South Film Families: Allu Arjun to Ram Charan, the Allu-Konidela family of Telugu superstars

South Film Families: The Allu-Konidela family is linked through the marriage of Chiranjeevi to Allu Aravind's sister, forming a large and influential group of superstars and producers in the Telugu cinema industry.

Updated On: 2024-01-19 01:26 PM IST

Compiled by : Tuhina Upadhyay

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1st Generation'
Allu Ramalingaiah: Commencing his film journey in 1953 with Puttillu, Allu Ramalingaiah played iconic roles in classics like Mayabazar, Missamma, and Sankarabharanam. Known for his comedic timing and distinctive nasal voice, he earned the Padma Shri in 1990. His son, Allu Aravind, stands as a powerhouse producer in Tollywood, while his daughter, Surekha, is wed to the renowned actor Chiranjeevi.

2nd Generation
Allu Aravind: A prolific producer under Geetha Arts, Allu Aravind has left an indelible mark with films like Magadheera and Jalsa. His sons, Allu Venkatesh, Allu Arjun, and Allu Sirish, have carved their niches in the Telugu film industry. Aravind is also the maternal uncle of the charismatic actor Ram Charan.

Chiranjeevi: A stalwart in Telugu cinema, Chiranjeevi's illustrious career spans four decades. From his debut in Pranam Khareedu in 1978 to over 150 films, he holds a unique status among Indian cinema stars. Chiranjeevi, a beloved actor and politician, leads the influential Konidela family, with popular actors like Pawan Kalyan and Ram Charan as part of his kin.

Nagendra Babu is primarily known for his work in supporting and villainous roles in movies, but he has also taken on lead roles in some films. He has appeared in movies such as 143, Anji, Shock, Sri Ramadasu, Chandamama, and Orange. Additionally, Nagendra Babu has been involved in film production, collaborating with his brothers, Chiranjeevi and Pawan Kalyan, through their production company, Anjana Productions. He is a proud parent with two children, actor Varun Tej and Niharika.

Pawan Kalyan, known as 'Power Star,' is a versatile personality with roles ranging from actor, director, and screenwriter to stunt coordinator, philanthropist, and politician. Debuting in the 1996 Telugu film 'Akkada Ammayi Ikkada Abbayi,' he gained fame through hits like 'Kushi,' a significant milestone in the early 2000s. Despite career fluctuations, his star stature remains robust. In 2014, he entered politics, establishing the Jana Sena Party. On the personal front, Kalyan's marital journey includes Nandini (1997-2007), Renu Desai (2009-2012), and Anna Lezhneva (since 2013). His children include Akira Nandan and Aadya with Renu Desai, along with Polena Anjana Pawanovna and Mark Shankar Pawanovich with Anna Lezhneva.

3rd Generation
Ram Charan: Son of actor Chiranjeevi, Charan made his debut in the successful action film Chirutha (2007). He rose to prominence with SS Rajamouli’s fantasy action film Magadheera (2009), which held the record of being the highest-grossing Telugu film. His other commercially successful films include Racha (2012), Naayak (2013), Yevadu (2014), Dhruva (2016) and Rangasthalam (2018). One of the highest-paid actors in Telugu cinema, Ram Charan has been featured in Forbes India’s Celebrity 100 list since 2013. He is the cousin of Allu Arjun, Varun Tej, Sai Dharam Tej, Allu Sirish, Niharika Konidela, and Panja Vaisshnav Tej. Ram Charan tied the knot with Upasana Kamineni. They welcomed a daughter, whom they named  Klin Kaara Konidela.

Varun Tej: Known for his height and good looks, Varun made his debut as a lead in the film Mukunda (2014). He starred in the critically acclaimed war film Kanche (2015), directed by Krish. His commercially successful films are Fidaa (2017), Tholi Prema (2018), F2: Fun and Frustration (2019) and Gaddalakonda Ganesh (2019). Varun Tej is the son of Nagendra Babu. The actor recently tied the knot with Lavanya Tripathi.

Niharika Konidela: Nagendra Babu’s daughter is an actress and television presenter who predominantly works in Telugu films. She made her debut with the film Oka Manasu (2016). The whole Allu-Konidela clan came together in December 2020 for her wedding to Chaitanya Jonnalagadda.

Sai Dharam Tej: The son of Chiranjeevi’s sister Vijaya Durga made his debut with the film Pilla Nuvvu Leni Jeevitham (2014). He has starred in several other films like Subramanyam for Sale, Supreme, Prati Roju Pandage and Chitralahari.

Panja Vaisshnav Tej: Sai Dharam Tej’s brother appeared as a child actor is some of the films of Chiranjeevi and Pawan Kalyan. In 2021, he made his debut as a lead with the film Uppena.

Allu Venkatesh is the son of Allu Aravind and the younger brother of popular Telugu actor Allu Arjun. He is a relatively private figure within the Allu family, and maintains a low public profile.

Allu Arjun: Allu Aravind’s son, after his debut in Gangotri (2003), appeared in Sukumar-directed Arya (2004). His role in Arya was his breakthrough. In the following years, he starred in films such as Bunny (2005), Happy (2006) and Desamuduru (2007). His successful films include Race Gurram (2014), Sarrainodu (2016), Duvvada Jagannadham (2017), grossing more than Rs 100 crore. His elder brother Venkatesh is a businessman while his younger brother Sirish is an actor. He is married to Sneha Reddy, they have a son named Allu Ayaan and a daughter named Allu Arha.

Allu Sirish: Allu Arjun’s brother debuted as a lead actor with Gouravam (2013) and later went onto appear in films such as Kotha Janta (2014), Srirastu Subhamastu (2016), and Okka Kshanam (2017).

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