• Birth Name Konidela Kalyan Babu
  • Date of birth 1971-09-02
  • birth place Bapatla, AP
  • spouse(s) Nandini(1997-2008), Renu Desai(2009-2013),Anna Lezhneva
  • children Akira Nandan, Adhya,
  • debut year 1996
  • debut movie Akkada Ammayi Ikkada Abbayi

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It is very easy for someone to foray in to films if your brother is a Megastar but it would prove very tough to fit in his boots and impress the audience. But Pawan Kalyan just managed that, he not only managed to impress but grew bigger than Chiranjeevi himself. His aura is so big that he has a cult following and they all follow a special ideology known as Pawanism which is named after the actor.

  • Personal Life

    Konidela Kalyan Babu was born 2nd September 1971 in Bapatla, Andhra Pradesh. His parents are Konidela Venkata Rao and Anjana Devi. He is the younger brother of megastar Chiranjeevi and producer Nagendra Babu. Pawan’s first wife was Nandini, the couple got divorced in 2007. Later Pawan married his co-star Renu Desai in 2009. They are blessed with two children, son Akira Nandan and daughter Aadhya. However both of them were again divorced in 2013 and Pawan Kalyan married Anna Lezhneva, a Russian National whom he met in Teenmaar shooting and they have a baby girl who is not introduced to the World till now.

    Pawan created a free spirited acting style and an empire of his own in spite of sprouting from the lineage of the powerful actor like Chiranjeevi. Being a humble person at heart he never shows his ‘starism’ on sets. He is also known to be a producer friendly person at remuneration front at times. Pawan is a silent philosopher who fills his room with books. He is an avid Sri Sri fan and has a left ideology bent of mind which is evident in his songs and scenes. Pawan often reveals his adoration for his social icon ‘Che Guevera’ through some of his frames too.

    Strengths :
    • Acting
    • Mannerisms
    • Unique dialogue delivery
    • Attitude 

  • Career

    Pawan Kalyan made his filmy debut in Telugu cinema with his first movie, Akkada Ammayi Ikkada Abbayi. The movie was not a big success but he managed to grab everyone’s eyeballs with the special stunts he performed in the movie. He established his foothold as an actor later with the movies Gokulam lo SitaSuswagatham. The biggest turning point in his career came in the form of Tholi Prema in which he played a simple youth who struggles in education and love. Youth in AP could identify the Balu character with themselves and it paved way for him for a good following in youth. His following movies ThammuduBadri and Kushi only increased that following by multiple folds.  Also all these movies worked out incredibly well at the box office increasing his potential in the trade too.

    Badri under the dashing direction of Puri Jagannadh set a new style statement and the next movie, Kushi in the direction of SJ Suriya is an amalgamation of style and a beautiful love story. It was no looking back for Pawan Kalyan at that time when he had everything at bay – Popularity and money.

    2003 was a significant year in the actor’s filmography when everyone thought there is no stopping to his juggernaut; he decided to don the director’s hat with Johnny. The movie had witnessed never before hype in Telugu land. He came up with a sentimental love story with high technical values. But could not gauge his own powerful image and the expectations riding on him and thus it resulted in a terrible disaster.
    The actor was visibly shaken with the failure of the movie. He went on making movies – Gudumba Shankar directed by a new comer Veera Shankar, Balu ABCDEFG directed by Karunakaran, Bangaram directed by Tamil director Dharani and Annavaram directed by Bheemineni Srinivasa Rao. He tried different things in these 4 films like comedy, style, sentiment and mass but nothing worked and all of them failed to bring him success at the box office.

    The success drought continued till the release of Jalsa in 2008. Trivikram Srinivas, the director of the film was bang on judging the pulse of the fans and audience. Keeping any eye on the expectations, he delivered a breezy entertainer and it resulted in a big success. The movie went on to become the biggest grosser that year.  However, things were not all settled as his fans would like. He took a break to films and started complimenting his brother’s newly floated Praja Rajyam Party. He extensively campaigned for the party and even spearheaded the Youth wing, Yuva Rajyam. But the party registered a disastrous result in 2009 General elections. Pawan Kalyan silently quit politics and started working with his films.

    In 2010, the much awaited Komaram Puli released but faced the ire of Telangana agitators. The makers had to drop the word ‘Komaram’ from the title to pacify them. The movie was directed by his Kushi director, SJ Suriya and has good expectations riding on it. But the movie disappointed every one in every front and went on to become biggest disaster in his acting career.  His next movies also did disappoint – Teenmaar, remake of Bollywood film Love Aaj Kal directed by Jayanth C.Paranji, Panjaa directed by Tamil director Vishnu Vardhan.

    When everyone started writing him off, he made a comeback with a bang in 2012 with a sensational hit through Gabbar Singh the Telugu remake of Hindi movie Dabangg. The movie toppled many records and went to become the second biggest grosser in Telugu till date. His dialogues and action power fascinated the audience in the rightly remade movie by Harish Shankar.  He later joined hands with his Badri director, Puri Jagannadh for Cameraman Gangatho Rambabu. But unfortunately the movie faced the ire of Telangana agitation due to some controversial scenes which were deemed to have taken potshots on Telangana agitations. The movie screening was stalled in the Nizam region, a strong forte of Pawan Kalyan. Later the makers of the movie had to chop off some scenes from the movie to pacify the agitations. It ended as an average.

    He achieved a rare distinction with his next movie, Attarintiki Daredi. A distinction, no one would like to have. 90 minutes footage of the movie was leaked on to internet even before the movie release. It is the first such instance in 82 years of Telugu cinema history. But the movie surprised all the trade analysts with its amazing run and collections. The film finally ended up as the biggest hit ever in Tollywood.

    Political Career: 
    Pawan Kalyan agressively campaigned for his Brother's Praja Rajyam 
    Party. But the party ended up with a paltry 18 seats and Pawan Kalyan was not seen in Political sphere for several years following the defeat and PRP's Merger in to Congress. Just before the 2014 elections, he floated a new party, Jana Sena. However he did not contest the elections but extended his support for TDP and BJP. His aggressive campaign said to have helped both the parties immensely. The actor is currently balancing his time between his shootings and as well as building his party from grass root levels.

  • Trivia

    • In 2014, Pawan Kalyan floated a new political party, Jana Sena to cleanse the existing corrupt system. However as there is very little time before elections he extended his support to BJP.
    • Pawan Kalyan is a well-trained martial artist who holds a black belt in karate. He learnt Japanese Martial arts, Akido for his Jhonny movie. He played the role of a stunt coordinator for his movies – Thammudu, Badri, Kushi, Jhonny, Gudumba Shankar and Teenmaar. He even composed stunts for his brother Chiranjeevi in Daddy movie.
    • Pawan Kalyan is a vegetarian and loves to spend time with Nature. He owns a farm house in Hyderabad where he grows several fruits and vegetables organically.
    • There are several rumours that he is not in talking terms with his brother Chiranjeevi after he merged his party with Congress. But he always tried to showcase that there is nothing cooking wrong between them.
    • Pawan Kalyan occasionally tries singing for his films. He sang few folk songs for his movies like – Thammudu, Kushi, Johnny, Gudumba Shankar, Panjaa and Attarintiki Daredhi.
    • Pawan Kalyan earlier started a voluntary organization – Common Man Protection Force (CMPF) to provide help and justice to the needy. He even donated 2 Crore for its fund. Later he merged it with his brother’s Praja Rajyam Party when it is active. And recently it is heard that he is planning to restart it.

  • Upcoming Movies

    • A sequel to Gabbar Singh directed by Sampath Nandi
    • Gopala Gopala, A Multi starrer with Venkatesh. Official remake of OMG:Oh My God


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2012: CineMAA Award - Best Actor for Gabbar Singh

2012: FILMFARE - Best Actor for Gabbar Singh

2012: SIIMA - Best Actor for Gabbar Singh

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