Actor Chiranjeevi was honoured with the Indian Film Personality of the Year award on the 53rd International Film Festival of India (IFFI). Speaking on the closing ceremony of the competition after receiving his award, Chiranjeevi stated that he can by no means stop appearing and would proceed appearing all his life as a result of he’s a slave to the love of Telugu cinema followers. Also learn: Lungi-clad Chiranjeevi all set to wow audience with his moves in teaser of Waltair Veerayya song Boss Party

Chiranjeevi additionally expressed his gratitude to the Telugu movie trade and his followers for embracing him even after he took a break from appearing for a decade. “I thank IFFI and the government of India for giving me this wonderful award and great honour. Few recognitions are special, and this award is one such. I was born into a middle-class family, to humble parents. My fame, name, charisma, all privileges, the invaluable love and affection of my fans and everything, I owe everything to the film industry. I was born as Konidela Siva Shankara Vara Prasad to my parents and I was re-born as Chiranjeevi in the film industry,” he stated in his speech.

He added that regardless of taking a break from appearing to concentrate on politics for a decade, the love of his followers has been intact. “I have been in the film industry for 45 years. Out of these four and half decades, I spent a decade in politics. For some reason, I had to return to the film industry. At that time, I was skeptical about how people would receive me. (I wondered) will they shower the same kind of love and affection on me. I was having my doubts because the generation has changed. The amount of love and affection and my position in their hearts remained intact, in fact, they have doubled to my surprise. That’s the bonding I have with my fans. I promise my fans that I will never (again) leave the film industry,” he stated.

“I will continue acting all my life. I can never quit acting because I’m a slave to the love of Telugu cinema fans,” he added.

Last seen on display in Telugu movie Godfather, Chiranjeevi at the moment awaits the release of upcoming movie Waltair Veerayya.

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