Pawan Kalyan is one of the most influential entertainers in the Telugu film industry. He is known for his fierce personality and catchy dialogues. He is an inspiration to many and is idolized for being realistic and straightforward. Pawan Kalyan is admired for his charitable nature and the connection that he has with his fans. Whether you love him or hate him there is one thing that nobody can take from him and that’s his originality. One thing to notice about his career graph is that if he gets a hit, it’s a super duper hit and all his movies send out meaningful messages. His modesty is what makes him a superstar as he never uses his family’s name or influence for anything, actually he doesn’t need to also as he has the fire to independently achieve success. His sincerity is something everyone loves him but he is also the most misunderstood stars in the industry. With top grossing movies like Kushi, Tholi Prema, Gabbar Singh, Attarintiki Daaredi and many more he has touched many hearts and gained popularity in the Telugu audience. Here are some interesting facts about the superstar’s personal and professional life.
Pawan Kalyan is the younger brother of Mega Star Chiranjeevi and Nagendra Babu. Born on 2 September 1971 as Konidela Kalyan Babu to Venkat Rao Konidela and Anjana Devi Konidela, Kalyan had been brought up with humble beginnings. His father was a Police officer and his mother was a homemaker and later in the 70’s his father shifted to the excise department. He had 4 siblings and grew up being close to his sisters Vijaya and Madhavi. His brother Chiranjeevi was already a star in Telugu cinema and had moved to Chennai with his wife Surekha. Pawan went to live with them and grew up becoming close to his sister-in-law and still sees her as a mother figure. He has always shown his modesty from the beginning of his career and never used his elder brother’s name to get into the industry. He hails from Bapatla, a small town in the Guntur district in Andhra Pradesh where he was born and raised till adulthood. He got his name Pawan while demonstrating his skills in martial arts in his youth. He is a highly qualified, trained martial arts expert and has a black belt in karate. The actor has completed his education till intermediate only. He got into martial arts seriously and trained with many masters and has the skills to take down people in no time. This was noticed by film makers and they quickly got him into the Telugu industry. What’s interesting though is the fact that his elder brother Chiranjeevi was already well established in Tollywood, yet Pawan was able to make it on his own without anyone’s help. His other brother Naga Babu is also an actor and film producer.
Pawan Kalyan has a huge following in the Telugu audience for his originality and as a youth icon for his looks. Weighing 72 kgs and as high as 5 feet 10 inches he is not some ordinary man from Bapatla. He has a black belt in Karate and demonstrated his skills in many Telugu movies, entertaining thousands of fans worldwide. He has a great following among women as well, the brown eyed hunk romanced many young ladies like Amisha Patel, Shriya Saran, and many top actresses. His hairstyle also is a signature look in the Telugu industry as it only suits him, that’s how good he looks! His luscious black looks are well-maintained thanks his personal glam squad with a hairstylist and designer at his beck and call. If you notice his dressing, it is all about comfort wear, you will find him wearing the simplest hoodies or track pants at times. His style can be described as effortless, he doesn’t need to do much to carry himself off with such swag. Here are few stats about Pawan Kalyan:
Real Name: Konidela Kalyan Babu
Reel Name: Pawan Kalyan
Height: 5 feet 10 inches
Hair color: Black
Eye color: Brown
Birthday: 2 September 1971
Birth place: Bapatla, Andhra Pradesh, India
Zodiac sign: Virgo
Parents: Venkat Rao Konidela, Anjana Devi Konidela
Siblings: Chiranjeevi (Telugu superstar and politician), Nagendra Babu (Actor and producer), Vijaya Durga, Madhavi
Spouses: Nandini (1997-2007), Renu Desai (2009-2012), Anna Lezhneva (2013-present)
Children: Akira Nandan Konidela, Aadhya Konidela
Other family members: Nephews-Ram Charan Tej(Actor), Varun Tej(Actor),Sai Dharam Tej(actor); Nieces- Niharika Konidela(Actress), Sirisha Konidela, Sushmitha Konidela
Mother Tongue: Telugu
Occupation: Actor, Politician
Political party: Jana Sena Party
Best friend: Trivikram Srinivas (renowned director)
Food preferences: Vegetarian only
Favorite music: Carnatic (classical)
Favorite director: Akira Kurosawa
Follower of: Che Guevara
Hobbies: Reading books, organic farming, planting saplings
Address: Plot no: 5, Road no: 9, Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad
First Film: Akkada Ammayi Ikkada Abbayi
Special Appearances: Shankar Dada MBBS (2004), Gundejaari Gallantayyinde (2013)
Personal Assistant: Narra Srinivas
Personal Stylist: Rajesh More
Personal Hairstylist: Chandrasekhar
Cars and Bikes: Toyota Fortuner, Audi Q7, Mercedes-Benz R350, Mercedes-Benz G55 AMG, Skoda Octavia, Harley Davidson.
Social media: https://twitter.com/pawankalyan
It is safe to say that he himself doesn’t know how cool he is, but his fans love him for that attitude only. The way he walks, talks and handles situations is actually the right approach to living, he is leading people to do good and live to the fullest and that is a very strong quality to influence thousands. His true followers call this path as Pawanism, people who religiously follow the steps of the Power Star, trying to achieve things for the greater good.
The career as an actor is a long journey for anyone. Pawan Kalyan has been in the Telugu industry since the past 20 years and his popularity still remains the same. He has a loyal fan base who support him and believe in his ideas and thoughts. Many people admire his sincerity and the way he is actually concerned about the future of the nation. This is what makes him truly special.
Pawan Kalyan made his debut with the movie Akkada Ammayi Ikkada Abbayi in 1996 which was directed by EVV Satyanarayana and starred Supriya opposite him as the lead who happens to be the grand-daughter of ANR. It was average in terms of collections but Pawan was noticed for the martial arts skills he had showcased in the film. The following year he made a strong comeback with the movie Gokulamlo Seetha which was declared a super hit.
It was in 1998 that changed his life as an actor as he received a great response from the Telugu audience. He released two films that year the first being Suswagatham in which he was highly appreciated for his acting and the iconic climax in the film. Then came the cult film, Tholiprema which was directed by Karunakaran co-staring Keerti Reddy in the lead. This film ran for more than 200 days and influenced many other love stories that were made subsequently in the next few years. Tholiprema received numerous nominations and won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Telugu and a Nandi Award for Best Feature Film. Then released Thammudu which was a sports themed movie produced by Burugupalli Sivaramakrishna. This film was directed by P.A.Arun Prasad and starred Pawan Kalyan alongside Pretti Jhangiani and Aditi Govitrikar as leads. This film focuses on how many ups and downs the leads goes through to become a professional boxer which connected the family audience to Pawan.
At the peak time of his career:
Badri released and broke many box office records in the Telugu industry. The song Yeh Chikitha is one of the most popular songs among Pawan Kalyan fans and the western theme music video attracted lots of positive attention. The whole western look of Pawan Kalyan is still iconic in Tollywood as he was able to pull off such a bold move in terms of fashion. This was the debut film of one of the best directors in Tollywood, Puri Jagannadh. This love triangle concept romantic comedy was declared a super hit and Pawan’s onscreen charm won him many hearts in the family crowd as well. The film ran in more than 100 centers and completed 50 days successfully. Then came the career defining moment in Pawan’s life. This was when the blockbuster Kushi released. It was in 2001 when the actor teamed up with director S.J Suryah and Bhumika Chawla who was a newcomer in the industry, and this deadly collaboration earned Pawan his title, ‘Power Star’! Pawan Kalyan became a household name and he got the new status of becoming the style icon of the film industry. The songs ‘Yeh MeraJahan’ and ‘Ammaye’ are a few of the top hit songs at that time. The chemistry that Bhumika and Pawan had in the romantic scene by the bench is marked in everyone’s memory as it has a very comic approach to the whole situation. The movie released in 101 centers for 50 days had a 100 day run in 79 centers and ran for 175 days in 5 centers. A record was set for the highest grossing movie in the Nizam State of Andhra Pradesh collecting Rs20 crores only in 100 days.This is where there was a drop in the Power Star’s career. He decided to debut as a director and released Jhonny starring Renu Desai who he was living with since the year 2000. It released in 2003 but left many fans were disappointed by the film and it bombed at the box office. This, however, didn’t bring down the confidence of Pawan Kalyan as he continued making film year after year.
Struggle period in the industry:
Then came the action comedy ‘Gudumba Shankar’ in 2004 which was directed by Veera Shankar and produced by elder brother Nagendra Babu. With Meera Jasmine in the lead and Ashish Vidyarthi and Sayaji Shinde playing vital roles, the movie received a moderate response from fans. The Power star experimented with his looks by wearing two pants in many scenes and songs. Many fans loved this look and tried copying the same style that year. Subsequently released Balu ABCDEFG starring Shriya Saran and Neha Oberoi opposite Pawan Kalyan. It had grossed below average at the box office but ran successfully in 8 theaters in Andhra Pradesh for 100 days. Then released Bangaram which was directed by Dharani who was a renownedfilmmaker in the Tamil industry. The star cast had Pawan Kalyan as the lead and Meera Chopra, Raja Abel, Reema Sen, Ashutosh Rana and Mukesh Rishi as supporting characters. This film didn’t do well at the box office. His next film was Annavaram which starred Sandhya and Asin opposite him. It received a good response and collected Rs.23 crores within three weeks but it was in 2006 that he delivered a blockbuster. Jalsa is still one of the most entertaining films to ever be made in Telugu and Pawan Kalyan’s performance was mind-blowing. The film was directed by Trivikram Srinivas and had Ileana as the lead opposite Pawan. The film also starred Prakash Raj and Brahmanandam in supporting roles. He also played a small supporting role in his elder brothers film ‘Shankardada Zindabad’.This was an experimental period for the superstar as he likes to deliver something original all the time. That’s why he works on only one film a year.
His major comeback:
He took a break for a span of two years and came back with Komaram Puli in 2010, which was renamed Puli after some protests regarding the usage of Komaram which the family name of the tribal legend Komaram Bheem. The film did okay at the box office. Panjaa, a Telugu romantic action thriller film came out starring Pawan Kalyan with Sarah-Jane Dias and Anjali Lavania opposite the lead. The film released in 2011 and had generated a lot of buzz before its release. The catchy title song was playing on every radio station and became very popular. The audience, however, didn’t receive the film that well and this left his fans with a lot of disappointment. ‘Teenmar’ is the Telugu remake of the hit Bollywood film ‘Love Aaj Kal’ which released in 2011 starring Pawan Kalyan and Trisha. This film was released with high expectations as people could see Pawan Kalyan play a new type of role. The audience and critics reception was good towards the film and it fared well at the box office. Then came 2012, the year Pawan Kalyan got the biggest hit of his career. Gabbar Singh was released which starred Shruti Haasan in the lead and had supporting characters like Kota Srinivasa Rao and Abhimanyu Singh in it. It was the official remake of the Hindi blockbuster ‘Dabangg’ and they managed to rope in Malaika Arora for the hit item number Kevu Keka. The film was made on a budget of Rs.30 crores but it ended up collecting Rs150 crores worldwide and instantly became the largest films to become successful commercially. Pawan Kalyan’s performance was extraordinary and there was on entertainment throughout the film. Then the power star teamed up with Puri Jagannadh and did the action drama Cameraman Gangatho Rambabu. The film was released on 18 October 2012 and was screened in more than 1600 centers. The whole concept of the film and the message it sent out was well received by Telugu movie buffs but it didn’t do well at the box office as it only managed to collect Rs.32 crores.
Current ruler at the box office:
The very next year he delivered another blockbuster ‘Attarintiki Daredi’ which was directed by the king of punch dialogues Trivikram Srinivas. It has Samantha Ruth Prabhu and Pranitha Subhash as leads opposite Pawan Kalyan and Nadhiya, Boman Irani and Brahmanandam as supporting characters. The film was made on a budget of Rs.55 crores and released on 27 September 2013 and it ended up making Rs.187 crores becoming the highest grossing Telugu film ever until the record was broken by Baahubali: The Beginning in 2015. The film won many awards and to name a few, it received 4 Filmfare Awards, 6 SIIMA Awards, and 6 Santosham Film Awards and it also won the B.Nagi Reddy Memorial Award. The film is one of the best works of Trivikram as it reached out to the youth as well as the family audience. In 2015, Pawan Kalyan starred with Daggubati Venkatesh in ‘Gopala Gopala’ which is the remake of the Bollywood film ‘OMG-Oh my God’ based on a Gujarati play called ‘Kanji Viruddh Kanji’. The film also had Shriya Saran, Mithun Chakraborty and Posani Krishna Murali in import supporting roles. Kalyan followed a special diet and exercise regime in order to lose some weight for this film. He got 45 minutes of screen time which was enough to pull in the audience. The movie got agood reception from both the critics and the audience and managed to get a 3.5 rating out of 5 from Karthik Keramalu of IBN. It stood on top at the Chennai box office beating PK and Kappai. Pawan Kalyan got an IFFA Utsavam nomination for Best Performance in a supporting role- Male this year. The Power Star is going to come back this year with another blockbuster ‘Sardaar Gabbar Singh’ which will be the sequel of the 2012 Tollywood movie ‘Gabbar Singh’. The movie will be produced by Pawan Kalyan himself and Sharath Maror as a joint venue under the banners Pawan Kalyan Creative Works and Northstar Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. in association with Eros International. The film is set to release on 8 April 2016 worldwide and the makers have roped in Kajal Agarwal opposite Pawan Kalyan and soap actor Sharath Kelkar playing the antagonist. This will be Sharath Kelkars debut into Tollywood.
Pawan Kalyan has a very controversial life on the personal end. He has always tried his best to remain secretive about his family matters and issues but it is his star power that has led to so many speculations that have gone around in the media. Everybody wants to know what goes on in Pawan Kalyan’s life and everyone is curious about what holds in the future. He has been married thrice and has three children now. His marital affairs have always had interesting stories just like in his movies.
Pawan Kalyan has a very interesting story on the personal front. The actor got married thrice and has three children as of now. He first got married to Nandini from Vizag in 1997 but they had a lot of conflicts in their marital life and were living separately for years. They eventually got divorced in 2007 and this created a lot of buzz in the media. There were many speculations about the separation, some said that his first wife Nandini was money-minded and cruel while some say that he had an affair with his co-star at that time, Renu Desai. The actor was linked to his co-star Renu Desai back then who was shooting with him for Badri. Though the real reason for the separation has never been confirmed from his end, the Power Star finally got a divorce from his first wife with an out of court settlement of Rs5 crores as alimony and ended up marrying Renu Desai subsequently in a low-key ceremony.
Renu Desai fell in love with Pawan on the sets of Badri back in 2000. Then she was not aware of his first marriage and says that the way they fell in love was quite weird. Renu was just 18 at that time when the duo started living together while Pawan was getting his divorce from Nandini. They officially got hitched after his divorce settlement in 2009. Her parents objected to this relationship but she managed to convince them eventually. When they have happily married the superstar used to call his lovely wife ‘Subbamma’ or ‘Su’ at times and had even planned on having, at least, four kids someday. They have two children together, one son named ‘Akira Nandan Konidela’ who named after his favorite director Akira Kurosawa and a daughter named Aadhya Konidela. The couple got divorced in 2013 and it is speculated that the reason behind the separation was Pawan giving money to support his brother who was dealing with financial problems at that time which caused some concern as Renu wanted to have financial security for their children in the future. After their separation, Renu moved to her hometown Pune with their children. It is believed that Renu Desai received alimony worth Rs40 crores and also gets childcare support to raise their two children. The couple is now at amicable terms and is raising their two children together. Renu still claims that he was her first and only love and respects his decision to marry for the third time.
Pawan Kalyan met his current wife Anna Lezhneva who is a Russian while shooting for Theenmar. This was in 2013, amidst the divorce settlement with Renu Desai when the actor decided to focus on his career and started doing more and more films. Their marriage was a shock to everyone as nobody knew about their relationship and the news was released suddenly. It is said that the couple connected as both of them were dealing with heartbreak, Anna was cheated by someone and Pawan also found someone who he could understand. They had a registered marriage and have a daughter together. They have made very few appearances in public and it is believed that the news of their marriage was leaked by the same people who conspired the leaking of the film ‘Attarintiki Daaredi’ and this was addressed by the power star during a meeting with the media.
Pawan Kalyan is one of the most modest human beings in the Telugu Film industry. He is well aware of his influence on people and the kind of star power and screen presence he has cannot be matched by many in Tollywood. He, however, is grounded to his roots and says that he gets embarrassed when his fans call him Power Star. He is the younger brother of Mega Star turned politician Chiranjeevi but he knew that originality is what makes you special. He has never used his brother’s name anywhere and has always managed to survive on his own with no help. He is not afraid of judgment and often releases bold statements in the media. To understand why Pawan Kalyan has so many followers, we need to understand more about his roots and his lifestyle.
Pawan Kalyan comes from a normal middle-class family and the caste he was born into is known as Kaapu in Andhra Pradesh. The actor is one of the friendliest people anyone can come across and cares a lot about people in general. He showers his support to people in need generously and has always stood against wrong doings in the industry, in politics and anywhere else. He doesn’t need social media but he joined twitter in 2015 just to keep his all his fans happy. He actively tweets out his thoughts and sends out good social messages to inspire the youth to make their future better. He was the youth icon of Tollywood in the end of the 90’s and early 2000s when the younger generation had no one to look up to. This was when the shape of the country was not very great and there weren’t many employment opportunities. He served like a correct role model as he signed youth-oriented films that mesmerized the audience with a good social message. He has been inspiring many young people since the 90s and continues to charm his way up to the box office with many super hits and good films.
How he lives now:
The actor turned politician lives in an independent house in the posh locality Jubilee hills in Hyderabad, India with his wife Anna Lezhneva and their child together. He has a personal glam squad and security crew that are with him at all times. The personal crew of the actor consists of his personal assistant Narra Srinivas, bodyguards and a few spot boys. He gets his hair set only by his personal hairstylist Chandrasekhar who is always available for him at his beck and call. The actor follows a strict diet and exercise regime and though he doesn’t have six-pack abs he maintains a lean body that makes him more relatable as he looks normal. His dressing style is very simple yet sophisticated and this all thanks to his personal stylist Rajesh More who has been with him from many years. Pawan Kalyan is the only actor who can make Gap hoodies look cool and this was his signature look for many years. Outside, Pawan Kalyan has started sporting a more ethnic look at recent appearances for his political party Jana Sena. The Power star uses a high-end white Fortuner which was gifted to him by producer BVSN Prasad who had produced the blockbuster film Attarintiki Daredi. He also has a black Mercedes Benz R350, a white G55 AMG, and a black Skoda Octavia. He also owns two bikes out of which is one Harley Davidson which he had from a long time.
Many of us are not aware of his educational qualification but Pawan Kalyan studied only up to intermediate in the commerce stream with Mathematics, Economics, and Commerce as his subjects. Pawan got into martial arts at an early age and is an expert in it with a black belt in karate. That is why he is very flexible and his movements are quick in all the fight sequences. He was a stunt coordinator for many fight scenes in his movies like Tammudu, Badri, Kushi, Daddy, Johnny, and Gudumba Shankar. He has even visualized and choreographed many songs from his early movies like Badri, Kushi, Johnny, Gudumba Shankar, Annavaram, and Panjaa. He also sang for many songs in the movies he has starred in like Tammudu, Kushi, Johnny, Gudumba Shankar, Panjaa and Attarintiki Daredi.
Interests outside Acting:
Pawan Kalyan is a different person on the whole. He is Writer, Stunt master, Director, Producer, Playback singer, Screenplay writer, and Choreographer. He has choreographed and visualized many songs in movies and even sang many songs. You can listen to His recent entry into politics is a whole new level of greatness. Let’s take a lot at some of his achievements and hidden talents:
Pawan Kalyan the Stunt Master:
Pawan Kalyan is a martial arts expert and it is a known fact that his sword fighting skills and swift movements has mesmerized the Telugu audience. He has a black belt in Karate and is strong enough to take down people just like in the movies. He is an excellent Stunt Master and can choreograph any fight sequence in the most realistic approach possible. He has coordinated and created many stunts in films like:
• Tammudu (1999)
• Badri (2000)
• Kushi (2001)
• Daddy (2001)
• Johnny (2003)
• Gudumba Shankar (2004)
All the fight scenes in these films are so realistic and have the entertainment factor that only Pawan Kalyan can bring to the screen. It is like magic when you watch action sequences in his movies.
Pawan Kalyan the Director and Screenplay Writer:
Pawan Kalyan tried his hand in the field of direction back in 2003. He brought Jhonny to the silver screen starring his ex-wife Renu Desai opposite him. He also choreographed songs and the fight sequences in the film. Unfortunately, the film bombed at the box office and is the biggest flop in the actor’s career. Pawan Kalyan also wrote the script and screenplay for his 2004 release ‘Gudumba Shankar’.
Pawan Kalyan the Producer:
Pawan Kalyan has recently launched his production house under the name ‘Pawan Kalyan Creative Works’ and is jointly producing the sequel of ‘Gabbar Singh’ titled ‘Sardaar Gabbar Singh’ with Sharath Marar. He is also set to produce a film starring his nephew Ram Charan Tej.
Pawan Kalyan the Singer:
Though many stars like Manchu Manoj, Nithin and many more have started singing for tracks in their films, the trend was set by Pawan Kalyan. He has been recording sounds for his films since 1999 and all his songs have a catchy tune and a typical Telugu rhythm to them. Here is a list of songs by Pawan Kalyan in various films:
• ‘Em Pilla Maatadava’ and ‘Thati Chettu’ from Thammudu (1999)
• ‘The Ramanamma song’ from Kushi (2001)
• ‘Nuvvu Saara Taagudu’ from Johnny (2003)
• ‘Killi Killi Song’ from Gudumba Shankar (2004)
• ‘Paparayudu’ from Panjaa (2011)
• ‘Kaatam Rayuda’ from Attarintiki Daredi (2013)
Pawan Kalyan the Choreographer:
Pawan Kalyan is a talented dancer. He is flexible and can pull off complex choreography but even his dancing style has simplicity. He has choreographed and visualized many song sequences in his movies. Here is a list of movies where that the power star worked as a choreographer in:
• Badri (2000)
• Kushi (2001)
• Johnny (2003)
• Gudumba Shankar (2004)
• Annavaram (2006)
• Panjaa (2011)
Pawan Kalyan the Politician:
Pawan Kalyan joined politics with the launch of his political party ‘Jana Sena Party’ on 14 March 2014. He met with Narendra Modi who was running to become the prime minister at that time and expressed the needs and requirements for the welfare of the two Telugu states, Andhra Pradesh, and Telangana. His party formed an alliance with BJP and supported the campaign of TDP and BJP in the elections. He is a true leader and has that kind of influence on people as he held huge rallies and meetings which gathered a lot of attention from his fans, common people, and the media. He gave out bold statements and openly talked about wrong doings and about how a change needs to be brought. Till now he has kept his promise and does his best to ensure that the common people get what they’ve been promised. He becomes extremely emotional when he gets news about tragedy and dismay and always donates money and does everything in his hands to help people.
Pawan Kalyan the Human:
Pawan Kalyan is a legend in the film industry and a very well-known public figure in both the Andhra Pradesh as well as Telangana. He is after all the brother of Mega Star and politician Chiranjeevi and he has both money and power. He can show off all this and have attitude issues but he is just the opposite. Pawan has always been independent and never used his brother’s name or influence to get anywhere. He has been originality and style making him totally different brand on the whole. His ideals and moral values are highly appreciated by many and he has a heart of gold. He comes from humble beginnings and never forgets his roots. His modesty and the fact that he feels embarrassed when his fans call him Power Star is a sign of a good human being. This man loves his fans so much that he joined twitter only for their happiness. He supports many social causes and is always ready to help people in need. He emotionally connects with common people, he understands the pain and hardships that many face and often feels bad that he cannot find a proper end to such misery.
Pawan Kalyan is one of the friendliest actors in Tollywood but is also very private in real life. He doesn’t like to discuss personal matters in the media and gives apt answers when questioned by journalists. Though he is private about his family and personal issues he never hesitates when it comes to raising a voice about any issue. He speaks his mind out and gives honest statements in the media which is appreciated by everyone. He is one of the most knowledge people you can come across and loves reading books, it is said that he reads till 4 am sometimes. He might not be very educated but speaks fluent English. His fans love him, they worship him so much that there is a religion for him called Pawanism. The youth looks up to him, he gives out very good social messages in him movies and interviews and is a positive influence on his followers. He believes that only the younger generations can bring about a change in the way things work and bring about a change for a brighter future for the country. It doesn’t matter if you do not like him as an entertainer or leader but nobody can dislike him as a human being, he is an inspiration to many and has become immortal in the hearts of him fans.
Power packed Iconic looks:
The youth icon inspired the dressing style of thousands of people in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. He has always experimented with his looks yet maintaining simplicity in overall style and mannerism. Here are some of the iconic looks that can only make you think of Power Star Pawan Kalyan.
The Cowboy Hat from Badri:
How can we forget the song Yeh Chikitha from Badri. It had a western theme music video with Amisha Patel and Pawan Kalyan dressed in themed outfits and dancing to the catchy tune. Pawan Kalyan is the only actor in Tollywood who can pull off such a masculine look without looking too dorky. It is the way he walks, the mannerism and the style of talking that suit him perfectly. He holds his gun and comes to save her from goons riding a horse and wearing the iconic hat that can many any young girls heart melt. This look was a twist to the way he generally looks as it is edgy and brings out some class on the whole.
Sword Fights and Martial arts:
Pawan Kalyan first got noticed for his skills in martial arts as he has a black belt in karate. His moves in fight sequences were swift and he had a flair when it came to katanas and other swords. He teases all his fans by showing his sword fighting skills in the movie Kushi. What’s amazing is that he knows how to use a katana sword which is one of the deadliest weapons in the world. So he’s basically so good at martial arts that he can easily win any fight on his own. Pawan Kalyan has mesmerized so many people as he showcases his talents and still remains so grounded.
The signature Hand on Neck:
Any true fan of Power Star Pawan Kalyan knows exactly what is being discussed here. It is part of his persona, his mannerism, his swag, it is his identity. He places his hand in a certain manner on his neck and tilts his head in a certain angle. When he does this, you can expect a kick ass punch dialogue and some crazy action scenes. So many fans imitate this simple gesture and find it very cool and why not? It is a way of personifying this amazing human being. You can find Pawan Kalyan do this gesture in each and every movie of his and this move symbolizes the concept of Pawanism among all his loyal followers.
The love for Guns:
Pawan Kalyan owned a gun at one point of time in his life for security reasons. It was a licensed gun that he took and kept with him, his following was so much and the fact that he was bold enough to speak his mind off created a misconception about him and he received a lot of death threats. He also displays his talent in shooting guns in all his movies. He has the correct style to carry off a can with him, it just comes to him naturally. All his action sequences have an entertainment factor because he makes fighting seem like such an effortless job. The dialogues also are well timed and add a kick to the scene.
The Pants over Pants from Gudumba Shankar:
This could only be pulled off by someone like Pawan Kalyan. He wears this look in a song from the film Gudumba Shankar and dances effortlessly showing no sign or discomfort. He brilliantly pulls off the look throughout the song sequence and dances along with his signature swag and unique mannerisms. He started the trend of Pants over Pants and many stores even started selling lowers in that style. The song would play everywhere as it became so popular for the way the power star looked. Back in those days, many fans imitated this style and it became a fashion statement.
The Power packed Bike rider:
The Power Star always had the craze of riding bikes. He is seen driving swanky bikes in many of his movies shot at foreign locations sometimes. From the Harley-Davidson to a smart orange duke, Pawan Kalyan has been seen riding the swiftest rides in town and it really suits him. A two wheeler is something that symbolizes the youth as the majority of them ride them and use them around. When you see your idol riding something swanky, you know he is cool because he is just like the younger generation. Power Star Pawan Kalyan looks so macho when he rides bikes, just watching him drive will give any super fan goosebumps.
The Rugged cop look:
Many stars have acted as cops in films and work hard to look built and masculine. Pawan Kalyan, on the other hand, went for a rugged style to show that one need not have six pack abs to chase away bad guys. Skill and style are enough to take down any enemy and this message is delivered through his spectacular performance in the blockbuster film, ’Gabbar Singh’. He is seen wearing a headband, some smart aviators and a belt above his shirt. He is yet to show more of this swag in the upcoming sequel titled ‘Sardaar Gabbar Singh.’
The Shades of his persona:
If you notice clearly, Pawan Kalyan always sports dark shades in all his films. Just like any entertainer, he knows exactly what style suits him and always dons them in all his movies. It is like a signature look for him and he looks smashing with dark frames and the simple dress code that he follows. In the film ‘Attarintiki Daredi’ there is a comic fight sequence that actually revolves around a pair of sunglasses that he was wearing. That’s the importance of shades for his persona. This is a style statement that stays true to the power stars attitude and mannerism.
The hunky beard look:
Many actors grow beards when they want to look depressed or dangerous and usually, beards are grown to create a negative impression on the silver screen. It is only Pawan Kalyan, the power star of the industry who can look attractive even with a bushy beard. He has pulled off this look in Panjaa wearing a smart blazer and jeans and the iconic black shades. He looks sophisticated and macho sporting the beard throughout the movie and has got many fans for this particular look. He had this look even during press meets and conferences once he got into politics.
Pawan Kalyan’s remuneration depends from film to film.
The list of Films that he has acted and will release in the future is as follows:
- Akkada Ammayi Ikkada Abbayi (1996)
- Gokulamlo Seetha (1997)
- Suswagatham (1998)
- Tholi Prema (1998)
- Thammudu (1999)
- Badri (2000)
- Kushi (2001)
- Johnny (2003)
- Gudumba Shankar (2004)
- Balu ABCDEFG (2005)
- Bangaram (2006)
- Annavaram (2007)
- Jalsa (2008)
- Puli (2010)
- Theenmar (2011)
- Panjaa (2011)
- Gabbar Singh (2012)
- Cameraman Ganga Tho Rambabu (2012)
- Attarintiki Daaredhi (2013)
- Gopala Gopala (2015)
- Sardaar Gabbar Singh (2016)
The Power Star charges filmmakers based on the script, budget and his personal equation with them. He has let go off many payments in case the film bombs and is known for being kind-hearted and generous. Pawan Kalyan’s remuneration reached to Rs.9 crores by 2008 as he charged this fee for Jalsa. This movie was directed by Thrivikram Srinivas and had Ileana as the female lead. This remained constant throughout and he charged the same amount of Rs.9 crores for the film Puli formerly known as Komaram Puli. The film was made on a high budget but ultimately bombed at the box office. He then charged a fee of Rs.7 crores for the Telugu remake of ‘love Aaj Kal’ titled ‘Theenmar’. It has Trisha as the female lead and also starred his current wife Anna Lezhneva in a small role. The next film released was Panjaa which was a romantic action thriller and a very different concept. The power star charged a fee of Rs.10 crores for the film which had newcomers as leads opposite him. This film was also a high budget film but didn’t fare well at the box office.
Gabbar Singh was the turning point of his career as it became a blockbuster once its release. Pawan Kalyan charged between Rs15-20 crores for the film and took 50% of the payment before the release. He decided to get the full payment only after the film became successful commercially. He then did ‘Cameraman Ganga Tho Rambabu’ where he teamed up with Puri Jaganadh and had Tammanah Bhatia as the lead. He charged Rs.15 crores for this movie which did okay at the box office. The next film he did was ‘Attarintiki Daredi’ which became a blockbuster breaking all industry records in terms of collections. He charged a fee of Rs.14 crores initially and later got paid between Rs16-18 crores once the film released. The latest film to release is the sequel of ‘Gabbar Singh’ titled ‘Sardaar Gabbar Singh’ which is being co-produced by the power star. He is charging Rs.33 crores as the remuneration for this film and will also get shares in the profits once the film releases. This is the highest payment that any actor has received till date in the Telugu film industry.
Pawan Kalyan is known as the power star because he has the power to bring in hit films for his makers. His films influence many young people and send out good moral messages in the end which is something rare to find. Here is a list of Hit films of the power star:
- Gokulamlo Seetha (1997)
- Suswagatham (1998)
- Tholi Prema (1998)
- Thammudu (1999)
- Badri (2000)
- Kushi (2001)
- Jalsa (2008)
- Gabbar Singh (2012)
- Attarintiki Daaredhi (2013)
There have been a lot of twists and turns in the career graph of this superstar. He has seen his fair share of lows in the form of films that bombed at the box office. The list of films that failed to impress critics and the audience is as follows:
- Johnny (2003)
- Gudumba Shankar (2004)
- Puli (2010)
- Theenmar (2011)
- Panjaa (2011)
There are some films that impressed critics but didn’t make the kind of impact that a normal Pawan Kalyan film would. They had the wow factor but didn’t manage to become super-duper hits as expected. Here is a list of films starring Pawan Kalyan that did fairly good at the box office:
- Akkada Ammayi Ikkada Abbayi (1996)
- Balu ABCDEFG (2005)
- Bangaram (2006)
- Annavaram (2007)
- Cameraman Ganga Tho Rambabu (2012)
- Gopala Gopala (2015)
A film starring Power Star Pawan Kalyan always leaves a huge impact on the movie business in Tollywood. There are so many films starring Pawan Kalyan that have broken all industry records and earned up to ten times of what was put in. If Pawan Kalyan gets a hit, it has to be a blockbuster. He is called so because these films have left a powerful impact on the status of the industry and its audience. Here is a list of Blockbuster movies which have earned him the status of being called Power Star!
• Tholi Prema (1998)
• Thammudu (1999)
• Badri (2000)
• Kushi (2001)
• Jalsa (2008)
• Gabbar Singh (2012)
• Attarintiki Daaredhi (2013)
Collections for films:
• Akkada Ammayi Ikkada Abbayi (1996): The movie ran in 47 centers all over Andhra Pradesh for 100 days.
• Gokulamlo Seetha (1997): This movie was average and didn’t create much buzz at the box office.
• Suswagatham (1998): This film turned out to be the first blockbuster hit for the power star. It ran in 16 centers for 175 days.
• Tholi Prema (1998): This film ran for 224 days in Guntur and for 217 days at a theater in Hyderabad and was a blockbuster.
• Thammudu (1999): This film ran for 176 days in a theater in Vijayawada.
• Badri (2000): This film ran in more than 100 centers for 50 days. It completed its 100 days run in around 47 theaters and collected Rs.14 crores all over the world
• Kushi (2001): This movie made Rs.60 lakhs in all theaters in Andhra Pradesh. It was released worldwide in 200 centers and re-released again after two years in 160 centers due to popular demand.
• Johnny (2003): The film recovered its budget but did not do well at the box office. It was the biggest flop in Pawan Kalyan’s career.
• Gudumba Shankar (2004): This film was rated as below average according to the collections.
• Balu ABCDEFG (2005): This movie got positive reviews but did moderately in terms of collections.
• Bangaram (2006): This film had great expectations but did not do well at the box office.
• Annavaram (2007): This film collected Rs.23 crores at the box office in three weeks.
• Jalsa (2008): This film was a super hit collecting Rs.10.2 crores on the first day itself. The film went on to collect Rs.50 crores in 100 days.
• Puli (2010): It was made on a budget of Rs.42 crores but didn’t do well at the box office.
• Theenmar (2011): This film was highly anticipated but didn’t get good box office collections.
• Panjaa (2011): It collected Rs.1.2 crores on the first day and reached Rs.10 crores by the third week.
• Gabbar Singh (2012): This film collected Rs128 crores worldwide and became the largest film to become commercially successful in Tollywood.
• Cameraman Ganga Tho Rambabu (2012): The film collected Rs. 32 crores and was released in over 1600 theaters.
• Attarintiki Daaredhi (2013): This film was made on a budget of Rs55 crores and ended up collecting Rs.187 crores which became the highest grossing film in Tollywood till the release of Baahubali: The Beginning.
• Gopala Gopala (2015): The film was made on a budget of Rs.12 crores and ended up collecting Rs.66 crores!
A film with Pawan Kalyan as the lead will always have great songs in it. It is a mandatory fact as everyone enjoys watching him perform to these rhythmic tunes that are composed by the nest in the industry. Pawan Kalyan has a unique swag, he follows all the latest trends but is grounded to his roots. His persona is a classy representation of Telugu people but also brings out the fun part of being Telugu, the essence of being a local. Here is a list of some of these wonderful tunes:
• Ammaye from Kushi (2001)
• Ye Mera Jahaan from Kushi (2001)
• Aaradugula Bullet from Attarintiki Daredi (2013)
• Kevvu Keka from Gabbar Singh (2012)
• Pilla from Gabbar Singh (2012)
• Melikalu from Cameraman Ganga Tho Rambabu(2012)
• Vayari Bhama from Thammudu (1999)
• Travelling Soldier from Thammudu (1999)
• I am an Indian from Badri (2000)
• Made in Andhra from Thammudu (1999)
• Pedavi Datani from Thammudu (1999)
• Yeh Chikita from Badri (2000)
• Panjaa from Panjaa (2011)
• Jennifer Lopez from Jalsa (2008)
• Barbie Bommaki from Theenmar (2011)
Pawan Kalyan is one of the handsomest faces in the Telugu Film Fraternity. He has luscious black hair and big brown eyes and a fair skin tone. He’s not too short, neither is he too tall and has a slim frame but strong personality. He has been paired up with many beautiful women in his movies but he had extraordinary chemistry with only a few. This chemistry could be seen on the silver screen clearly and the response from the audience was amazing to these pairs. The chemistry has what added the wow factor in their films and made them reach the peak of commercial success. Here is a list of the top 5 pairings of Pawan Kalyan:
Pawan Kalyan and Keerti Reddy in Tholi Prema
Tholi Prema is basically a cult film. It is one of those classics that you can watch any number of times and be mesmerized with the idea of love. This movie personified the magic of love and brought in big bucks at the box office too! Pawan Kalyan and Keerti Reddy had amazing chemistry throughout the film and the subtle way in which they express their true feelings still melts many hearts. The scene where he notices her getting down from the car and playing with little children on the road, him noticing her feet and her white dress, it was a beautiful representation of love at first sight.
Pawan Kalyan and Bhumika Chawla in Kushi
Bhumika Chawla and Pawan Kalyan played their characters so well in the film Kushi. Their chemistry, the way she expressed jealousy, the way he teased her throughout the movie is the cutest love story that anyone can see. Their chemistry was so great in the film and it was one of the best pairings in the industry so far. They looked very good together and pulled off the characters with ease. This film broke a lot of records and ran for many days. It reached the peak in terms of success and this film got Pawan the title Power Star. It was so successful that it was re-released after two years for fans.
Pawan Kalyan and Amisha Patel in Badri
Amisha Patel was very new to the industry. She had just made her debut in Bollywood and was one of the leading actresses at that time. Pawan Kalyan was a sensation among the youth. He was paired opposite this Bollywood beauty for the film Badri which created a lot of buzz at that time. She played a sweetly pampered girl and he played the role of a rich boy. Their love story starts based on a bet but, in the end, he ends up falling in love with her. The song ‘Ye chikitha’ is one of the best songs in terms of visuals and tunes at that time and became very popular.
Pawan Kalyan and Shruti Haasan in Gabbar Singh
The news of Shruti Haasan playing the lead opposite Pawan Kalyan had the whole industry talking. This was the time when both actors had delivered a series of flops and many were not sure of how they would look together. This was the film where both of them gave their best and it completely changed their career graph. It was the highest grossing film so far in the industry and became a blockbuster. Shruti looked very beautiful playing a simple girl from a small town whereas Pawan Kalyan looked dashing in his new police avatar. The pairing was brilliant as they looked apt in their roles and had great chemistry.
Pawan Kalyan and Samantha Ruth Prabhu in Attarintiki Daredi
Attarintiki Daredi is the highest grossing films for Power Star Pawan Kalyan. He was paired opposite two beautiful actresses, Pranitha Subhash, and Samantha Ruth Prabhu. However, it was his equation with Samantha that grabbed everyone’s attention. She played the cool, outgoing bubbly daughter of Nadhiya who keeps getting into arguments with Pawan in the movie. The way they tease each other and end up falling in love is the highlight of the film. Their pair looked very cute and resulted in the making of one of the most successful blockbusters of all time.
Highest Budget movies:
Pawan Kalyan is the biggest youth icon, the best role model and the most influential public figures in the state. He has always been part of great projects and some of these are very big movies with an astronomical budget. That is how much faith people have in him, they are ready to invest huge amounts of money on his films because they know what kind of magic he has on screen. Here is a list of the top 5 high budget projects that the power star has been part of:
• Attarintiki Daredi: This film was made on a budget of Rs.55 crores. It is one of the costliest films to be made in Telugu cinema and all the investment and hard work paid off as it ended up collecting a whopping amount of Rs.187 crores!
• Puli: Formerly titled as Komaram Puli, this action thriller was made on a huge budget of Rs.42 crores. The movie, unfortunately, didn’t fare well at the box office.
• Gabbar Singh: This movie was made on a budget of Rs.30 crores and let’s just say that it was a smart investment as the movie became a blockbuster and collected Rs.128 crores.
• Panjaa: The film was made on a budget of Rs.26 crores starring the power star alongside newcomers. The film didn’t do well at the box office.
• Jalsa: This film was made on a budget of Rs.26 crores which was a huge amount back in 2008. Directed by Trivikram Srinivas and Ileana D’cruz as the female lead, the film became sensational hit collecting Rs.50 crores!
Power Star as he is known has a different aura around him. He is the best in the industry for dialogue delivery and the situations where he delivers such dialogues are well timed and apt. These dialogues define are hispersona, they are part of his identity and all his fans relate to these dialogues which actually have a good message in them. Here is a list of the top five dialogues of Pawan Kalyan from various movies:
• “Nuvvu Gudambbasatthikavocchu, tokkalasatthikavocchu, kaani I don’t care because I am Siddhu Siddhartha Roy!”-Kushi (2001)
• “Yuddham lo gelavadam ante shatru ni champadamkadhu, shatru ni odinchadam.”- Jalsa (2008)
• “Naakoncham tikkundi, kaanidaanikolekkundi.Ah tikkentochupistha, andarilekkalutelusthaa.”- Gabbar Singh (2012)
• “Chudappa Sidhappa, Nenusimhanlandtodni, adhigeddamgeskoledhu, nenugeskogalnu ante teda, migitadanta same to same. Ahhh!Aithe last punch manadaithedaanikocche kick eh vera paaaa!”- Attarintiki Daredi (2013)
• “Nenu Krishnnudu kabattemaayalu chesanu….mayalu cheyadanikikrishnudukaaledu”– Gopala Gopala(2015)
Awards and Nominations:
Pawan Kalyan is an excellent actor and the commercial success of his films is enough to speak about the impact he has on people. Such talent is rare to find and deserves to be appreciated. He has been nominated many times and has even won a lot of prestigious awards for his acting talent. Here is a list of a new of them:
• He got nominated for the Filmfare Award for Best Actor-Telugu for the movie Kushi in 2001.
• He got nominated for the Filmfare Award for Best Actor-Telugu for the movie Jalsa in 2008.
• He won many awards in the year 2012 for his performance in the blockbuster action entertainer ‘Gabbar Singh’. • He won the Filmfare Award for Best Actor-Telugu, Hyderabad Times Film Award for The Best Actor (Male), Cine MAA Award for Best Actor-Male and also the SIIMA Award for Best Actor.
• He got two nominations and won two awards in 2013 for his performance in the highest grossing Telugu film at that time, ‘Attarintiki Daredi’. He got nominated for the Filmfare Award for Best Actor-Telugu and for the SIIMA Award for Best Actor. He won the Best Actor-Telugu Award at the Santosham Film Awards. He also won Best Actor (Male) at the Margadarsi Big Telugu Entertainment Awards.
• He is nominated for the Filmfare for best Supporting Actor-Telugu for his role as God in ‘Gopala Gopala’ for the year 2015.
Pawan Kalyan has been part of one Ad campaign and that was during the initial peak of his career. He was the official spokesperson for Pepsi in South India as he was the leading youth icon in the Telugu Film industry. As he is known for his comic action sequences, Pepsi signed him up in 2001 and during the same period, his elder brother was endorsing for Coca-Cola. The ad features the power star riding a fancy bike and stopping somewhere to get some Pepsi. He walks into the place and notices a bunch of goons troubling a pretty woman and the staff there. He walks in and fetches a glass of Pepsi and the goons surround him. He uses his amazing skills in martial arts to fight the bad guys without spilling his Pepsi. The bad guys get thrashed and run out of the place so the pretty girl and the staff are now safe. In the end, the Pepsi ends up spilling as the girl runs and hugs Pawan Kalyan for rescuing her. The ad ends with someone saying “Pepsi, ee manasuadige more!” and the power star saying “Uh-uh” with a smirk on his face.
Pawan Kalyan is an exceptional human being. His generosity cannot be matched as this man has donated lakhs and lakhs of rupees without thinking twice for the causes of his choice. He is someone who actually cares about the world. He is a vegetarian and loves animals. He also believes in saving the environment and keeping the earth clean and always chooses eco-friendly options over others. He is into organic farming. There are many instances where the actor says that he feels bad that he cannot take away the pain that the common man goes through just to survive. This man actually cares about people and has donated huge amounts whenever any place was stricken by tragedy. Back in 2008, he visited Swapnika, an acid attack victim in Warangal and you could see the tears in his eyes when he saw what had happened to this young girl. He assured her that he would bring her justice and made sure that it happened. He donated Rs.5 lakhs back in 2012 to support the Olympic sports shooter Rekha Chalichemala. In 2013, when Uttarakhand was impacted by floods, he donated Rs.20 lakhs to the Natural Calamity Management Fund. The cyclone in Vizag affected many lives and he was the first to step and donate Rs.50 lakhs to the Chief Minister’s relief fund to help support relief operations to recover from the Cyclone Hudhud in Andhra Pradesh.
Being the power star is a tough job, and people often get misunderstood for their actions. Pawan Kalyan has always had a controversial personal life as everybody is interested in what’s going on in his family matters. Pawan Kalyan’s relations with his elder brother Chiranjeevi have been rocky for a while. This had created a lot of speculation in the film fraternity and sometimes situations got too personal as they lashed out on each other giving statements in the media. This created a lot of controversies and their relationship hasn’t been the same ever since. In his early days, there was a rumor regarding a spat he had with factionist turned politician Paritala Ravi. It was regarding the sale of some property that lead to Paritala Ravi getting his head shaved in public. This was addressed later on in the media and Pawan said that he never even met the late politician to have any issues.
His love life has also been quite controversial. He was married to his first wife when he started living with his girlfriend Renu Desai in 2000. He lived with her till 2009 and even had a son Akira out of wedlock which came like a culture shock to everyone around him. After finally getting a divorce from his first wife, he married Renu Desai and they went on to have another child. Money matters lead to their separation as it is speculated that Pawan gave his elder brother a huge amount of money to recover from the losses from the movie ‘Orange’. After their separation, he ended up marrying the third time. This time, it was a Russian citizen who he met on the sets on Theenmar. The news of their marriage was sensational and everyone was talking about it in the media. Another controversy was that of the leaking of a scene from the film ‘Attarintiki Daredi’. He gave out a warning in front of the media regarding the leak and said that he knows who did it and he will not leave them for it.
Being a public figure and that too someone who is loved so much by his fans is really difficult and controversy is just part of being in the industry. Pawan Kalyan has come out of all situations strongly and is an inspiration to everyone. He is a great human being and an exceptional entertainer which is what makes him so special.