Veteran actor Chiranjeevi needs no introduction. He is one of the most successful stars of Indian cinema, having acted in Telugu, Tamil, Kannada and Hindi films. Chiranjeevi debuted as an actor in the Telugu film Punadhirallu in 1978.
The actor has been awarded the Raghupathi Venkaiah Award, the top film honor in Andhra Pradesh, three Nandi Awards and nine Southern Filmfare Awards, including a Lifetime Achievement award. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 2006. In 2022, he was awarded the IFFI Indian Film Personality of the Year Award at the 53rd IFFI.
Chiranjeevi was born Konidela Sivasankara Varaprasad Rao on August 22, 1955 in Mogalthur, a village in the West Godavari region of Andhra Pradesh.
On his 68th birthday, let’s take a look at some of his notable performances.
Vijetha is a 1985 Telugu film directed by A Kodandarami Reddy and produced by Allu Aravind, starring Chiranjeevi, Bhanupriya and JV Somayajulu. It is a remake of the 1981 Bengali film Saheb, previously remade in Hindi as Saaheb (1985) starring Anil Kapoor. The film is also dubbed in Tamil and is titled Dharma Prabhu. Chiranjeevi received his second Filmfare Best Actor Award for his performance in the film.
The director’s film B Gopal released in 2002 became the highest grossing Telugu film at that time. It stars Chiranjeevi, Sonali Bendre and Aarthi Agarwal, while Sivaji, Mukesh Rishi and Prakash Raj play supporting roles with music composed by Mani Sharma. The film won three State Nandi Awards and two Filmfare Awards South with Chiranjeevi winning both the Nandi Award for Best Actor and the Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Telugu. The dialogues and certain scenes create an indelible visual impression on the viewer and that shows how talented the actor is.
1988 Telugu film directed by K Balachander. It stars Chiranjeevi and Shobana along with Tamil actor Gemini Ganesan. Ilaiyaraaja composed the soundtrack and the soundtrack. The film was loved for its music and received three National Film Awards: Best Feature Film on National Integration, Best Music Directing and Best Male Vocal Performance (SP Balasubrahmanyam). It has also won four Nandi Awards, including a Special Jury Award for Chiranjeevi.
Shankar Dada MBBS (2004)
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Shankar Dada MBBS is a comedy-drama remake of the 2003 Hindi film Munna Bhai MBBS. Directed by Jayanth C Paranjee, the film stars Chiranjeevi, Sonali Bendre, Srikanth, Girish Karnad and Paresh Rawal. The film was a commercial success and audiences enjoyed seeing Chiranjeevi and Sonali Bendre on screen. Chiranjeevi and Srikanth both won the Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Telugu and the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor – Telugu at the 2005 South Filmfare Awards respectively.
Gharana Mogudu (1992)
Director K Raghavendra Rao is a remake of the 1986 Kannada film Anuraga Aralithu. The romantic drama, starring Chiranjeevi and Nagma, was a blockbuster and made Chiru the highest-paid actor. The film was screened at the 1993 Indian International Film Festival in the mainstream category.
The actor recently appeared in the entertaining action film Bhola Shankar. Supported by Meher Ramesh, the film is a remake of the 2015 Tamil hit film Vedhalam. The film also stars Tamannaah Bhatia and Keerthy Suresh.