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Varaprasad is the eldest son of [[Sri]] Venkat Rao and [[Smt]] Anjana Devi. He was born on [[22 August]], [[1955]] in Narsapur, a Town on the Banks of River Godavari in the [[West Godavari]] District in [[Andhra Pradesh]]. He spent his childhood in his native village with his grand parents, while his family was else where because of his father's occupation.
Varaprasad is the eldest son of [[Sri]] Venkat Rao and [[Smt]] Anjana Devi. He was born on [[22 August]], [[1955]] in Narsapur, a Town on the Banks of River Godavari in the [[West Godavari]] District in [[Andhra Pradesh]]. He spent his childhood in his native village with his grand parents, while his family was else where because of his father's occupation. Chirajeevi is planning to join into politics but i dont like it.
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Born Konidela Siva Shankara Vara Prasad
Other names Mega Star, Chiru,
Occupation Actor
Years active 1977 to present
Spouse(s) Surekha
Children Sushmita, Ram Charan Teja, Srija
Parent(s) Venkata Rao, Anjana Devi
Awards Padma Bhushan

Chiranjeevi (Telugu: చిరంజీవి), born as Konidela Siva Shankara Vara Prasad [1] on August 22, 1955, also known as Mega Star is a three-time Nandi Award-winning actor in the Telugu cinema industry. He is also a recipient of the Padma Bhushan Award.

Early life

Varaprasad is the eldest son of Sri Venkat Rao and Smt Anjana Devi. He was born on 22 August, 1955 in Narsapur, a Town on the Banks of River Godavari in the West Godavari District in Andhra Pradesh. He spent his childhood in his native village with his grand parents, while his family was else where because of his father's occupation. Chirajeevi is planning to join into politics but i dont like it. [2] He has two sisters and two brothers; his younger brother, Nagendra Babu is a film producer and a film actor, his youngest brother, Pawan Kalyan is also a Telugu film actor.

Varaprasad did his schooling in Nidadavolu, Gurajala, Ponnuru, Mangalagiri and Mogalturu. He won many prizes for his acting skills in school, especially for the performance as Parandamayya Panthulu. After high school he joined Bi.P.C in P.R.Sharma Jr. College at Ongole. Following that he finished his B.Com from Y.N. College in Narasapur.[3]

After his graduation at Y.N. College in Narsapuram, Chiranjeevi moved to Chennai to seek a career in acting. This was in 1977.

Rechristening as Chiranjeevi

Varaprasad was called by different names at different stages in his life. At high school level, he was called KSSV Prasad. During his college days, he was called Prasad. At home, he was called ‘Sankara Babu’.

Varaprasad felt that his name ‘Sankar’ would not be appealing to the people. He had a dream one night in which a small kid called him as Chiranjeevi. Then he narrated the same incident to his mother and she advised him to change his screen name to Chiranjeevi. He is also a great devotee of Lord Hanuman and hence he changed his name to chiranjeevi which in Hindu mythology refers to Lord Hanuman.[4]

Early career

After completing his Diploma in Acting in Chennai, Chiranjeevi got an offer to act in ‘Punadi Rallu’in 1978, But the movie got delayed. Producer-director T Kranti Kumar, who had seen his photograph gave him a role in the film, ‘Pranam Khareedu’ which was his first release.. Subsequently, director Bapu signed him for ‘Manavoori Pandavulu’, where he first gained some recognition. In the beginning of his career, Chiranjeevi donned villain roles in films like Kukka Kaatuki Cheppu Debba, Kotthapeta Rowdi etc. He was known for his speedy dance movements and risky hair rising fights. His success started after his quite acclaimed role in 'Initilo Ramayya Vidhilo Krishnayya' (1981). Between 1978 and 1983 October (till the release of Khaidi) he had acted in about 60 movies, mostly in secondary roles, some as second hero, some as villain and some as character roles.[5]

Transformation to Supreme Hero

Khaidi, directed by A Kodandarami Reddy and produced by Thirupathi Reddy of Samyuktha movies, was the first film to catapult Chiranjeevi into the big league. The movie was heavily inspired by Hollywood blockbuster First Blood.[6] He sizzled across a two and a half hour drama which in the end changed the very face of heroism in the Telugu motion picture industry. This film marked the beginning of his long and successful collaboration with director Kodanda Rami Reddy. Even today, Chiranjeevi singles out this film in his entire career that, according to him, satisfied him in everyway.[7]
The film Pasivadi Pranam, released in 1987, gave Chiranjeevi super stardom. He introduced "break dance", a new style of dance form to the telugu film audiences. In the same year he acted in SwayamKrushi in the direction of K. Viswanath and won Nandi Award for his performance.[8]. Even though over eager critics were keen to typecast him as a song and dance hero, his films were sufficiently ambiguous to defy easy ideological categorization.
Chiranjeevi, has stated, "I play characters of ordinary men in extraordinary circumstances. I like characters who have a perspective for right and wrong." He has also noted "my movies are entertainment oriented, not moral or political[9]." From then onwards chiranjeevi was called "Supreme Hero" by his fans.
This was a glorius period in his career with movies like Adavi Donga, Donga Mogudu, Yamudiki Mogudu, Aaradhana, Rudraveena, Challenge, Vijetha, and Kondaveeti Donga all of which went on to become blockbusters in the telugu film industry.

Transformation to Megastar

The title "Megastar" was used for the first time while publicizing K.S.Rama Rao’s movie Marana Mrudangam which released in August 1988. In the same year was released Rudraveena directed by K.Balachander, which bagged the "Nargis Dutt" award for Chiranjeevi in the national arena.[10] The title was just a publicity gimmick and did not catch on with his fans at that time. But the title was used consistently from then onwards.

The first half of 90’s decade peaked Chiranjeevi’s career graph to soaring heights for every movie released rewrote the box-office history. Gang Leader, Rowdi Alludu, Jagadeka Veerudu Athiloka Sundari and Gharana Mogudu are only a few to be cited. After the success of so many movies his fans lapped up the title of Megastar which is used even to this day.

Failure in 90's

Due to the phenomenal success of his movies in the early 90's, expectations about his movies box-office runs were very high. Coupled with the high expectation were some poor movie selection by chiranjeevi which led to very bad movies like Mechanic Alludu, SP Parasuram, Big Boss and Rickshavodu which proved to be commercially disastrous[11]. The controversy raked by Alluda Majaka for some double entendre and few erotic scenes affected Chiranjeevi’s image among his fans[12]. Chiranjeevi threw a self-declared 'gap' after Rickshavodu to have a self-scanning of his conscience and thus emerged out with more mature and versatile portrayal in the film Hitler that ended his lean patch.

Indra and aftermath

Indra released in 2002 in more than 200 screen in Andhra Pradesh. The movie opened to packed theatres and went on to become one of the biggest hits of chiranjeevi's career. It truly reinvented the star in him and rejuvenated all his fan clubs all over the state. It became the first telugu movie to gross 300 million Rupees[13]. He also won the Nandi Award for best actor that year for the film.

Personal life

Chiranjeevi tied the wedding knot to Surekha, daughter of eminent yesteryear comedian Allu Ramalingayya, on 20th of February, 1980. The auspicious time was 11:50 AM. The couple is blessed with two daughters, Susmitha and Srija and a son, Ram Charan Teja.[14]

Awards & Honours

In January 2006, Chiranjeevi received the Padma Bhushan, the third highest civilian award in India because of his contributions to the Telugu Film Industry and for his social work.[15]

In November 2006, Chiranjeevi also received honorary doctorate by the Andhra University for his services to the Telugu film industry and for his social work.[16]


Year Title Role Notes
1978 Pranam Khareedu Narasimha First Released film
Manavoori Pandavulu Parthu
1979 Kothala Raayudu
Sri Rambantu
Idikatha Kaadu
Punaadi Rallu First acted film
I Love You Ramesh
Kotta Alludu
Kukka Katuku Cheppu Debba
Tayaramma Bangarayya
1980 Rakta Sambandham
Mogudu Kavali
Prema Tarangalu Kumar
Love in Singapore Suresh
Thathayya Premaleelalu Bhargav
Nakili Manishi Prasad / Shyam
Punnami Naagu Naagulu
Aarani Mantalu
Kottapeta Rowdy Guest Appearance
Agni Samskaram
1981 Kirayi Rowdylu
Chattaniki Kallu Levu Vijay
Srirasthu Subhamasthu
47 Rojulu
Rani Kasula Rangamma
Ooriki Ichina Maata Ramudu
Nyayam Kavali Suresh Kumar
Prema Natakam Guest Appearance
Tirugu Leni Manishi
Todu Dongalu
Paravathi Parameshwarulu
Adavaallu Meeku Johaarulu
1982 Bandhalu Anubandhalu
Manchu Pallaki
Mondi Ghatam Ravindra
Yamakinkarudu Vijay
Billa Ranga Billa
Patnam Vachina Prativrathalu Gopi
Tingu Rangadu Rangadu
Radha My Darling
Idi Pellantara
Subhalekha Narasimha Murthy Winner: Filmfare Best Actor Award (Telugu)
Bandipotu Simham
Intlo Ramayya Veedilo Krishnayya Rajasekharam First Diamond Jubilee film
1983 Sangarshana Dilip
Manthri gari Viyyankudu Babji
Khaidi Suryam Khaidi catapulted Chiranjeevi into the big league and gave him a star image
Simhapoori Simham Vijay
Maa Inti Premayanam
Roshagadu Sikander
Maga Maharaju Raju
Gudachari No.1 Vijay
Puli Bebbuli
Shivudu Shivudu Shivudu
Abhilasha Chiranjeevi
Palletoori Monagadu
Prema Pichollu Ravi
1984 Rustum Gopi
Agnigundam Vijay
Naagu Naagu
Intiguttu Vijay Kumar Winner: Filmfare Best Actor Award (Telugu)
Challenge Gandhi
Mahanagaramlo Mayagadu
Hero Krishna
Goonda Kalidas/Raja
Allulu Vasthunnaru
1985 Vijetha Chinnababu
Adavi Donga Kalidas
Raktha Sindhuram Gandra Goddali & Inspector Gopi
Puli Kranthi
Jwala Raju
Chiranjeevi Chiranjeevi
Donga Phani
Chattam Tho Poratam Ravi Shankar
1986 Chanakya Shapadham Chanakya
Chantabbai Pandu Ranga Rao
Veta Raanaa Pratap Kumar Verma
Kondaveeti Raja Raja
Kirathakudu Charan
1987 Jebu Donga Chitti Babu
Swayamkrushi Sambaiah Winner: Nandi Award for Best Actor
Pasivadi Pranam Madhu
Chakravarthy Chakravarthy
Aradhana Puli Raju
Donga Mogudu Ravi Teja/Nagaraju
1988 Yudda Bhoomi
Trinetrudu (100th Film) Abhimanyu
Marana Mrudangam Janrdhan/Johnny
Khaidi No.786 Gopi

Entitled As MEGASTAR By His Fans

Yamudiki Mogudu Kali/Balu
Rudraveena Suryanarayana Sharma Winner: Filmfare Best Actor Award (Telugu)
Manchi Donga Veerendra
1989 Lankeshwarudu Shankar
Rudranetra Nethra
State Rowdy Kaali Charan/Prudhvi
Athaku Yamudu Ammayiki Mogudu Kalyan
1990 Raja Vikramarka Raja Vikramarka
Prathibandh Siddhanth
Kodama Simham Bharath
Jagadeka Veerudu Athiloka Sundari Raju
Kondaveeti Donga Raja
1991 Rowdy Alludu Janardhan(Johnny)/Kalyan
Gang Leader Rajaram
Stuartpuram Police Station Rana Prathap
1992 Aapathbandhavudu Madhava Winner: Nandi Award for Best Actor
Aaj Ka Goonda Raj Raja
Gharana Mogudu Raju
1993 Mechanic Alludu Ravi
Muta Mesthri Subhash Chandra Bose Winner: Filmfare Best Actor Award (Telugu)
1994 The Gentleman Vijay Hindi
S.P.Parasuram Parshuram
Mugguru Monagallu Prudhvi/Vikram/Dattatreya
1995 Rikshavodu Raju
Big Boss Surendra
Alluda Majaka Sitaramudu/Mr. Toyota
1997 Master Raj Kumar Playback singer for the first time
Hitler Madhava Rao
1998 Choodalani Vundi Ramakrishna
Bavagaru Bagunnara Raju
1999 Iddaru Mitrulu Vijay
Sneham Kosam Simhadri/Chinnayya Winner: Filmfare Best Actor Award (Telugu)
2000 Annayya Rajaram
Hands Up Cameo
2001 Daddy Raj Kumar
Manjunatha Manjunatha Swamy/Lord Siva
Mrigaraju Raju Also playback singer
2002 Indra Indra Sena Reddy Nandi Award for Best Actor
Filmfare Best Actor Award (Telugu)
2003 Anji Anji
Tagore Tagore Santosham Best Actor Award
2004 Shankar Dada MBBS Shankar Prasad Winner, Filmfare Best Actor Award (Telugu)
Winner, Santosham Best Actor Award
2005 Andarivadu Govindarajulu/Siddharth
Jai Chiranjeeva Satyanarayana Murthy
2006 Stalin Stalin
Style Himself Special appearance
2007 Shankardada Zindabad Shankar Prasad Remake of Lage Raho Munnabhai


  1. ^
  2. ^ "Early life". 
  3. ^ "Education". 
  4. ^ "Changing screen name". 
  5. ^ "Early career". 
  6. ^ "Khaidi on IMDB". 
  7. ^ "Chiranjeevi on Khaidi". 
  8. ^ "Chiranjeevi Dances". 
  9. ^ "Chiranjeevi on Khaidi". 
  10. ^ "Megastar". 
  11. ^ "Commercial Disasters". 
  12. ^ "Alluda Majakaa". 
  13. ^ "Indra Record". 
  14. ^ "Marriage". 
  15. ^ "". Chiranjeevi receives Padma Bhushan.  Unknown parameter |accessdaymonth= ignored (help); Unknown parameter |accessyear= ignored (|access-date= suggested) (help)
  16. ^ "AU confers honorary degrees on Chiru, others". The Hindu. 2006-11-07. Retrieved 2008-01-16.  Check date values in: |date= (help); External link in |work= (help)

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