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Sai Dharam Tej (born 15 October 1986) is an Indian film actor who works in the Telugu film industry.[1] Sai Dharam Tej made his debut as a lead in the film Pilla Nuvvu Leni Jeevitam, directed by Ravi Kumar Chowdary opposite Regina Cassandra.

Sai Dharam Tej
Sai Dharam Tej.jpg
Born (1986-10-15) 15 October 1986 (age 33)
ResidenceFilm Nagar, Hyderabad, Telangana, India
Years active2013–present
Familysee Chiranjeevi family

Early lifeEdit

Sai Dharam Tej is the son of actor Chiranjeevi's sister, Vijaya Durga and her husband, Dr. Siva Prasad. He is the nephew of veteran Tollywood actors Nagendra Babu and Pawan Kalyan. His maternal cousins Ram Charan, Varun Tej, and Niharika Konidela are also actors and actresses in Tollywood.[2]


He made his debut with the film Pilla Nuvvu Leni Jeevitham, though the first film he actually acted in was YVS Chowdary's Rey, which was completed in 2013.[3] Release of the film was delayed until 2015 and was released as his second film. His next release in 2015 was Subramanyam For Sale which was commercial success. In 2016 Tej's Supreme released which is also a big hit. His film Jawaan directed by B. V. S. Ravi released on 1 December 2017. The film received negative reviews from critics. He has also made a special appearance in a Youtube Channel named VIVA in the episode, "Drink and Drive". He completed his degree in VIT University in Vellore. His next films, with A. Karunakaran and Gopichand Malineni, are subsequently released in 2018 and got mixed reviews.[4][5] His latest release Chitralahari had one critic calling the character Vijay in the film is the best in Tej's career till date.[6]


  Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Title Role Director Notes
2014 Pilla Nuvvu Leni Jeevitham Srinu A.S Ravi Kumar Chowdary Debut film
2015 Rey Rock Y.V.S Chowdary
Subramanyam for Sale Subramanyam Harish Shankar
2016 Supreme Balu Anil Ravipudi
Thikka Aditya Sunil Reddy
2017 Winner Siddarth Reddy "Siddu" Gopichand Malineni
Nakshatram Alexander Krishna Vamsi
Jawaan Jai BVS Ravi
2018 Inttelligent Sai dharam Teja/Dharma Bhai V. V. Vinayak
Tej I Love You Tej A. Karunakaran
2019 Chitralahari Vijay Krishna Kishore Tirumala
Prati Roju Pandage  TBA Maruthi Dasari
2020 Solo Brathuke So Better  TBA Debutant Subbu Filiming

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Film Result
2015 South Indian International Movie Awards Best Debutant Actor (Male) [7] Pilla Nuvvu Leni Jeevitam Won
CineMAA Awards Best Male Debut Won


  1. ^ "Sai Tej Biography"
  2. ^ "Sai with father Dr.Shivaprasad (extreme right), mother Vijaya and brother Vaishnav Tej."
  3. ^ Rey on Oct 11th as Dusserra gift
  4. ^ [ Sai Dharam Tej Signs Pawan Kalyan Director]
  5. ^ "Who gonna direct Sai dharam Tej?". SMTV24x7. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  6. ^ Chitralahari movie review {3/5}: Sai Dharam Tej, Kalyani Priyadarshan and Nivetha Pethuraj save the day, retrieved 9 May 2019
  7. ^ "SIIMA AWARDS". Retrieved 15 July 2015.

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