Chiranjeevi turns 66 - Here are some of the finest performances of the ‘mega star’ over the last two decades
 
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Chiranjeevi turns 66 - Here are some of the finest performances of the ‘mega star’ over the last two decades
Alfred Francis
Aug 21, 2021
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Mohanlal in Malayalam, Rajinikanth in Tamil and Chiranjeevi in Telugu. For the last few decades, we saw the rise of several superstars, who were predicted as successors for these acting legends. But they have still not dethroned these superstars. To be the face of their film industry is a great honour as well as a responsibility. Chiranjeevi, fondly addressed by his fans as Chiru, rose to great heights through decades of commitment and hard work spanning four and a half decades now. Ahead of his birthday, OTTplay recommends some of his memorable films in the past two decades:

1
Tagore
8.3OTTplay Rating
One of the biggest hits of Chiranjeevi in the decade is this official remake of the Tamil movie Ramanaa. Chiranjeevi plays a meek professor in the movie who takes care of three adopted children. His profession as a teacher only exists to mask his original aim. He is the leader of a voluntary vigilante group called Anti Corruption Force which kidnaps and kills corrupt officials. Why this outwardly naive college professor is heading a group of bloodthirsty vigilantes is revealed through a harrowing flashback. Chiranjeevi shines in an intense performance, probably the best in the second half of his career.
2
Shankar Dada M.B.B.S.
7.7OTTplay Rating
This official remake of the Bollywood blockbuster Munna Bhai MBBS clicked with audiences because of Chiranjeevi’s excellent comedy timing, on par with Sanjay Dutt. Chiranjeevi plays Shankar, a local ruffian who acts as a doctor so that his father could be proud of him. When his father finds out that he is not a doctor, he throws out Shankar and blames him for humiliating him in front of friends. Now, Shankar decides to become a doctor to regain his father’s respect and love. In his pursuit, he will fall in love, learn valuable truths and teach others some poignant lessons about life.
3
Jai Chiranjeeva
6.2OTTplay Rating
Sathyanarayana Murthy is a villager who appears a toughie on the exterior but has a heart of gold. His entire world revolves around his beloved niece Lavanya. One day Lavanya is shot dead by an American resident who escapes abroad. Sathya, fueled with revenge, decides to head to the USA to exact vengeance. Though a mixed fare at the box office, Jai Chiranjeeva extracts a fine performance from Chiranjeevi in a film that has a fine blend of humour, emotion and action.
4
Stalin
6.3OTTplay Rating
This movie is better remembered as the film that inspired Salman Khan’s Jai Ho. In this AR Murugadoss-directed movie, Chiranjeevi plays Stalin, a retired army officer who asks people to help others rather than showing gratitude. His happy and peaceful life is overturned when Sumati, a girl whom he had helped in the past, commits suicide. Stalin decides to change the system rather than waiting for a long time to see people change.
5
Khaidi No. 150
6.3OTTplay Rating
In this official remake of the Tamil movie Kaththi, Chiranjeevi plays a double role. Kaththi Seenu, an intelligent criminal who decides to pass off as Shankar, an old-age home caretaker. Seenu is in for a surprise when he hears Shankar’s story and his suffering. Seenu decides to aid Shankar in his mission. With Seenu, who takes nonsense from nobody, Shankar may have a chance to win against injustice.
6
Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy
7OTTplay Rating
The movie narrates the story of Uyyalawada Narasimha Reddy, who fought against the British. The movie boasted of a star-studded cast with Vijay Sethupathi, Nayanthara, Tamannaah Bhatia but failed to rise to expectations in the box office, although the critics and fans were full of praise for Chiranjeevi’s performance as well as the cinematography. The movie is a largely fictionalised version of the life of the freedom fighter.

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