Vijayachander Telidevara is popular actor (Theater, Method), producer and director who acts in south Indian and predominantly telugu films. He made his debut in 1967 in Sudigundalu which won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Telugu. He is popular for his roles as Jesus and Shirdi Sai in Karunamayudu and Shirdi Sai Baba. He has acted in Telugu, Tamil and Malayalam language films.In 2007, he has donated land for old film artists and Movie Artists Association.
Vijayachander is related to freedom Fighter and former CM of AP Tanguturi Prakasam Pantulu who happen to be Maternal Grandfather and Tanguturi Suryakumari, Maternal Aunt.
Small Screen Career
During 1996 to 1998, he was casted in a 50-episode serial titled Dayasagar, which was telecasted on DD National. The series was also dubbed into Telugu, Tamil, Hindi, Malayalam and other languages for repeat telecasts.
He started his performing arts career in theatre, he has given stage performances in plays such as Lobhi, Room No 9, Inspector General, Master Ji, and Wanted Fathers etc between 1958 to 1967.
He was starred as lord Christ in the 1978 devotional blockbuster film Karunamayudu, which won the bronze Nandi Award for Best Feature Film, was dubbed in Hindi as Daya Sagar, Tamil as Karunamoorthy and English as Ocean of Mercy. He was then starred as Sai Baba of Shirdi in the 1986 film, Sri Shirdi Saibaba Mahathyam directed by K. Vasu, which was later dubbed into Hindi as Shirdi Sai Baba Ki Kahani and into Tamil as Sri Shirdi Saibaba.
In 1982, he has produced a movie named Andhra Kesari, the biographical film of his maternal grandfather with himself in the lead role under his own direction. The film bagged Nandi Award for Best Documentary Film. In 1986, he played as Sai Baba of Shirdi, in 1986 as Vemana in the film Vemana Charithra, later in 1987 he played Jesus for the second time in the film Dayamayudu.
He has acted in over 40 feature films. His most notable roles till date were in the films Karunamayudu and shiridi sai baba mahathyam.
He is even into politics and is currently with YS.Jagan Mohan Reddy's YSRCP.