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Ravi Teja (born as Ravi Shankar Raju Bhupatiraju on 26 January 1968) is an actor known for his work in . He is widely considered one of the most popular and highest-paid actors of Telugu cinema, who has appeared in over . He won the in 1999 and 2002 for his performance in the films (1999) and (2002) and also won the state for best actor for his film in 2008.
He started his career as a supporting artist in (1990) and subsequently played small roles in the films (1991), (1992), (1993), (1996) and (1997). Teja has also worked as an assistant director for several Telugu films.
Ravi Teja began his professional career as a lead actor with in 1999 and also received the Nandi Award for his performance. He then starred in films such as (2001), (2001), (2002), (2002), (2002), (2003), (2004), (2004), (2005), (2006), (2007), (2008), (2008), (2008), (2009), (2009), (2010), (2010), (2011), (2012), (2013), (2014), (2015) (2015), (2017), and , (2018).
In 2012, he was also listed as 50th in the India list of top 100 Celebrities with an annual income of ₹15.5 crore (US.3 million). In 2013 he was in 68th position with earnings of ₹13 crore (US.9 million). In 2015 he was in 74th position with earnings of ₹12.5 crore (US.8 million).
He was born to Raj Gopal Raju and Rajya Lakshmi Bhupatiraju in , Andhra Pradesh, India. Teja 's father was a pharmacist and his mother was a homemaker. He is the eldest of three sons, the others being Bharath (died at June 24, 2017 in a car accident) and Raghu, who are also actors. Teja spent most of his childhood in Northern India because his father used to move very often due to his work. His schooling was in , , and . Teja completed his schooling at N.S.M. Public School, Vijayawada. Later on he completed his Bachelors in Arts at Siddhartha Degree College, Vijayawada. In 1988 he went to to start his career in films.
In his early years working in Chennai, and were his roommates. He had small roles in the films (1990), Chaitanya (1991) and (1992). Ravi became an assistant director, working in both television and film. As an assistant director, he worked in several Bollywood as well as Telugu projects including Prathihnbandh, Aaj Ka Goonda Raj, and . He met and worked as an assistant director under him for the 1996 hit film . Vamsi also gave Ravi the opportunity to act in a small role in that film. He continued to work as an assistant director for a few other films.
In 1997, while still working as an assistant director, Ravi Teja got an opportunity to act in the film directed by Krishna Vamsi as a lead actor. The film won the .
Ravi Teja followed up with roles in the films Seetha Rama Raju, Padutha Teeyaga, Manasichhi Choodu and 's . In 1999, he was cast in a leading role by for . The film won the for Best Film. Ravi Teja won the for his performance . Following this, he started appearing in more significant roles such as Krishna Vamsi's Samudram, Chiranjeevi's and . He also appeared in lead roles in multi-starrer films such as Kshemanga Velli Labanga Randi, Tirumala Tirupathi Venkatesa, Sakuntumba Sapari Vare Sametham and Ammayi Kosam.
In 2001, Teja's association with began when he cast Ravi as the lead role in . The movie was a commercial hit and got Ravi Teja credibility as a solo lead actor. In 2002, his next film , directed by and co-starring was released. The film was a successful at the box office and won Ravi acclaim. The year also saw Ravi in . Directed by Puri Jagannadh and co-starring , it was a blockbuster hit and Ravi's performance and dialogue delivery were praised by critics and movie-goers alike.
The year also saw the release of Krishna Vamsi's . The movie was a huge success at the box office and won the Sarojini Devi Award for a Film on National Integration. Ravi's portrayal of a young wannabe actor won him the for the second time. In 2003, Ravi again worked with director Puri Jagannadh for . The film co-starring became a blockbuster hit and Jeevi of Idlebrain praised him: "Ravi Teja did well. His strength lies in his dialogue delivery and reckless body language". The year also saw Ravi working in commercially successful films such as , co-starring Kalyani and directed by Srinivas Bheemineni and , co-starring and directed by Ravi Raja Pinisetty. In the same year, Ravi was also seen in films such as Ee Abbayee Chala Manchodu, Anveshana and Oka Raju Oka Rani, which failed to do well at the box office.
In 2004, Ravi Teja co-starred in Venky, directed by Srinu Vaitla. Idlebrain wrote: "His comedy is very good in the first half. His antics with Siddanthi and the way he curses himself in front of the mirror is hilarious". He appeared in directed by cinematographer turned director . A critic from nowrunning.com wrote: "Ravi Teja delivers a stunning performance as a dejected lover". was directed by . In 2005, Ravi Teja's work included , directed by and , directed by . He also worked in the crime film , directed by and produced by Ram Gopal Varma.
In 2006, Teja worked with director for . This Film proved to be the highest-grossing film in Ravi Teja's career till then. Jeevi praised his performance: "Vikramarkudu is the best film of Ravi Teja so far in histrionics aspect. He did both characters of Athali Sathi Babu and Vikram Rathod equally well, His mannerism of "jintata" is simply superb". Later in 2006, Ravi Teja acted in . In 2007, Ravi Teja worked for the third time with director Srinu Vaitla for . In 2008, Ravi Teja acted in directed by . In August 2008, Ravi Teja acted in . Later in that year, Ravi Teja again collaborated with director Puri Jagganath for . Although the film was not successful at the box office, Ravi Teja's portrayal of an up-and-coming assistant director in the film received acclaim.
In 2009, Ravi Teja worked with director for . Later that year, he appeared in . In 2010, his films included and , directed by .
His first release in 2011 was 's . He later starred in 's and made a cameo appearance in , also directed by Ram Gopal Varma. His last release of the year was Ramesh Varma's . Later after this film, he went on to become "Mass Maharaja' for his mass action scenes and nasty fights
His first release in 2012 was 's . His next release was 's . His next release was 's . His last release in 2012 was Parasuram's Rediff.com wrote: "Ravi Teja is in a different avatar, a more subdued one. A change of image and role is necessary for an actor and Ravi Teja makes the transition fairly well".
His release in 2013 was Gopichand Malineni's action entertainer . The Times of India wrote "Ravi Teja has come up with an entertaining performance. His characterization and the flashback episode as Kancharapalem Shankar looked very powerful on the screen. He gets into the skin of the character and has done well." The film turned one of the biggest critical and commercial success of the year.
In 2014, he made a cameo appearance in Sairam Shankar's and with debutant director .
In 2015 he starred in , directed by and produced by . Despite huge expectations, the film was a box office failure. After this he started a film titled , directed by . This film grossed nearly ₹40.5 crore (US.9 million)s globally and also became the 8th highest grossing Telugu film of the year.
After taking a sabbatical for one year, he started two films and (2017). While Raja The Great was a huge hit, becoming Ravi Teja's career's highest grosser, Touch Chesi Chudu was a big flop in both domestic and overseas.
Ravi Teja was signed in as for Lunar – footwear and sandals in two states, and . He later endorsed the liquor brand Lord & Master.
Below is a selected filmography of Ravi Teja.
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