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Konidela Kalyan Babu,[4] better known by his stage name Pawan Kalyan, is an Indian film actor, producer, director, screenwriter, writer, philanthropist and politician. His film works are predominantly in Telugu cinema. He is the youngest brother of popular actor Chiranjeevi. Pawan Kalyan made his acting debut in the 1996 Telugu film Akkada Ammayi Ikkada Abbayi. In 1998, he starred in Tholi Prema, which won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Telugu for that year.

Pawan Kalyan
The noted Telugu film actor Shri Pavan Kalyan addressing at the closing ceremony and award function of the 18th International Children’s Film Festival India, in Hyderabad on November 20, 2013 (cropped).jpg
Kalyan at the 18th International Children’s Film Festival India in 2013
Konidela Kalyan Babu[1]

(1971-09-02) 2 September 1971 (age 48)[2]
ResidenceHyderabad, Telangana, India
Other namesPower Star Pawan Kalyan
OccupationActor, writer,politician,
Years active1996–present
Political partyJana Sena Party
  • Nandini (1997–1999)
  • Renu Desai (2009–2012)
  • Anna Lezhneva (2013–present)
FamilySee Chiranjeevi family

He is known for his works in the films Gokulamlo Seetha, Suswagatam, Tholi Prema,Thammudu, Badri, Kushi, Jalsa and Gabbar Singh, for which he received the Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Telugu,[5] and Attarintiki Daredi, which became one of the highest grossing Telugu films of all time.[6] He was listed 26th in 2013, 69th in 2017 and 24th in 2018 respectively in the Forbes India list of top 100 Celebrities .[7][8][9] He produces films under the banners Anjana Productions and Pawan Kalyan Creative Works.[10] In March 2014 he entered into politics, founding the Jana Sena Party.[11][12][13] During that period, Pawan Kalyan was listed by Google as the most searched Indian celebrity politician on Google Search.[14]

Pawan Kalyan was widely known for his philanthropic work.[15] He founded a charitable trust called Common Man Protection Force (CMPF). This trust was known to assist citizens who fall under EWS in states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.[16] He was also invited to Harvard University in Boston,USA to deliver a speech in 14th edition of India Conference 2017 along with Madhavan.[17]

Personal life

Pawan Kalyan was born Konidela Kalyan Babu to Konidela Venkat Rao and Anjana Devi in Bapatla, Andhra Pradesh.[18] He is the younger brother of Chiranjeevi and Nagendra Babu. He started using the name "Pawan" after a martial arts presentation he organized to demonstrate his training.[19] He holds a black belt in karate.[20]

Pawan Kalyan has been married three times: to Nandini from 1997 to 2007, to Renu Desai from 2009 to 2012 and to Anna Lezhneva since 2013.[21] He had two children with Renu Desai,[21] and two more children with Anna Lezhneva.[22]

Pawan Kalyan is also the uncle of actors Ram Charan,[23] Varun Tej,[24] Allu Arjun and Sai Dharam Tej.[25]

Film career

Selected filmography

Humanitarian works

  • Pawan Kalyan gave 100,000 (US$1,400) to the character artist Pavala Shyamala who suffered from a fatal illness.[citation needed]
  • On 27 July 2013, he donated 100,000 (equivalent to 130,000 or US$1,800 in 2018) to Jesus Old Age Home at Pandurangapuram in Khammam district in Telangana.[26]
  • Pawan donated 2 million (equivalent to 2.4 million or US$35,000 in 2018) for Uttarakhand flood victims.[27]
  • Pawan Kalyan donated 5 million (US$72,000) to Chief Minister's Relief Fund for Hud Hud Cyclone in the North coastal region of Andhra Pradesh.
  • Pawan Kalyan helped a biker, Gota Satish Kumar with 500,000 (US$7,200) who lost his legs in an accident.[28]
  • Pawan Kalyan donated 100,000 (US$1,400) to differently-abled T20 Cricket tournament and 100,000 (US$1,400) for each team.[29]
  • On 10 April 2018 he announced that he would give a 1 million (US$14,000) cheque to Sri Venkata Rahul Ragala for achieving Gold Medal in Common Wealth Games & making our Mother land "Bharath" Proud.[30][31]

Political career

Praja Rajyam Party

Pawan Kalyan started his political career in 2008.[32] as the president of Yuvarajyam,"[33] the youth wing of Praja Rajyam Party which was started by his elder brother Chiranjeevi.He neither contested in elections nor did he hold any constitutional post during his days in Praja Rajyam Party.Later when Chiranjeevi merged his Party[34] with Indian National Congress,[35] Pawan Kalyan took a break from political life, expressing his silent discontent with his brother's decision to merge the party, and started a new political party in 2014 called Jana Sena Party.

Jana Sena Party

Pawan Kalyan founded a political party called Jana Sena on 14 March 2014.[36] He wrote a book titled Ism which is also the ideology of the Jana Sena party.[37] He met with then BJP Prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi to discuss the issues related to both the Telugu states and extended his support.[38] Pawan Kalyan campaigned extensively for the Telugu Desam Party and BJP combine in Andhra and Telangana. He opposed Congress rule stating the slogan Congress Hatao Desh Bachao. His rallies drew what the Deccan-Journal called "huge crowds" in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.[39] In December 2017, Pawan Kalyan announced that he intended to enter full-time politics.

He provoked the Uddanam kidney disease crisis by various protests, which was later controlled by Government of Andhra Pradesh by constructing dialysis centres and implementing various schemes for the village.[40] In November 2016, Pawan Kalyan announced that Jana Sena will contest in the 2019 general elections in Andhra Pradesh.[41] He reportedly stated that he was planning to contest from all 175 legislatures of Andhra Pradesh.[42] He opposed central government's move to privatise Dredging Corporation of India (DCI)[43] on a golden platter.[44] Pawan lead a protest march to condolence farmers who committed suicides or migrated from the drought-prone regions of Rayalaseema.[45] He opposed the Telugu Desam Party Government's decision on land pooling.[46] Pawan Kalyan conducted a March on the historical Dowleswaram Barrage, Rajahmundry demanding Political Accountability.[47] Pawan Kalyan exposed the alleged unchecked mining in the reserve forest area at Vanthada Village of Prathipadu, East Godavari district.[48]

Pawan Kalyan has announced the Jana Sena party's election manifesto at Rajahmundry[49] public meeting with many measures to improve the lives of farmers,[50] farm labourers, women, youth and students. His party Jana Sena will contest together with left parties[51] Communist Party of India Communist Party of India (Marxist) and Bahujan Samaj Party[52] for the upcoming elections 2019 in both Telugu states.

Jana Sena party chief Pawan Kalyan lost election from Two seats – Gajuwaka[53] and Bhimavaram[54] in the 2019 Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly election.

Pawan Kalyan Lead a Long March in Visakhapatnam on Oct 3rd 2019 to support Construction Workers[55] against YSR Congress Party Governance who have been facing unemployment due to shortage of Sand in Andhra Pradesh.

"Pawan Kalyan's talk touched my heart. My soul said that if there are youth like Pawan Kalyan, the Telugu spirit can never die. Telangana and Seemandhra can both prosper under someone like him"

—Prime Minister Narendra Modi about Pawan Kalyan[56]

"Want Pawan Kalyan to become Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh"

—BSP Bahujan Samaj Party President Mayawati about Pawan Kalyan[57]

Brand endorsements

  • In April 2001, soft-drink giant Pepsi, announced him as its brand ambassador, making him the first South Indian to endorse the popular soft-drink.[58]
  • In January 2017, Pawan Kalyan agreed to take up the role of the brand ambassador for hand loom weavers in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.[59]
  • In August 2017, Pawan Kalyan was asked to be the brand ambassador to JEEVAN DAAN, an initiative started for organ donation by government of Andhra Pradesh[60]

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Film Result
1999 47th Filmfare Awards South Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Telugu Thammudu Nominated
2001 49th Filmfare Awards South Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Telugu[61] Kushi Nominated
2008 56th Filmfare Awards South Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Telugu[62] Jalsa Nominated
2012 60th Filmfare Awards South Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Telugu[63] Gabbar Singh Won
Hyderabad Times Film Awards Best Actor (Male)[64] Won
CineMAA Awards CineMAA Award for Best Actor – Male[65] Won
South Indian International Movie Awards SIIMA Award for Best Actor[66] Won
2013 61st Filmfare Awards South Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Telugu[67] Attarintiki Daredi Nominated
Santosham Film Awards Best Actor – Telugu[68] Won
Margadarsi Big Telugu Entertainment Awards Best Actor (Male)[69] Won
South Indian International Movie Awards SIIMA Award for Best Actor[70] Nominated
2015 1st IIFA Utsavam Awards South Best Supporting Actor (Male) – Telugu[71] Gopala Gopala Nominated


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