Chalam is a yesteryear actor played versatile roles in Telugu film industry as a hero, comedian, character actor, producer,art director, and set director. He acted between 1950's and 1980's and was considered as a Andhra Dilip Kumar.
He produced and acted in super hit movies such as Sambarala Rambabu in 1970, Mattilo Manikyam in 1971.He was a very close friend of fellow Telugu actors Shoban Babu and Chandra Mohan.
Chalam married Urvasi Sharada (actress) who was a co-star in her debut film Tandrulu Kodukulu. They were divorced later on.