Anonymous wrote on Jun 11 2011 4:08PM
Pawan Kalyan (born Konidela Kalyan Babu on September 2) is an Indian film actor, director, screenwriter and action choreographer and one of the lead actors in Telugu cinema. He made his debut in 1996 with Akkada Abbai Ikkada Ammayi and then went on to star in number of critically and commercially successful films like Tholi Prema, Thammudu, Badri, Khushi, Jalsaand Theenmaar. Kalyan is trained in martial arts. He holds a black belt in karateand has displayed his skills in several of his films. Pawan Kalyan was born in chirala, to Sri Konidela Venkat Rao and Smt Anjana Devi. He is the youngest brother of famous Telugu actor Chiranjeevi and actor-producer Nagendra Babu.
Pawan Kalyan was first married to Nandini, whom he divorced on 13 August 2008. Pawan Kalyan has been married to Renu Desai (On 28 January 2009) , an actress who co-starred with him in the movies Badri and Johnny. The happy couple are blessed with two children: a son named Akira Nandan born in 2004, and a baby girl named Aadhya born in 2010. Pawan Kalyan's favorite director is Akira Kurosawa and hence he named his son after him as Akira Nandan. His wife Renu Desai is the costume designer for most of his films.
After a programme in Ravindra Barathi where he displayed his skills in martial arts, he was awarded the title 'Pawan', symbolizing Lord Hanuman. From then onwards Kalyan became popular Pawan Kalyan. When it comes to his private life, Pawan Kalyan is a pure vegetarian. He is highly influenced by Jiddu Krishnamurti and Swami Vivekananda's philosophy
Pawan Kalyan entered the Telugu movie industry with Akkada Abbai Ikkada Ammayi as Kalyan Babu. This film was an average flick at the box office. However, he was noticed for his Martial Arts. After his first movie, his second movie Gokulamlo Sita was an above average flick but his next movie Suswagatham is a hit. With three movies to his credit he became a bankable star. In 1998, Tholi Prema released. It initially started out low profile but the treatment and the storyline along with melodious and balanced music by Deva and fresh treatment from debutant director, A. Karunakaran took the movie to great heights and so did the image of Pawan Kalyan. Tholi Prema is a milestone in Pawan Kalyan's career. It is the movie which made the audience recognize the talent him. The movie also received 6 Nandi Awards and Winner of National Award Best Feature Film(Telugu).After the surprise blockbuster Tholiprema, Pawan's next film was Thammudu (1999). This film was loosely inspired from Aamir Khan's film "Jo Jeeta wohi Sikandar" with a difference being that Pawan Kalyan is a kickboxer. The comedy scenes along with love and action were perfectly mixed in this film and the movie become a blockbuster. After Thammudu, Kalyan teamed up with a another debutant director, Puri Jagannadh, for his next film, Badri. Initially the film was rated as an above average but later it became to be one of the biggest hits of Pawan Kalyan's career.
During the shooting of Badri, Producer A. M. Rathnam signed him for a remake of his Tamil hit Khushi. Khushi directed by S. J. Suryaexploited Kalyan's loverboy-cum-action hero image. The ego clashes between the protagonists (Kalyan and Bhoomika) were widely appreciated and the film went on to become the biggest hit of his career. The trade pundits started comparing his box office performance with that of his elder brother Chiranjeevi. Thammudu, Badri, Chiranjeevi's Daddy and Khushi's action sequences were choreographed by Pawan Kalyan which were well appreciated by the audiences and added a new dimension to Kalyan's loverboy image.
After the release of Khushi, Pawan Kalyan took a long gap of two years in his film career. He went to Japan for a brief period to learn a martial art called Akido. He learnt this stunt to use in his first directorial venture Johnny. He returned money back to the distributors as the film didn't do well at the Box Office. His subsequent releases Gudumba Shankar, Balu ABCDEFG, Bangaram and Annavaram ended up as average grosser.
In 2008, Jalsa directed by Trivikram Srinivas released and received mixed reviews but slowly became a hit by collecting Rs 35 crores worldwide and proved profitable to the distributors. The movie went on to become one of the highest grossers in 2008. His subsequent release Puli arrived amidst huge expectations because of big names associated with Pawan Kalyan like A.R.Rahman and S. J. Surya but the movie turned out to be big disappointment.
Actor turned Producer Ganesh Babu produced Pawan Kalyan latest movie Theenmaar directed by Jayanth C. Paranjee which released on 14 April 2011. Movie got very good reviews from all leading websites. Given the moderate budget and superb openings, the movie has managed to do a good business and ended up being a commercial and critical success. At present Pawan Kalyan is busy working on three projects, The Shadow(working title) with Vishnuvardhan which is gearing up for Dussehra release, Gabbar Singh with Harish Shankar and an untitled Jesus Christ Movie with veteran director Singeetham Srinivasa Rao.