Ravi Teja

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In this Indian name, the name Bhupatiraju is a patronymic, not a family name, and the person should be referred to by the given name, Ravi Teja.

Ravi Teja
Born Ravi Shankar Raju Bhupatiraju
(1968-01-26) 26 January 1968 (age 47)[1]
Jaggampeta, Andhra Pradesh, India
Residence Film Nagar, Hyderabad, Telangana, India
Nationality Indian
Other names MassMahaRaja,
Andhra Amitabh.
Occupation Actor, singer
Years active 1990–present
Spouse(s) Kalyani
Children 2
Relatives Raghu Raju , Bharath Raju (Brothers)

Ravi Teja (born Ravi Shankar Raju Bhupatiraju and popularly referred to as Mass MahaRaja) is an Indian film actor known for his work exclusively in Telugu cinema. He won the Nandi Special Jury Award in 1999 and 2002 for his performance in the films Nee Kosam and Khadgam and also won the state Nandi Award for best actor in his film Neninthe in 2008.

He started his career as a supporting artist in Karthavyam (1991) and subsequently played small roles in the films Chaitanya (1991), Aaj Ka Goonda Raj (1992), Allari Priyudu (1993) and Ninne Pelladata (1996). Teja also became an assistant director and worked in several Bollywood and Telugu projects.

Later he emerged as a successful hero by doing films like Sindhooram , Idiot, Avunu Valliddaru Ista Paddaru, Khadgam, Amma Nanna O Tamila Ammayi, Venky, Naa Autograph, Bhadra, Vikramarkudu, Dubai Seenu, Krishna, Neninthe, Kick , Don Seenu, Mirapakay, Balupu and Power.

In 2012, He was listed 50th in the Forbes India list of top 100 Celebrities, with an annual income of ₹15.5 Crore (US$2.494 Million). In 2013, his annual earnings are ₹13 Crore.[2]

Early life[edit]

He was born to Raj Gopal Raju and Rajya Lakshmi Bhupatiraju in the village of Jaggampeta, Andhra Pradesh, India.[3] Teja 's father was a pharmacist and his mother was a homemaker. He is the eldest of three sons, the others being Bharath and Raghu, who are also actors.[4] Teja spent most of his childhood in Northern India because his father used to move very often due to his work. His schooling was in Jaipur, Delhi, Mumbai and Bhopal.[4] Teja completed his schooling at N.S.M. Public School, Vijayawada. Later on he completed his Bachelors in Arts at Siddhartha Degree College, Vijayawada. In 1988 he went to Chennai to start his career in films.[4]



In his early years working in Chennai, YVS Chowdary and Gunasekhar were his roommates.[5] After few years of struggle, his career started taking off with small roles in films like Karthavyam (1991),[6] Chaitanya (1991) and Aaj Ka Goonda Raj (1992). Ravi became an assistant director, working in both television and film. As an assistant director, he worked in several Bollywood as well as Telugu projects including Prathibandh, Aaj Ka Goondaraj, and Criminal.[7] He met Krishna Vamsi and worked as an assistant director under him for the 1996 hit film Ninne Pelladutha. Vamsi also gave Ravi an opportunity to act in a small role in that film. He continued to work as an assistant director for few other films.[8]


In 1997, while still working as an assistant director, Ravi got an opportunity to act in the film Sindhooram directed by Krishna Vamsi. Vamsi cast Ravi as a lead actor. The film was critically acclaimed and won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Telugu. Ravi Teja's performance was critically acclaimed and was appreciated by the movie-goers. This was the turning point for Ravi's acting career.

Ravi Teja followed up this success by continuing to acting in small yet significant roles in films like Seetha Rama Raju, Padutha Teeyaga, Manasichhi Choodu and Krishna Reddy's Premaku Velayara. He became well known to Telugu movie-goers with these films and was acclaimed for his acting. In 1999, he was cast in a leading role by Srinu Vaitla for Nee Kosam co-starring Maheswari. The film was critically acclaimed and won the Silver Nandi for Best Film. Ravi Teja won the prestigious Nandi Award for Best Actor Special Jury for his performance, his first award. Following this, he started appearing in more significant roles such as Krishna Vamsi's Samudram, Chiranjeevi's Annayya and Budget Padmanabham. He also appeared in lead roles in multi-starrer films such as Kshemanga Velli Labanga Randi, Tirumala Tirupathi Venkatesa, Sakuntumba Sapari Vare Sametham and Ammayi Kosam.


In 2001, Ravi Teja's association with Puri Jagannadh began when he cast Ravi as the lead role in Itlu Sravani Subramanyam.[9] The movie was a commercial hit and got Ravi Teja credibility as a solo lead actor. In 2002, his next film Avunu Valliddaru Ista Paddaru, directed by Vamsy and co-starring Kalyani was released. The film was a successful at the box office and won Ravi acclaim.[10] The year also saw Ravi in Idiot. Directed by Puri Jagannadh and co-starring Rakshita, was a blockbuster hit and Ravi's performance and dialogue delivery were praised by critics and movie-goers alike.[11][12] With three consecutive successes.

The year also saw the release of Krishna Vamsi's Khadgam. The movie was a huge success at the box office and won Sarojini Devi Award for a Film on National Integration. Ravi's portrayal of a young wannabe actor won him the Nandi Special Jury Award for the second time.[13] In 2003, Ravi again worked with director Puri Jagannadh for Amma Nanna O Tamila Ammayi. The film co-starring Asin became a blockbuster hit and Jeevi of Idlebrain praised him, "Ravi Teja did well. His strength lies in his dialogue delivery and reckless body language".[14] The year also saw Ravi working in commercially successful films like Dongodu, co-starring Kalyani and directed by Srinivas Bheemineni and Veede, co-starring Aarthi Agarwal and directed by Ravi Raja Pinisetty. In the same year, Ravi was also seen in films like Ee Abbayee Chala Manchodu, Anveshana and Oka Raju Oka Rani, which failed to do well at the box office.[15][16][17]

In 2004, Ravi Teja was seen in Venky, co-starring Sneha. The film was directed by Srinu Vaitla, who previously made the critically acclaimed Nee Kosam with Ravi. The film was commercially successful. Idlebrain wrote, "His comedy is very good in the first half. His antics with Siddanthi and the way he curses himself in front of the mirror is hilarious".[18] The same year saw Ravi acting in Naa Autograph, co-starring Gopika and Bhumika Chawla. The film was directed by cinematographer turned director S. Gopal Reddy. It was a box office success and Ravi won accolades for his performance in the film. A critic wrote, "Ravi Teja delivers a stunning performance as a dejected lover".[19] The same year had Ravi in Chanti. The film was directed by Sobhan and was a failure at the box office. In 2005, Ravi was seen in commercially successful hit Bhadra. It was directed by Boyapati Srinu and Ravi was paired alongside Meera Jasmine. He was also seen in Bhageeratha, directed by Rasool Ellore and co-starring Shriya Saran; the film performed well at the box office. He also worked in the crime film Shock, directed by Harish Shankar and co-starring Jyothika and produced by Ram Gopal Varma, the film was unsuccessful at the box-office.


In 2006, Raviteja worked with director S. S. Rajamouli for Vikramarkudu. Co-starring Anushka Shetty, the film became a blockbuster hit. Jeevi praised his performance, "Vikramarkudu is the best film of Ravi Teja so far in histrionics aspect. He did both characters of Athali Sathi Babu and Vikram Rathod equally well, His mannerism of ‘jintata’ is simply superb".[20] Later in 2006, Ravi Teja acted in Khatarnak co-starring Ileana D'Cruz, the film bombed at the box office. In 2007, Ravi Teja worked for the third time with director Srinu Vaitla for Dubai Seenu. Co-starring Nayantara, the film was very successful at the box office. The year also saw Ravi doing a cameo in Chiranjeevi's Shankar Dada Zindabad. In 2008, Ravi Teja acted in the blockbuster hit Krishna[21] Co-starring Trisha Krishnan and directed by V. V. Vinayak, the film was released for Sankranthi and performed very well at the box office. In August 2008, Ravi Teja acted in Baladur.[22] The film was unsuccessful at the box office. Later in the year, Ravi again collaborated with director Puri Jagganath for Neninthe.[23] Although the film was not successful at the box office, Ravi Teja's portrayal of an up-and-coming assistant director in the film received acclaim[24] and also won him the prestigious Nandi Award for Best Actor, Ravi's fourth time winning the Nandi award.

In 2009, Ravi Teja worked with director Surender Reddy for Kick. Co-starring Ileana D'Cruz, the film was a blockbuster hit.Later that summer, he was seen in Anjaneyulu. The film had an average run at the box office. In 2010, he was seen in the multi-starrer Shambo Shiva Shambo alongside Allari Naresh, Siva Balaji and Priyamani — a remake of 2009 Tamil hit film Naadodigal. The Telugu version was unsuccessful although Ravi won accolades for his performance.[25] The year also saw Ravi Teja in the film Don Seenu, directed by Gopichand Malineni. Co-starring Shriya Saran, it was very successful at the box office, becoming one of the biggest hits of 2010.

In 2011, Ravi Teja had 3 releases. His first release was Harish Shankar's Mirapakay which starred Richa Gangopadhyay and Deeksha Seth along with him in lead roles. The movie released on 13 January 2011 and was the only hit of the Pongal releases in the Telugu film industry in 2011[26] and was declared a blockbuster at its end of theatrical run. He later starred in Ram Gopal Varma's Dongala Mutha and made a cameo appearance in Katha Screenplay Darshakatvam Appalaraju, also directed by Ram Gopal Varma. Dongala Mutha, being the fastest shot Telugu film, in just 4.5 days and a budget of 6.5 lakhs, received mixed reviews from the critics. However, Ravi Teja was praised for his performance. 123telugu.com commented on his performance stating, "Among the actors, Ravi Teja does a good job in his role where he finds himself in an odd situation. This film doesn't try to showcase what Ravi Teja and his brand of entertainment is known for, but the actor breezes through his scenes. Sadly, both films bombed at the box office. His last release of the year was Ramesh Varma's Veera which starred Kajal Aggarwal and Taapsee Pannu along with him in the lead roles. The movie was released on 20 May 2011 and was good at the box office.


2012 was one of the worst years in Ravi Teja's career. He had 4 releases in that year but none of them clicked at the box office although Ravi Teja's performances in these films were praised by the critics. His first release in 2012 was Gunasekhar's Nippu, which starred Ravi Teja and Deeksha Seth in the lead roles. The movie turned out to be the biggest disaster in recent times and in Ravi Teja's career as well. His next release was Siva's Daruvu which starred Taapsee Pannu as his co-star. The movie was an "Above Average" grosser at the Box office.[27] But Ravi Teja's performance was praised by critics. 123telugu.com wrote, "Ravi Teja continues to amaze with his incredible energy levels. His best performance comes when he portrays the role of the Home Minister with negative shades. There is a lot of potential in this fine actor and someone needs to tap that."[28] His next release was Puri Jagannadh's Devudu Chesina Manushulu which starred Ileana D'Cruz, Prakash Raj, Brahmanandam and Kovai Sarala in other important roles. The Movie released on 15 August 2012 amidst high expectations but was an utter-flop at the Box office.[29] His last release in 2012 was Parasuram's Sarocharu which starred Kajal Aggarwal, Richa Gangopadhyay, Jayasudha and Nara Rohith in other vital roles which released amidst great expectations. The movie, which was claimed to be Raviteja's Class appearance after a long time, was a "Below Average" grosser at the Box office. But his performance was well praised. 123telugu.com wrote "Ravi Teja has played a very different character in this movie and it is a welcome change from the loud and hyperactive roles he has played in recent years. His performance is balanced, mature and classy."[30] SuperGoodMovies.com wrote "Raviteja is the life and soul of the movie. His performance was outstanding."[31] Rediff.com wrote "Ravi Teja is in a different avatar, a more subdued one. A change of image and role is necessary for an actor and Ravi Teja makes the transition fairly well."[32]

However, 2013 saw Ravi Teja's career gaining its resurgence. His release in 2013 was Gopichand Malineni's action entertainer Balupu co-starring Shruti Haasan and Anjali in the lead roles. The movie opened to positive reviews from critics as well as audience. The Times of India wrote "Ravi Teja has come up with an entertaining performance. His characterization and the flashback episode as Kancharapalem Shankar looked very powerful on the screen. He gets into the skin of the character and has done well."[33] The film turned one of the biggest critical and commercial success of the year,[34] moreover collecting the amount more than his previous hit films closing businesses in its first week at the Overseas Box Office.[35]

In 2014, he made cameo appearance in Sairam Shankar's Romeo and his movie Power with debutant director K. S. Ravindra (Bobby)[36] and heroine Hansika Motwani,produced by Rockline Venkatesh[37] that released in September, with huge expectations was a hit, and after some gap he is scored back to back hits with Power.

Currently, he is doing Kick 2 a sequel for his blockbuster movie Kick, directed by Surender Reddy and produced by Nandamuri Kalyan Ram under his banner N.T.R. Arts.This film is scheduled for a worldwide release on 7 May 2015.[38] After this he started a film titled as Bengal Tiger which has Tamannaah as lead actress and Sampath Nandi as director.[39]


Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released


Year Title Role(s) Notes
1991 Karthavyam
1991 Chaithanya Racer
1992 Aaj Ka Goonda Raj Ravi Hindi film
1993 Varasudu
1993 Allari Priyudu Raja's friend
1996 Ninne Pelladutha Disco Dancer
1997 Sindhooram Chanti
1998 Seetharama Raju Seenu
1998 Padutha Teeyaga
1999 Manasichi Choodu Chanti
1999 Premaku Velayara Ravi
1999 Nee Kosam Ravi Won Nandi Special Jury Award
1999 Samudram Adi Koli
1999 O Panaipothundi Babu Suresh's brother
1999 Preminche Manasu Vadde Naveen friend


Year Title Role(s) Heroine /Co-Star Notes
2000 Manasichanu film star Surya Kanth
2000 Kshemanga Velli Labanga Randi Brahmanandam's friend Appy
2000 Tirumala Tirupathi Venkatesa Tirupathi
2000 Sakutumba Saparivaara Sametam Srikanth's friend
2000 Annayya As Chiranjeevi's Brother Ravi
2001 Chiranjeevulu Charan
2001 Ammayi Kosam Ravi
2001 Budget Padmanabham Ravi
2001 Itlu Sravani Subramanyam Subramanyam Tanu Roy
2002 Vandeemataram Ravi
2002 Avunu Valliddaru Ista Paddaru Anil
2002 Idiot Chanti Rakshita Remake of Kannada film Appu
2002 Anveshna Avinash
2002 Khadgam Koti Sangeetha Won Nandi Special Jury Award
2003 Ee Abbai Chala Manchodu Vivekananda Sangeetha
2003 Amma Nanna O Tamila Ammayi Chandu Asin
2003 Oka Raju Oka Rani Ravi Namitha
2003 Dongodu Madhava Kaveri Remake of Malayalam film Meesa Madhavan
2003 Veede Yedukondalu Aarthi Aggarwal, Reemma Sen Remake of Tamil film Dhool
2004 Venky Venky Sneha
2004 Naa Autograph Seenu Bhumika Chawla, Gopika Remake of Tamil film Autograph
2004 Chanti Chanti Charmy Kaur, Daisy Bopanna
2005 Bhadra Bhadra Meera Jasmine
2005 Bhageeratha Chandu Shriya Saran
2006 Shock Sekhar Jyothika
2006 Vikramarkudu Athili Sathi Babu,
ASP Vikram Singh Rathod
Anushka Shetty Dual role
2006 Khatarnak Dasu Ileana D'Cruz
2007 Dubai Seenu Srinivas / Seenu Nayantara
2007 Shankar Dada Zindabad Cameo appearance
2008 Krishna Krishna Trisha Nominated – Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Telugu
2008 Baladur Chanti Anushka Shetty
2008 Neninthe Ravi Siya Gowtham Won Nandi Award for Best Actor
2009 Kick Kalyan Ileana D'Cruz Nominated – Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Telugu
2009 Anjaneyulu Anjaneyulu Nayantara


Year Title Role(s) Heroine /Co-Star Notes
2010 Shambo Shiva Shambo Karna Priyamani
2010 Maryada Ramanna Narrator/ Cycle's Voice
2010 Don Seenu Don Seenu Shriya Saran, Anjana Sukhani
2011 Mirapakay Rishikesh Richa Gangopadhyay, Deeksha Seth
2011 Katha Screenplay Darshakatvam Appalaraju Ravi Teja Cameo appearance
2011 Dongala Mutha Sudheer Charmy Kaur
2011 Veera Deva / Veera Kajal Aggarwal , Taapsee Pannu
2012 Nippu Surya Deeksha Seth
2012 Daruvu Bullet Raja / Ravindra Taapsee Pannu
2012 Devudu Chesina Manushulu Ravi Teja Ileana D'Cruz
2012 Sarocharu Karthik Kajal Aggarwal, Richa Gangopadhyay
2013 Balupu Ravi / Balupu Shankar Shruti Haasan, Anjali
2013 Doosukeltha Narrator/ Voice
2014 Power Thirupathi / ACP Baldev Sahay Hansika Motwani
2014 Romeo Kittu's brother Cameo appearance
2015 Vajrakaya Films that have not yet been released Himself Cameo appearance , Kannada film[40][41]
2015 Dongata Films that have not yet been released Himself Cameo appearance in a song with Lakshmi Manchu[42]
2015 Kick 2 Films that have not yet been released Kalyan Rakul Preet Singh Sequel of his previous film Kick,Post-Production[43][44]
2015 Bengal Tiger Films that have not yet been released Tamannaah Bhatia filming [45][46]

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