Just like the humongous success of Baahubali, which managed to erase the borders and exploit the medium called cinema to its fullest, there are also a few heroes, who are venturing into different markets and testing their luck, either through meaningful cinema or luck.
It is like you discuss Telugu cinema with your friends from other states, and you don't really have to introduce these actors. Take a look at such Telugu heroes, who actually have spread their wings and established a fan base across the boundaries.
Thanks to Baahubali, you don't have to introduce Prabhas to any movie buff internationally and the real test is how the actor is going to use the craze post the Baahubali series.
The actor is fondly known as Mallu Arjun to the Malayalis and his popularity in Kerala though initially was a blessing, the actor is not leaving any stone unturned, of late, to put it to the best use.
His case is the serendipity we mentioned earlier. In fact there is nothing much the actor did to gain pan-India popularity, but we must humbly attribute to its impeccable good looks. No wonder he was declared as the most desirable star of India, in a popular survey, last year.
His passion for cinema drove him close to audiences of Hindi and Tamil and now he is man of dreams for many girls, across the boundaries.
It's again Rajamouli, who we should thank. Eega gave great recognition for Nani across the boundaries and you don't really have to introduce him to your Tamil friends, as he is also a household name in Tamil Nadu.
Though his Bollywood debut movie bombed heavily, it gained him pan-India recognition and immense craze among girls. It is to be seen how the actor would strengthen it further with his future plan of action.
No matter whether these actors have actually benefited from their pan-India craze or not, but it all counts when they really want to put it into use. It's like you finally wanting to pluck the fruits from the trees you have carefully grown through the years.
That's what Mahesh Babu is exactly going to do with his next film. His forthcoming project with A R Murugadoss will introduce the actor to Hindi and Tamil audiences as well, putting his gifted popularity to the best use.
And, there are stars like NTR, who is taking baby steps at testing their waters in different markets. His upcoming film Janatha Garage is all stuffed to give a smashing début for the actor in the Malayalam market and the needed padding came in the form of Mohanlal.
Actors like Pawan Kalyan, Ram Charan, Allu Arjun, NTR and Prabhas are additionally blessed with a huge following in Karnataka, which weighs a major share in their film's collections. Clearly, the future of Telugu cinema is much more than its regional market.