Power Star Pawan Kalyan started his acting career with the movie Akkada Ammayi Ikkada Abbayi in 1996. In his acting career spanning 19 years, the actor has starred in 19 movies and most of them are superhit films. When his career is at its peak, he is taking risk of plunging into politics. Many of his fans are scared that the actor, who recently floated a new political party called Jana Sena, would quit acting for politics.
Pawan Kalyan's brother Chiranjeevi's career was at its peak, when he started Praja Rajyam party. When all Mega family fans were expecting him to start shooting for his 150 film, the actor entered politics and contested assembly elections. Later, he merged his party with Congress and became the Union Tourism minister. But he never looked back at his acting career. Though on a few occasion, he said that he would do his 150th film, there is no sign of him returning to acting.
Following his brother Chiranjeevi's footstep, Pawan Kalyan has launched his own political party Jana Sena. He has also announced to field candidates from his party in forthcoming Assembly and Parliamentary elections. On March 21, he also met Narendra Modi to make an alliance with the BJP. After meeting NaMo, the actor said that he is yet to decide on whether he would contest elections or not.
Only time will answer the question whether he would contest elections or not. But Pawan Kalyan has already taken break from shooting to campaign for his party in the Assembly and Parliamentary elections. The actor has signed to star in Gabbar Singh 2 and the remake of Oh My God. Sources close to actor say that he would get back to acting after the elections. However, experts from the industry are keeping their fingers crossed to know whether the Power Star will quit acting for a political career.
We bring you the rare pictures and interesting facts about Pawan Kalyan's movies. Continue to see them in the slideshow.
Akkada Ammayi Ikkada Abbayi
Director EVV Satyanarayana's Akkada Ammayi Ikkada Abbayi, which released on October 11, 1996, was the debut movie of Pawan Kalyan, who was seen with Akkineni Nageswara Rao's granddaughter Yarlagadda Supriya. Having done superb collection at Box Office, the film gave a big break to the Power Star.
Pawan Kalyan's second film Gokulamlo Seeta, which released on 22 August, 1997, was also big hit at the Box Office. This movie completed 100 day run in 11 theaters.
Released on January 1, 1998, Suswagatham catapulted Pawan Kalyan into one of the big commercial heroes in Tollywood.
Pawan Kalyan's 1998 romantic comedy film Tholi Prema was another super hit film in his career. It was later remade in Hindi as Mujhe Kucch Kehna Hai, in Kannada as Preethsu Thappenila and was dubbed in Tamil as Aanandha Mazhai.
Thammudu was one of the biggest hit of Telugu movies of the year 1999 and it brought cult fan base to Pawan Kalyan. It was further remade in Tamil as Badri and in Kannada as Yuvaraja.
Pawan Kalyan's Badri was big hit at the AP Box Office with its collection cross Rs 12 crores. It completed 100-day run in 47 centres. Later, Puri Jagannadh remade it in Hindi as Shart: The Challenge.
Released on 27 April, 2001, Kushi is one of the most successful films of Pawan Kalyan. The film had a 50 days run in 101 centres, 100 days run in 79 centres and a 175-day run in five centres.
Johnny, which marked Pawan Kalyan's debut as director, was released on 25 April, 2003, and it did not perform well commercially. It is considered as biggest flop in his career.
Gudumba Shankar was a decent grosser at the Box Office. It was also dubbed in Hindi as Main Hoon Chaalbaaz.
Balu ABCDEFG is one of his super hit movies at the Box Office. It ran for 100 days in 8 theaters in Andhra Pradesh. The movie was released in 72 countries worldwide by KAD Movies and it was the first Telugu movie to be released in an African country.
Bangaram, which released on 3 May, 2006, was another big let down in Pawan Kalyan's acting career. The movie did not do well at the Box Office.
Released on 29 December, 2006, Annavaram was a remake of Thirupaachi. The film, received positive reviews and proved to be superhit at the Box Office by collecting Rs 23 crores in three weeks.
Trivikram Srinivas-directed 2008 film Jalsa was a big success at the Box Office. This movie was dubbed in Hindi as Yeh Hai Jalsa.
Puli, which was made with a budget Rs 40 crores, was released on 10 September in 2010. The film was a big success at the Box Office.
Teenmaar, which was a remake of film Love Aaj Kal, had released on 14 April, 2011. The movie was commercially successful hit at the Box Office.
Panjaa was one more superhit for Pawan Kalyan at the Box Office It was later dubbed in Hindi as Jaandaar.
Gabbar Singh, which was an adaptation of the 2010 Hindi film Dabangg, was a Blockbuster success for Pawan Kalyan. It has set several new records at the Box Office. The film was dubbed into Hindi as Policewala Gunda.
Cameraman Ganga Tho Rambabu
Released on 18 October, 2012, in over 1,600 screens, Cameraman Ganga Tho Rambabu was commercially a successful film, but its collection was not upto the expectations of its producers.
Attarintiki Daredi, which was leaked online before theatrical release, opened to highly positive reviews and went on to become the highest grossing Telugu film of all time.