Konidela Varun Tej (born 19 January 1990) is an Indian actor who works in Telugu films. Born to the Allu–Konidela family, he is the son of actor Nagendra Babu. Till date he has starred in 13 films.

Varun Tej
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Tej in 2018
Born (1990-01-19) 19 January 1990 (age 33)[1]
Other namesMega Prince
Alma materSt. Mary's College, Hyderabad
Years active2014–present
FamilySee Allu–Konidela family

Tej made his acting debut in 2014 with Mukunda. It was a box-office flop like his next three releases, though he received praise for featuring in Krish's critically acclaimed war film Kanche (2015). He established himself as a leading actor with the romantic drama Fidaa (2017), a major critical and commercial success. Tej has since starred in films including Tholi Prema (2018), Gaddalakonda Ganesh (2019), F2 (2019) and F3 (2022).

Early lifeEdit

Varun Tej is the son of Telugu actor and producer Nagendra Babu.[1] He is a nephew of actors Chiranjeevi and Pawan Kalyan. His younger sister Niharika is also an actress. Actors Ram Charan, Allu Arjun, Allu Sirish, Sai Tej and Panja Vaisshnav Tej are his cousins.[2] He was educated at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad, and at St. Mary's College, Hyderabad.[3]


Tej debuted as a child artist in his father Nagendra Babu's film Hands Up! when he was just ten years old. He made his adult debut with Mukunda, starring opposite fellow newcomer Pooja Hegde. The film earned mixed reviews. His second venture was the 2015 war film Kanche, starring opposite Pragya Jaiswal and received positive reviews from critics.[4] Tej's performance as Dhupati Haribabu was praised with The Times of India praising his "capability to shift gears from intense to sobriety".[5] His second release that year Loafer, was a box office failure, along with his 2017 outing Mister.

The later half of 2017 saw the release of Fidaa, where he played an NRI falling in love with a village belle. The film was commercially successful grossing over 90 crore at the box office.[6] His 2018 release Tholi Prema was also a box office success and Tej's performance as an impulsive young man was widely appreciated.[7][8] His next film that year was space thriller Antariksham 9000 KMPH, directed by Sankalp Reddy.[9]

In 2019, Tej's first release was F2: Fun and Frustration which is a multistarrer with Venkatesh, Tamannaah and Mehreen Pirzada are also a part of this movie which is huge blockbuster.[10] After F2, he dubbed in Telugu for Aladdin's role in the film Aladdin. He later starred in Gaddalakonda Ganesh, a remake of Tamil film Jigarthanda, directed by Harish Shankar which was successful at the box office.[11]

As of January 2020, Tej has two films under production, Ghani, and F2's sequel F3.[12][13] Tej is playing the role of a boxer, in Ghani directed by Kiran Korrapati.[citation needed]


  Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2000 Hands Up! Varun Child actor
2014 Mukunda Mukunda Debut as lead role
2015 Kanche Dhupati Hari Babu
Loafer Raja Murali
2017 Mister Pichchaiah Naidu / Chai
Fidaa Varun
2018 Tholi Prema Aditya Sekhar
Antariksham 9000 KMPH Dev
Nanna Koochi Narrator; web series on ZEE5
2019 F2: Fun and Frustration Varun Yadav
Aladdin Aladdin (voice) Telugu dubbed version [14]
Gaddalakonda Ganesh Gaddalakonda "Gani" Ganesh
2022 Ghani Ghani [12]
F3: Fun and Frustration Varun Yadav [13]
2023 Gandeevadhari Arjuna

TV showsEdit

Year Shows Role Channel Notes
2019 Bigg Boss 3 Himself Star Maa Guest Contestant

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Film Result Ref.
2015 South Indian International Movie Awards Best Actor – Telugu Kanche Nominated [15]
2017 Zee Telugu Golden Awards Entertainer Of The Year (Male) Fidaa Nominated [16]
2018 Zee Cine Awards Telugu Best Film Actor Tholi Prema Nominated [17]
2019 South Indian International Movie Awards Best Actor – Telugu Gaddalakonda Ganesh Nominated [18]


  1. ^ a b "Tollywood's rising stars under 30". The Times of India. 29 October 2018. Archived from the original on 11 October 2020. Retrieved 14 August 2020.
  2. ^ "Four injured after Telugu actor Varun Tej's car rams into another". The News Minute. 13 June 2019. Archived from the original on 4 July 2019. Retrieved 4 July 2019.
  3. ^ "9 Lesser Known facts about Nandi Award winner TV Host Niharika Konidela". The Times of India. 7 May 2018. Archived from the original on 17 July 2020. Retrieved 24 June 2020.
  4. ^ "'Kanche' movie review roundup: Critics call it a brave attempt by Krish, Varun Tej". International Business Times India. 25 October 2015. Archived from the original on 10 May 2017. Retrieved 6 March 2021.
  5. ^ "Kanche Movie Review, Trailer, & Show timings at Times of India". The Times of India. 24 October 2015. Archived from the original on 24 October 2015. Retrieved 26 August 2017.
  6. ^ Hooli, Shekhar H. (17 December 2017). "Tollywood in 2017: 15 highest grossing Telugu movies of the year – Baahubali 2, Khaidi No 150, JLK, DJ and others". IB Times. Archived from the original on 30 June 2020. Retrieved 6 March 2021.
  7. ^ Hooli, Shekhar H. (10 September 2018). "Tollywood box office report of 2018: highest grossing Telugu movies of year; List of hits and flops". IB Times. Archived from the original on 20 September 2020. Retrieved 6 March 2021.
  8. ^ "'Tholi Prema': Five reasons to watch Venky Atluri's directorial debut starring Tej and Raashi Khanna". The Times of India. Retrieved 6 March 2021.
  9. ^ "Varun Tej's space-thriller Antariksham 9000 KMPH wraps up its shoot". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 8 November 2018. Retrieved 17 October 2018.
  10. ^ "Mahesh Babu playing extended cameo in 'F3'?". The News Minute. 21 February 2020. Archived from the original on 5 April 2021. Retrieved 6 March 2021.
  11. ^ Vyas (16 October 2019). "Gaddalakonda Ganesh worldwide collections". Hans India. Archived from the original on 28 October 2020. Retrieved 6 March 2021.
  12. ^ a b Nyayapati, Neeshita (4 January 2020). "Varun Tej prepping up for #VT10 based on boxing". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 5 January 2020. Retrieved 20 March 2020.
  13. ^ a b "Shooting of F3 underway in Hyderabad: Venkatesh joins the proceedingsa". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 23 December 2020. Retrieved 23 December 2020.
  14. ^ "Venkatesh and Varun Tej dub for 'Aladdin' Telugu version". The Times of India. 26 April 2019. Retrieved 2 July 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  15. ^ "SIIMA 2016 nominations out – here is the list". The News Minute. 27 May 2016.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  16. ^ "Zee Telugu Golden Awards 2017 nomination list: Baahubali 2 gets highest nods, will Prabhas get an award?". IB Times. 19 December 2017.
  17. ^ "Zee Cine Awards Telugu 2018". Zee Cine Awards Telugu. 27 January 2019. ZEE5.
  18. ^ "SIIMA Nominations: Here Is The Complete List Of Nominations For 2019 And 2020". The Hans India. 30 August 2021.

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