Pawan Kalyan

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Pawan Kalyan
BornKonidala Kalyan Babu
(1971-09-02) 2 September 1971 (age 41)[1][2]
Bapatla, Andhra Pradesh, India [3]
ResidenceHyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India
Other namesPawan Kalyan[4][5]
OccupationActor, Director,Screenwriter, Action Choreographer, Choreographer, Playback Singer
Years active1996 – present
Spouse(s)Renu Desai (2009 – present)[6]
ChildrenAkira Nandan
ParentsVenkat Rao Konidala
Anjana Devi Konidala
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Pawan Kalyan
BornKonidala Kalyan Babu
(1971-09-02) 2 September 1971 (age 41)[1][2]
Bapatla, Andhra Pradesh, India [3]
ResidenceHyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India
Other namesPawan Kalyan[4][5]
OccupationActor, Director,Screenwriter, Action Choreographer, Choreographer, Playback Singer
Years active1996 – present
Spouse(s)Renu Desai (2009 – present)[6]
ChildrenAkira Nandan
ParentsVenkat Rao Konidala
Anjana Devi Konidala

Pawan Kalyan (Telugu: పవన్ కళ్యాణ్; born Konidala Kalyan Babu on 2 September 1971) [2] is an Indian film actor, Director, Screenwriter, Action choreographer, Choreographer and Playback Singer in Telugu cinema. He is the brother of Indian actor Chiranjeevi. He made his acting debut in 1996 with Akkada Ammayi Ikkada Abbayi.

In 1998, he was starred in Tholi Prema which won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Telugu for that Year. He is known for his works in blockbusters like Gokulamlo Seetha, Suswagatham, Tholi Prema, Thammudu, Badri, Kushi, Annavaram, Jalsa and Gabbar Singh.[7][8][9]


Personal life

Pawan Kalyan is born to Konidela Venkata Rao and Anjana Devi,[10] Pawan Kalyan is the younger brother of Chiranjeevi and Nagendra Babu.[11] After his divorce from Nandini,[12] Pawan Kalyan married Renu Desai on 28 January 2009. She co-starred with him in the films Badri and Johnny[12] and has worked as costume designer for most of his films. The couple have two children, a son named Akira Nandan born in 2004 and a girl named Aadhya born in 2010. Akira was named after Pawan Kalyan's favorite director Akira Kurosawa.

Pawan Kalyan is a trained Martial Artist.[13][14][15][16] He holds a black belt in karate[17] and has displayed his skills in several of his films. He publicly performed his martial arts skills at several auditoriums.[18] He was awarded the title "Pawan", symbolizing Hanuman. From then, Kalyan Babu became popular as Pawan Kalyan.[19][20][21]

His brother-in-law Allu Aravind is an Indian film producer. Ram Charan Teja Konidala and Allu Arjun are other actors from the family. Pawan Kalyan is a vegetarian. He is highly influenced by Che Guevara, Jiddu Krishnamurti and Swami Vivekananda's philosophy.[22]


Early career (1996-1998)

Pawan Kalyan entered the Telugu movie industry with Akkada Ammayi Ikkada Abbayi (1996) as Kalyan Babu in which he performed martial arts action sequences. This movie ran for 100days in 4 Centres all over the state and managed to be a hit movie for the debutant. His second movie was Gokulamlo Seetha (1997), which is a remake of the 1996 Tamil film Gokulathil Seethai.Raasi is the heroine in the movie. This movie is directed by Muthyala Subbaiah and produced by G.V.G. Raju. Music for this movie was scored by Koti.This movie brought mass image to Pawan Kalyan. This movie completed its 100 day run in 11 theaters. He also starred in Suswagatham, which is also a remake of a Tamil film Love Todaystarring Joseph Vijay, Suvalakshmi and Raghuvaran released in May 1997. (1997).This film is the first blockbuster of Pawan Kalyan and the movie ran for 100 Days in 16 centres. And this movie eventually made Pawan kalyan as one of the big commercial hero in Tollywood after the existing top heroes.


In 1998, Tholi Prema was released and received 6 Nandi Awards and a National Award for the Best Feature Film (Telugu).[23] The film was later remade in Hindi as Mujhe Kucch Kehna Hai starring Tusshar Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor. It was dubbed in Tamil as Aanandha Mazhai. After Tholi Prema, Pawan acted in Thammudu (1999) playing the role of a kickboxer.Thammudu was released on 15 July 1999 and written and directed by P.A. Arun Prasad. The film starred Preeti Jhangiani, Aditi Govitrikar,Achyuth,Chandra Mohan,Mallikarjuna Rao.Music was composed by Ramana Gogula(debut.It is an unofficial remake of Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar.This was one of the biggest hits in the year 1999 which brought Cult fan base to Pawan Kalyan.This movie was Remade into Tamil as Badri starring Vijay and Bhoomika Chawla and in Kannada as Yuvaraja by noted director Puri Jagannath.[24] It successfully ran for 100 days in 23 centres.Pawan In 2000, he featured in Puri Jagannadh's first directorial venture Badri.This was Ramana Gogula's second time working with Pawan Kalyan. In 2004 Puri Jagannadh remade the film in Hindi as Shart: The Challenge.Badri completed its 100-day run in 42 centres.

Later Pawan Kalyan appeared in the film Kushi which was released on 27 April 2001 and was directed by S.J. Suryah.It was S.J. Suryah's directional venture into Telugu.Pawan Kalyan, Bhoomika Chawla and Sivaji paired up for the first time in this film. The music composed by Mani Sharma was a huge hit. This was declared to be an All Time Industry record by collecting 27 crores.It completed 100 days in 79 centres is one of the most successful film in Pawan Kalyan's career and also Pawan Kalyan was the first actor to score an industry hit with Urban love story and is still.The film was first titled as "Cheppalani Vundi" but was later changed into Kushi.[25]


After the release of Kushi, Pawan Kalyan took a long gap of two years in his film career. He went to Japan for a brief period to learn a martial art called Aikido. He learnt this stunt to use in his first directorial venture Johnny.It was released on 26 April 2003, written and directed by Pawan Kalyan. Kalyan also starred in the film, along with Renu Desai.Amidst of huge expectations it bombed at box office.The Music for Johnny was composed by Ramana Gogula for the third time. His next release Gudumba Shankar released on 10 September 2004 directed by Veera Shankar(directional debut) and produced by Pawan's brother Nagendra Babu on Anjana Productions banner. Pawan Kalyan played the lead role as Gudumba Shankar where Meera Jasmine, Ashish Vidyarthi, and Sayaji Shinde played other vital roles.The film's script and screenplay were written by Pawan Kalyan.He also choreographed three songs in this film and actions scenes were conceived and choreographed by him and crtics appreciated Pawan for his skills.The music was scored by Mani Sharma for the second time with Pawan Kalyan after Kushi.Though the movie got super hit talk on the first day slowly it flopped but ran 100 days in 2 cetres through Pawan Kalyan's craze.Later it gained a good following. Then Balu ABCDEFG film released on 6 January 2005 directed by A. Karunakaran for the second time with Pawan Kalyan after Tholi Prema.This film starred Shriya Saran and Neha Oberoi and was produced by C. Ashwini Dutt under his production company Vyjayanthi Movies. The movie was a good grosser at the box office; it ran for 100 days successfully in 8 theaters in Andhra Pradesh.This was the first Telugu film to be released in Africa after 60 years. Bangaram, which released on 3 May 2006 was directed by Tamil director Dharani.Pawan played the lead role and starred Meera Chopra,Raja,Reema Sen,Ashutosh Rana, Mukesh Rishi and Trisha Krishnan (Guest role).The movie was an average grosser at box office and completed 100 days in 5 centres.Later, Annavaram directed by Bhimaneni Srinivasa Rao (of Suswagatham fame) starring Pawan Kalyan,Asin, and Sandhya was released. Mega Supergood Films produced the film. The film was released on 29 December 2006,received positive reviews[26][27] and proved to be a Super hit at the box office by collecting a record of 23 crores in 3 weeks.[28][29]The soundtrack of the film, released on 14 December 2006, received a good response.[30] It is a remake of the Tamil film Thirupaachi, which starred Joseph Vijay and Trisha Krishnan.After a long gap Pawan Kalyan choreographed a song 'Neevalle Neevalle' in this film.


In 2008, Jalsa directed by Trivikram Srinivas and produced by Allu Aravind, under the Geetha Arts banner. The film starred Ileana D'Cruz and Parvati Melton in pivotal roles oppsite Pawan Kalyan. The soundtrack of the film was launched on 29 February 2008. The audio rights were sold to Aditya Music for 90 lakhs,[31][32] the highest for a Telugu film till date.[33] The music got very good reviews from websites[34][35][36] and an excellent response from the public itself.[37] The music has been topping the charts since its release.[38][39] Devi Sri Prasad received the 2008 Santosham Best Music Director Award for his work on the film's music. The film was originally scheduled to be released on 27 March 2008, but because of delays in the digital intermediate (DI) process, the film was released on 2 April 2008. The film was released with 320 prints in 1000 theatres and gained tremendous response and successfully completed 100 days in 25 centres.Later,after 2 years,Puli written and directed by S. J. Suryaah, starring Pawan Kalyan in the lead role, with Nikeesha Patel,Manoj Bajpai, Charan Raj, Nassar, Jyothi Krishna, Brahmaji, Ali and Girish Karnad in supporting roles and Shriya Saran appearing in an item number.[40] The film features a soundtrack by A. R. Rahman and cinematography by Binod Pradhan. It was produced by Navodaya Appachan and Singanamala Ramesh on a 35 crore budget and was distributed Geetha Arts. The film was released on 10 September worldwide with 600 prints in 1000 theatres,a record of sorts for a Telugu film.The makers of the film re-edited it due to very poor reviews and re-released the shortened version on 15 September 2010.[41] The final outcome however was disappointing. The film was declared as a flop at the box office.The film was originally titled Komaram Puli but was renamed as Puli on the second day of release, following objections by Komaram Sony Rao, grandson of the tribal legend Komaram Bheem, from whose name the title of the movie was taken.[42][43] However the audio sales reached a total of 7.6 lakhs of CDs in the first three days, which is an all-time record in Telugu film history.[44] An official announcement was made in the same year that Pawan Kalyan is going to play a small special role in a movie about Jesus Christ directed by legendary director Singeetam Srinivasa Rao and produced by Konda Krishnam Raju.Makers of the film also registered a title called "Prince of Peace" at film chamber.But the movie was shelved due to some unknown reasons.[45][46]

And Pawan Kalyan's first release of 2011 was Theenmaar directed by Jayanth C. Paranjee in which he portrayed the two contrasting characters of present and yesteryear generations for the first time.The film is a remake of the successful Hindi film Love Aaj Kal.The film's music is composed by Mani Sharma. The film portrays the feeling of pure love which never changes, although the perspective of realizing one's soulmate has changed over time. The film, which was earlier referred to as Khushiga and Lovely, before being officially titled as Teenmaar,[47][48][49] has released on 14 April 2011.[50] The audio of the film is released on 21 March 2011.[51]

MAA TV has bought Theemaar Satellite rights for Rs 5.5 Crores.[52]

Following this, Pawan Kalyan appeared in a Vishnuvardhan's gangster film Panjaa.The film, jointly produced by Arka Mediaworks and Sanghamitra Art Productions, also stars Sarah-Jane Dias, Anjali Lavania, Jackie Shroff and Sesh Adivi, while featuring music scored by Yuvan Shankar Raja and cinematography handled by P. S. Vinod.[53][54]

The film, initially known under the working title The Shadow, began its principal photography in early May 2011, which was completed by October 2011, with filming being held primarily at Kolkata, West Bengal, Pollachi and Karaikudi in Tamil Nadu and Vagamon in Kerala.[55] A gangster film with mafia backdrop,[2] A teaser trailer was released a day prior to Diwali, which received high response. According to Sify, it was seen more than 1 lakh (100,000) times on the official YouTube channel within 24 hours, setting a new record.[56][57]Panjaa was released on 9 December 2011.It received mixed reviews from critics. The movie was criticized for lack of story and a strong screenplay. Though the movie was praised for its stylish presentation.

In September 2011, Pawan began shooting for the movie Gabbar Singh. The movie is directed by Harish Shankar and produced by Bandla Ganesh. The movie is a remake of the Hindi film Dabangg.[58] The movie successfully completed 100 days and stood as the number one grosser in Tollywood as well as in Pawan Kalyan's career.It is his second all time hit.[59][60] After this film Pawan is working in Puri Jagannadh's Cameraman Ganga Tho Rambabu. The film is produced by D. V. V. Danayya and Manisharma has scored music for it.The sound track of the film was released on September 26 and the movie is going to be released on October 18.After Cameraman Ganga Tho Rambabu's release he is going to work with Trivikram Srinivas for the second time in a complete family entertainer and shooting of the film will start immediately after Cameraman Ganga Tho Rambabu's release.[61] And Pawan will soon be making his Hindi debut with a film produced by Konda Krishnam Raju on Sri Varasiddha Vinayaka Productions Pvt Ltd.This film will be a big budget entertainer shot both in Hindi and Telugu simultaneously.Shooting of this yet untitled movie will start in October along with Trivikram's project.[62]



1996Akkada Ammayi Ikkada AbbayiKalyanDebut Film for both Pawan Kalyan and Supriya
1997Gokulamlo SeethaPawanRemake of Tamil film Gokulathil Seethai
1998SuswagathamGaneshRemake of Tamil Movie Love Today
1998Tholi PremaBaluWon National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Telugu & also Nandi Award for Best Feature Film
1999ThammuduSubhashChoreographed all the songs except Made in Andhra and Kala Kalalu & action sequences too
2000BadriBadrinathChoreographed all the songs,action sequences and debut film of Puri Jagannadh
2001KushiSiddhartha RoyChoreographed all the songs and action sequences
2003JohnnyJohnnyStory,Screenplay,Direction, Choreographed all the songs
2004Shankar Dada MBBSUncredited roleCameo appearance
2004Gudumba ShankarShankarScreenwriter and Choreographed all the songs and action sequences
2005Balu ABCDEFGBalu,GhaniFirst Telugu film ever to be released in South Africa
2006BangaramBangaramDharani's directional debut
2006AnnavaramAnnavaramChoreographed "Neevalle Neevalle" Song
2007Shankardada ZindabadSureshCameo appearance as Suresh
2008JalsaSanjay SahuNominated for Filmfare Best Actor Award
2010PuliKomaram PuliFirst film of Pawan as a Cop
2011TheenmaarArjun Palwai
Michael Velayudham
First film of Pawan to don Dual role
2011PanjaaJai DevVishnu Vardhan's directional debut
2012Gabbar SinghGabbar SinghRemake of Hindi Movie Dabaang
2012Cameraman Ganga Tho RambabuRambabuReleasing on October 18
2013Untitled film with Trivikram SrinivasPre-production

Action Choreographer

1999ThammuduAll the action scenes
2000BadriAll the action scenes
2001KushiAll the action scenes
2001DaddyStarring his brother Chiranjeevi
2003JohnnyAll the action scenes
2004Gudumba ShankarAll the action scenes
2011TheenmaarPre Climax fight

Playback singing

1999ThammuduThati Chettu and Em Pilla(Bit songs)
2001KushiBai Baiye Bangaru Ramanamma(Bit Song)
2003JohnnyNuvvu Sara Taguta, Ravoyi Maa Countryki
2004Gudumba ShankarKilli Killi along with Mallikarjun
2011PanjaaPaparaayudu along with Hemachandra, Sathyan & Brahmanandam
2012Gabbar SinghPilla along with Vaddepalli Srinivas

Choreography/Songs Visualization

1999ThammuduAll songs except Made in Andhra and Kala Kalalu
2000BadriBangala Kathamulo, I am an Indian and Yeh Chikitha
2001KushiAll songs except Gajja Gallu
2003JohnnyAll songs
2004Gudumba ShankarAll songs
2006AnnavaramNeevalle Neevalle


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