Dr. Allu Rama Lingaiah (born 1922), a Padma Shri recipient, acted in over a thousand films, most of them in comic roles. Rama Lingaiah had four children – Allu Aravind, Surekha Konidela, Vasantha Lakshmi and Nav Bharathi.
New Delhi: As the saying goes ‘All in the Family’, the Allu-Konidela families have taken over Tollywood by introducing superstars one after the other. The story begins with Dr. Allu Ram Lingaiah.
He was born in 1922; was a Padma Shri recipient; And starred in more than a thousand films, mostly comedy roles. Rama Lingaiah had four children – Allu Aravind, Surekha Konidela, Vasantha Lakshmi and Nav Bharathi.
Vasanta and Bharti chose to stay away from the limelight but Allu Aravind went on to become one of Tollywood’s foremost filmmakers and distributors. He set up his own production house ‘Geeta Arts’ in 1972, which started with small budget films and grew to produce big blockbusters like Aamir Khan’s Ghajini.
In 1980, Surekha married Konidela Shiv Shankar Vara Prasad aka Megastar Chiranjeevi, thus bringing both the bloodlines together. One of the biggest superstars of Telugu cinema, Chiranjeevi Both decide the future of the families. Surekha is the link between the Chiranjeevi and Allu families.
Allu Aravind and his wife Nirmala have three children – Venkatesh, Arjun and Sirish.
Allu Venkatesh and Allu Arjun made their acting debut as child actors in the 1985 film ‘Vijeta’, which starred their uncle Chiranjeevi in the lead role and was produced by his father, Allu Aravind. TeaOde, Allu Arjun is a big name as he is one of the top actors in the industry. His younger brother Allu Sirish also works in South Indian films, his last release was ‘1971: Beyond Borders’ with Mohanlal.
Chiranjeevi and Surekha also have three children – Ram Charan, Shreeja, Susmitha. Ram Charan made his acting debut in 2007 and is among the highest paid stars in Tollywood.
step He also set up a production house named ‘Konidela Production Company’ which produced his father Chiranjeevi’s 150th film ‘Khaidi No 150’.
Her sister Sushmita Konidela is an accomplished stylist and costume designer. The youngest, Sreeja provided plenty of fodder for the gossip mills when she had a fling with her college sweetheart Sirish Bhardwaj in 2007. However, the marriage did not work out and both got divorced. Later, she married Kalyan, an NRI.
Chiranjeevi’s brothers Pawan Kalyan and Nagendra Babu are also actors. Pawan Kalyan entered politics in 2014, founding the Jana Sena Party. He married three times: Nandini from 1997 to 2007; Renu Desai from 2009 to 2012; and Anna Lezhneva in 2013 (so far).
He has two children from Renu Desai, Akira Nandan Konidela and Aadhya Konidela. He made his directorial debut with the Marathi film ‘Ishq Wala Love’, which was later dubbed into Telugu and featured Akira Nandan Konidela in a cameo role.
Nagendra Babu, who also owns a production company named ‘Anjana Productions’, has two children, Varun Tej Konidela and Niharika Konidela. While Varun Tej, the protagonist of the recently released ‘Fida’, is a relatively well established actor in Tollywood, his sister Niharika Konidela is a television anchor and actor. Niharika also owns the production house of ‘Pink Elephant Pictures’.
First published:September 28, 2021, 2:22 pm