Siva Balaji (born as Siva Balaji Manoharan on 14 October 1980) is an Indian actor, television personality, and producer who is known for his works in the Telugu Film Industry. He was introduced as a hero by director Suresh Krissna through the film Idi Maa Ashokgadi Love Story (2003). He shot to fame with his performance as a hot blooded youth with gray shades in Arya (2004). He continued to star in films such as Sankranti (2005), Pote Poni (2006), Chandamama (2007), and Shambo Shiva Shambo (2010). Siva Balaji is known for appearing in several films as the solo lead, part of multistarrers, and in supporting roles. He won the Copper Nandi Award for his performance in the film Pothe Poni.
14 October 1980
|Occupation||Actor, Television Personality, Producer, Businessman|
Siva Balaji is also a television personality. He appeared on the Telugu version of the Bigg Boss reality show that is broadcast on Star Maa, where he emerged as the title winner of Bigg Boss Telugu season 1.
Early life and familyEdit
Siva Balaji was born and brought up in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. He attended Karthikeyan Matriculation Higher Secondary School. He has a younger sister Gayathri Lingam who is married to Yathendra Lingam, and younger brothers Prashanth Balaji and Krishna Sai. In 2009, he married actress Madhumitha, whom he paired in his film Englishkaran. They have two sons, Dhanvin Kangula, born on 11 February 2010 and Gagan Kangula, born on 28 November 2014.
1997–2004: early careerEdit
Siva Balaji started working in his father's Sri Balaji Group of companies (Sri Balaji Cylinders pvr ltd, Sri Balaji Valves Pvt ltd (DPR), and Sri Srinivasa cylinders pvr ltd (hot repair unit)) when he was 17 and established his own MSB Industries (valves, regulators and components manufacturing industry) at the age of 20. He got his first film offer in 2002 at the age of 22 which made him leave his entrepreneurship and choose films, as his father strictly advised him to choose, either films or business. He started shooting for his first film Idi Maa Ashokgadi Love Story on 23 September 2002, followed by a role in Ela Cheppanu and the lead role in Dost. His major break came through the film Arya (2004 film) directed by Sukumar. Playing the role of Ajay, local MPs spoiled brat son, who is an adamant and very possessive lover, gained him critical acclaim which made him a star in the Telugu film industry. A reviewer from Idlebrain.com quoted "Siva is good as adamant, at times confused, lover. He generated comedy in a few scenes where he shows his frustration." Reviewer from Sify.com wrote " Siva as Ajay is very promising." It was followed by Sankranti, in which he shared screen space with actors Daggubati Venkatesh and Srikanth.
He took up Kumkuma an emotional heart touching script in 2005. He got his debut Tamil film Englishkaran in the same year. He got 5 releases in 2006, Pothe Poni, Kokila, Sarada Saradaga, Aganthakudu and Annavaram. His film Pothe Poni directed by Tammareddy Bharadwaja, won Golden Nandi Award, which got him Copper Nandi Award for the same. In 2007 two of his films- Pagale Vennela and Chandamama were released. Chandamama directed by Krishna Vamsi, Navdeep was another lead and movie succeeded well at the box office and gained huge applause for him in the role of a good-hearted village boy. Kajal Aggarwal, and Sindhu Menon were the heroines of the film. Target released in 2008 and that's a wrong choice made. He did Mast in 2009 produced by actor Suresh. Shambo Shiva Shambo directed by Samuthirakani was another milestone in his career released in 2010 and was a huge success. He worked with Ravi Teja and Allari Naresh in the film, while Priyamani, and Abhinaya were the heroines. He took up supporting roles for Janda Pai Kapiraju and Katamarayudu, both of which helped him gain more fame post his commercial failures at the box office. He appeared in the reality show Bigg Boss Telugu, which he won on 24 September 2017. Post the success and popularity of Bigg Boss, he has returned to lead roles in films, marked by his film in 2017 Snehamera Jeevitham, and has also appeared in dance show Neethone Dance. He is all set to star in a multistarrer in 2018 with Navdeep once again after Chandamama and appearing in Bigg Boss Telugu together.
- All films are in Telugu, unless otherwise noted.
|2003||Idi Maa Ashokgadi Love Story||Ashok||Film Debut|
|2003||Ela Cheppanu||Amar Varma|
|2006||Annavaram||Varam's husband||Guest appearance|
|2010||Shambo Shiva Shambo||Chandru|
|2015||Janda Pai Kapiraju||Gopi|
|2017||Snehamera Jeevitham||Mohan||Also producer|
|2017||Bigg Boss Telugu (season 1)||Contestant||Star Maa||Winner- On Day 70|
|2017||Neethone Dance||Guest, to launch Snehamera jeevitham’s song||Star Maa|
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