Pawan Kalyan's Depression Story: When Actor Tried To Kill Himself With His Brother Chiranjeevi's Gun

In a recent interview, Pawan Kalyan talked about his fight with depression, including a moment in his youth when he considered taking his own life.


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Pawan Kalyan's Depression Story: When Actor Tried To Kill Himself With His Brother Chiranjeevi's Gun

Unstoppable Season 2, a chat show hosted by Nandamuri Balakrishna on the Telugu OTT platform, Aha recently featured actor-politician, Pawan Kalyan. The interview with Pawan is being broadcast in two parts. While the second and concluding part is set to premiere on February 10, Pawan talks about his personal life and his struggle with depression in the first part of the episode.

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Pawan Kalyan on his struggle with depression

Pawan Kalyan talked extensively about his personal life and his struggle with depression during his interview with Unstoppable host NBK. Pawan felt his battle with depression was unbearable, but he overcame it. He continued by saying that he is not social due to his asthma and feels alone because of his frequent hospital stays. The stress of the exam only made his depression worse, and the actor even considered killing himself with his brother, Chiranjeevi's gun. Talking about the same, he stated:

 “My struggles with depression were overwhelming, but I fought through it. I have asthma and felt isolated due to frequent hospitalisation. Therefore, I’m not much of a social person. At the age of 17, the pressure of exams only added to my depression. I remember planning to take my own life by using the licensed revolver of my eldest brother (Chiranjeevi Konidela) when he was not at home.”

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Pawan further revealed that his older brother, Konidela Nagendra and sister-in-law, Surekha came to his rescue at the perfect moment with their prompt action. His brother and actor, Chiranjeevi, asked Pawan to live for him and that it was okay even if he didn't wish to do anything. Pawan Kalyan then turned to literature, learning martial arts, playing Carnatic music, and other activities for solace. He said:

“My brother told me, ‘Just live for me. If you don’t do anything, that’s fine. But please live.’ From then on, I taught myself and found solace in reading books, practising Carnatic music, martial arts, and other pursuits.”

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Pawan Kalyan's married life

One year after making his movie debut in 1997, Kalyan married Nandini. Kalyan and his co-star, Renu Desai began living together in 2001, and their son, Akira Nandan was conceived in 2004. Kalyan divorced his first wife, Nandini, in July 2007 and married Renu in 2009 after a live-in relationship of eight years. Their daughter, Aadya was born in 2010, but they soon parted ways in 2012 with a formal divorce. However, Kalyan found love for the third time when he met Anna Lezhneva in 2011 while filming Teen Maar. The couple got engaged in 2013 and have two children, Mark Shankar Pawanovich and Polena Anjana Pawanova.

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Pawan Kalyan's film career

His 1999 film, Tholi Prema, won six Nandi Awards and a National Award. In addition, Kalyan was ranked among the Top 5 Heroes of India in a 2014 Star India survey. He appeared in the 2018 film, Agnyaathavaasi, which was Pawan's 25th movie. He returned to the big screen in 2021 with a lead role in Venu Sriram's directorial, Vakeel Saab

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Pawan Kalyan currently has They Call Him OG, Ustaad Bhagat Singh, Hari Hara Veeramallu, and an untitled project with Samuthirakani under development.

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