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Ram Charan
Ram Charan at Promotion of 'Zanjeer' on Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa.jpg
Ram Charan in 2013
Born (1985-03-27) 27 March 1985 (age 35)[1]
  • Actor
  • film producer
  • entrepreneur
Years active2007–present
Upasana Kamineni (m. 2012)
FamilySee Chiranjeevi family

Ram Charan (born 27 March 1985) is an Indian film actor, producer, and entrepreneur who works in Telugu cinema. He is one of the most popular and influential actors in Tollywood[2] and has featured in Forbes India's Celebrity 100 list since 2013. Charan is the recipient of several awards, including three Filmfare Awards, two Nandi Awards, two CineMAA Awards, and two Santosham Best Actor Awards. The son of actor Chiranjeevi and Surekha, Charan made his acting debut in the successful action film Chirutha (2007), for which he won the Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut – South. Charan rose to prominence with a starring role opposite Kajal Aggarwal in S.S. Rajamouli's fantasy action film Magadheera (2009), which is one of the highest-grossing Telugu films of all time. He won several accolades for this film, including the Filmfare Award for Best Actor - Telugu.

Charan established himself as a leading Tollywood actor with the commercially successful films such as Racha (2012), Naayak (2013), Yevadu (2014), Dhruva (2016) and Rangasthalam (2018), which ranks as his highest-grossing release. He won his second Filmfare Award for Best Actor - Telugu for his performance in Rangasthalam.

In 2016, Charan established his own production house, the Konidela Production Company, under which he produces films.[3] Beyond his film career, he owns the polo team Ram Charan Hyderabad Polo Riding Club.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Ram Charan was born in Madras (now Chennai) to Telugu film actor Chiranjeevi and his wife Surekha on 27 March 1985.[1] He has two sisters. He is the grandson of Allu Rama Lingaiah and the nephew of Nagendra Babu, Pawan Kalyan, and Allu Aravind. He is the cousin of Allu Arjun, Varun Tej , Sai Dharam Tej, Allu Sirish, Niharika Konidela. He was educated at Padma Seshadri Bala Bhavan, Chennai,[5] Lawrence School, Lovedale[6] and at St. Mary's College, Hyderabad.[7]

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.[8][9] Subsequently, they got married on 14 June 2012 at the Temple Trees Farm House.[10]


In 2007, Ram Charan made his film debut as the leading man in Chirutha, which was directed by Puri Jagannadh and completed 50 days in 178 direct centres and 15 other shifted centres. The film completed 100 days in 40 direct centres.[11] He played the role of Charan, an ex-convict who is hell-bent on killing the murderer of his father. praised his performance stating: "Ram Charan is quite promising. Dance and action appear 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 vdialogue or adopting any particular mannerism or style."[12] His performance in the film earned him a Filmfare Best South Debutant Award and Nandi Special Jury Award.[13]

After the release of the 2009 film Magadheera, which was only his second film, directed by S.S.Rajamouli, Charan established himself as one of the leading contemporary actors of Tollywood. He played dual roles in this film in which one is a brave soldier of a kingdom in Rajasthan in the 17th century in love with the princess but loses her and dies, the other 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 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."[14] IndiaGlitz commented: "Charan has come up with a mature performance and he has carried the film very well. Both his characters were done justice and he reminded of his father at many places."[15] Directed by S. S. Rajamouli,[16] the film received six Filmfare Awards including the award for Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Telugu and Nandi Special Jury Award for Charan.[17] In 2009, he became a spokesperson for Pepsi's advertisement campaigns.[18]

Charan starred in Bommarillu Bhaskar's Orange in 2010 as Ram, an NRI living in Australia whose opinions are against loving forever. IndiaGlitz wrote: "Ram Charan gave an excellent performance all through the film. His attire, makeup, dressing style, accessories and body language give the audiences a fresh feel of an urbane guy. He improved a lot in all the departments including action, dances, dialogue modulation, body language."[19]

His next film was Rachcha, directed by Sampath Nandi. He did the role of Betting Raj, a gambler whose life takes a toll on him. IndiaGlitz wrote: "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."[20] The film released on 5 April 2012 and was declared a commercial success.[21]

Charan with Priyanka Chopra during promotions of their film Zanjeer in 2013

His first release in 2013 was Naayak, directed by V. V. Vinayak. He played another dual role, one a mafia leader in Kolkata and the other a simple software employee in Hyderabad. The Times of India wrote: "Ram Charan did a great job, though there was no variation shown between the two characters."[22] It opened to positive critical acclaim and became a commercial success.[23]

Charan made his Bollywood debut alongside Priyanka Chopra in Zanjeer, a remake of the 1973 film of the same name. He played the role of ACP Vijay Khanna who swears Vengeance on his parents' killer. 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.

In his next Telugu film, Yevadu (2014), directed by Vamsi Paidipally, he plays two characters, one who has received a face transplant of the other and becomes the target of underworld gangs because of the mistaken identity. Bangalore Mirror wrote: "For Ram Charan, Yevadu is essential to establish his status after Thoofan 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."[24] 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 the Freedom song."[25] Charan's next release in the same year was the family drama Govindudu Andarivadele.[26] The film opened to mostly positive reviews from critics and grossed over 40 crore (US$5.6 million) at the box office.[27]

His next film was Bruce Lee[28] where he played the role of a stuntman who gets involved in a scuffle. It wasn't a success due to its weak narration and comedy.[29] His next film Dhruva (2016), was declared a hit due its unique story and visuals.[citation needed] Times of India wrote: "Ram Charan looks his fittest best. As an actor, Ram Charan impresses in all the scenes that required high emotion. And as for the scenes where he had to be elevated as the hero, they will not disappoint his fans."[30] In 2018, he acted in the blockbuster Rangasthalam directed by Sukumar, declared as third highest grosser of all time in Telugu cinema.[31] In 2019, he starred alongside Kiara Advani and Vivek Oberoi in an action film Vinaya Vidheya Rama which was directed by Boyapati Srinu.[citation needed]

He is also the producer of his father Chiranjeevi's 150th film Khaidi No. 150 and Sye Raa.[32] He also signed to appear in his uncle Pawan Kalyan's production.[33]

Other work[edit]

Ram Charan is an equestrian and entrepreneur.[34] He owns the polo team Ram Charan Hyderabad Polo Riding Club.[4] He also serves on the board of directors of MAA TV.[35]

In early July 2015, he started his own Hyderabad-based airline business called TruJet.[36] Ram Charan is also the spokesman and co-owner of the obstacle running series Devil's Circuit.[37]


Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Title Role Notes
2007 Chirutha Charan
2009 Magadheera Kala Bhairava / Harsha[a]
2010 Orange Ram
2012 Racha Betting Raj
2013 Naayak Charan "Cherry" / Siddharth Naayak[a]
Zanjeer ACP Vijay Khanna Shot in Hindi and Telugu. The Telugu title was Thoofan.
Charan was also a playback singer in the song "Mumbai Ke Hero"
2014 Yevadu Charan / Satya[b]
Govindudu Andarivadele Abhiram
2015 Bruce Lee: The Fighter Karthik / Bruce Lee / IB Officer Vikram Kumar[c]
2016 Dhruva Dhruva
2017 Khaidi No. 150 Himself Special appearance, also producer
2018 Rangasthalam Chelluboina Chitti Babu
2019 Vinaya Vidheya Rama Konidela Ram
Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy Producer
2021 AcharyaFilms that have not yet been released Filming, also producer[38]
RRRFilms that have not yet been released Alluri Sitarama Raju Filming

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Film Result Ref(s)
2008 Nandi Awards Special Jury Award Chirutha Won [39]
2010 Special Jury Award Magadheera Won [40]
2008 Filmfare Awards South Best Male Debut – South Chirutha Won [41]
2010 Best Actor – Telugu Magadheera Won [42]
2012 Racha Nominated
2013 Naayak Nominated
2016 Dhruva Nominated [43]
2019 Rangasthalam Won [44]
2019 South Indian International Movie Awards Best Actor – Telugu Rangasthalam Won
2010 Santosham Film Awards Best Actor Magadheera Won
2015 Best Actor Govindudu Andarivadele Won
2016 Ritz Icon Awards Most Admired Celebrity Icon Award Won
2016 Asiavision Awards Youth Icon Of India Won [45]
2014 TSR – TV9 National Film Awards Best Hero Naayak Won
2016 Special Jury Best Actor Award Dhruva Won [46]
2010 CineMAA Awards Best Actor – Male Magadheera Won
2019 Zee Cine Awards Telugu Best Actor in Leading Role – Male Rangasthalam Won


  1. ^ a b Charan played two characters.
  2. ^ Charan played two characters, Charan and Satya
  3. ^ Charan played a single character with two or more names.


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  21. ^ Racha breaks Businessman, Oosaravelli opening day records – Times Of India. (6 April 2012). Retrieved on 26 April 2012.
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  26. ^ "Govindudu Andarivadele to release Oct 1". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 14 December 2014.
  27. ^ "Box Office Collection: 'Govindudu Andarivadele' Crosses ₹40 Crore Mark; Beats 'Julayi'". International Business Times, India Edition. 15 October 2014. Archived from the original on 1 February 2015.
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  30. ^ "Dhruva Review {4/5}: The movie promises to be an edge-of-the-seat entertainer and it delivers impeccably". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 23 May 2017. Retrieved 10 June 2017.
  31. ^ "Ram Charan-Sukumar film to go on floors in August – Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis". 20 April 2016. Archived from the original on 27 June 2016.
  32. ^ Chaubey, Pranita. "Ram Charan Thanks Dad Chiranjeevi For Making Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy A 'Boss Buster'". NDTV. Retrieved 19 May 2020.
  33. ^ "Pawan Kalyan to work with Ram Charan". Times of India. 15 January 2017. Archived from the original on 16 February 2018. Retrieved 4 March 2017.
  34. ^ Arts / Cinema : Horsing around Archived 18 April 2012 at the Wayback Machine. The Hindu (4 September 2011). Retrieved on 26 April 2012.
  35. ^ "Board of Directors". Archived from the original on 28 May 2014. Retrieved 26 May 2014.
  36. ^ "New airline, coming soon: Chiranjeevi's son Ram Charan on cloud 9; gives Hyderabad a flying gift". 8 July 2015. Archived from the original on 10 July 2015.
  37. ^ "IndiaGlitz – Ram Charan to be the face of Devils Circuit – Telugu Movie News". 13 May 2015. Archived from the original on 8 August 2016.
  38. ^ Hooli, Shekhar H. (10 April 2020). "Chiranjeevi spills the beans on Acharya storyline and Ram Charan's role in it". International Business Times, India Edition. Retrieved 10 June 2020.
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  40. ^ "Nandi awards 2009 announced". 7 October 2010. Archived from the original on 24 October 2014.
  41. ^ "NTR bags Filmfare award – Telugu Movie News". Archived from the original on 10 July 2011.
  42. ^ "Filmfare Awards winners". The Times of India. 9 August 2010.
  43. ^ "Filmfare Awards South 2017 Telugu Nominations | Filmfare". Retrieved 13 June 2020.
  44. ^ "Winners of the 66th Filmfare Awards (South) - 2019". Filmfare. 22 December 2019.
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