He started his career as the heir of the Mega Star of Telugu Cinema, Chiranjeevi. Unfortunately it was the same time around which Chiru left films for politics. For a star kid, as an actor he received mixed reception with his debut film. But as a star in the making he proved his charisma with his screen presence in both dances and action sequences. That helped the Puri Jagannadh directorial Chirutha to become the highest grossing Telugu film for a debut hero. It was also the second most successful debut for a star kid.
The title of the film itself is a reference to Mega Star and his son. Chiranjeevi is often referred to as Chiru. Tha in the title refers to Thanayudu. Chiru Thanayudu (means Chiranjeevi’s son). Despite bearing such a huge legacy of his father, Ram Charan had passed the early test with ease. Chirutha turned out a musical chartbuster and a box office hit.
Next came the mega magical Magadheera. Yes. It’s an S. S. Rajamouli film. He can make even a housefly or a comedian a hero and score a blockbuster. But even those heroes must have some of the It to help keep the film tick. While he was still finding his feet in terms of all round acting skills, he excelled himself as a warrior who is destined to kill 100 opponents without help. Kalabhairava is a cult. Till then only Simhadri was an outright blockbuster for Rajamouli. That he has scored an industry hit with Magadheera, at least the partial credit must go to the young hero whose charming persona as a modern day youth in the present scenes and as a fierce warrior.
What will anyone do when they score an industry hit with their only second film? Certainly don’t experiment with a risky subject. Right? But Ram Charan went for an image makeover and acted in Orange. The film might be a box office failure but remains a cult favourite film of Ram Charan fans and even those who are against him appreciate the film and his performance as a modern day youth whose at cross roads when it comes to love.
After the failure of the bittersweet Orange, Ram Charan turned to safer projects and was criticised for being a non-actor. But the man is highly talented. At least a few genes from his father’s gene pool must have been present in him. Chiranjeevi is not just the Mega Star. He’s one of the greatest actors in India as he had proved multiple times before he turned from Supreme Hero to Mega Star. In came Dhruva after a string of commercial masala films. Ram Charan not just made the role his own, he did it better than the actor in the original. Especially his performance with the chip inside his body was... simply marvellous.
And then there is Rangasthalam
ChiruTha... the son of Chiranjeevi well and truly arrived out of the shadows of his father even when considering the anti fans. His performance as Chitti Babu in Rangasthalam is one for ages. As we have written in our own review, Ram Charan as Chitti Babu didn’t deliver his best performance but also it should be considered one of the all time greatest works by a Telugu actor.
Hits, flops, or controversies. Nothing marred his stardom and fan following. Ram Charan’s career graph has shown an upward going curve all through his career and as an actor he’s one of the very few to have more than 65% of success ratio. As a producer too he proved himself to be more successful than his father and uncle. A shrewd businessman. He’s the true heir for Chiru. There was no doubt when he was debuting. And he trumped even the shreds of doubts in the minds of anties with Rangasthalam.
Now he’s coming up with RRR directed by S. S. Rajamouli. And his next film is with legendary Shankar. In fact he’s the only actor to be acting in their films back to back. Future augurs well. ChiruTha is here to stay. On the top of the pile. One of the superstars of the 21st Century.