Konidela Siva Sankara Vara Prasad, known by his stage name Chiranjeevi, is an Indian film actor politician, businessman, investor and a member of the Indian National Congress.
Chiranjeevi has attended the Madras Film Institute, and had worked primarily in Telugu cinema, in addition to Tamil, Kannada and Hindi films. He made his acting debut in 1978, with the film Punadhirallu. Known for his break dancing skills, Chiranjeevi was starred in 150 feature films in a variety of roles.
In a film career spanning thirty five years, he won four state Nandi Awards and ten Filmfare Awards South including the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award – South. In 2006, Chiranjeevi was honored with the Padma Bhushan, India’s third highest civilian award, for his contributions to Indian cinema, and was presented with an honorary doctorate from Andhra University.
Chiranjeevi founded the Chiranjeevi Charitable Foundation, established in 1998, which is involved in humanitarian activities. In 2008, he entered politics by forming the Praja Rajyam Party. In the 2009 Andhra Pradesh elections, Chiranjeevi contested from his native places, Palakollu and Tirupati. He was defeated by the Congress party candidate in Palakollu and was elected as a member of the State Assembly from the Tirupati constituency. He led the Praja Rajyam Party to emerge as the third largest party during the same election. Later, in February 2011, his Praja Rajyam Party merged into the Indian National Congress.
Chiranjeevi is also a co-owner of Indian Super League side Kerala Blasters.