“Heroes get Remembered BUT LEGENDS NEVER DIE” – Babe Ruth
Yes, Today’s story is not about any hero but of a common man who went on to become the greatest comedian of this generation. We are talking about the Brahmanandam Kanneganti, the Guinness world record holder of most screen credits by any living actor. His popularity among the masses is on par with some leading heroes of the Telugu industry. The actor, who has worked in over 1100 films for the last 31 years, is also one of the highest paid comedians in the industry. Apart from the world record, he has also won five state Nandi Awards, one Filmfare Award South, six CineMAA Awards, and three South Indian International Movie Awards for best comedy.
A classic rags-to-riches story
Brahmanandam was born on 1 February 1955 in Sattenapalli, Guntur District in Andhra Pradesh. He was a professor by profession and used to work in a private college in Atili, West Godavari District. However, he was very much attracted towards acting so he started making his moves towards films. His inner talent was first observed by Legendary director Jandhyala who introduced him to Tollywood with Aha Na Pellanta. Megastar Chiranjeevi was also impressed with his comic timing so he gave a lot of opportunities in his many movies such as Pasivadi Pranam, Chakravarthy, Swayam Krushi and so on. Brahmanandam was considered suitable for Supporting actor (mainly as the hero’s friend) during 1990-2005. The roles of Poojari and Sasthri made him widely popular across the Tollywood.
Brahmanandam’s is one of the classic examples of how a common man has become one of the highest paid comedians in the Industry. According to latest reports, it costs Rs 1 crore for the filmmakers to get Brahmanandam signed and the net worth of this living legend has reached to around Rs 350 crore. He has a great collection of cars that includes Audi R8, Audi Q7, and Mercedes-Benz (Black). He also possesses a bungalow in a posh area of Jubilee Hills in Hyderabad. When it comes to family, he has two sons Raja Gautam and Siddarth from his wife Lakshmi. He recently became a grandfather with the birth of Raja’s son in 2017.
There is no doubt that Brahmanandam Kanneganti is one of the finest comedians, India has ever seen. To work in more than 1100 films for the last 31 years is a great achievement which has been decorated with the light of Guinness world record. Although the Telugu cinema is gradually taking a refreshingly new road, the humor used by Brahmanandam in films can never be forgotten. He is possibly the greatest Telugu comedian of this generation. We wish him good luck for the coming years so that he can keep entertaining us with his comic style and timing.
“The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand” – Vince Lombardi