Pawan Kalyan

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Telugu Film Actor

Pawan Kalyan
Power Star
Born: September 2, 1971
Biography · Awards

Shankardada Zindabad
Shankardada MBBS
Gudumba Shankar
Tholi Prema
Gokulamlo Seetha

Pawan Kalyan (born September 2, 1971 is a popular Indian film star and director in Andhra Pradesh. He is fondly called Power Star by his fans. His birth name is Konidala Kalyan. He is younger brother to popular Telugu Actor Chiranjeevi and Nagababu.


Pawan Kalyan entered Telugu movie industry with the movie Akkada Abbai Ikkada Ammayi as Kalyan Babu. This film did not do well at the box office. However, he was noticed for his Martial Arts.

Pawan Kalyan entered Telugu movie industry with "Akkada Ammayi Ikkada Abbayi" as Kalyan Babu. Inspite of many failures his reachment never decrease and his stamina at box office is higher than any other telugu actor which makes even critics to admire.His approach towards film making and his taste are most appreciated. Though his first film did not do well at the box office, Pawan Kalyan was noticed for his expertise in Martial Arts.

For showing his martial arts talent in movie Akkada Ammayi Ikkada Abbayi Andhra Pradesh's Ex-Chief minister Nara Chandra Babu Naidu entitled him the name 'Pawan' by which be became popular in the Telugu film industry. Pawan's second movie Gokulamlo Seetha failed at box-office but his next movie Suswagatham fared well. He tasted his first success with Tholi Prema (1998), which set standards in the industry and became a paradigm for youth oriented films. The movie marked a milestone in Pawan's career and he was recognised by the audiences. His next two flicks Thammudu and Badri were blockbusters. Kushi (2001), broke box office records as it went on to gross 20 crores.

Pawan made his directional debut with Johnny, for which he travelled to Japan to get trained in martial art Akido. Renu Desai and himself cast as lead actors, the film was a disaster at the boxoffice. Gudumba Shankar (2001), for which Pawan contributed screenplay and other artistic skills was seen as a good family entertainer despite not living upto the box office expectations. Baalu (2005) by Vyjayanthi Films didn't fare well either. His next movie Bangaram failed too. Annavaram (2006) fared better than his previous two.

Jalsa (2008), is the most widely released south Indian picture ever (approximately 1000 theatres worldwide). It is the first film in telugu to collect more than 42 crores in first fifty days of its release.Jalsa also completed 50 days in 282 centres and celebrated 100 days in 25 centers . .But the movie is not up to the Hype it created,and not in the Trivikram's Style of Movie.

A house for Pavan’s ‘Puli’ Khushi’ is a super hit film made in the combination of Pavan Kalyan – SJ Surya. After a gap, the lauded duo comes together again for ‘Puli’. Produced by Singanamala Ramesh Babu, the regular shooting for the film is undergoing at a steady pace.

Presently, a House-Set has been erected in Annapurna Studios, for canning a few prominent scenes of the movie. It is known that Nikisha Patel and Parvathi Melton are playing the heroines in the film

Social Work

Pawan has started an organization called Common Man Protection Force(CMPF) in October 2007. He has contributed 1 crore INR towards the corpus fund, CMPF aims to solve the social problems, help the neglected sections of the society, in India. He makes sure that all this films have a message for the viewers, making them aware of the problems in the society and quest towards the solutions. He is a person who always questions his motives constantly.But till now no news or no service heard about the CMPF


After the surprise blockbuster Tholi Prema, many were eagerly awaiting for the his next film. Pawan's next film was Thammudu. This film was loosely inspired from Aamir Khan's film "Jo Jeeta wohi Sikandar",where he plays a character called "Subbu" who is very casual towards life and does not show interest in academics, He plays the role of a brother, the film is about winning the Kick-boxing championship which was his fathers dream, which his elder brother could not accomplish it. The comedy scenes delivered by Kalyan are very good. The love track is also very interesting, the love and action are perfectly mixed in this film. Success of this film earned him many fans all over Andhra Pradesh.


After the success of Thammudu, the next film of Pawan Kalyan was Badri. Puri Jagannath made his debut as director with this film. The story of the film is about a guy who is unable to decide whom should he marry as he falls in love with another girl unknowingly. Initially the film was rated as an above average but later it became to be one of the hits of Pawan Kalyans career. The highlight of this film was the cowboy costume by Pawan Kalyan in the song "Yeh Chikita". In this film he shows an extardinary tallent when saying dialogs, when he says slow and power full dialogs to Prakash Raj.


This film is generally referred as turning point in his career. It is love story, where the hero loves heroine, but does not express his feelings to her,as she is very determined with her academics, the climax of the film shows the heroines love for the hero. The brother and sister relationship is well crafted in the movie.


Kushi is considered as the biggest hit of Pawan Kalyan."One-Man-Show" is the apt word that describes the role of Pawan Kalyan in this film. The fights in this film are composed by Pawan Kalyan himself. KUSHI is a TRENDSETTER movie of tollywood. Kushi created & broke the records of all prevous tollywood movies.

Pawan Kalyan
Pawan Kalyan

His dialogue delivery and modulation is impeccable. This film shows the ego feelings between the lovers. PC Sreeram's photography is excellent. He directed 2 songs in the film and costumes for Pawan Kalyan are mangaed by his girlfriend Renu Desai. This film is known for its screenplay and full credit to S.J Suryah. Even the tamil version starring vijay is a big hit

After Kushi

After Kushi, Kalyan had five more releases Johnny, Gudumba Shankar, Balu ABCDEFG, Bangaram and Annavaram. All these movies did not do well as expected but were received with good collections. Pawan Kalyan ventured into direction with the movie Johnny which didn't do well.

Satyagrahi is the second directorial movie of Pawan Kalyan after Johnny. This movie has the tag line "Satyame Naa Aayudham" which means "Truth is my weapon". The movie was launched on March 25, 2006 and the shooting is scheduled to start soon. The release of the movie is expected to be in 2007. This is the third movie of Pawan Kalyan with the producer A.M. Ratnam under the banner of Surya Movies after the blockbuster Khushi and the disaster Bangaram. This film will be a bilingual film.


Pawan is currently doing a film with Trivikram Srinivas. This movie is titled as Jalsa.This movie is far from media hype but still it managed to get hype because Pawan - Trivikam combo. The movie also has Illeana, the current youth heart throb.Parvathi Melton and Kamalini Mukherjee are doing guest roles . Pawan Kalyan always got admiration from stalwarts like A.M. Ratnam, P C Sreeram etc..

Personal life

Kalyan first got married to Nandini, after some time they both got separated but never divorced due to personal reasons. Pawan Kalyan then fell in love with Renu Desai who was his co-star in the movie BADRI. The couple have a son named Akira Nandan, named after his favourite director Akira Kurosawa.


Year Title Role Notes
2008 Jalsaa in Production
2007 Satyagrahi in Production, Satyagrahi is the second directorial movie of Pawan Kalyan after Johnny.
2007 Shankardada Zindabad Suresh Played an important guest role.
2006 Annavaram Annavaram Average
2006 Bangaram Bangaram Average
2005 Balu ABCDEFG Balu / Ghani Average
2004 Shankardada MBBS Special appearance
2004 Gudumba Shankar Shankar / Kalyanji - Anandji
2003 Johnny Johnny
2001 Khushi "Sidhu" Sidhartha Roy Mega Blockbuster, Also provided stunts and choreographed a couple of songs
2000 Badri Badri-Badrinath Super Hit
1999 Thammudu Subrahmanyam / "Subbu" Subhash Super Hit
1998 Tholi Prema Balu Mega Hit. Movie ran for 200 days+ in 2 direct centers - Hyderabad and Guntur, National Award for Best Feature Film in Telugu and State Golden Nandi award for the best feature film.
1998 Suswagatham Ganesh Hit
1997 Gokulamlo Seetha Pavan
1996 Akkada Abbai Ikkada Ammayi Kalyan Kumar debut film




Miscellaneous Crew

  • Johnny (2003) (playback singer)


  • Pawan Kalyan is a Vegetarian.
  • He holds a Black Belt in Martial arts and did real stunts for his movies - Akkada Ammayi Ikkada Abbai and Thammudu.
  • Renu Desai is the Costume designer for most of his films.
  • Pawan Kalyan was the first south indian actor to appear in an endorsement,for the soft drink PEPSI but now replaced by his nephew Allu Arjun.
  • He returned money back to the distributors for his film Johnny didnt do well at the Box Office.
  • Apart from being an actor, he feels also as a Director, Screenplay writer, Choreographer, Stunt Master and a Playback singer.
  • Pawan enjoys doing cultivation and spends lot of time in his farm house doing gardening
  • "Victory" Venkatesh is a good friend of Pawan Kalyan and both expressed their interest to act in a film.
  • Tamil sensational actor Vijay is also a good friend and great fan of him.
  • Tamil and Telugu actress Trisha in an interview said that, she had a crush on Pawan Kalyan.
  • Telugu movie actress Nikita's favourite hero too is Pawan Kalyan.
  • Telugu actresses Genelia and shriya are also big fans of pawankalyan.
  • He has a good rapport with music director Ramana Gogula and the creative directors - Puri Jagannath and A Karunakaran.

See Also

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