Sai Dharam Tej

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Sai Dharam Tej
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Tej in 2015
Panja Sai Dharam Tej[1]

(1986-10-15) 15 October 1986 (age 34)[2][3]
Alma materSt. Mary's College, Hyderabad
Years active2013–present
FamilySee Allu–Konidela family

Panja Sai Dharam Tej (born 15 October 1986) is an Indian actor who works in Telugu films. He made his debut as a lead in the film Pilla Nuvvu Leni Jeevitham (2014) for which he received SIIMA Award for Best Male Debut. He then went on to star in successful films such as Subramanyam for Sale, Supreme, Chitralahari, Prati Roju Pandage and Solo Brathuke So Better.

Early life[edit]

Sai Dharam Tej was born to Vijaya Durga, sister of notable Telugu film actor-politician Chiranjeevi.[4] Tej did his schooling at Nalanda School, Hyderabad and completed his graduation from St. Mary's College, Hyderabad.[5] Actors Allu Arjun, Ram Charan, Allu Sirish, Varun Tej and Niharika Konidela are Tej's cousins. He has a younger brother Vaisshnav Tej who is also an actor.[6]


Tej made his debut with the film Pilla Nuvvu Leni Jeevitham in 2014 though he shot for YVS Chowdary's Rey earlier, which was completed in 2013 but delayed until 2015.[7] In 2015, he was featured in Subramanyam for Sale, which was a commercial success. Tej's Supreme which released the following year, was also financially successful.

Following Supreme, Tej went onto star in six other films which were a string of failures, including Thikka (2016), Winner, Nakshatram, Jawaan (in 2017), Inttelligent and Tej I Love You (in 2018).[8][9] His 2019 film Chitralahari was a box office success.[10] One critic from The Times of India had called the character Vijay in the film the best in Tej's career so far.[11] His next film in the same year, Prati Roju Pandage was also successful.[12] Later in 2020, his film Solo Brathuke So Better was released following the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the restriction of 50% occupancy in cinemas, the film was commercially successful.[13]

In his upcoming film Republic, directed by Deva Katta, Tej plays the role of an IAS officer.[14]

Personal life[edit]

In September 2021, Tej met with a motorcycle accident near the Durgam Cheruvu Bridge in Hyderabad. He is been admitted to Apollo Hospitals who announced that he sustained soft tissue injuries and a collar bone fracture but was out of danger.[15][16]


Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Title Role Notes
2014 Pilla Nuvvu Leni Jeevitham Srinu
2015 Rey Rock Debut film
2015 Subramanyam for Sale Subramanyam
2016 Supreme Balu
Thikka Aditya
2017 Winner Siddharth "Siddu" Reddy
Nakshatram Alexander IPS Cameo appearance
Jawaan Jai
2018 Inttelligent Dharma Teja / Dharma Bhai
Tej I Love You Tej
2019 Chitralahari Vijay Krishna
Prati Roju Pandage Sai Tej
2020 Solo Brathuke So Better Virat
2021 Republic dagger Panja Abhiram Filming[14]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Film Result
2015 4th South Indian International Movie Awards Best Male Debut (Telugu)[17] Pilla Nuvvu Leni Jeevitam Won
13th Santosham Film Awards Best Debut Actor Won
CineMAA Awards Best Male Debut Won


  1. ^ "Vaishnav Tej's debut film launched". Zee News. 22 January 2019. Archived from the original on 22 August 2019. Retrieved 13 September 2020.
  2. ^ "Prati Roju Pandage glimpse: Makers reveal a special look on Sai Dharam Tej's birthday". The Indian Express. 15 October 2019. Archived from the original on 22 October 2019. Retrieved 14 August 2020.
  3. ^ "Sai Dharam Tej teams up with Sukumar for a mystical thriller: To be directed by debutante Karthik - Times of India". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 15 August 2020. Retrieved 14 August 2020.
  4. ^ "Sai Dharam Tej refutes reports about 'upcoming marriage' to Niharika Konidela - Entertainment News , Firstpost". Firstpost. 8 May 2017. Archived from the original on 12 May 2017. Retrieved 14 August 2020.
  5. ^ "Alumni". Archived from the original on 22 June 2020. Retrieved 19 May 2020.
  6. ^ India, The Hans (21 January 2019). "Sai Dharma Tej Introduces Panja Vaisshnav Tej". Retrieved 12 March 2021.
  7. ^ "Rey on Oct 11th as Dusserra gift". Archived from the original on 15 November 2017. Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  8. ^ kavirayani, suresh (16 February 2019). "One Friday can change everything: Sai Dharam Tej". Deccan Chronicle. Archived from the original on 16 February 2019. Retrieved 11 September 2020.
  9. ^ "First Day: తొలిరోజు బాగానే రాబట్టిన 'చిత్రలహరి'". Samayam Telugu (in Telugu). Archived from the original on 11 October 2020. Retrieved 11 September 2020.
  10. ^ kavirayani, suresh (23 October 2019). "Change in fortunes for Sai Tej!". Deccan Chronicle. Archived from the original on 15 November 2019. Retrieved 11 September 2020.
  11. ^ Chitralahari movie review {3/5}: Sai Dharam Tej, Kalyani Priyadarshan and Nivetha Pethuraj save the day, retrieved 9 May 2019
  12. ^ "Sai Dharam Tej Teams Up With Sukumar?". Sakshi Post. 15 August 2020. Archived from the original on 11 October 2020. Retrieved 11 September 2020.
  13. ^ "Sai Dharam Tej's Solo Brathuke So Better Closing Collections". Sakshi Post. 3 February 2021.
  14. ^ a b "Sai Dharam Tej and Aishwarya Rajesh starrer Republic gets a release date". The Times of India. 15 August 2021.
  15. ^ "Tollywood actor Sai Dharam Tej injured in bike accident in Hyderabad". The News Minute. 11 September 2021.
  16. ^ "Chiranjeevi's nephew actor Sai Dharam Tej injured in road accident, hospital confirms he's stable". Hindustan Times. 11 September 2021.
  17. ^ "SIIMA AWARDS". Archived from the original on 17 May 2017. Retrieved 15 July 2015.

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