Pawan Kalyan

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Pawan Kalyan
Pawan Kalyan in October 2007
Born Konidala Kalyan Babu
Bapatla, Andhra Pradesh, India[1]
Residence Film Nagar, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India
Occupation Actor, Director, Screenwriter, Stunt coordinator, Choreographer, Playback Singer
Years active 1996 – present
  • Nandini
    (m.1997–2008; divorced)
    Renu Desai
    (m.2009–?; divorced (2 children))
    Anna Lezhneva[2]
Children Konidela Akira Nandan Tej (born 2004)
Konidela Aadhya (born 2010)
Parents Venkat Rao Konidela
Anjana Devi Konidela
Relatives Chiranjeevi(Brother)
Nagendra Babu(Brother)
Ram Charan(Nephew)
Allu Arjun

Pawan Kalyan (born Konidela Kalyan Babu)[3] is an Indian film actor, martial artist, director, screenwriter, stunt coordinator, choreographer known for his works predominantly in Telugu cinema. He is the younger brother of actor turned politician Chiranjeevi. Kalyan made his acting debut in 1996 Telugu film Akkada Ammayi Ikkada Abbayi. In March 2014, he ventured into politics and has founded the Jana Sena Party.[4][5][6] In the year 2014, a poll conducted by NDTV, listed Kalyan, as the most searchable Indian celebrity politician on google, ahead of Kumar Vishwas from Aam Admi Party.[7]

In 1998, he starred in Tholi Prema which won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Telugu for that year. He is known for his work in films like Gokulamlo Seetha, Suswagatham, Tholi Prema, Thammudu, Badri, Kushi, Jalsa, Gabbar Singh for which he received the Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Telugu,[8] and the recent INR1.8 billion grosser, Attarintiki Daredi.[9] He was listed #53 in Forbes India top 100 Celebrities for the year 2012.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Pawan Kalyan was born to Konidela Venkata Rao and Anjana Devi.[11] He is the younger brother of Chiranjeevi and Nagendra Babu.

Kalyan is a trained Martial Artist.[12] He holds a black belt in karate and has displayed his skills in several of his films.[13] He publicly performed his martial arts skills at several auditoriums.[12] He was awarded the title "Pawan", symbolizing Hanuman. From then, he started using the name Pawan Kalyan.[14] Kalyan is a vegetarian and is highly influenced by Che Guevara, Jiddu Krishnamurti and Swami Vivekananda's philosophy.[15]

Kalyan married Nandini, a Visakhapatnam resident, on 17 May 1997.[16] The couple separated after two years of marriage. Kalyan started a relationship with his co-star Renu Desai[17] and married her on 28 January 2009.[17] Renu Desai worked as a costume designer for most of his films. The couple has two children, a son born in 2004 and a daughter born in 2010.

In December 2013, he married Anna Lezhneva of Russia.[18]


Early career (1996–1997)[edit]

Pawan Kalyan entered the Telugu movie industry with the 1996 film Akkada Ammayi Ikkada Abbayi as Kalyan Babu. His second movie was Gokulamlo Seetha in 1997, which was a remake of the 1996 Tamil film Gokulathil Seethai. This movie was directed by Muthyala Subbaiah and produced by G.V.G. Raju. In 1997, he also appeared in Suswagatham, a remake of 1997 Tamil film Love Today.


In 1998, Tholi Prema was released and won a National Award and six Nandi Awards.[19] After Tholi Prema, Pawan acted in Thammudu, playing the role of a kick boxer. Thammudu was released on 15 July 1999 and was written and directed by P. A. he acted in Puri Jagannadh's first directorial venture Badri.

In 2001, Kalyan acted in the film Kushi. The film was released on 27 April 2001 and was directed by S.J. Suryah.[20]


Johnny, written and directed by Kalyan, released on 26 April 2003. Kalyan also starred in the film, along with Renu Desai. In 2004, his film Gudumba Shankar was released. The film was directed by Veera Shankar and produced by Pawan's brother Nagendra Babu on Anjana Productions banner. The film's script and screenplay were written by Kalyan and he also choreographed three songs in this film and actions scenes were conceived and choreographed by him.[21]

In 2005, the film Balu ABCDEFG, directed by A. Karunakaran was released. This was A. Karunakaran's second film with Pawan Kalyan after Tholi Prema. This film was produced by C. Ashwini Dutt under Vyjayanthi Movies banner. In 2006, Bangaram directed by Tamil director Dharani was released. Later that year, he appeared in Annavaram directed by Bhimaneni Srinivasa Rao. Asin, and Sandhya were cast alongside Pawan in the film and the film was produced by Mega Supergood Films. The film was released on 29 December 2006 [22] and collected 23 crores in 3 weeks.[23][24] The film was a remake of the Tamil film Thirupaachi. Pawan Kalyan also choreographed a song "Neevalle Neevalle" in this film.

2008 – present[edit]

In 2008, Jalsa directed by Trivikram Srinivas and produced by Allu Aravind was released.

Puli was written and directed by S. J. Suryaah and released in 2010. An official announcement was made in the same year that Kalyan was going to play a small role in a movie about Jesus Christ directed by Singeetam Srinivasa Rao .[25]

In 2011, he appeared in Theenmaar, a remake of Love Aaj Kal, directed by Jayanth C. Paranjee.[26] In 2011, he also appeared in Vishnuvardhan's gangster film Panjaa.[27][28]

In 2012, Kalyan appeared in Gabbar Singh, a remake of Dabangg, directed by Harish Shankar.[29] The film successfully completed 100 days and stood as the highest grossing film of all time in Tollywood.[30][31] After this film he worked in Puri Jagannadh's Cameraman Ganga Tho Rambabu. He then appeared in Trivikram Srinivas's Attharintiki Daaredhi. The film, released on 27 September 2013. This film faced problems with piracy as half of the movie got leaked in the internet prior to its release.[32] Attharintiki Daaredhi completed 100 days in the theater.[33]


Filmfare Awards South
South Indian International Movie Awards
CineMAA Awards



Year Film Director Role
1996 Akkada Ammayi Ikkada Abbayi E. V. V. Satyanarayana Kalyan
1997 Gokulamlo Seetha Muthyala Subbaiah Pawan Kalyan
1998 Suswagatham Bhimaneni Srinivasa Rao Ganesh
1998 Tholi Prema A. Karunakaran Balu
1999 Thammudu P. A. Arun Prasad Subhash
2000 Badri Puri Jagannadh Badrinath
2001 Kushi S. J. Surya Siddhartha Roy
2003 Johnny Himself Johnny
2004 Gudumba Shankar Veera Shankar Shankar
2005 Balu ABCDEFG A. Karunakaran Balu/Ghani
2006 Bangaram Dharani Bangaram
2006 Annavaram Bhimaneni Srinivasa Rao Annavaram
2008 Jalsa Trivikram Srinivas Sanjay Sahu
2010 Puli S. J. Surya Komaram Puli
2011 Theenmaar Jayanth C. Paranjee Arjun Palwai,
Michael Velayudham
2011 Panjaa Vishnuvardhan Jai Dev
2012 Gabbar Singh Harish Shankar Venkataratnam Naidu
(Gabbar Singh)
2012 Cameraman Ganga Tho Rambabu Puri Jagannadh Rambabu
2013 Attarintiki Daredi Trivikram Srinivas Gowtham Nanda
2014 Gabbar Singh 2 Sampath Nandi Gabbar Singh


Year Film Notes
2003 Johnny

Stunt coordinator[edit]

Year Film
1999 Thammudu
2000 Badri
2001 Kushi
2001 Daddy
2003 Johnny
2004 Gudumba Shankar
2011 Theenmaar

Playback singing[edit]

Year Film Songs
1999 Thammudu "Thati Chettu" and "Em Pilla" (Bit songs)
2001 Kushi "Bai Baiye Bangaru Ramanamma" (Bit Song)
2003 Johnny "Nuvvu Sara Taguta" and "Ravoyi Maa Intiki" (Bit songs)
2004 Gudumba Shankar "Killi Killi" along with Mallikarjun
2011 Panjaa "Paparaayudu" along with Hemachandra, Sathyan & Brahmanandam
2013 Attarintiki Daredi "Kaatama Rayudaa, Kadiri Narasimhudaa"

Choreography/Songs visualization[edit]

Year Film Song
2000 Badri "I am an Indian", "Bangala Kathamlo" and "Yeh! Chikitha"
2001 Kushi All songs except "Ammaye Sannaga" and "Gajja Gallu"
2003 Johnny All songs
2004 Gudumba Shankar All songs
2006 Annavaram "Neevalle Neevalle"
2011 Panjaa "Panjaa"


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