Name: Pawan Kalyan
Nickname: Power Star
Birthday: 2nd September 1971
Known For: Pawan Kalyan is known to have worked as a stunt coordinator for his films such as Kushi, Teen Maar, and Badri. Turns out, the actor holds a black belt in Karate and is also trained in martial arts.
Debut Film: Akkada Ammayi Ikkada Abbayi
Marital Status: Married
Spouse: Anna Lezhneva 2013-present, Renu Desai 2009–2012, Nandini 1997–2008
Children: Akira Nandan, Aadhya Konidela, Mark Shankar Pawanovich, and Polena Anjana
Relationships: Renu Desai, Anna Lezhneva
Awards: Filmfare Award South for Best Actor – Telugu, CineMAA Award for Best Actor – Male, SIIMA Award for Best Actor, Santosham Film Award for Best Actor – Telugu
Pawan Kalyan is an Indian actor, director, screenwriter, stunt coordinator, philanthropist, and politician. His films are predominantly in Telugu cinema. He is the younger brother of actor-politician Chiranjeevi and NagendraBabu. The actor was born as Konidela Kalyan Babu to Konidela Venkata Rao and Anjana Devi.
He is also the uncle of actors Ram Charan, VarunTej, SaiDharam Tej, and Allu Arjun. The Power Star made his acting debut in 1996 with AkkadaAmmayi Ikkada Abbayi. His second film Gokulamlo Seeta released the following year. He next appeared in A. Karunakaran-directed Tholi Prema in 1999, which won the National Award and six Nandi Awards that year.
After Tholi Prema, Pawan Kalyan acted in Thammudu, written and directed by P. A. Arun Prasad. In 2000, he acted in PuriJagannadh’s first directorial venture, Badri. In 2001, he acted in the film Kushi. The film was directed by S. J. Suryah, which became a huge blockbuster that year.
In 2001, he was the brand ambassador for Pepsi at the time his brother Chiranjeevi was promoting Coca-Cola. His next film Johnny, written and directed by himself, was released in 2003. Kalyan also starred in the film, along with Renu Desai, produced by AlluAravind, and music composed by Ramana Gogula.
In 2004, his film Gudumba Shankar was released. The film was directed by Veera Shankar and produced by Kalyan’s brother Nagendra Babu under the Anjana Productions banner. The film’s script and screenplay were written by Kalyan and he also choreographed three songs in this film and action scenes were conceived and choreographed by him.
In 2005, the film Balu, directed by A. Karunakaran was released. This was Karunakaran’s second film with Kalyan after TholiPrema. In 2006, Bangaram, directed by Tamil director Dharani was released. That same year, Pawan Kalyan launched his second directorial venture Satyagrahi, produced by A. M. Rathnam. The film was later suddenly shelved.
Later that year, he appeared in Annavaram, directed by Bhimaneni SrinivasaRao. Asin and Sandhya were cast alongside Kalyan in the film. The movie collected ₹23 crores (US$3.1 million) in 3 weeks and ₹300 million (US$4.0 million) in 70 Days. Kalyan also choreographed the song “Neevalle Neevalle” in this film.
In 2008, Pawan’sJalsa, directed by Trivikram Srinivas and produced by Allu Aravind, was released. His film got the highest first-day collection in Telugu film history and was also the first for any regional film in south India in a single state by that time. Jalsa turned out to be the highest grosser of 2008 in Telugu cinema. Puli was written and directed by S. J. Suryah and released in 2010. An official announcement was made in the same year that Kalyan was going to play a small role in a movie about Jesus Christ directed by Singeetam Srinivasa Rao.
In 2011, he appeared in Teen Maar, a remake of Love AajKal, directed by Jayanth C. Paranjee. He also appeared in Vishnuvardhan’s gangster film Panjaa. In 2012, he appeared in Gabbar Singh, a remake of Dabangg, directed by Harish Shankar. The film completed 100 days and stood as the second highest-grossing Telugu film at that time.
After this film, he worked in PuriJagannadh’s Cameraman Gangatho Rambabu. In 2013, he appeared in Trivikram Srinivas’s Attarintiki Daredi. The film faced problems with piracy as half of the movie was leaked to the internet before its release. Despite this, the movie was a blockbuster in 2013. The movie completed 100 days in 33 theaters and held the record of the highest-grossing film in Tollywood by that time, surpassing the previous record of Magadheera. Later, it was surpassed by Baahubali: The Beginning.
In 2015, he appeared in Gopala Gopala, a Telugu remake of OMG – Oh My God!. The film featured Kalyan starring alongside Venkatesh and was directed by Kishore Kumar Pardasani. In 2016, Kalyan’s Sardaar Gabbar Singh, a sequel to his 2012 film Gabbar Singh received poor reviews from critics. Katamarayudu (2017), a remake of Tamil film Veeram marked his second collaboration with Kishore Kumar Pardasani. In 2018, he appeared in the film Agnyaathavaasi directed by Trivikram Srinivas. This marked Kalyan’s 25th film.
In 2021, he made a comeback to films by appearing in Vakeel Saab, directed by VenuSriram. PawanKalyan recently appeared in BheemlaNayak alongside Rana Daggubati and Samyuktha Menon.
Controversy: Recently, Pawan Kalyan got caught in a controversy after the Andhra Pradesh Government issued notices warning the theatre owners to follow the regulations regarding the ticket prices while his latest movie, Bheemla Nayak, was being released. It is being said that government has refused to give any relaxation in ticket prices or allow early morning shows for Bheemla Nayak. This in turn will affect the money that the movie makes.
Latest News: Recently, Pawan Kalyan’s latest movie Bheemla Nayak was released amid quite a buzz. It is now being said that the movie opened to a wonderful weekend, with 37.15 crores made in the starting. Since then has been doing amazing at the box office.
Latest Movies: Bheemla Nayak
Latest Series: None
Upcoming Movies: Shivam