Sai Dharam Tej
15 October 1986
|Alma mater||St. Mary's College, Hyderabad|
|Family||See Allu–Konidela family|
Panja Sai Dharam Tej (born 15 October 1986) is an Indian film actor who works in Telugu films. He made his debut as a lead in the film Pilla Nuvvu Leni Jeevitham (2014) for which he received SIIMA Award for Best Male Debut.
Sai Dharam Tej was born to Vijaya Durga, sister of notable Telugu film actor-politician Chiranjeevi.Tej did his schooling at Nalanda School, Hyderabad and completed his graduation from St. Mary's College, Hyderabad. Actors Ram Charan, Varun Tej and Niharika Konidela are Tej's cousins. He has a younger brother Vaisshnav Tej who is also an actor.
Tej made his debut with the film Pilla Nuvvu Leni Jeevitham (2014), though he shot for YVS Chowdary's Rey earlier, which was completed in 2013 but delayed until 2015.In the same year, he was featured in Subramanyam for Sale , which was a commercial success. Tej's Supreme which released the following year, was also financially successful.
Following Supreme, Tej went onto star in six other films which were a string of failures, including Thikka (2016), Winner, Nakshatram, Jawaan (in 2017), Inttelligent and Tej I Love You (in 2018).His 2019 film Chitralahari was a box office success. One critic from The Times of India had called the character Vijay in the film the best in Tej's career so far. His next film in the same year, Prati Roju Pandage was also successful.
|Denotes films that have not yet been released|
|2014||Pilla Nuvvu Leni Jeevitham||Srinu||Debut film|
|Subramanyam for Sale||Subramanyam|
|2017||Winner||Siddharth Reddy "Siddu"|
|Nakshatram||Alexander IPS||Cameo appearance|
|2018||Inttelligent||Dharma Teja/Dharma Bhai|
|Tej I Love You||Tej|
|Prati Roju Pandage||Sai Tej|
|2020||Solo Brathuke So Better||Virat|
|2015||4th South Indian International Movie Awards||Best Male Debut (Telugu)||Pilla Nuvvu Leni Jeevitam||Won|
|13th Santosham Film Awards||Best Debut Actor||Won|
|CineMAA Awards||Best Male Debut||Won|
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