Megastar Chiranjeevi Turns 66 Today

Hyderabad: As Telugu film icon Chiranjeevi turns 66 on Sunday, it’s celebration time for millions of fans. Known for his humility and helping nature, Chiranjeevi is fondly known as ‘Annaiah’ (elder brother) to his innumerable fans.

For the star himself, it is just one more milestone. In a career that saw him climb to the top of Tollywood, set up a political party and become a union minister, there has never been a dull moment so far. As he prepares for ‘Chiru154’, his 154th movie announced on the eve of his birthday (a day that also saw the poster release of his next, ‘Godfather’), the future looks as exciting as ever for the ‘immortal’ megastar.

When he set off for Madras (as it was known then), the old Mecca of the Telugu film industry industry, few would have imagined that Konidela Siva Sankara Prasad would go on to rule the Telugu marquee. But that’s precisely what the son of a police official in a sleepy Andhra town went on to achieve.

Apart from his own personal brand value as the leading name in Telugu filmdom, he is the head of the extended Konidela-Allu film family, which counts at least 10 star actors in its ranks. Chiranjeevi also paved the way for the entry of his brothers into the film industry. His youngest, Pawan Kalyan, is a star in his own right, and carving a niche for himself in politics too.

Around four decades on, and more than 150 movies after his screen debut, Chiranjeevi shows no signs of slowing down. The desire to succeed and ability to adapt to changing scenarios characterise his rise to the top.

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