TeluguOne Wishes A Very Happy Birthday to Hero Raja. Raja born 09 November 1978 is a Telugu film actor. He played the lead role in the Telugu movie Anand, which won 7 Nandi Awards in 2004. Raja was born as Raja Abel in Vishakapatnam to a Christian mother from London and Brahmin father from Andhra Pradesh. In 1983, his mother died of uterine cancer and in 1989, his father died of cardiac arrest. His cousins Isaiah and Richard are also based in Telugu cinema industry. Raja made his debut in the film O Chinnadana alongside Gajala and Srikanth. He started his career with a few flop films. Though his initial movies were not successful, he won many accolades for his performance. He was well known for his performance in the film Anand, which became a big hit in the year 2004. Even before Anand was released, he played a small role in Mahesh Babu's Arjun, which made him noticeable. Immediately after Anand he acted in another hit film Aa Naluguru in which he played the son of Rajendra Prasad. Raja delivered another big hit, Vennela in 2005 which was mostly filmed in USA by debutant NRIs. In 2008, he appeared in the film Nee Sukhame Ne Koruthunna, alongside actress Sneha.