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Ram Charan (born 27 March 1985) is an Indian film actor, producer, dancer, and entrepreneur who works in Telugu cinema. He is one of the most popular and influential actors in Tollywood and has featured in Forbes India's Celebrity 100 list since 2013. Charan is the recipient of several awards, including two Filmfare Awards, two Nandi Awards, two CineMAA Awards, and two Santosham Best Actor Awards. The son of actor Chiranjeevi and Surekha, Charan made his acting debut in the successful action film Chirutha (2007), for which he won the Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut – South. Charan rose to prominence with a starring role opposite Kajal Aggarwal in S.S. Rajamouli's fantasy action film Magadheera (2009), which is one of the highest-grossing Telugu films of all time. He won several accolades for this film, including the Filmfare Award for Best Actor - Telugu.
Charan established himself as a leading Tollywood actor with the commercially successful action films such as Racha (2012), Naayak (2013), Yevadu (2014), Govindudu Andarivadele (2014), Dhruva (2016) and Rangasthalam (2018), which ranks as his highest-grossing release.
In 2016, Charan established his own production house, the Konidela Production Company, under which he produces films. Beyond his film career, he owns the polo team Ram Charan Hyderabad Polo Riding Club.
Ram Charan was born in Madras (now Chennai) to Telugu film actor Chiranjeevi and his wife Surekha on 27 March 1985. He has two sisters. He is the grandson of Allu Rama Lingaiah and the nephew of Nagendra Babu, Pawan Kalyan, and Allu Aravind. He is the cousin of Allu Arjun, Varun Tej and Sai Dharam Tej. He completed his primary education in Chennai and high school in Ooty. He studied B.com before dropping out.
Charan got engaged to Upasana Kamineni, the vice-chairman of Apollo Charity and chief editor of B Positive magazine, in Hyderabad on 1 December 2011. Upasana is the granddaughter of Prathap C. Reddy, the Executive Chairman of the Apollo Hospitals. Subsequently, they got married on 14 June 2012 at the Temple Trees Farm House.
In 2007, Ram Charan made his film debut as the leading man in Chirutha, which was directed by Puri Jagannadh and completed 50 days in 178 direct centres and 15 other shifted centres. The film completed 100 days in 40 direct centres. He played the role of Charan, an ex-convict who is hell-bent on killing the murderer of his father. Rediff.com praised his performance stating: "Ram Charan is quite promising. Dance and action appear to be forte. He is rather graceful in the dance numbers. He also stays clear of any oblique reference to his star father by way of vdialogue or adopting any particular mannerism or style." His performance in the film earned him a Filmfare Best South Debutant Award and Nandi Special Jury Award.
After the release of the 2009 film Magadheera, which was only his second film, directed by S.S.Rajamouli, Charan established himself as one of the leading contemporary actors of Tollywood. He played dual roles in this film in which one is a brave soldier of a kingdom in Rajasthan in the 17th century in love with the princess but loses her and dies, the other a bike racer who falls in love with a girl who is the re-incarnation of the princess and wins her knowing their past. His portrayal got immense critical acclaim. The Times of India wrote: "Ram Charan returns as a valiant soldier and breathes life into the larger-than-life role with ease. He showcases his horse-riding and dancing skills to perfection." IndiaGlitz commented: "Charan has come up with a mature performance and he has carried the film very well. Both his characters were done justice and he reminded of his father at many places." Directed by S. S. Rajamouli, the film received six Filmfare Awards including the award for Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Telugu and Nandi Special Jury Award for Charan. In 2009, he became a spokesperson for Pepsi's advertisement campaigns.
Charan starred in Bommarillu Bhaskar's Orange in 2010 as Ram, an NRI living in Australia whose opinions are against loving forever. IndiaGlitz wrote: "Ram Charan gave an excellent performance all through the film. His attire, makeup, dressing style, accessories and body language give the audiences a fresh feel of an urbane guy. He improved a lot in all the departments including action, dances, dialogue modulation, body language."
His next film was Rachcha, directed by Sampath Nandi. He did the role of Betting Raj, a gambler whose life takes a toll on him. IndiaGlitz wrote: "He shows flashes of Chiru-ness more than he ever did in the past; be it his baritone or demeanour, he is a Megastar in effect. Helped by a strong script, he could have been much better." The film released on 5 April 2012 and was declared a commercial success.
His first release in 2013 was Naayak, directed by V. V. Vinayak. He played another dual role, one a mafia leader in Kolkata and the other a simple software employee in Hyderabad. The Times of India wrote: "Ram Charan did a great job, though there was no variation shown between the two characters." It opened to positive critical acclaim and became a commercial success.
Charan made his Bollywood debut through Zanjeer, a remake of the 1973 film of the same name. He played the role of ACP Vijay Khanna who swears Vengeance on his parents' killer. Charan made his debut as a playback singer with the song "Mumbai Ke Hero", composed by Chirantan Bhatt, in the album Thoofan, the Telugu version of Zanjeer.
In his next Telugu film, Yevadu (2014), directed by Vamsi Paidipally, he plays two characters, one who has received a face transplant of the other and becomes the target of underworld gangs because of the mistaken identity. Bangalore Mirror wrote: "For Ram Charan, Yevadu is essential to establish his status after Thoofan tanked at the box office. His character has two shades and he tries his best to bring variations. He dances like there is no tomorrow and the choreography is a delight to watch." Sify wrote: "Compared to his earlier films – Nayak and Thoofan, Ram Charan has done a fairly good job here. His acting is effective in intense scenes and action episode. To satisfy his audiences, he has also done some good steps in the Freedom song." Charan's next release in the same year was the family drama Govindudu Andarivadele. The film opened to mostly positive reviews from critics and grossed over ₹40 crore (US$5.8 million) at the box office.
His next film was Bruce Lee where he played the role of a stuntman who gets involved in a scuffle. It wasn't a success due to its weak narration and comedy. His next film Dhruva (2016) was declared a hit due its unique story and visuals. Times of India wrote: "Ram Charan looks his fittest best. As an actor, Ram Charan impresses in all the scenes that required high emotion. And as for the scenes where he had to be elevated as the hero, they will not disappoint his fans." In 2018, he acted in the blockbuster Rangasthalam directed by Sukumar, declared as third highest grosser of all time in Telugu cinema. In 2019, he starred alongside Kiara Advani and Vivek Oberoi in an action film Vinaya Vidheya Rama which was directed by Boyapati Srinu.
He is also the producer of his father Chiranjeevi's 150th film Khaidi No. 150 and also signed to appear in his uncle Pawan Kalyan's production.
Ram Charan is an equestrian and entrepreneur. He owns the polo team Ram Charan Hyderabad Polo Riding Club. He also serves on the board of directors of MAA TV.
In early July 2015, he started his own Hyderabad-based airline business called TruJet. Ram Charan is also the spokesman and co-owner of the obstacle running series Devil's Circuit.