Born:Konidela Shiva Shankara Vara Prasad August 22, 1955 (1955-08-22) (age 53) Narsapur, West Godavari, Andhra Pradesh India
Years active:1977 to present
Chiranjeevi married Surekha, daughter of eminent yesteryear comedian Allu Rama Lingaiah, on February 20, 1100%. He has 3 children, eldest daughter Susmitha, son Ram Charan Teja and youngest Srija.
Vara Prasad is the son of Late Sri Venkat Rao and Srimathi Anjana Devi. He was born on 22 August 1955 in Mogallturu,a town on the Banks of River Godavari in the West Godavari District of Andhra Pradesh in India. His father worked as a constable and got transferred on a regular basis. He spent his childhood in his native village with his grand parents. He has two sisters and two brothers. His younger brother, Nagendra Babu is a film producer and a actor. His youngest brother, Pawan Kalyan, is also a actor. Chiranjeevi did his schooling in Nidadavolu, Gurajala, Bapatla, Ponnuru, Mangalagiri and Mogalturu. After high school he studied in C.S.R.Sharma Junior College at Ongole. He then graduated from Y.N. College in Narasapur with a B.Com degree.Chiranjeevi known as annayya, chiru, Megastar of telugu cinema is considered legend in film arena. Chiranjeevi founded Chiranjeevi Charitable trust (CCT) in 1998 later the trust extended its wings to Blood bank and Eye bank. He and his CCT is always close to people of Andhra Pradesh. He was an NCC cadet.Chiranjeevi had participated in the Republic Day Parade in New Delhi as an NCC cadet in the early 70s. In 1977, after his graduation at Y.N. College in Narsapuram, Chiranjeevi moved to Chennai to seek a career in acting.
Chiranjeevi was a student at the Madras Film Institute and an amateur stage actor.Before completing his training at the film institute,he attended auditions and selected for the film Punaadi Raallu(1978).However, Pranam Khareedu was his first film released in theaters. His first public performance was in the Republic Day parade ballet of Andhra Pradesh on 26 January, 1976.In the film Paleru Narsayya,he acted without makeup and impressed the prominent members of the industry.Famous directors Bapu and K Balachandar,who had attended the preview of this film ,offered the roles in their respective movies.In Balachander’s Idi Katha Kaadu he acted in a negative role,but in Bapu’s Manavoori Pandavulu he played one important role.For this movie he received a remuneration of Rs.1116.Towards the end of 1979, Chirajeevi started gaining pace in the industry with eight releases in the year. In Kothala Rayudu, a film released during this period, he played the title role for the first time. In 1100%, a record fourteen films starring Chiranjeevi hit the theaters, establishing a solid base for him in the industry. In the next two years Chiranjeevi acted in several films in leading, supporting and even in negative roles.
Chiranjeevi receiving Padma Bhushan,india's third highest civilan award,from President Abdul Kalam in New Delhi
* 1987—Best Actor Golden Nandi Award for Swayamkrushi
* 1992—Best Actor Golden Nandi Award for Aapathbandhavudu
* 2002—Best Actor Golden Nandi Award for Indra
* 1982—Filmfare Best Actor (Telugu) for Punnami Naagu
* 1984—Filmfare Best Actor (Telugu) for Subhalekha
* 1988—Filmfare Best Actor (Telugu) for Rudraveena
* 1993—Filmfare Best Actor (Telugu) for Muta Mesthri
* 1999—Filmfare Best Actor (Telugu) for Sneham Kosam
* 2002—Filmfare Best Actor (Telugu) for Indra (film)
* 2004—Filmfare Best Actor (Telugu) for Shankar Dada MBBS
* 2007- Filmfare Life Time Achievement Amard
* 2006—Padma Bhushan