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Konidela Ram Charan Teja (born 27 March 1985) is an Indian actor, producer, and entrepreneur who works predominantly in Telugu cinema. One of the highest-paid actors in India, he is the recipient of several awards, including three Filmfare Awards and two Nandi Awards. Since 2013, he has been featured in Forbes India's Celebrity 100 list based on his income and popularity. Son of actor Chiranjeevi, Charan made his debut with the box-office success Chirutha (2007) and won the Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut – South. He rose to prominence starring in S. S. Rajamouli's fantasy action film Magadheera (2009), which held the record of being the highest-grossing Telugu film of all time till 2013. He won several accolades for the film, including his first Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Telugu. Charan established himself as a leading Telugu film actor with commercially successful films such as Racha (2012), Naayak (2013), Yevadu (2014), Govindudu Andarivadele (2014), Dhruva (2016), and Rangasthalam (2018), the latter being his highest-grosser. He received his second Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Telugu for his performance in Rangasthalam. In 2016, Charan established his own production house, the Konidela Production Company. His notable productions include Khaidi No. 150 (2017) and Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy (2019). Beyond his film career, he owns the polo team Hyderabad Polo and Riding Club and co-owns the regional airline service TruJet.

Early life and family

Main article: Allu-Konidela family Ram Charan was born in Madras (now Chennai) to Telugu film actor Chiranjeevi and his wife Surekha on 27 March 1985. He has two sisters. He is the grandson of Allu Ramalingaiah and the nephew of Nagendra Babu, Pawan Kalyan, and Allu Aravind. He is the cousin of Allu Arjun, Varun Tej, Sai Dharam Tej, Allu Sirish, Niharika Konidela, and Panja Vaisshnav Tej. He was educated at Padma Seshadri Bala Bhavan, Chennai, Lawrence School, Lovedale, The Hyderabad Public School, Begumpet And at St. Mary's College, Hyderabad. He also attended Kishore Namit Kapoor's acting school in Mumbai, Maharashtra.

Film career

In 2007, Charan made his film debut as the leading actor in Chirutha, which was directed by Puri Jagannadh and completed 50 days in 178 direct centers and 15 other shifted centers[clarification needed]. The film completed 100 days in 40 direct centers[clarification needed]. He played the role of Charan, an ex-convict seeking to kill his father's murderer. Rediff.com praised his performance, stating: "Ram Charan is quite promising. Dance and action appear to be forte. He is rather graceful in the dance numbers. He also stays clear of any oblique reference to his star father by way of dialogue or adopting any particular mannerism or style." His performance in the film earned him a Filmfare Best South Debutant Award and Nandi Special Jury Award.After the release of the 2009 film Magadheera, his second film, Charan established himself as one of the leading contemporary actors of Tollywood. The film, in which he played dual roles, was directed by S. S. Rajamouli, and Charan's performance was critically acclaimed. The Times of India wrote: "Ram Charan returns as a valiant soldier and breathes life into the larger-than-life role with ease. He showcases his horse-riding and dancing skills to perfection." IndiaGlitz commented: "Charan has come up with a mature performance and he has carried the film very well. Both his characters were done justice, and he reminded of his father at many places." The film received six Filmfare Awards including the award for Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Telugu and Nandi Special Jury Award for Charan.Charan starred in Bommarillu Bhaskar's urban romactic film Orange in 2010 as Ram, a NRI living in Australia. Although the film didn't performed well at the box office, critics praised the story line and performance by Charan. Jeevi of Idlebrain felt that Charan didn't tried to stick to stardom and is not willing to repeat the mistakes performed by stars. Over the years, it became a cult film and received appreciation from the audience. In her article to Film Companion, Alekhya Devarakonda compared his character to Howard Roark of 1943 novel The Fountainhead. Following a year-long absence from the screen, he next appeared in Racha (2012), directed by Sampath Nandi. He played the role of "Betting Raj", a gambler. The film completed a 100-day run in 38 centres across Andhra Pradesh on 13 July 2012. Racha's final share for its distributors was ₹45 crore (US$6.3 million). His performance in the film brought two nominations, including Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Telugu and SIIMA Award for Best Actor (Telugu). Sify stated "Both, actor Ram Charan and his director Sampath Nandi play a safe game by following the same pattern of earlier mass-masala movies." Radhika Rajamani of Rediff criticized the plot of the film, but praised Charan's performance in action sequences and dance moves. IndiaGlitz wrote: "He shows flashes of Chiru-ness more than he ever did in the past; be it his baritone or demeanor, he is a Megastar in effect. Helped by a strong script, he could have been much better." The film was released on 5 April 2012 and was declared a commercial success. Charan has two films released in 2013. His first release was Naayak, directed by V. V. Vinayak, in which he played dual role, once again after Magadheera. Writing to The Times of India, Karthik Pasupulate wrote that "Ram Charan did a great job, though there was no variation shown between the two characters." It opened to mixed critical acclaim and became a commercial success. The film brought him two nominations, Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Telugu and SIIMA Award for Best Actor (Telugu), once again, with a Best Actor award at TSR–TV9 National Film Awards. The same year he made his Hindi cinema debut alongside Priyanka Chopra in the Telugu-Hindi bilingual film Zanjeer, a remake of the 1973 film of the same name. He played the role of ACP Vijay Khanna who swears vengeance on his parents' killer. Charan made his debut as a playback singer with the song "Mumbai Ke Hero", composed by Chirrantan Bhatt, from the album Thoofan, the Telugu version of Zanjeer. Rediff called it as "an unforgivably bad remake." Film critic Rajeev Masand criticized his perforamance writing that "comes off as stiff as a wax statue in his Bollywood debut, with barely any emotion, forget brooding anger." In his article, Best To Worst: 9 Movies & Performances Of Mega Power Star Ram Charan Ranked, Kalyan Bharath showed Charan's performance as the "worst" Amid huge expectations, the film became a box-office bomb. Following the film's box-office performance and critics reviews, Charan decided not to feature again in a Hindi film.The following year too he has two releases. Yevadu (2014), directed by Vamshi Paidipally is third film in which he played the dual role, one who has received a face transplant of the other and becomes the target of underworld gangs because of the mistaken identity. The Central Board of Film Certification gave the film an 'A' certificate because of its violent action sequences. Bangalore Mirror wrote that "For Ram Charan, Yevadu is essential to establish his status after Thoofan tanked at the box office. His character has two shades, and he tries his best to bring variations. He dances like there is no tomorrow and the choreography is a delight to watch." A critic of Sify compared Charan's performance to his earlier films – Nayak and Thoofan and commented that he has done a fairly good job here. Y. Sunita Chowdhary of The Hindu felt that Charan did well in the dance sequences than his acting in the role.His second release of the same year was the family drama Govindudu Andarivadele. The film features him as a NRI from the United Kingdom. The film opened to mostly positive reviews from critics and grossed over ₹40 crore (equivalent to ₹51 crore or US$7.2 million in 2019) at the box office. Sangeetha Devi Dundoo commented that he has done best performance after the film Magadheera. Similarly Suresh Kaviyarani of the Deccan Chronicle too praised him and cited Charan's performance as "good" and "subtle".He next played a IB Officer and a stunt performer in the Srinu Vaitla's action comedy film Bruce Lee: The Fighter (2015). Charan hired Priyanka Chopra's trainer Samir Jaura in mid-July 2014 to get into shape for this film by following an intensive training program designed by Jaura, lasting for four-five months along with a strict diet. He also began learning Karate for his role since mid May 2015. For the role, he sported a tattoo of Bruce Lee on his hand. The film collected more than ₹12.66 crore, on its opening day, registering the highest opening day collection of Ram Charan's film. Over days the film didn't performed well at the box office and was declared as a box-office bomb, with a budget of ₹60 crore. Sangeetha Devi Dundoo of The Hindu once again criticized Charan's performance and wrote that "Charan dances like a dream, as always, and shows marked improvement as an actor. But what he needs is a project that will not belittle the huge fan base in the garb of masala."He next appeared in 2016 action thriller film Dhruva (2016), where he played as an IPS officer. The film follows the story of Dhruva, an IPS officer who wants to arrest Siddharth Abhimanyu (played by Arvind Swami), a wealthy scientist, who uses secret medical and illegal practices for profit. A remake of the Tamil film Thani Oruvan (2015), the film opened to positive reviews and is a commercial success at the box office, collecting over ₹85 crore (US$12 million) in 21 days. Krishna Vamsi of The Indian Express wrote that "From his physique to his fights, he makes you hark back to Magadheera." The Times of India's Srividya Palaparthi added "Ram Charan looks his fittest best. As an actor, Ram Charan impresses in all the scenes that required high emotion. And as for the scenes where he had to be elevated as the hero, they will not disappoint his fans." Charan made a cameo appearance in "Ammadu Let's Do Kummudu" song from the film Khaidi No. 150 (2017), alongside his father Chiranjeevi, Devi Sri Prasad and Kajal Aggarwal. The film is a comeback of his father into mainstream cinema after Shankar Dada Zindabad (2007).In 2018, he appeared in the Sukumar's directed period action-drama Rangasthalam. He received particular praise for his performance as Chitti Babu, a semi-deaf Several critics cited his performance as the "career best". The film is a huge commercial success, becoming the highest-grossing Telugu film of that year, grossing over ₹216 crore. Set in 1980s in the Konaseema region of Andhra Pradesh, the films explores various themes including caste-based honour killings, brahminical patriarchy and good versus evil. The film featured appeared on several year-end best films' charts. Nagarjuna Rao of Gulf News wrote that "There comes a career best for all actors at some point of time. Rangasthalam could well be Ram Charan’s" Subhash K. Jha of The Free Press Journal commented Teja transforms in front of our eyes, adding "It is almost like watching a magic show where the entire appearance of the actor undergoes a sea change as we gawk in open-mouthed amazement." After a long time, Ram Charan won several accolades including Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Telugu and SIIMA Award for Best Actor (Telugu) and others. In her article 5 Best Performances of Ram Charan Teja, S Behara of The Indian Express included Charan's performances in the films Chirutha (2007), Magadheera (2009), Orange (2010), Dhruva (2016) and Rangasthalam (2018).He next appeared in the action film Vinaya Vidheya Rama (2019), directed by Boyapati Srinu, alongside Kiara Advani and Vivek Oberoi. As a result of the film's failure at the box office, Charan wrote an open apology to his fans.He produced his father Chiranjeevi's 150th film Khaidi No. 150 (2017) and Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy (2019) under his studio Konidela Production Company.As of January 2021, Charan is a part of two upcoming films. He is playing Alluri Sitarama Raju in S. S. Rajamouli's directorial RRR (2021), co-starring N. T. Rama Rao Jr. He is also playing a pivotal role in the Chiranjeevi-starrer Acharya (2021) directed by Koratala Siva, which he is also co-producing with Matinée Entertainment. He has also signed to collaborate with director S. Shankar under the production of Dil Raju's Sri Venkateswara Creations.

2007–2009: Debut and breakthrough

In 2007, Charan made his film debut as the leading actor in Chirutha, which was directed by Puri Jagannadh and completed 50 days in 178 direct movie theaters and 15 other shifted movie theaters. He played the role of Charan, an ex-convict seeking to kill his father's murderer. Rediff.com praised his performance, stating: "Ram Charan is quite promising. Dance and action appear to be forte. He is rather graceful in the dance numbers. He also stays clear of any oblique reference to his star father by way of dialogue or adopting any particular mannerism or style." His performance in the film earned him a Filmfare Best South Debutant Award and Nandi Special Jury Award.After the release of the 2009 film Magadheera, his second film, Charan established himself as one of the leading contemporary actors of Tollywood. The film, in which he played dual roles, was directed by S. S. Rajamouli, and Charan's performance was critically acclaimed. The Times of India stated that "Ram Charan returns as a valiant soldier and breathes life into the larger-than-life role with ease. He showcases his horse-riding and dancing skills to perfection." IndiaGlitz commented: "Charan has come up with a mature performance and he has carried the film very well. Both his characters were done justice, and he reminded of his father at many places." Magadheera grossed over ₹150 crore worldwide and held the record of being the highest-grossing Telugu film till 2013 before it was surpassed by Attarintiki Daredi. The film received six Filmfare Awards including two awards – Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Telugu and Nandi Special Jury Award for Charan.

2010–2013: Career fluctuations

Charan starred in Bommarillu Bhaskar's urban romactic film Orange in 2010 as Ram, a NRI living in Australia. Although the film didn't performed well at the box office, critics praised the story line and performance by Charan. Jeevi of Idlebrain felt that Charan didn't tried to stick to stardom and is not willing to repeat the mistakes performed by stars. Over the years, it became a cult film and received appreciation from the audience. In her article to Film Companion, Alekhya Devarakonda compared his character to Howard Roark of 1943 novel The Fountainhead. Following a year-long absence from the screen, he next appeared in Racha (2012), directed by Sampath Nandi. He played the role of "Betting Raj", a gambler. The film completed a 100-day run in 38 centres across Andhra Pradesh on 13 July 2012. Racha's final share for its distributors was ₹45 crore (US$6.0 million). His performance in the film brought two nominations, including Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Telugu and SIIMA Award for Best Actor (Telugu). Sify stated "Both, actor Ram Charan and his director Sampath Nandi play a safe game by following the same pattern of earlier mass-masala movies." Radhika Rajamani of Rediff criticized the plot of the film, but praised Charan's performance in action sequences and dance moves. IndiaGlitz wrote: "He shows flashes of Chiru-ness more than he ever did in the past; be it his baritone or demeanor, he is a Megastar in effect. Helped by a strong script, he could have been much better." The film was released on 5 April 2012 and was declared a commercial success. Charan has two films released in 2013. His first release was Naayak, directed by V. V. Vinayak, in which he played dual role, once again after Magadheera. Writing to The Times of India, Karthik Pasupulate wrote that "Ram Charan did a great job, though there was no variation shown between the two characters." It opened to mixed critical acclaim and became a commercial success. The film brought him two nominations, Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Telugu and SIIMA Award for Best Actor (Telugu), once again, with a Best Actor award at TSR –TV9 National Film Awards. The same year he made his Hindi cinema debut alongside Priyanka Chopra in the Telugu-Hindi bilingual film Zanjeer, a remake of the 1973 film of the same name. He played the role of ACP Vijay Khanna who swears vengeance on his parents' killer. Charan made his debut as a playback singer with the song "Mumbai Ke Hero", composed by Chirrantan Bhatt, from the album Thoofan, the Telugu version of Zanjeer. Rediff called it as "an unforgivably bad remake." Film critic Rajeev Masand criticized his perforamance writing that "comes off as stiff as a wax statue in his Bollywood debut, with barely any emotion, forget brooding anger." In his article, Best To Worst: 9 Movies & Performances Of Mega Power Star Ram Charan Ranked, Kalyan Bharath showed Charan's performance as the "worst" Amid huge expectations, the film became a box-office bomb. Following the film's box-office performance and critics reviews, Charan decided not to feature again in a Hindi film.

2014–2015: Continued career

The following year too he has two releases. Yevadu (2014), directed by Vamshi Paidipally is third film in which he played the dual role, one who has received a face transplant of the other and becomes the target of underworld gangs because of the mistaken identity. The Central Board of Film Certification gave the film an 'A' certificate because of its violent action sequences. Bangalore Mirror wrote that "For Ram Charan, Yevadu is essential to establish his status after Thoofan tanked at the box office. His character has two shades, and he tries his best to bring variations. He dances like there is no tomorrow and the choreography is a delight to watch." A critic of Sify compared Charan's performance to his earlier films – Nayak and Thoofan and commented that he has done a fairly good job here. Y. Sunita Chowdhary of The Hindu felt that Charan did well in the dance sequences than his acting in the role.His second release of the same year was the family drama Govindudu Andarivadele. The film features him as a NRI from the United Kingdom. The film opened to mostly positive reviews from critics, and grossed over ₹40 crore (equivalent to ₹54 crore or US$7.2 million in 2020) at the box office. Sangeetha Devi Dundoo commented that he has done best performance after the film Magadheera. Similarly Suresh Kaviyarani of the Deccan Chronicle too praised him and cited Charan's performance as "good" and "subtle".He next played a IB Officer and a stunt performer in the Srinu Vaitla's action comedy film Bruce Lee: The Fighter (2015). Charan hired Priyanka Chopra's trainer Samir Jaura in mid-July 2014 to get into shape for this film by following an intensive training program designed by Jaura, lasting for four-five months along with a strict diet. He also began learning Karate for his role since mid May 2015. For the role, he sported a tattoo of Bruce Lee on his hand. The film collected more than ₹12.66 crore, on its opening day, registering the highest opening day collection of Ram Charan's film. Over days the film didn't performed well at the box office and was declared as a box-office bomb, with a budget of ₹60 crore. Sangeetha Devi Dundoo of The Hindu once again criticized Charan's performance and wrote that "Charan dances like a dream, as always, and shows marked improvement as an actor. But what he needs is a project that will not belittle the huge fan base in the garb of masala."

2016–2018: Rangasthalam and commercial success

He next appeared in 2016 action thriller film Dhruva (2016), where he played as an IPS officer. The film follows the story of Dhruva, an IPS officer who wants to arrest Siddharth Abhimanyu (played by Arvind Swami), a wealthy scientist, who uses secret medical and illegal practices for profit. A remake of the Tamil film Thani Oruvan (2015), the film opened to positive reviews and is a commercial success at the box office, collecting over ₹85 crore (US$11 million) in 21 days. Krishna Vamsi of The Indian Express wrote that "From his physique to his fights, he makes you hark back to Magadheera." The Times of India's Srividya Palaparthi added "Ram Charan looks his fittest best. As an actor, Ram Charan impresses in all the scenes that required high emotion. And as for the scenes where he had to be elevated as the hero, they will not disappoint his fans." He performed his own stunts in the film. Charan made a cameo appearance in "Ammadu Let's Do Kummudu" song from the film Khaidi No. 150 (2017), alongside his father Chiranjeevi, Devi Sri Prasad and Kajal Aggarwal. The film is a comeback of his father into mainstream cinema after Shankar Dada Zindabad (2007).In 2018, he appeared in the Sukumar's directed period action-drama Rangasthalam. He received particular praise for his performance as Chitti Babu, a semi-deaf Several critics cited his performance as the "career best". The film is a huge commercial success, becoming the highest-grossing Telugu film of that year, with a gross collection of over ₹216 crore. Set in 1980s in the Konaseema region of Andhra Pradesh, the films explores various themes including caste-based honour killings, brahminical patriarchy and good versus evil. The film was featured on several year-end best films' charts. Nagarjuna Rao of Gulf News wrote that "There comes a career best for all actors at some point of time. Rangasthalam could well be Ram Charan’s" Subhash K. Jha of The Free Press Journal commented Teja transforms in front of our eyes, adding "It is almost like watching a magic show where the entire appearance of the actor undergoes a sea change as we gawk in open-mouthed amazement." After a long time, Ram Charan won several accolades including Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Telugu andSIIMA Award for Best Actor – Telugu. In her article 5 Best Performances of Ram Charan Teja, S Behara of The Indian Express included Charan's performances in the films Chirutha (2007), Magadheera (2009), Orange (2010), Dhruva (2016) and Rangasthalam (2018). In March 2018, Rajamouli confirmed that Charan would feature as one of the leads alongside N. T. Rama Rao Jr. in his next film.

2019–present: Career expansion

He next appeared in the action film Vinaya Vidheya Rama (2019), directed by Boyapati Srinu, alongside Kiara Advani and Vivek Oberoi. The film opened to negative reviews, receiving criticism for the improper action scenes and screenplay, consequently didn't perform well at the box-office. Writing for The Hindu, Sangeetha Devi stated: "Whatever made Ram Charan sign up for this loud, mind-numbing film after Rangasthalam? ". India Today's Janani K felt that, Charan need to start from scratch due to the film. As a result of the film's failure at the box office, Charan wrote an open apology to his fans.The same year, in March, it was revealed that he is playing Alluri Sitarama Raju in S. S. Rajamouli's directorial RRR (2021), co-starring N. T. Rama Rao Jr. He is starring alongside his father Chiranjeevi in Acharya (2021) directed by Koratala Siva, which he is also co-producing with Matinee Entertainment. Chiranjeevi confirmed that Charan would be doing the role in June 2020. In February 2021, he has signed to collaborate with director S. Shankar under the production of Dil Raju's Sri Venkateswara Creations.

Other work

Charan is an equestrian. The Hans India reported that he had learnt horse-riding in his childhood. In September 2011, he started his own the polo team Ram Charan Hyderabad Polo Riding Club. He also served on the board of directors of Maa TV. In 2009, he became a spokesperson for Pepsi's advertisement campaigns.Turbo Megha Airways Private Limited was incorporated in March 2013, with Charan and Vankayalapati Umesh as promoters. In early July 2015, The airline adopted the brand name TruJet. It received its air operator's certificate for regional operations from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation on 7 July 2015. He is also the spokesman and co-owner of the obstacle running series Devil's circuit.Charan started his own film production company Konidela Production Company in 2016. The first film produced from the studio is his father Chiranjeevi's 150th film Khaidi No. 150 (2017). The film grossed over ₹164 crore at the box office, on a budget of ₹50 crore. Following the success of the film, he again collaborated with his father and produced Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy (2019) with a production budget of ₹270–300 crore. The same year he announced his third film Acharya as the producer. The film marks his third collaboration with his father and second collaboration with Kajal Aggarwal, as a producer.

Personal life

Charan was engaged to Upasana Kamineni, the vice-chairman of Apollo Charity and Chief Editor of B Positive magazine, in Hyderabad on 1 December 2011. Kamineni is the daughter of Shobana Kamineni and the granddaughter of Prathap C. Reddy, the Executive Chairman of the Apollo Hospitals. Subsequently, they were married on 14 June 2012 at the Temple Trees Farm House. According to an article published by the NewsX, both Charan and Kamineni were friends till ninth grade in the same school at Chennai, Tamil Nadu.
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