Siva Sankara Vara Prasad

Name Siva Sankara Vara Prasad
Screen Name Chiranjeevi
Date of Birth Aug 22, 1955
Turning Point Mana Oori Pandavulu
Famous For Versatile Acting, Dance

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Chiranjeevi was born in a small village Mogalthur, near Narsapur. His father workded as a constable and due to regular basis he get transferred. Chiranjeevi did his schooling in Nidadavolu, Gurajala, Bapatla, Ponnuru, Mangalagiri and Mogalturu. He was an NCC cadet. He was interested in acting from a very young age. After graduating with a degree in commerce from Sri Y N College at Narsapur, Chiranjeevi moved to Chennai and joined the Madras Film Institute in 1976 to pursue a career in acting. Since his family worshipped Anjaneya, a Hindu deity, his mother advised him to take the screen name "Chiranjeevi", meaning "live forever", a reference to belief of Hanuman living forever.

He has two daughters, Sushmita and Srija, and a son, Ram Charan Teja, also an actor in Tollywood. One of Chiranjeevi's brothers, Nagendra Babu, is a film producer and also has acted in several films. His youngest brother, Pawan Kalyan, is an actor in Tollywood too. Allu Aravind, his brother-in-law, is a film producer. Chiranjeevi is the uncle of Allu Arjun, Allu Sirish, Varun Tej and Sai Dharam Tej.

Career Awards

Filmfare Awards South
1982: Best Actor (Shubhaleka)
1985: Best Actor (Vijetha)
1992: Best Actor (Aapadbandhavudu)
1993: Best Actor (Muta Mesthri)
1999: Best Actor (Sneham Kosam)
2002: Best Actor (Indra)
2004: Best Actor (Shankar Dada MBBS)

2006: Secial Award - South For Honorary Legendary Acting Career
2010: Lifetime Achievement Award - South

Nandi Awards
1987: Best Actor (Swayam Krushi)
1992: Best Actor (Aapathbandhavudu)
2002: Best Actor (Indra)

SIIMA Awards
2014: International Face of Indian Cinema

Other Honors
2006: Honorary doctorate from the Andhra University