Varun Tej is an Indian actor, who mainly works in Telugu films. He is the son of the famous South Indian actor and producer Nagendra Babu. He is the paternal cousin of the Indian actor Ram Charan.
Varun Tej aka Varun Tej Konidela was born on Friday, 19 January 1990 (age 33 years; as of 2023) in Andhra Pradesh, Hyderabad. His zodiac sign is Capricorn.
He did his schooling at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan’s Public School, Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad, Telangana. Later, he attended St. Mary’s College, Hyderabad, Telangana.
Height: 6′ 4”
Weight (approx.): 65 kg
Hair Colour: Brown
Eye Colour: Light Brown
Body Measurements (approx.): Chest 42″, Waist 30″, Biceps 16″
He belongs to the Allu–Konidela’s Kapu Hindu family, one of the famous families from the South Indian film industry.
Parents & Siblings
His father, Nagendra Babu, is an actor and producer in Tollywood. His mother’s name is Padmaja Konidela. His younger sister, Niharika Konidela, is an actress too.
He is not married yet.
He is a nephew of the famous Indian actors Chiranjeevi and Pawan Kalyan (his father’s brothers).
Other famous actors, Ram Charan, Allu Arjun, Allu Sirish, Sai Tej, and Panja Vaisshnav Tej, are his cousins.
On 9 June 2023, Varun Tej got engaged to the Indian actress Lavanya Tripathi at his father’s residence in Manikonda, Hyderabad, Telangana.
Varun Tej and Lavanya Tripathi first met while working together in the film ‘Mister’ in 2017. According to reports, they became close friends during the filming process and their friendship eventually turned into a romantic relationship. However, they decided to keep their relationship a secret for a long time. It was only during the shooting of their second film ‘Antariksham 9000 KMPH’ that rumours about their relationship started to circulate. As time went on, they started attending events and parties together, which further fueled speculation about their relationship. Lavanya was even present at Varun’s sister Niharika Konidela‘s wedding in 2020, along with other celebrities. Apparently, it was Varun who took their relationship to the next level by proposing marriage to Lavanya on her birthday.
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In 2000, he made his debut as a child actor with the Telugu film ‘Hands Up!’ in which he played the role of Varun.
After almost 14 years, he made his film debut as a lead actor with the Telugu film ‘Mukunda’ in which he played the titular role.
Some of his other Telugu films are ‘Fidaa’ (2017), ‘Tholi Prema’ (2018), ‘Gaddalakonda Ganesh’ (2019), and ‘F3: Fun and Frustration’ (2022).
In 2019, he appeared as a guest in the reality TV show named Bigg Boss Telugu Season 3, which aired on Star Maa.
He worked as a producer in the Telugu film ‘Suryakantham’ (2019). In 2022, he penned down the script of the Telugu music video ‘Tejas Kolekar.’ Varun has also appeared in a few TV commercials like SS Gold TMT Steel Bars.
- 2015: Nominated for Best Actor – Telugu for the Telugu film Kanche by South Indian International Movie Awards
- 2017: Nominated for Entertainer of The Year (Male) for the Telugu film Fidaa by Zee Telugu Golden Awards
- 2018: Nominated for Telugu for Best Film Actor for the film Tholi Prema by Zee Cine Awards
- 2019: Nominated for Best Actor – Telugu for the film Gaddalakonda Ganesh by South Indian International Movie Awards
- Mercedes Benz GLS 350D
As of 2023, his net worth is around Rs 47 crore.
- Actor(s): Chiranjeevi, Pawan Kalyan, Prabhas
- Food: Hyderabadi Dum Biryani
- In an interview, he shared how he started his acting career. He said,
It wasn’t an overnight decision to become an actor. One day pedananna (Chiranjeevi) and I went to watch Magadheera’s shooting. At that time somebody clicked my photo and pedananna saw it and told me to try working in films as he felt my face was photogenic.
- For one of his films, he shed around 40 kg of his body weight. Earlier, he used to weigh around 120 kg.
- In his leisure time, he loves to travel and read books.
- He has been featured on the cover of various magazines like The Indian Express, JWF, Noise, and Provoke.
- Varun Tej follows a non-vegetarian diet.
- To maintain his fitness, he regularly workouts at a gym.
- In 2018, he was appointed as the brand ambassador for the shopping mall R. S. Brothers.
- In June 2019, the local police in Wanaparthy district took legal action against the driver of Varun Teja’s car for overspeeding. On 12 June 2019, in a car accident in Rayanipeta, Wanaparthy district, the Mercedes Benz car that Varun Teja was in crashed into a TATA Indica car. The driver of the Indica turned left towards Rayanipeta village, and because the Benz car was going too fast, the driver couldn’t slow down in time. The local police reported that the four people in the Indica car had minor injuries, while Varun and three others were not hurt. Varun was on his way from Hyderabad to Bengaluru with his driver and two others for a film shoot. While addressing the media, the local police said,
After the accident, the actor and his friends left in another car. The driver is in our custody.”