Allu Arjun (born 8 April 1983) is an Indian actor who primarily works in Telugu cinema. Known for his dancing abilities, he is a recipient five Filmfare Awards South and three Nandi Awards.
After his debut in Gangotri (2003), Allu appeared in Sukumar-directed Arya (2004) which earned him Nandi Special Jury Award. In the following years, he starred in films such as Bunny (2005), Happy (2006) and Desamuduru (2007).
Allu won his first Filmfare Award as Best Actor for Parugu (2008). His consecutive films, Arya 2 (2009), Vedam (2010), Varudu (2010) and Badrinath (2011), failed to perform at the box office. His role in Rudhramadevi (2015) as Gona Ganna Reddy won him Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor and Nandi Award for Best Character Actor.
Films like Race Gurram (2014), Sarrainodu (2016) and Duvvada Jagannadham (2017), brought him back on success track with each grossing more than ₹100 crore. He collaborated with director Trivikram Srinivas thrice for Julayi (2012), S/O Satyamurthy (2015) and Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo (2020). All three are successful with the latter grossing over ₹262 crore at the box office.
Allu Arjun was born on 8 April 1983 in a Telugu family in Madras (present-day Chennai) to film producer Allu Aravind and Nirmala. His paternal grandfather was the film comedian Allu Ramalingaiah. Their native place is Palakollu of West Godavari district, Andhra Pradesh
He is the second of three children. His elder brother Venkatesh is a businessman while his younger brother Sirish is an actor. His paternal aunt is married to Chiranjeevi. He is the cousin of Ram Charan, Varun Tej, Sai Dharam Tej, and Niharika Konidela.
Career beginnings (2001–2008)
After playing as a child artist in Vijetha and as a dancer in Daddy, Allu made his adult debut in Gangotri.Allu then appeared in Sukumar‘s Arya. His role in Arya was his breakthrough, earning a first Filmfare Best Telugu Actor Award nomination and he won a Special Jury award at the Nandi Awards ceremony, two CineMAA Awards for Best Actor and Best Actor Juryand the film was a critical and commercial success.
He next starred in V. V. Vinayak‘s Bunny playing Bunny, a college student. Critics praised his efforts, mannerisms and dancing. His next film was A. Karunakaran‘s musical love story Happy.He then starred in Puri Jagannadh‘s action film Desamuduru in which he played the role of Bala Govindam, a fearless journalist who falls with a woman with a darker past.
Further success and experimentation of genres (2008–2013)
Allu Arjun (left) on the sets of Iddarammayilatho (2013)
His next film was Bhaskar‘s Parugu, where he played the role of Krishna, a happy-go-lucky man from Hyderabad who helps his friend to elope with his love, only to experience the wrath of the woman’s father and the emotional struggle he felt. idlebrain.com wrote: “Allu Arjun is pretty excellent in the first half as the characterization in the first half is vibrant and needs loads of energy. He carried the entire first half on his shoulders. He excelled in the emotional scenes in the second half.”
After playing in a guest role in Shankar Dada Zindabad, he starred in Sukumar’s psychological action drama Arya 2. He played the role of Arya, an orphan who is behaviourally sick in that he is consumed with possessiveness for his friend Ajay, who never accepts him. Sify wrote: “Allu Arjun is full of energy as the guy caught in the powerful current of love. Though he plays the part with negative shades, his characterization could evoke a lot of sympathy from the audiences. His dances are mind-blowing and he excels in emotional scenes.” idlebrain.com wrote: “Allu Arjun is perfect as Arya. His character in the movie has the qualities of a psychotic and he portrayed the character flawlessly. He shined in emotional scenes in the second half of the movie. Allu Arjun is probably the best dancer of current era in Tollywood. That is the reason why he made hugely difficult dances appear fluid and effortless in the first four songs of the movie.”
Allu starred in two experimental films in 2010. The first was Gunasekhar‘s Varudu. Rediff wrote: “Allu Arjun has put in a competent performance, subdued when necessary and volatile when needed.” While Rediff stated: “He’s a good dancer and does justice to his role.”His next film was Krish‘s Vedam.
His next release was V. V. Vinayak’s action film Badrinath. He played the role of Badri, a warrior who is assigned to protect the shrine of Badrinath by his Guru, to whom he is very loyal. The movie completed a 50-day run in 187 centers.
After Badrinath, Allu appeared in the film Julayi, an action comedy released in 2012. Allu played the role of Ravindra Narayan, a street-smart yet spoilt brat whose life takes a drastic turn after he becomes the witness of a huge bank robbery. The Times of India wrote: “Allu Arjun puts in a confident performance as the loveable rogue. It’s a role that is right up his alley and he carries it off with a characteristic panache. He lights up the screen with his dancing in particular, pulling off some pretty challenging dance moves.” He was nominated for the SIIMA Award for Best Actor He later starred in Puri Jagannadh’s action thriller Iddarammayilatho, playing Sanju Reddy, a guitarist with a dark past. The Times of India wrote: “True to his tag of “stylish star”, Allu Arjun looks trendier than ever before. His character of a guitarist, who is a street performer in Barcelona, was at its best sketchy, and looks completely different from his previous films. He once again proves that he is a good actor and probably because of the action director’s meticulous planning, he makes perfect expressions in all the fight scenes.”
In 2014, he appeared in a cameo in Vamsi Paidipally‘s Yevadu.The Hindu wrote: “Allu Arjun shows what an actor can do even in a short role, in the few minutes he packs his experience, internalises the character and makes an impressive exit even as he loses his identity.”His next film was Surender Reddy‘s Race Gurram, in which he played the role of a carefree guy. The Deccan Chronicle wrote: “Allu Arjun definitely steals the show with his energetic performance. He is good with his comedy timing and has also improved a lot as an actor. He actually carries the film on his shoulders. His dancing skills are utilised well too.” He won his third Filmfare Best Telugu Actor Award.
Allu produced and acted in a short film I Am That Change (2014), to spread awareness on individual social responsibility. The movie was directed by Sukumar, which was screened in theatres across Andhra Pradesh and Telangana on 15 August 2014. He acted in Trivikram Srinivas‘s S/O Satyamurthy, which was released on 9 April 2015.Later, he acted in Guna Sekhar‘s Rudhramadevi, which is the first Indian 3D historical film. For Rudhramadevi, he won the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor – Telugu and became the only actor to win both the Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Telugu and the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor – Telugu. Later, he acted in Sarainodu, directed by Boyapati Srinu. In 2016, he collaborated with producer Dil Raju for the third time for Duvvada Jagannadham. In 2018, his film under the direction of writer turned director Vakkantham Vamsi, Naa Peru Surya, Naa Illu India was released. In the film he acted as an Indian Army soldier who has anger management issues. In 2020, his film under the direction of Trivikram Srinivas, Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo was released. In 2020 his film under the direction of Sukumar, Pushpa was released in during Diwali but filming is delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
A rap song was composed by S. Thaman performed by Roll Rida and Harika Narayan with lyrics by Roll Rida and The Hyderabad Nawabs, on Allu’s journey in Telugu cinema.The music video titled “Allu Arjun Rap Song” was released through Aditya Music label.
On 6 March 2011, He married Sneha Reddy in Hyderabad They have a son named Allu Ayaan and a daughter named Allu Arha.In 2016, Allu started a nightclub named 800 Jubilee in collaboration with M Kitchens and Buffalo Wild Wings.
Filmography and accolades
Main article: Allu Arjun, roles and awards