Konidela Kalyan Babu, better known by his stage name Pawan Kalyan, is an Indian film actor, producer, screenwriter, writer, philanthropist, and India politician.
Telugu film star Pawan Kalyan was born on 2nd September 1971 to Konidela Venkat Rao and Anjana Devi in Bapatla, Andhra Pradesh. He is the younger brother of Chiranjeevi and Nagendra Babu. His family can be called as the godfather of Telugu film industry as Chiranjeevi, Nagendra, and he himself are the superstars. Along with them the new generation heartbeat of south Ram Charan, Allu Arjun, Varun Tej, and Sai Dharam Tej also belongs to the same family.
Pawan has been married three times: to Nandini from 1997 to 2007, to Renu Desai from 2009 to 2012 and to Anna Lezhneva since 2013. He had two children with Renu Desai, and two more children with Anna Lezhneva.
Kalyan made his acting debut in the 1996 Telugu film Akkada Ammayi Ikkada Abbayi. In 1998, he starred in Tholi Prema, which won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Telugu for that year.
He is known for his works in the films Golulamlo Seetha, Suswagatam, Tholi Prema, Thammudu, Badri, Kushi, Jalsa and Gabbar Singh, for which he received the Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Telugu, and Attarinki Daredi, which became one of the highest-grossing Telugu films of all time. He was listed 26th in 2013, 69th in 2017 and 24th in 2018 respectively in the Forbes India list of top 100 Celebrities.
Pawan Kalyan founded a political party called Jan Sena on 14 March 2014. He wrote a book titled Ism which is also the ideology of the Jana Sena Party. He met with then BJP Prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi to discuss the issues related to both the Telugu states and extended his support. Pawan Kalyan campaigned extensively for the Telugu Desam Party and BJP combine in Andhra and Telangana. He opposed Congress rule stating the slogan Congress Hatao Desh Bachao. His rallies drew what the Deccan-Journal called “huge crowds” in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. In December 2017, Pawan Kalyan announced that he intended to enter full-time politics.