Chiranjeevi (Shiva Shankara Varaprasad)

Not all stars are alike. Certain stars standout as of a great significance. One such star is Megastar Chiranjeevi. Chiranjeevi came as a resurgence the audience are looking for and the youth were regaled by power-packed fights and electrifying dances and created his own era, the “Chiranjeevi Era”. Chiranjeevi is just not a Star, an aura himself. Chiranjeevi is fondly called as Megastar” and possibly the biggest star ever in Tollywood. He can emote any emotion with great ease and has great comic timing.

He enjoyed the numero uno status in Tollywood for over 2 decades. He is still considered as one of the best Indian dancers ever graced the Cinema not just because he dances well but he has got that elegance and grace in his movements. Special mention to be made for his dancing skills in Gharana Mogudu and Gangleader for the songs “Bangaru Kodipetta” and “Gang Leader” which became a rage during the early 90s. During this phase, Chiraneevi’s stardom and has emerged as one of the greatest mass heroes ever produced. Chiranjeevi went on to become the highest paid actor (Rs 1.25 cr) in Indian cinema even surpassing Amitabh Bachan and Rajnikanth and was the first South Indian Star to feature on the cover page of India Today.

Chiranjeevi (born as Konidela Shiva Shankara Vara Prasad) is an Indian actor who works in Telugu Cinema. He was an active participant in stage shows and dramas during his school and college days and it’s the same passion that drove him to join the film school after graduation.

He made his debut with a minuscule role in Punadhirallu, but it was Pranam Khareedu that got released first. Initially, Chiranjeevi has to adjust with minor roles or antagonist roles till 1981 and it was Kodi Ramakrishna’s debut flick Intlo Ramayya Veedhilo Krishnaiah that portrayed Chiranjeevi as a full-fledged solo hero. The film had a massive run at Box office for over a year and subsequently he started getting offers as the solo hero.

The year 1983 has changed his fortunes forever. His action-drama Khaidi made him a star hero overnight, the success of the movie has marked the onset of a star hero on the rise. Followed by subsequent hits, Chiranjeevi redefined the contours of the movie business and has become the unmatchable King at Box Office by taking the box-office to new heights and setting a yardstick in collections and stardom. Chiranjeevi’s Ghanaranamogudu stunned the entire South India by becoming the first-ever South film to collect a whopping gross of Rs 10cr and made him the highest paid actor in Indian Cinema.

The mid-90s saw a slight decline in Chiranjeevi’s career with back-to-back flops and has faced the lull period for the first time in the industry he owned indisputably. It took a year’s sabbatical to bounce back strongly as ever with Hitler and the success saga continued.

Chiranjeevi took a break from films after and formed the party Prajarajyam and contested in 2009 elections, he got elected as MLA from Tirupathi constituency, the party later merged with Congress party and he has served as “Minister of Tourism”. His younger brother Nagababu is a famous character artist in Telugu Cinema and youngest brother Pawan Kalyan is a leading star hero in Tollywood. His brother-in-law Allu Aravind is a famous producer, his father-in-law Allu Ramalingiah was a top comedian. His nephews Allu Arjun, Sai Dharam Tej, Varun Tej and Allu Sirish are leading actors in Tollywood.

Chiranjeevi has been honored with Doctorate by Andhra University in 2006. He was bestowed with 10 Filmfare Awards South, 4 Nandi Awards, and 3 South Indian International Movie Awards. Few of his best-known movies are Khaidi, Jagadeka Veerudu Athiloka Sundari, Gang Leader, Gharana Mogudu, Rowdy Alludu, Rudranethrudu, Lankeshwarudu, Rudraveena, Swayamkrushi, Chantabbai, Indra, Tagore and Shankardada MBBS.