Chiranjeevi (Telugu: చిరంజీవి) (born Konidala Siva Sankara Vara Prasad on 22 August 1955) is an Telugu film actor and a politician. He has appeared primarily in Telugu Cinema along with a few Tamil,Kannada and Hindi films. He made his acting debut in Punadhirallu (1977). However, Pranam Khareedu (1978) released at the box office earlier. Subsequently, he played a variety of characters, his film roles along with his screen persona contributed to a change in the concept of a Telugu film lead actor.
He is popularly known as '"Megastar" in the media. Chiranjeevi was honored with the Padma Bhushan, India's third highest civilian award. In 2006, he was presented with an honorary doctorate from Andhra University. Apart from his film career, he is also a philanthropist and the founder of Chiranjeevi Charitable Foundation, established by him in 1998.
Chiranjeevi also produced Rudraveena (1988), for which he won the National Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration. He has won nine Filmfare Awards South, the most by any Telugu actor.
In 2008, he entered politics by forming the Praja Rajyam Party. In the 2009 Andhra Pradesh elections, Chiranjeevi was elected as a member of the State Assembly from Tirupati constituency. He led the Praja Rajyam Party to emerge as the third largest party in the same election. Popularly known as Megastar in the media, Chiranjeevi was honored with the Padma Bhushan, India's third highest civilian award. In 2006, he was presented with an honorary doctorate degree from Andhra University.
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