Ram Charan

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Ram Charan
Ram Charan at Promotion of 'Zanjeer' on Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa.jpg
Born Ram Charan Teja
(1985-03-27) 27 March 1985 (age 29)[1]
Madras, Tamil Nadu, India.[2]
Residence Film Nagar, Hyderabad, India
Occupation Actor
Maa TV key people
Years active 2007–present
  • Upasana Kamineni
Parents Chiranjeevi
Surekha Konidela
Relatives Allu Rama Lingaiah (Maternal grandfather)
Nagendra Babu (Paternal uncle)
Pawan Kalyan (Paternal uncle)
Renu Desai (Paternal aunt)
Allu Aravind (Maternal uncle)
Allu Arjun (Maternal cousin)

Allu Sneha (Maternal sister)
Allu Sirish (Maternal cousin)
Sushmitha (sister)

Ram Charan is an Indian film actor and entrepreneur, known for his works primarily in Telugu cinema. He won two Andhra Pradesh state Nandi Awards, two Filmfare Awards South, two CineMAA Awards, and one Santosham Best Actor Award. In 2011 he was awarded Youth Icon Award by North American Telugu Society (NATS).[3] In addition to the films, he also endoresed brands like Pepsi and Airtel for some period.[4][5] Currently he is the brand ambassador for Tata DoCoMo for Andhra Pradesh region.[6] He owns a Polo Team 'Ram Charan Hyderabad Polo Riding Club (RC HPRC)'.[7] He also serves on the board of directors of MAA TV.[8] He is also an entrepreneur, and an equestrian.[9] In December 2013, Ram Charan was ranked #69 in 2013 India's Forbes list with an earnings of INR 12.67 crore.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Ram Charan is the son of Chiranjeevi, grandson to Allu Rama Lingaiah, nephew to Nagendra Babu, Pawan Kalyan, Renu Desai, and Allu Aravind and cousin to Allu Arjun, Allu Sirish, Varun Tej and Sai Dharam Tej.

Charan got engaged to Upasana Kamineni, the vice-chairman of Apollo Charity and chief editor of B Positive magazine, in Hyderabad on 1 December 2011. Upasana is the granddaughter of Prathap C. Reddy, the Executive Chairman of the Apollo Hospitals.[11] Subsequently, they got married on 14 June 2012 at the Temple Trees Farm House.[12]



In 2007, Ram Charan made his film debut as the leading man in the film Chirutha which collected INR30 crore (US$4.9 million)(share) in 50 Days and declared as a Blockbuster worldwide.Chirutha, which was directed by Puri Jagannadh, completed 50 Days in 178 direct centres and 15 other shifted centres. The film completed 100 Days in 40 direct centres. He played the role of Charan, an ex-convict who is hellbent on killing the murderer of his father. His performance was widely appreciated . Idlebrain.com wrote "Ram Charan Teja is simply superb. His debut is undoubtedly one of the best debuts in Telugu film industry. He has got everything right in his first film and with proper career planning only sky is the limit. To sum up in one line, Ram Charan Teja has every quality to become the future mega star."[13] Rediff.com too praised his performance stating "Ram Charan is quite promising. Dance and action appears to be forte. He is rather graceful in the dance numbers. He also stays clear of any oblique reference to his star father by way of dialogue or adopting any particular mannerism or style."[14] His performance in the film earned him a Filmfare Best South Debutant Award and Nandi Special Jury Award.[15]


After the release of the 2009 blockbuster Magadheera, which was only his second film, Charan established himself as one of the leading contemporary actors of Tollywood. He played a Dual role in this film in which one is a Brave Soldier of a kingdom in Rajasthan in the 17th century who is in love with the princess but however loses her and dies, the other being a bike racer who falls in love with a girl who is the re-incarnation of the princess and wins her knowing their past. His portrayal got immense critical acclaim. The Times of India wrote "Ram Charan Tej returns as a valiant soldier and breathes life into the larger-than-life role with ease. He showcases his horse-riding and dancing skills to perfection."[16] IndiaGlitz commented "Charan has come up with a mature performance and he has carried the film very well. Both his characters were done good justice and he reminded of his father at many places."[17] Directed by S. S. Rajamouli,[18] the film received six Filmfare Awards including the award for Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Telugu and Nandi Special Jury Award for Charan.[19] Magadheera collected nett of INR78 crore (US$13 million) Share in 200 Days worldwide and INR115 crore (US$19 million) gross in 175 Days.It is currently the 2nd highest grossing movie. Magadheera collected INR1 billion (US$17 million) delivering a Share of INR62 crore (US$10 million) in 200 Days at AP Box office.


After the success of Magadheera, Charan starred in Bommarillu Bhaskar's Orange in 2010. He played the role of Ram, an NRI living in Australia whose opinions are against loving forever. Though the movie failed at the box-office, the musical score by Harris Jayaraj and Ram Charan's performance were applauded. IndiaGlitz wrote "Ram Charan gave an excellent performance all through the film. His attire, make up, dressing style, accessories and body language gives the audiences a fresh feel of an urbane guy. He improved a lot in all the departments including action, dances, dialogue modulation, body language."[20] Idlebrain.com wrote "Ram Charan Tej should be appreciated for accepting such a honest subject with a thin story line for his third movie. It shows that Charan is not trying to stick to stardom and is not willing to repeat the mistakes performed by stars. The entire films runs on his characterization. His dances are full of energy and life."[21] Orange made with a solid budget of INR40 crore (US$6.7 million) ended as a loser at Box office by collecting INR25 crore (US$4.2 million) Share in 50 Days.Its Pre-release revenue's fecthed an additional up to INR10 crore (US$1.7 million).

His next film was Rachcha directed by Sampath Nandi. He did the role of Betting Raj, a gambling fetish whose life takes a toll on him after his past comes into the game. His performance was well received. IndiaGlitz wrote "Charan is a treat for his fans. In fact, he is one reason why his fans should watch the film. He shows flashes of Chiru-ness more than he ever did in the past; be it his baritone or demeanour, he is a Megastar in effect. Helped by a strong script, he could have been much better."[22] 123telugu.com wrote "Charan is extremely good in the role of Raj. His dances and fights are impressive as always and he has grown by leaps and bounds as an actor. His diction and tonal modulation are now top notch. He is perfect for the role and has essayed his character with conviction."[23] The film released on 5 April 2012 and took a grand opening and was declared a commercial success.[24] Rachcha made on a whooping budget of INR45 crore (US$7.6 million).


His first release in 2013 was Naayak directed by V. V. Vinayak. He played yet another Dual role, one a mafia leader in Kolkata and the other a simple software employee in Hyderabad. His work was well received by the critics. The Times of India wrote "Ram Charan did a great job though there was no variation shown between the two characters."[25] It opened to positive critical acclaim and became a huge success.[26] Naayak distributor reveiled that the film collected INR60 crore (US$10 million) in 50 Days and gross amounts to be INR100 crore (US$17 million).3rd INR1 billion (US$17 million) grosser for Mega Power Star Ram Charan Tej. Ram Charan made his Bollywood debut through Zanjeer, a remake of the 1973 film of the same name that starred Amitabh Bachchan. He played the role of ACP Vijay Khanna who swears Vengeance on his parents' killer. The film featured Priyanka Chopra opposite him. Charan made his debut as a playback singer with the song "Mumbai Ke Hero", composed by Chirantan Bhatt, in the album Thoofan, the Telugu version of Zanjeer. The film, though released amid high expectations, opened to negative critical reception with Ram Charan's performance being not appreciated by the critics. IBN Live wrote "Ram Charan comes off as stiff as a wax statue in his Bollywood debut, with barely any emotion, forget brooding anger. His biceps pop out of his uniform, but he barely flexes his facial muscles"[27] while Raja Sen of Rediff wrote "And then there’s Ram Charan, a cop so tough he wears only two inscrutable expressions. This new boy has zero screen presence, possibly worsened by the Hindi dubbing, and taking on one of Bachchan’s Vijays is particularly suicidal."[28] The film was declared a Disaster by Box Office India.[29] Zanjeer was made with a budget of INR75 crore (US$13 million) including (P&A) Print Costs.Z anjeer distribution rights were sold for INR105 crore (US$18 million) to Reliance entertainment. Reliance released Zanjeer and all its versions in 350 theaters worldwide. But it went to be a big disaster by collecting INR40 crore (US$6.7 million) domestic nett in 60 Days and INR5 crore (US$840,000) overseas nett. Zanjeer collected INR20 crore (US$3.4 million) Share in 50 Days while Thoofan bombed with only INR25 crore (US$4.2 million) Share in 50 Days.

2014 saw the release of his next Telugu film Yevadu directed by Vamsi Paidipally. He played the role of Satya, who fulfills his revenge after an unexpected face transplantation only to face the fury of the Dons on that face which is of Charan's, also played by Ram Charan. His dance was mainly appreciated by critics. Bangalore Mirror wrote "For Ram Charan, Yevadu is essential to establish his status after Toofan tanked at the box office. His character has two shades and he tries his best to bring variations. He dances like there is no tomorrow and the choreography is a delight to watch."[30] Sify wrote "Compared to his earlier films - Nayak and Thoofan, Ram Charan has done a fairly good job here. His acting is effective in intense scenes and action episode. To satisfy his audiences, he has also done some good steps in freedom song."[31] The film was a Blockbuster at the Box office and this made Ram Charan the only hero to have 5 out of 8 films crossing the 40 crore club in Telugu cinema with only 2 flops at that time.[32] Yevadu collected INR40 crore (US$6.7 million) AP Share in 2 weeks.Yevadu collected INR50 crore (US$8.4 million) Share in 3 weeks worldwide. Yevadu recovered its budget of INR50 crore (US$8.4 million) in 3 weeks of its theatrical release. Its Pre-release revenue's fetched an additional up to INR50 crore (US$8.4 million).

Ram Charan ranked fifth in the survey conducted by Star India for the top star.[33]


Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Title Role Co-Star Language
2007 Chirutha Charan Neha Sharma Telugu
2009 Magadheera Kala Bhairava / Harsha Kajal Aggarwal Telugu
2010 Orange Ram Genelia D'Souza Telugu
2012 Racha Raj Tamannah Telugu
2013 Naayak Siddharth Naayak / Charan , Amala Paul / kajal aggarwal Telugu
2013 Zanjeer
ACP Vijay Khanna Priyanka Chopra Hindi
2014 Yevadu Satya,
Shruti Haasan
Amy Jackson
Kajal Aggarwal(Cameo)
2014 Govindudu AndarivadeleFilms that have not yet been released Kajal Aggarwal, Kamalinee Mukherjee Telugu[34]


Nandi Awards
Filmfare Awards South
  • Best Actor – Telugu – Racha (2012) [37]
CineMAA Awards
  • Best Actor – Male – Racha (2012) [38]
SIIMA Awards
Other Awards
  • Youth Icon Award - North American Telugu Society - (2011) [40]


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