Brahmanandam Kanneganti
Born Brahmanandam Kanneganti
February 1, 1956 (1956-02-01) (age 54)
India Sattenapalli,
Guntur district,
Andhra Pradesh,
Spouse(s) Lakshmi

Padma Shri Dr.Brahmanandam Kanneganti (Telugu: బ్రహ్మానందం కన్నెగంటి)(born 1 February 1956) is a popular Telugu film comedian-actor.He is considered as one of the greatest comedy actor in Tollywood. He has also entered the Guinness book of world records.

He has been accoladed with many awards including the Nandi Award.

[edit] Background

Padma Shri Dr. Brahmanandam Kanneganti was born on 1 February 1956 in Andhra Pradesh, India. Prior to films, he was a Telugu lecturer in the town of Attili, a town in West Godavari district in the state of Andhra Pradesh.

He began his film career with popular Telugu director and writer, Jandhyala's Aha Naa Pellanta in which Rajendra Prasad played the lead role. This movie has since become a cult classic among Telugu comedy films. Owing to his comic abilities and impeccable expressions, he is one of the most respected comedians in the history of Tollywood. Nowadays, he is a well-versatile active comedian in Tamil movies as well, such as in Ghilli, Mozhi, Kuselan and Sathyam. Audiences and critics have enjoyed his comedy characters in recent Telugu movies such as Krishna,King, Ready,Adurs,Namo Venkatesha etc.

According to him, Jandhyala, EVV and S.V.Krishna Reddy were the best comedy directors he has ever worked with. He is presently writing a book based on his experiences in the film industry.

[edit] Family

He is married to Lakshmi and has two sons, Goutham and Siddharth. His eldest, Goutham debuted through 'Pallakilo Pellikooturu', a Telugu film. Goutham will be soon seen in another film named 'Vareva'.

[edit] Awards

  • Acharya Nagarjuna University awarded Brahmanandam an honorary doctorate award.
  • He has been selected for 2005 year's Allu Award instituted in the memory of Allu Rama Lingaiah. On 1 October 2005, the award was presented to him at a function in Hyderabad. The award consists of a Swarna Kankanam (Translation: Gold bracelet), a citation and a souvenir.
  • He recently earned a spot in the Guinness World Records for acting in 754 Telugu films in 20 years.[1] It is because no actor in the whole world has ever performed the feat of acting in so many films in just 20 years, in just one language.
  • In January 2009, the Government of India bestowed the coveted title of Padmasri on Brahmanandam for his contributions to art.[2]
  • As on 1 May, he acted in about 840 Telugu movies, which is a record.
  • Selected for Nandi Award for best male comedian for 2008 films announced in 2009. This was for the film Ready.
  • One who knows about his acting can't help smiling at the very first appearance of BRAHMANANDAM on the screen.

[edit] In the media

Brahmanandam foreyed into the small screen by conducting a quiz show called Brahmi 10 Lakh Show on iNews Telugu TV News Channel. This is show very similar to the popular Indian quiz show Kaun Banega Crorepati.

He is the greatest comedian of all time in telugu.

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