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Mahesh Babu - the Prince of Telugu Cinema

Written by: By: Shekhar H Hooli
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Ghattamaneni Mahesh Babu, who is son of Telugu Superstar Krishna and Indira Devi, was born on 9 August 1974 in Chennai India. Mahesh Babu, popularly known as Prince, had his education in Chennai. He completed his B.Com graduation in Loyola College, Chennai. He has an elder brother called Ramesh, two elder sisters Padmavathi, Manjula and one younger sister Priyadarsini.

He set up his filmy career as a child actor in his Superstar father's film. He entered The Telugu Cinema as hero through the movie Rajakumarudu opposite Bollywood actress Preity Zinta in 1999. The movie Rajakumarudu got good response at the Box Office. He earned a good name from the movie, which became stepping stone for him.

In 2000, his second movie Yuvaraju in which he acted opposite Sakshi Sivanand and Simran, was released. The movie was a big flop at the Box Office. In the same year, Movie Vamsi in which his father Krishna appeared in a pivotal role hit the Telugu screen. He acted with Namrata Shirodkar. Then came his fourth movie Murari directed by Krishna Vamsi and co-starring Sonali Bendre. The music of the movie was a big hit. Though all these three movies were big flops at the box office, he was able to establish himself as hero with good acting in Telugu Cinema.

Despite heavy expectations, his fifth movie Takkari Donga did an average collections at the box office. Again his sixth movie Bobby directed by shoban opposite Aarthi Agarwal was a big flop at the Box Office. With these two flop movies, year 2002 was a very dull phase in Mahesh Babu's career.

Finally in 2003, Mahesh babu rocked Telugu audiences with his movie Okkadu, directed by Gunasekhar. The movie became the biggest hit and earned highest amount in Telugu Cinema Industry till date. With this movie Mahesh became the Superstar of Telugu Filmdom. In the same year, his next movie Nijam became big flop at the Box Office. But the movie got him Nandi Award for Best Actor for his performance.

While acting in the movie Vamsi in 2000, Mahesh Babu fell in Love with Bollywood actress Namrata. And finally, he married Namrata Shirodkar in February 2005. Mahesh and Namrata gave birth to a son named Gautam Gattamaneni on 31 August 2006.

In 2004, Mahesh acted in Tamil hit remake Naani directed By surya and was a big flop at the Box Office. Same year his next flick Arjun was released in summer. The movie was an average grosser at the Box office. In June 2004, Mahesh signed up for film Athadu directed By Trivikram srinivas, which was released in July 2005. The movie was a super hit both in India and overseas. In April 2006, his next two movies, Pokiri and Sainikudu became the highest grosser in the Telugu Cinema Industry. At this point of time, Mahesh had improved his performance a lot. In these two movies, his performance was extremely good and he received rave reviews. In September 2007, his next flick Athidhi in which he paired with Amrita Rao, hit the screens and was a successful movie at the Box Office.

Recently, Mahesh Babu gave voice over for movie Jalsa directed by Trivikram and made several heads to turn. Now Prince Mahesh Babu has signed to act in the film Varudu directed by Trivikram Srinivas and produced by Singanamala Ramesh. Parvathi Melton has already been signed up as the second heroine. Mahesh Babu is searching for first heroine. Names of Deepika Padukone, Priyanka Chopra and Ileana are being heard for the same. So the search is still on for a glam doll. Mahesh babu has also signed an untitled movie directed by Puri Jagannath project and produced by Warner Bros-Soundarya Rajinikanth. The shooting of the movie will start in end of 2008 and will be released in 2009.

According to reliable sources, Mahesh Babu has also given his consent to act in a multi-starrer untitled film to be directed by VV Vinayak and produced by YS Jagan son of Chief Minister YS Rajashekar Reddy. In order to pursue the current trend, the Prince is busy doing physical exercises very hard. He will appear in a novel six-pack get up. In addition, Mahesh is the brand ambassador of Thums Up beverage in South India and is also the brand ambassador of Hero Honda motorcycle.

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