Chiranjeevi: A star who won't fade with time
He was last seen in the 2009 Telugu film 'Magadheera' in a cameo alongside his son Ram Charan Teja.
A year earlier, he had entered state politics launching the Praja Rajyam Party which emerged as the third largest in the 2009 state assembly elections in Andhra Pradesh. PRP later merged with the Indian National Congress. Presently, Chiranjeevi is union minister of state with independent charge for Tourism.
We find out why he is considered a superstar even when he has been away from the arclights all this while.
Telugu actor Harshavardhan Rane believes Chiranjeevi has reached the tipping point of stardom where he need not worry about saving it.
"As a legend, he has reached a point where he need not worry about his star status. He will always be loved by people because his image as a star has personally touched millions. I believe, once a legend is always a legend," Harshavardhan told us.
Chiru, as he is fondly called by his fans, made his cinematic debut in 1979 Telugu drama 'Punadhirallu'. He went on to act in several memorable films such as 'Manavoori Pandavalu', 'Jagadeka Veerudu Athiloka Sundari' and 'Rudraveena'.
He has starred in 149 films so far and has also worked in Tamil, Kannada and Hindi industries in a career spanning over three decades.
An ardent fan of Chiranjeevi, actor Sundeep Kishan says the former is an inspiration for the new generation of actors.
"I think the megastar tag has nothing to do with Chiranjeevi as an actor, but it's for the person he is. It's for inspiring an entire generation of actors. It really doesn't matter if he has stopped acting because as a person he is always a megastar," he said.
For actor Naveen Chandra, Chiru has been an idol since childhood. Naveen says he took lessons from some of the actor's films to prepare for his roles in his upcoming films.
"In my upcoming Tamil film 'Sivappu', I play a construction worker. I watched Chiranjeevi's 'Swayam Krushi', in which he plays a cobbler, to understand the dedication with which he played the role. I also saw his 'Vijetha', a sports-based film to take lessons for another film I'm working on," he said.
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