Chiranjeevi (Telugu: చిరంజీవి, born Konidela Shiva Shankara Vara Prasad)on 22 August 1955), is a Telugu film actor, nicknamed “MegaStar” by his fans and the press. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan award, the third highest award bestowed by the Government of India. He received seven Film Fare Actor awards. He announced his formal entry into politics on in August 2008 by launching the Praja Rajyam Party at Tirupati in presence of a big gathering from every corner of the state and participated in 2009 elections. He is a member of the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly representing Tirupati.
Chiranjeevi married Surekha, the daughter of veteran comedian Allu Ramalingaiah.He has two daughters, Sushmitha and Sreeja, and a son, Ram Charan Teja.
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 1980, 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 playing the lead role..