Ravi was only 6 when his family had to move to Mumbai because his father’s work was based in Mumbai then. The family had to keep moving since his father got posted in various cities. Hence Ravi did his schooling in various cities of India like Mumbai, Delhi, Jaipur, and Bhopal. To pursue a degree in Arts, Ravi came back to Vijayawada, Mumbai to study at Siddhartha Degree College. Since his childhood, Ravi loved watching films. Let’s check out how he landed up in films:
Ravi was a complete movie buff. He loved films so much that he once bunked his class in school and headed to the theatre to watch a new film, while his mother waited near the school gate for him.
He had already decided that he wants to become an actor and to bring this dream to life, Teja moved to Chennai in 1988.
Gunasekhar and YVS Chowdary were his roommates in his initial days in Chennai. He picked up whatever roles came to him to kick start his career. Some of his early appearances include small roles in the films Karthavyam and Aaj Ka Goonda Raj.
He started working as an assistant director in films like Pratihnbandh, Aaj Ka Goonda Raj, etc before he met Krishna Vamsi who gave him the opportunity to work as an assistant director under him for the 1996 hit Ninne Pelladatha.
Krishna also let Ravi work in this film. It was in 1997 when Teja got an offer to become the lead actor in the film Sindhooram that also won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Telugu.
Ravi signed several other roles after that. But his character was limited to supporting cast until he met Puri Jagannadh who cast Ravi as the lead actor in Itlu Sravani Subramanyam.
By now, Teja had become quite famous and gave considerable hits like Kalyani, Idiot, Khadgam, Vikramarkudu, Amma Nanna O Tamila Ammayi, etc. Ravi also won the Sarojini Devi Award for a Film on National Integration (Khadgam).
For his action-packed performances, he was given the title of “Mass Maharaja” by his people in 2011. He has delivered many box office hits since, including Kick 2, Bengal Tiger, and Raja The Great.