Meet 'Power Star', Who Had A Child Out Of Wedlock, Married To A Russian After Two Failed Marriages

A look into the life of Telugu superstar, aka 'Power star', who got married to a Russian after two failed marriages and had a child out of wedlock. Here's all you need to know about his story!

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Meet 'Power Star', Who Had A Child Out Of Wedlock, Married To A Russian After Two Failed Marriages

Konidela Kalyan Babu, AKA Konidela Pawan Kalyan, is one of the biggest movie actors in the world. He was born in Andhra Pradesh's Baptala on September 2, 1971. Coming from a family of superstars, Pawan Kalyan is the brother of South megastar, Chiranjeevi Konidela. He is the uncle of renowned actors like Varun Tej, Niharika Konidela, Ram Charan, and many more.

The reason why Pawan Kalyan changed his name before entering into films

At a time when the South Indian film industry was filled with so many superstars like Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan, Mammootty, Ravi Teja, Mohan Lal, and others, Pawan Kalyan made a massive place for himself in people's hearts, which is why it is impossible not to mention his name when we are talking about South Indian cinema.

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Pawan Kalyan is a name that needs no special introduction. However, not everyone is aware of the fact that the megastar changed his name before entering the film industry. Yes! You read it right. Right from an early age, Pawan was interested in sports. Hence, he joined karate and attained a black belt.

During a championship, Pawan Kalyan added the name 'Pawan' in his name, Konidela Kalyan Babu. As a result, when he was all set to make his acting debut with the film, Akkada Ammayi Ikkada Abbayi, he shortened his name to Pawan Kalyan, which became his identity.

Renowned by the title of 'Power star' by his massive fanbase across India, Pawan Kalyan has been featured in Forbes India's Celebrity 100 list since 2013. It was back in 2017 when Pawan Kalyan hinted at leaving acting to become a full-time politician. However, in 2021, he made a shocking comeback with the film, Vakeel Saab, which turned out to be a blockbuster. Pawan Kalyan's film collected Rs. 100 crore in its first week and proved the mettle of his stardom.

Pawan Kalyan founded his own party, Jana Sena Party, after leaving his brother, Chiranjeevi Konidela's Praja Rajyam

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Over the years, we have seen so many iconic movie stars in South Indian cinema joining politics, despite being at the peak of their respective acting careers. Not only this, but we have also seen many actors balancing their political and acting careers simultaneously. One such actor is Pawan Kalyan, who works in films and leads his own political party. For the uninitiated, the Telugu superstar entered into politics back in 2008 when he joined his brother, Chiranjeevi Konidela's party, Praja Rajyam's youth wing.

After working at Chiranjeevi Konidela's political party, Praja Rajyam, for six-long-years, it was finally on March 14, 2014, when Pawan Kalyan founded his own party, Jana Sena Party. During the Lok Sabha Elections 2024, Jana Sena Party's founder was leading in the Pithapuram Assembly constituency in Andhra Pradesh against Vanga Geetha Viswanatham of Jagan Mohan Reddy's YSRCP. The actor aligned with the Bharatiya Janata Party and Chandraprabhu Naidu's Telugu Desam Party (TDP) for the Lok Sabha and Andhra Pradesh Assembly elections.

Apart from his stellar acting career and growing emergence in politics, it's safe to say that Pawan Kalyan is riding high on the professional front. However, it is his personal life that has always been under media scrutiny, courtesy of his three marriages. Today, we are going to take a closer look at some of the most debatable realities of his personal life. So, without further ado, let's get into the details!

When 29-year-old Pawan Kalyan got married to a 19-year-old girl, Nandini

After making his acting debut with the film, Akkada Ammayi Ikkada Abbayi at the age of 29, Pawan Kalyan tied the knot with a 19-year-old girl named Nandini. The couple got married in May 1997, despite their huge age gap in an arranged marriage setup, which their respective parents finalised. After some years, cracks started appearing in Pawan and Nandini's happy paradise. As per multiple reports, Pawan Kalyan's rapid success and stardom was too much for Nandini to handle.

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Pawan Kalyan's live-in relationship with Renu Desai and his child out of wedlock

Pawan Kalyan's personal life experienced a huge blow in 2001 when the actor confirmed all the media reports speculating that he was in a live-in relationship with stunning actress, Renu Desai. The reason why it sent shockwaves across the nation was due to the fact that he hadn't given any divorce to his first wife, Nandini. Well, things got completely messed up in public when Renu Desai publicly revealed that she and Pawan Kalyan embraced parenthood in 2004 with the birth of their first child, a baby boy.

After the birth of Pawan Kalyan and Renu Desai's son, the former divorced his first wife, Nandini, in the year 2008. For the unversed, the Telugu superstar gave a whopping sum of Rs. 5 crores back in 2008 to his first wife, Nandini. On January 28, 2009, Pawan and Renu Desai got married and welcomed their second child, a baby girl, after some years of their marriage. The actor was leading a happy family life with his wife and two kids. Unfortunately, tragedy struck him again in 2011, when Pawan and Renu started having a series of unreconcilable fights over a series of family matters.

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Pawan Kalyan reportedly gave divorce to his second wife, Renu Desai for his elder brother, Nagendra Babu

According to several media reports, Pawan Kalyan's elder brother, Nagendra Babu was going through an extreme financial crunch in the late 2000s, and the former was helping him by lending him some money. However, Pawan's wife, Renu Desai was against his decision to help Nagendra Babu as she was worried that her then-husband would give all his money to his brother. Their fights hit a new low in 2011 when Renu left Pawan's home and started living at her parents' home with her kids. Although Pawan tried to calm things down and also paid frequent visits to his in-laws' house, but nothing worked for him.

Pawan Kalyan got married to his Teen Maar co-star, Anna Lezheneva, who is a renowned Russian model and actress

In 2012, Pawan Kalyan and Renu Desai parted ways officially after the court granted them divorce. Even after their divorce, Pawan and Renu worked in the film, Teen Maar, which also featured famous Russian model and actress, Anna Lezheneva. During the shooting of the film, Pawan and Anna came close and fell in love with each other. The couple got married on September 30, 2013, which marked Pawan Kalyan's third marriage.

It was in 2017 when Pawan and Anna welcomed their first child, a baby boy, whom they had named, Mark Shankar Pawanovich. The actor is leading a steady married life with his wife, and everything is finally at peace in Pawan Kalyan's personal life. We hope he continues to entertain us as an actor for decades to come and makes his mark as a politician in society.

For the uninitiated, in July 2023, reports were rife that Pawan Kalyan and Anna Lezheneva had separated after 10 years of happy marriage. Multiple news portals reported that Anna was living abroad with their kids while Pawan was living in India without his wife and children. However, after some days, Anna and Pawan were spotted performing puja after the completion of the first stage of his political rally, Varahi Yatra. Since then, everything has been going perfectly fine in their paradise. With Pawan Kalyan writing a new chapter in his political journey, Anna is standing by his side at every crucial step. 

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What are your thoughts on Pawan Kalyan's personal life, which has been full of tragedies? Let us know.

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