govindarajulu/Siddharth
2004 Shankar Dada MBBS Shankar Prasad Sharma Winner: Filmfare Best Actor Award (Telugu)
Winner: Santosham Best Actor Award
2004 Anji Anji
2003 Tagore Tagore Winner: Santosham Best Actor Award
2002 Indra Indra Sena Reddy Winner: Nandi Award for Best Actor
Winner:Filmfare Best Actor Award (Telugu)
Winner: CineMAA Award for Best Actor
Winner: Santharam Memorial Award for Best Actor
2001 Daddy Raj Kumar
2001 Manjunatha Manjunatha Swamy/Lord Shiva
2001 Mrigaraju Raju Also playback singer
2000 Annayya Rajaram
2000 Hands Up Cameo
1999 Iddaru Mitrulu Vijay
1999 Sneham Kosam Simhadri/Chinnayya Winner: Filmfare Best Actor Award (Telugu)
1998 Choodalani Vundi Ramakrishna
1998 Bavagaru Bagunnara Raju
1997 Master Raj Kumar Winner: Screen - Videocon Award for Best Actor
1997 Hitler Madhava Rao Winner: Screen - Videocon Award for Best Actor
1995 Rikshavodu Raju
1995 Big Boss Surendra
1995 Alluda Majaka Sitaramudu/Mr.Toyota
1994 The Gentleman Vijay Hindi
1994 S.P.Parshuram Parshuram
1994 Mugguru Monagallu Prudhvi/Vikram/Dattatreya Triple Role film
1993 Mechanic Alludu Ravi
1993 Muta Mesthri Subhash Chandra Bose Winner: Filmfare Best Actor Award (Telugu)
1992 Aapathbandhavudu Madhava Winner: Nandi Award for Best Actor
1992 Aaj Ka Goonda Raj Raja Hindi
1992 Gharana Mogudu Raju
1991 Rowdy Alludu Johnny/Kalyan
1991 Gang Leader Rajaram Megastar title is first given in this film
1991 Stuartpuram Police Station Rana Prathap
1990 Raja Vikramarka Raja Vikramarka
1990 Prathibandh Siddhanth Hindi
1990 Kodama Simham Bharath
1990 Jagadeka Veerudu Athiloka Sundari Raju
1990 Kondaveeti Donga Raja
1989 Lankeshwarudu Shankar
1989 Rudranetra Nethra
1989 State Rowdy Kaali Charan/Prudhvi
1989 Athaku Yamudu Ammayiki Mogudu Kalyan
1988 Yudda Bhoomi
1988 Trinetrudu Abhimanyu Also Producer
1988 Marana Mrudangam Janrdhan/Johnny
1988 Khaidi No.786 Gopi
1988 Yamudiki Mogudu Kali/Balu
1988 Rudraveena Suryanarayana Sharma Winner: Filmfare Best Actor Award (Telugu)
1988 Manchi Donga
1987 Jebu Donga
1987 Swayamkrushi Sambaiah Winner: Nandi Award for Best Actor
1987 Pasivadi Pranam Madhu
1987 Chakravarthy Chakravarthy
1987 Aradhana KodiNagu
1987 Donga Mogudu Ravi Teja/Nagaraju
1986 Chanakya Shapadham Chanakya
1986 Chantabbai Pandu Ranga Rao
1986 Veta Raanaa Pratap Kumar Verma
1986 Kondaveeti Raja Raja
1986 Kirathakudu Charan
1985 Vijetha Chinnababu
1985 Adavi Donga Kalidas
1985 Raktha Sindhuram Gandra Goddali & Inspector Gopi
1985 Puli Kranthi
1985 Jwala Raju
1985 Chiranjeevi Chiranjeevi
1985 Chattam Tho Poratam Ravi Shankar
1984 Rustum Gopi
1984 Agnigundam Vijay
1984 Naagu Naagu
1984 Intiguttu Vijay Kumar Winner: Filmfare Best Actor Award (Telugu)
1984 Challenge Gandhi
1984 Mahanagaramlo Mayagadu
1984 Hero Krishna
1984 Goonda Kalidas/Raja
1984 Allulu Vasthunnaru
1983 Sangarshana Dilip
1983 Manthri gari Viyyankudu Babji
1983 Khaidi Suryam
1983 Simhapoori Simham
1983 Maa Inti Premayanam
1983 Maga Maharaju Winner: Kala Sagar Award for Best Actor
1983 Gudachari No.1 Vijay
1983 Puli Bebbuli
1983 Shivudu Shivudu Shivudu
1983 Abhilasha Chiranjeevi
1983 Pelletoori Monagadu
1983 Prema Pichollu
1982 Bandhalu Anubandhalu
1982 Mondi Ghatam Ravindra
1982 Yamakinkarudu Vijay
1982 Billa Ranga Billa
1982 Patnam Vachina Prativrathalu Gopi
1982 Tingu Rangadu
1982 Radha My Darling
1982 Idi Pellantara
1982 Subhalekha Narasimha Murthy Winner: Filmfare Best Actor Award (Telugu)
1982 Bandipotu Simham
1982 Intlo Ramayya Veedilo Krishnayya Rajasekharam
1981 Kirayi Rowdylu
1981 Chettaniki Kallu Levu Vijay
1981 Srirasthu Subhamasthu
1981 47 Rojulu
1981 Rani Kasula Rangamma
1981 Ooriki Ichina Maata
1981 Nayam Kavali Suresh Kumar
1981 Prema Natakam Guest Appearance
1981 Tirugu Leni Manishi
1981 Todu Dongalu
1981 Paravathi Parameshwarulu
1981 Adavaalu Meeku Joharulu
1980 Rakta Sambandham
1980 Mogudu Kavali
1980 Prema Tarangalu Kumar
1980 Love in Singapore Suresh
1980 Thathayya Premaleelalu
1980 Nakili Manishi Prasad / Shyam
1980 Punnami Naagu Naagulu
1980 Aarani Mantalu
1980 Kottapeta Rowdy Guest Appearance
1980 Agni Samskaram
1979 Kothala Raayudu
1979 Sri Rambantu
1979 Idi Katha Kaadu
1979 Poonadi Rallu
1979 I Love You Ramesh
1979 Kotta Alludu
1979 Kukka Katuku Cheppu Debba
1979 Tayaramma Bangarayya
1978 Manavoori Pandavulu Parthu
1978 Pranam Kareedu Narasimha
On October 2, 1998, he founded the Chiranjeevi Charitable Trust (CCT), which includes Chiranjeevi Blood and Eye Banks. It is the state's largest recipient of Blood and Eye Donations. The Blood Bank of the CCT helped over 80,000 people and the Eye Bank has helped about 1000 people in the state of Andhra Pradesh since it opened.
On June 10, 2006, The President of India, Dr. Abdul Kalam, inaugurated the Chiranjeevi Charitable Foundation (CCF) at the Jubilee Hills Check post in Hyderabad. this is suresh
Konidela Siva Sankara Vara Prasad more popularly known as Chiranjeevi, is one of India's most popular actors and primarily works in Telugu film.He was born in Mogultoor on 22nd August 1955 (at 10 am.)
He is given the title of Indian Mega Star.
He did his intermediate studies in Ongole Junior College. He did his B.Com in YNR college of Narsapur.Later on, he wanted to become an actor. However, his father wanted him to finish studies. Therefore, he took the easy way out by joining ICW and he started learning acting simultaneously. He joined acting school in 1971.
A director called Raj Kumar has given Chiranjeevi a chance as an actor in a film called 'Punadi Rallu'. Later on, Kranthi Kumar as a producer offered him a role in the direction of K Vasu for the film 'Pranam Kharidu. Incidentally, Pranam Kharidu was the first film to be released.
Chiranjeevi made his debut in 1978 with the film Pranam Khareedu. After playing a series of minor and negative roles in films like Manavoori Pandavulu, Mosagadu, and 49 Rojulu, Chiranjeevi got a breakthrough in the form of Khaidi in 1983 under the direction of A. Kodandarami Reddy. Khaidi, was a huge hit at the box office and Chiranjeevi became one of the top heroes in Tollywood.
He established his dominance in the 1980's with blockbusters like Abhilasha (1983), Challenge (1984), Pasivadi Pranam (1987), Athaku Yamudu Ammayiki Mogudu (1989) and others. He extended his success into the 1990s with Jagadeka Veerudu Athiloka Sundari (1990), Kodama Simham (1990), Gang Leader (1991), Rowdy Alludu (1991), and Gharana Mogudu (1992).
The mid 90's were a career low for Chiranjeevi with box office failures like Mechanic Alludu (1993), S.P.Parshuram (1994), Big Boss (1995), and Rikshavodu (1995), but he made a comeback in the late 90's with blockbusters like Master (1997), Choodalani Vundi (199
, Bavagaru Bagunnara (199
, and Sneham Kosam (1999).
In 2002, Chiranjeevi had one release, Indra, which was a huge hit and the highest grossing film at that time.
He won the Filmfare Best Actor Award (Telugu) and the Nandi Award for Best Actor, for his performance in Indra. Again in 2003, Chiranjeevi had only one release, Tagore, which was a hit at the box office. In 2004, Chiranjeevi's long awaited film Anji finally released but did not make a big impact at box office as it was expected to. But later that year, his next release Shankardada MBBS became a huge hit.
He got married to Ms. Surekha, daughter of Sri Allu Rama Lingaiah in 1980 when Chiranjeevi was 11 cinemas old. Allu Rama Lingaiah met Chiranjeevi first at the shooting of 'Manvoori Pandavulu'. Sri NT Rama Rao was the chief guest for the marriage.
Chiranjeevi is known for his dare devil stunts. During the shooting of Sangharshana, he was injured while doing the climax. He went to London to get operated. He was also injured when he tried fighting using Tube light in Intiguttu. In Donga cinema, he gave the producer anxious moments while fighting on a wall on 11 storied building by balancing himself. In the latest 'Bavagaru Bagunara', he did a Bungee Jumping with the carefree attitude of a teenage boy.
On October 2, 1998, he founded the Chiranjeevi Charitable Trust (CCT), which includes Chiranjeevi Blood and Eye Banks. It is the state's largest recipient of Blood and Eye Donations.The Blood Bank of the CCT helped over 80,000 people and the Eye Bank has helped about 1000 people in the state of Andhra Pradesh since its opening.So far around 3.5 lakh people have pledged their eyes to CCT so far, giving 1600 people eye sight through CCT. CCT has also won the "Best Voluntary Blood Bank Award" by the AP State Government for the past 4 years.
On June 10, 2006, The President of India, Dr. Abdul Kalam, inaugurated the Chiranjeevi Charitable Foundation (CCF) at the Jubilee Hills Check post in Hyderabad.Recently Chiranjeevi charitable trust has reached one more landmark by crossing the one lakh mark in collecting the blood and more than 96,000 people were helped with blood by this blood bank.
In January 2006, Mr Chiranjeevi was honored with the Padma Bhushan., the third highest civilian award in India. In November 2006, Chiranjeevi was awarded with a honorary doctorate by Andhra University for his services to the Telugu film industry and for his social work.
Chiranjeevi won the Southern Filmfare Award (Best Actor) for seven years.
Chiranjeevi is one of the highest paid actors in India.
Chiranjeevi's "Goli Mar (Thriller)" music video is one of the most viewed videos on Youtube.
Chiranjeevi's old hit movies are given to the distributors and exhibitors for free when ever they lose money on his new movie. And his old movies are still successful at the box office.