7 megahit movies starring Telugu superstar-turned-politician Pawan Kalyan

With numerous blockbusters to his credit, the actor-turned-politician who is receiving plaudits from his Indian film industry peers has amassed a sizable fan base in Tollywood.


Since his overwhelming victory in the Andhra Pradesh Assembly elections, Pawan Kalyan’s supporters have been thrilled to the core. Explore his standout roles in Telugu action-thriller films and popular songs.

Vakeel Saab (2021)

Pink, starring Amitabh Bachchan and Taapsee Pannu, was remade as a Telugu legal action thriller under the direction and writing of Venu Sriram. Advocate Konidela Satyadev, portrayed by Pawan Kalyan, represents Pallavi, Zareena, and Divya, who are respectively portrayed by Nivetha Thomas, Anjali, and Ananya Nagalla. The movie explores a number of issues, including consent, harassment, patriarchal attitudes, and societal and legal barriers to gender-based crimes.

Bheemla Nayak (2022)

In the Sagar K. Chandra-directed film, the pair plays friends who evolve into rivals. Mural Sharma, Samyukhta, and Nithya Menon all had significant roles in the movie. The film is an official remake of the 2020 Malayalam action-thriller Ayyappanum Koshiyum, starring Prithviraj Sukumaran and Biju Menon.

Gopala Gopala (2015)

Pawan Kalyan portrayed the role of Govinda Gopala Hari, often known as Lord Krishna in the satirical comedy directed by Kishore Kumar Pardasani. The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) brought legal action against the movie for offending religious feelings.

Gabbar Singh (2012)

In the action-comedy film Dabanng (2010), Pawan Kalyan portrayed the title role, drawing inspiration from Salman Khan’s film. The movie made ₹101 crore at the global box office. In significant roles were Shruti Haasan, Abhimanyu Singh, and others. IMDB gives the Telugu blockbuster a 7.1 rating.

Kushi (2001)

With a box office revenue of ₹36.9 crore, Pawan Kalyan’s romantic action drama surpassed all previous Tollywood films in terms of earnings and became the second highest grosser. In 2023, Kushi was re-released and brought in ₹7.46 crore. Among the cast of the SJ Suryah-directed film were Bhumika Chawla and Nassar. IMDb gives the film an 8.1.

Attarintiki Daredi (2013)

The Telugu comedy-drama turned into one of Pawan Kalyan’s most significant motion pictures. Overtaking Magadheera (2009), Attarintiki Daredi became the highest grossing Telugu movie ever made. Worldwide, the movie brought around ₹187 crore. IMDb gives it a rating of 7.3.

Gokulamlo Seetha (1997)

Gokulamlo Seetha | Rotten Tomatoes

Pawan Kalyan’s Gokulamlo Seetha was a commercial hit. The 1996 Tamil film Gokulathil Seethai was remade in this version. With ₹11 crore budget, the movie fared well over at the box office.