Happy Birthday Chiranjeevi: Here are some lesser-known facts about the South superstar
Chiranjeevi turned 67 today. On his birthday, let’s take a look at some of his lesser-known facts.
Happy Birthday Chiranjeevi
Chiranjeevi has earned his place as a mega star in the Telugu film industry. Through his acting prowess, the actor has cut across borders and has become a household name across India. From spending his childhood in a village in Andhra Pradesh to attending the Oscars and becoming a member of Rajya Sabha, the actor has scaled to big heights through the course of his over four-decade-long career. On his birthday, let’s take a look at some of the lesser-known that many of his fans might not know about.
Chiranjeevi’s early life
The actor was born as Konidela Sivasankara Vara Prasad. His mother was a devotee of Lord Hanuman and suggested a change to his original name to Chiranjeevi, which means live forever and signifies Lord Hanuman’s immortality. He was born on 22 August 1955 in a village called Mogalthur in Andhra Pradesh. As his family had to move a lot due to his father’s job as a constable, Chiranjeevi spent his childhood in the village with his grandparents.
He graduated from Sri Y N College at Narsapur. He later went to Madras Film Institute in Chennai in 1976 to learn the art of filmmaking and acting.
Chiranjeevi’s entry into acting
He made his acting debut with Pranam Khareedu in 1978. But many of his fans might know that the actor was supposed to make his debut with the film Punadhirallu which got shelved due to some reasons and was later released in 1979.
Chiranjeevi’s entry into politics
Chiranjeevi, after making his mark in acting, later turned into a politician. He formed his own political party, Praja Rajyam in 2008. He was also elected as a member of the State Assembly from Tirupati in the 2009 Andhra Pradesh general elections. In 2012, he was elected as the Minister of Tourism.
Chiranjeevi- The Multifaceted star
Apart from being an actor, Chiranjeevi is also a film producer who predominantly works in the Telugu industry. The Telugu superstar has also worked in other languages such as Tamil, Kannada and Hindi.
In 2006, Chiranjeevi was honored with one of the highest accolades of our country, the Padma Bhushan. He also received an Honorary Doctorate from Andhra University in the same year. The actor has won nine Filmfare and four Nandi awards for his films.
Chiranjeevi’s personal life
He married Surekha, the daughter of Telugu comic actor Alu Ramalingaiah in 1980. The couple have two daughters Sushmita and Sreeja along with a son named Ram Charan who is also a Telugu actor.
Chiranjeevi’s television career
The actor-turned-politician also featured as a television show host with the fourth season of Mello Evaru Koteesearudu in 2017. It is a game show loosely adapted from Kaun Banega Crorepati.
Chiranjeevi at Oscars
The multi-talented actor was honoured for his work by the Academy when he was invited to attend the Oscars Award ceremony. The actor became the first-ever South Indian actor to be invited to the Oscars.
Last Updated: 06.17 PM, Aug 22, 2022