Siva Balaji

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Siva Balaji
Born Sivabalaji Manoharan
14 October 1980
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Residence Hyderabad, Telangana, India
Occupation Actor, Businessman
Years active 2003–present
Spouse(s) Madhumitha
  • Manoharan Ramaswamy (father)
  • Sivakumari (mother)

Siva Balaji Manoharan (born 14 October 1980)is an Indian actor, who predominantly works in Telugu Film Industry and also appeared in Tamil films. He was introduced as a hero by director Suresh Krissna through the film Idi Maa Ashokgadi Love Story (2003).He won Copper Nandi Award for his performance in the film Pothe poni. He emerged as the title winner of Bigg Boss Telugu season 1 bagging a prize money of 50 Lakh(0.50 crore) Rupees.

Early life and family[edit]

Siva Balaji was born and brought up in Chennai Tamilnadu. He is the eldest son of Manoharan Ramaswamy, an industrialist and Sivakumari Manoharan. He attended Karthikeyan Metriculation Higher Secondary School. He has a younger sister Gayathri Lingam who is married to Yathendra Lingam, and younger brothers Prashanth Balaji and Krishna Sai. He started looking after his father's businesses when he was 17. In 2009, he married actress Madhumitha, whom he paired in his film Englishkaran.[1][2] They have two sons, Dhanvin Kangula, born on 11 February 2010 and Gagan Kangula, born on 28 November 2014.[3][4]


1997–2004: early career[edit]

Siva Balaji started working in his father's Sri Balaji Group of companies (Sri Balaji Cylinders pvr ltd, Sri Balaji Valves Pvt ltd (DPR), and Sri Srinivasa cylinders pvr ltd (hot repair unit)) when he was 17 and established his own MSB Industries (valves, regulators and components manufacturing industry) at the age of 20. He got his first film offer in 2002 at the age of 22 which made him leave his entrepreneurship and choose films, as his father strictly advised him to choose, either films or business. He started shooting for his first film Idi Maa Ashokgadi Love Story on 23 September 2002, followed by a guest role in Ela Cheppanu and the lead role in Dost. His major break came through the film Arya directed by Sukumar. Playing the role of Ajay, local MPs spoiled brat son, who is adamant and very possessive lover, gained him critical acclaim which made him a star in the Telugu film industry. Reviewer from quoted "Siva is good as adamant, at times confused, lover. He generated comedy in few scenes where he shows his frustration."[5] Reviewer from wrote " Siva as Ajay is very promising."[6] It was followed by Sankranti, in which he shared screen space with actors Daggubati Venkatesh and Srikanth.


He took up Kumkuma an emotional heart touching script in 2005. He got his debut Tamil film Englishkaran in the same year, it was a huge hit. He got 5 releases in 2006, Pothe poni, Kokila, Sarada Saradaga, Aganthakudu and Annavaram. His film Pothe Poni directed by Tammareddy Bharadwaja, won Golden Nandi Award, which got him Copper Nandi Award for the same. He was appreciated for his performance in Annavaram, directed by Bhimaneni Srinivasa Rao where he shared screen space with Pawan Kalyan. In 2007 two of his films- Pagale vennela and Chandamama were released. Chandamama directed by Krishna Vamsi, Navdeep was another lead and movie succeeded well at the box office and gained huge applause for him in the role of good-hearted Village boy. Kajal Aggarwal, and Sindhu Menon were the heroines of the film. Target released in 2008 and that's a wrong choice made. He did Masth in 2009 produced by actor Suresh. Shivaji was another lead of the film. Shambo Shiva Shambo directed by Samuthirakani was another milestone in his career released in 2010 and was a huge success. He worked with Ravi Teja and Allari Naresh in the film, while Priyamani, and Abhinaya were the heroines. He has been taking up supporting roles for a while, and he presently appears in the reality show Bigg Boss Telugu, which he won on 24th September 2017


Year Film Role Language Notes
2003 Idi Maa Ashokgadi Love Story Ashok Telugu
2003 Ela Cheppanu Amar Varma Telugu
2004 Dost Siva Telugu
2004 Arya (2004 film) Ajay Telugu The film had a 50-day run in 89 centres. The film had a 100-day run in 56 centres. It collected INR 18 crores
2005 Sankranti Chinna Telugu
2005 Kumkuma Kartik Telugu
2005 Englishkaran Bala Tamil
2006 Pote Poni Chaitanya Telugu Won Nandi Award
2006 Kokila Abhi Telugu
2006 Sarada Saradaga Prem Telugu
2006 Aagantakudu Anil Telugu
2006 Annavaram Telugu
2007 Pagale Vennela Balu Telugu
2007 Podarillu Telugu
2007 Chandamama Dorababu Telugu
2008 Target ACP Bose Telugu
2009 Mast Balaji Telugu
2010 Shambo Shiva Shambo Chandru Telugu
2013 Jagame Maya Anand Telugu
2015 Janda Pai Kapiraju Gopi Telugu
2015 Lion Special Appearance Telugu
2016 Snehamera Jeevitam Telugu
2017 Katamarayudu Sivarayudu Telugu


Year Show Role Channel Result
2017 Bigg Boss Telugu (season 1) Contestant Star Maa Winner- On Day 70