Chiranjeevi will turn 65 on Saturday (August 22) and, interestingly, it is also the auspicious occasion for Vinayaka Chavithi. Originally christened Konidela Siva Sankara Vara Prasad, the typical middle-class boy finished his graduation in Narsapur and joined the Madras Film Institute in 1976 to pursue a career in acting.
After experiencing his fair share of fights like any newcomer, he sweated hard in show business and worked his way to the top by nurturing his flawless dialogue delivery, brilliant comedic timing, tremendous acting prowess, and superb dance skills. to the max.
Chiranjeevi also has the merit of giving a new definition to dance in Tollywood. Be it folk, break, classical or disco, he excelled in all forms of dance and influenced a whole new generation of actors to go the extra mile when it comes to moving their bodies. After a 10-year sabbatical from acting due to a failed political stint, the veteran warhorse returned to the big screen in 2017 in the action drama Khaidi No. 150 and continued his habit of landing monstrous blows at the box office.
In 2019, Chiru stepped into the shoes of the rebellious freedom fighter Uyyalawada Narasimha Reddy in the period action “Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy” and proved his worth with a powerful performance even at age 64.
Initially, the older hero introduced his two brothers, Pawan Kalyan and Naga Babu, to celluloid. Later, a long list of actors from the mega family followed that includes Ram Charan, Sai Dharam Tej, Kalyaan Dhev, Allu Arjun, Allu Sirish, Panja Vaisshnav Tej, and Niharika Konidela. As the veteran warhorse celebrates his 65th birthday, look at some of the amazing facts about his career space that are not yet known to many.
Not many know that Chiranjeevi’s 1992 blockbuster “Gharana Mogudu” is the first Telugu film to gross more than Rs 10 million at the box office. Starring Nagma and Vani Viswanath as the main leads, the film was also screened at the 1993 India International Film Festival in the main section. The director of K Raghavendra Rao is the remake of the 1986 Kannada film Anuraga Aralithu.
Chiranjeevi was the first actor from South India to be invited to the 59th Academy Awards (Oscars) that took place in 1987 in Los Angeles, California.