Ravi Teja (born Ravi Shankar Raju Bhupatiraju on 26 January 1968 and popularly referred to as MassMahaRaja) is an Indian film actor known for his work in Telugu cinema. He is widely considered as one of the most popular and highest paid actors of Telugu cinema who has appeared in over a sixty films. He won the Nandi Special Jury Award in 1999 and 2002 for his performance in the films Nee Kosam (1999) and Khadgam (2002) and also won the state Nandi Award for best actor for his film Neninthe in 2008.
He started his career as a supporting artist in Karthavyam (1990). Teja also became an assistant director and worked for several Bollywood and Telugu films. and subsequently played small roles in the films Chaitanya (1991), Aaj Ka Goonda Raj (1992), Allari Priyudu (1993), Ninne Pelladata (1996) and Sindhooram (1997).
Ravi Teja began his professional career with Nee Kosam in 1999 and also received the Nandi Award for his performance. He then starred in successful films such as Itlu Sravani Subramanyam (2001), Avunu Valliddaru Ista Paddaru (2002), Idiot (2002), Khadgam (2002), Amma Nanna O Tamila Ammayi (2003), Venky (2004), Naa Autograph (2004), Bhadra (2005), Vikramarkudu (2006), Dubai Seenu (2007), Krishna (2008), Kick (2009), Don Seenu (2010), Mirapakay (2011), Daruvu (2012), Balupu (2013), Power (2014), Kick 2 (2015) and Bengal Tiger (2015).
In 2012, he was also listed as 50th in the Forbes India list of top 100 Celebrities with an annual income of ₹15.5 crore (US$2.3 million). In 2013 he was in 68th position with earnings of ₹13 crore (US$1.9 million). In 2015 he was in 74th position with earnings of ₹12.5 crore (US$1.9 million).
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