Brahmanandam
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Brahmanandam at the World Telugu Conference, 2017
Born
Kanneganti Brahmanandam

(1956-02-01) 1 February 1956 (age 66)
Occupation
  • Actor
  • comedian
  • director
Years active1976–present
SpouseLakshmi
Children2
HonoursPadma Shri (2009)

Kanneganti Brahmanandam (born 1 February 1956), known mononymously as Brahmanandam, is an Indian actor, comedian, impersonator, and voice actor known for his works predominantly in Telugu cinema.[1] He is particularly known for his comic performances.[2][3] He holds the Guinness World Record for the most screen credits for a living actor, appearing in over 1000 films to date.[4][5][6] He was awarded an honorary doctorate by Acharya Nagarjuna University.[7] In 2009, he was honoured with the Padma Shri, the fourth-highest civilian award in India, for his contribution to Art.[8] Brahmanandam is one of the highest-paid comic actors in India.[9][10]

After completing his Master of Arts degree, Brahmanandam worked as a Telugu lecturer in Attili of West Godavari district, Andhra Pradesh. Simultaneously, he also worked in theatre and as a mimicry artist. He made his television debut in 1985 with DD Telugu's Pakapakalu which received appreciation from the audience.[11][12][13] After watching his performance in the show, director Jandhyala cast him in the film Aha Naa Pellanta! (1987), which became his breakthrough role.[14][15] In a career spanning over 35 years, he has garnered six state Nandi Awards, one Filmfare Award South, and six CineMAA Awards.[16][17]

Early life

Brahmanandam was born on 1 February 1956 in Sattenapalle, Andhra Pradesh.[18] His parents are Nagalingachari and Lakshmi Narsamma.[15] His father was a carpenter and Brahmanandam was one of eight children. He completed his Master of Arts degree and joined as a Telugu lecturer in Attili of West Godavari district.[12]

Career

While working as a lecturer, Brahmanandam also worked in theatre and as a mimicry artist. Novelist and playwright Adi Vishnu introduced him to NCV Sashidhar of Doordarshan (DD). Soon after, he made his television debut in 1985 with DD Telugu's Pakapakalu.[11][12] His performance in the show received good response from the audience.[13] After watching his performance in the show, director Jandhyala cast him in the film Aha Naa-Pellanta! (1987), which became a breakthrough role for him.[19] The same year he appeared in the successful films Pasivadi Pranam and Swayam Krushi. The first film he acted in was Sri Tatavataram, second film was Satyagraham, and the third film was Aha Naa Pellanta!.[12] Sri Tatavataram released later in 1988.

The following years he appeared in several Telugu films, of which, his performance in the films Vivaha Bhojanambu (1988), Choopulu Kalisina Shubhavela (1988), Bandhuvulostunnaru Jagratha (1989), Muddula Mavayya (1989), Jagadeka Veerudu Atiloka Sundari (1990), Bobbili Raja (1990) and Bamma Maata Bangaru Baata (1990) was well praised.[20]

Beginning from 1991, Brahmanandam has appeared in variety of comedic roles and a few intense roles. In 1991, he starred in major films such as Kshana Kshanam (1991) and Rowdy Alludu (1991).[21] The Times of India considered the films Chitram Bhalare Vichitram (1991), Jamba Lakidi Pamba (1992), and Yamaleela (1994) as the films that one can never get bored of. Brahmanandam has appeared in each of these, with him being considered as one of the main reasons for these films to be successful.[22] In 1992, he has played the lead role in Babai Hotel for the first time.[23]

He won his first major award—Nandi Award for Best Male Comedian for his performance as Khan Dada in the film Money (1993).[24] Following the success of the film, a sequel to it, Money Money (1994) was also produced, in which Brahmanandam reprised his role. Griddaluru Gopalrao of Zamin Ryot in his review of the film Hello Brother (1994) praised Brahmanandam's role and his performance.[25] His further successful films of the following years include Alluda Majaka (1995), Intlo Illalu Vantintlo Priyuralu (1996), Bombay Priyudu (1996), Anaganaga Oka Roju (1997), Muddula Mogudu (1997), Bavagaru Bagunnara? (1998), Aavida Maa Aavide (1998), Thammudu (1999), Kshemamga Velli Labhamga Randi (2000), Jayam Manade Raa (2000), Kalisundam Raa (2000), and Ammo! Okato Tareekhu (2000).

At a felicitation ceremony in January 2008, he listed the following films as his top 11 films — Aha Naa Pellanta! (1987), Vivaha Bhojanambu (1988), Chitram Bhalare Vichitram (1991), Pattukondi Chuddam (1997), Money (1993), Anaganaga Oka Roju (1997), Anna (1994), Amma (1991), Bavagaru Bagunnara? (1998), Manmadhudu (2002), Dhee (2007).[12]

Personal life

Brahmanandam married Lakshmi and has two sons, Raja Gautham and Siddharth. Gautham is also an actor who starred in films such as Pallakilo Pellikoothuru (2004), and Manu (2018).[26] Gautham is married and has a son born in 2017.[27] In January 2019, Brahmanandam underwent a successful heart bypass surgery at Asian Heart Institute (AHI) in Mumbai.[28]

Apart from acting, Brahmanandam is also an amateur sculptor and a sketch artist.[29] He also reads the philosophical writings of Swami Vivekananda and Jiddu Krishnamurthi in his free time.[14]

Awards and honours

Civilian honors

Guinness Book

Filmfare Awards
Nandi Awards
CineMAA Awards
South Indian International Movie Awards
Other

Filmography

Main article: Brahmanandam filmography

Brahmanandam acted in more than 1,000 films.[5]

Selected filmography

References

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