Chiranjeevi is no unknown name in India as this Tollywood legend has made a mark for himself over decades. Originally named Konidela Siva Sankara Vara Prasad, he has worked hard and acted in over 150 feature films, mostly in Telugu Cinema as he hails from Andhra Pradesh.
Chiranjeevi was born on 22nd August 1955 in Mogalthur village of Godavari District. He is also a former politician and served as the Minister of the State with independent charge for the Ministry of Tourism and also Government of India from 27 October 2012 to 15 May 2014.
He has some amazing break-dancing skills and has displayed talent on many songs featured in his movies.
In a film career that has lasted thirty-nine years and is still going strong, Chiranjeevi won as many as three Andhra Pradesh State Nandi Awards, one Raghupathi Venkaiah Award, and brace yourself, a whopping nine Filmfare Awards South.
He has truly lived up to the term ”legend” by putting India on the map of World Cinema as in 2006, he was honored with India’s third-highest civilian award, the Padma Bhushan for his active contributions to Indian Cinema and as a result, Andhra University presented him with an honorary doctorate accolade.
In the early stages of his life, his mother suggested to him the screen name Chiranjeevi which in literal translation means immortal and since then he has used this name officially.
Chiranjeevi started his film career with a Telugu film Punadhirallu but the film got shelved. The first released film in which he was featured was Pranam Khareedu. He rose to fame amongst the audience through Mana Voori Pandavulu directed by Bapu.
He played a small yet impactful role in the film titled Tayaramma Bangarayya, a quite popular Telugu film. As Chiranjeevi likes to explore different shades of a character, he played the antagonist in films like I Love You and K Idi Katha Kaadu, also starring the great Kamal Haasan.