Chalam was a popular Telugu actor who got a prominent place in the cinema industry. He was born in the year 1929 at Palakollu in West Godavari district. His original name was Koradu Surya Chalam. He acted in all kinds of roles in Telugu cinema including the character and comedy roles. His performance was so natural and therefore he was loved by many people in Andhra. His style and body language made him to get a name as Andhra Dileep Kumar, among the Telugu people. He acted with all the top stars in the Telugu film industry during 1950s to 1970s. He was such a talented person and he was also engaged with making the sets for the shooting. Chalam got introduced to the Telugu cinema through Naa Chellelu. This movie did not identify him well among the Telugu audiences. His second movie Daasi produced by actress C. Lakshmi Rajyam, became a super hit and Chalam got a good name in that movie. Santanam, Bhale Ramudu, Kuladaivam, Dr. Chakravarthy, Preminchi Choodu, Navarathri, Amma Manasu and Tulabharam were few of his hit films. He has also acted with the next generation actors like Chiranjeevi, Kamal Hassan and
Rao Gopal Rao
. He worked as an art director too. He has also produced some Telugu movies. The popular Telugu stars during 60s, Shoban Babu and
were very close to him. He was the producer of the film Matillo Manikyam. This movie got released in 1970 and got the National Award in the year 1971. He married his co-star Ramana Kumari and changed his name to Ramana Chalam. His wife Ramana Kumari died in a fire accident in the year 1964. He then remarried the popular actress Urvashi Sharada. Sharada was a co-star of Chalam in the movie Tandrulu Kodukulu. After a few years, this pair got divorced. Chalam breathed finally in the year 1979.