Allu Arjun was born in Chennai. His first lead role was in Gangotri, directed by K.Raghavendra Rao which only did moderate business despite well received music, composed by MM Keeravani. His second role was in Arya, released in 2004, which became his first success at the box office. This film was produced by Dil Raju and directed by Sukumar. It was the role that first made Allu Arjun a common name among the youth, which till date is his major audience. Music composed by Devisri Prasad became highly successful and contributed to the success of the film.
In 2005, his third film Bunny was released. His fourth film Happy, which was released in 2006 and directed by Karunakaran, had an average opening at Box Office but later became a failure. The film did, however, manage to make a decent profit in the U.S.
In 2007, his fifth film, Desamuduru, directed by Puri Jagannadh, proved to be a box office hit and the first hit of the year in Tollywood. The movie grossed Indian Rupee symbol.svg12.58 crores in the first week of its release and with this movie. In the same year, he also made a guest appearance in his uncle Chiranjeevi’s film, Shankar Dada Zindabad.
In May 2008, his sixth film Parugu, directed by Bhaskar, was released. All of Arjun’s movies have been translated and dubbed into Malayalam. Desamudrudu was renamed Hero, Parugu was renamed Krishna and Gangotri was renamed Simhakutty. This made him accessible to audiences in the state of Kerala, where he has been well-received.
In 2009, Arjun had only one release, Arya 2, which had the same story line of the 2004 hit film Arya, which also starred Arjun in the lead role. The film was directed by Sukumar who directed the first film. Kajal Agarwal, Navdeep, and Shraddha Das co-star with Arjun in Arya 2. Though released during political crisis, the movie was able to earn Indian Rupee symbol.svg33 crores at the box-office. Despite mixed reviews in the beginning, the film was accepted as a critical success and it featured in the nominations of the Best Movie category in every major awards function in the Telugu Film industry. He then appeared in Varudu directed by Gunasekhar which was released in 2010. It was panned by critics and even commercially, the movie’s collections fell off sharply after a great beginning at the box office. He next acted in Vedam with Manoj Kumar Manchu and Anushka Shetty, directed by Radha Krishna Jagarlamudi (known for Gamyam). Vedam was critically praised and well received by the general audience.
Geetha Arts, the production banner owned by his father Allu Aravind, is producing a mega budget movie titled Badhrinaadh. It is being directed by V V Vinayak and will star Arjun along with Tamannaah. The estimated budget of the movie is Indian Rupee symbol.svg41 crores. The shooting of the movie began in July 2010 & the film is set to release on June 10 2011.