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Mahesh Babu
Also known as:Ghattamaneni Mahesh Babu, Prince, Mahesh Ghattamaneni
Occupation:Actor • Producer
Born:August 9, 1975
Birthplace:Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Spouse:Namrata Shirodkar
Born on 9th August 1975, as Mahesh Ghattamaneni, Mahesh Babu is a popular Indian actor who works in the Telugu film industry. He is the son of the celebrated Telugu actor, Superstar Krishna, and Indira. After making his debut as a lead actor in the year 1999, Mahesh Babu has been part of many successful movies and has bagged more than 15 awards in his career; popular awards include Nandi Awards, Filmfare Awards, CineMAA Awards, South Indian International Movie Awards, and International Indian Film Academy Awards. Besides being an actor Mahesh Babu is a producer and philanthropist as well.

Early Life

Mahesh is the fourth amongst five siblings. He has a younger sister Priyadarshini, and three elder siblings Ghattamaneni Ramesh Babu, Padmavathi, and Manjoola Swaroop. Mahesh spent most of his childhood in Chennai where his maternal grandmother took care of him. Although born with a silver spoon, Mahesh was raised in a simple manner by his family. So much so, that Mahesh`s father, Krishna, insisted that in school he should never be treated as a celebrity`s son. In fact, Krishna never disclosed Mahesh`s real identity just to have a peaceful environment in the school.

While Krishna wanted to spend as much time with Mahesh, his film commitments kept him occupied; it was Mahesh`s brother, Ramesh, who took care of his studies. However, Krishna would make sure that his film shoots during weekends are conducted at the VGP Universal Kingdom, which was closer to the VGP Golden beach - a place where Mahesh played cricket with his friends.

Mahesh completed his schooling from St. Bede`s Anglo Indian Higher Secondary School and graduated from the Loyola College with a bachelor`s degree in commerce. Soon, after his graduation, he took acting lessons from director L. Satyanand.

Personal Life

While he was shooting for the movie Vamsi in Australia, Mahesh started dating his co-star, Namrata Shirodkar. After a courtship for about four years, the couple got married on 10th February 2005. A year after their marriage, Namrata gave birth to their first child, Gautam Krishna, on 31st August 2006. Born prematurely, Gautam Krishna was in a critical condition after his birth, however, with proper medical treatment he was brought up normally. Six years later, Namrata gave birth to a baby girl, Sitara, on July 12, 2012.

Vijaya Nirmala, the renowned Telugu filmmaker and actress is Mahesh`s stepmother, and the actor Naresh is his step-brother.

Movie Career

Although Mahesh made his debut as a lead actor in the year 1999 with the movie Raja Kumarudu, he first appeared in front of the camera two decades earlier, in 1979. At the age of four, Mahesh debuted as a child actor in the Telugu movie, Needa. Four years later, Mahesh appeared in Poratam and impressed by his screen presence, director Kodi Ramakrishna decided to cast him in his next movie. Soon, Mahesh was cast in many Telugu movies including Sankharavam, Mugguru Kodukulu, Bazaar Rowdy, Gudachari 117, and Koduku Diddina Kapuram. However, in the year 1990, Krishna insisted that Mahesh should take a break and rather concentrate on his studies.

It was almost a decade later that Mahesh made his debut with the movie Raja Kumarudu - also starring Priety Zinta- and this marked the entry of a talented young star in the Telugu film industry. Soon after the success of the movie, Mahesh earned the title of `The Little Prince`. Mahesh even went on to grab the Nandi Award for Best Male Actor for his performance in the movie. However, Mahesh failed to carry forward the success of his debut movie to his next two releases - Yuvaraju and Vamsi, which were both commercial failures.

Mahesh`s next release, Murari, was one of the most important releases of his career. The movie was a commercial hit and Mahesh terms this role as one of his favorites. His performance in the movie earned him a Nandi Special Jury Award. Following this, his next two releases weren`t well received at the box office and he only found success with the 2003 release - Okkadu, the highest grossing Telugu movie of the year. Mahesh went on to win his first Filmfare award for Best Actor for the movie as well.

Although his next movie, Nijam, was a commercial failure, Mahesh managed to earn favorable reviews from the critics and won his first Nandi Best Actor award.

His sister, Manjula, produced his next movie, Naani, which turned out to be a disaster at the box office and the failure left both of them disappointed. However, Mahesh bounced back with a powerful performance in Athadu, released in 2005. Mahesh`s next two movies - Pokiri and Athidhi- once again impressed the audience, however, he decided to take a break from movies post Athidhi. Initially planned for several months, his break extended to two years as the next movie he signed, Khaleja, was delayed. Further, Khaleja received mixed reviews from critics and turned out to be a commercial failure.

Post Khaleja, from 2011 to 2013, Mahesh delivered several hits including Dookudu, Businessman, and Seethamma Vakito Sirimalle Chettu. As fruitful as these years were for Mahesh, 2014 turned out to be disappointing as both his releases Nenokkadine and Aagadu failed to impress and failed at the box office.Soon, in 2015, Mahesh ventured into production and co-produced the film, Srimanthudu, under his newly formed production house, G. Mahesh Babu Entertainment Pvt. Ltd.

Mahesh Babu was recently seen in the Telugu-Tamil bilingual movie, Bhahmotsavam, which was released in May 2016. The movie received a poor response at the box office. However, Mahesh`s performance was praised by the audience. His other projects include Spyder (2017), Bharat Ane Nenu (2018), Maharshi (2019) and Sarileru Neekevvaru (2020). His 2022 film Sarkaru Vaari Paata also received a mixed response, however, his performance was appreciated by critics. He also voiced the narrator in Ram Charan`s movie Acharya (2022) and produced Major (2022). He then featured in Guntur Kaaram (2024).
Peers & More
Pawan Kalyan
Namrata Shirodkar
Gautham Ghattamaneni
Sitara Ghattamaneni
Indira Devi
Krishna Ghattamaneni
Padmavathi Ghattamaneni
Priyadarshini Ghattamaneni
Naresh Vijay Krishna
Ramesh Baabu
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Guntur Kaaram
Sarkaru Vaari Paata
Mahesh Babu`s Action Blockbusters
Ivanakku Sariyaana Aal Illai
Sarileru Neekevvaru
Maharshi (Telugu)
Bharat Ennum Naan
Bharat Ane Nenu
Dashing CM Bharath

Did You Know? (10)

  • Mahesh Babu showcased his musical prowess in Guntur Kaaram (2024) by rendering song bits from his earlier hits, including `Cheppeve Chirugali` from Okkadu.
  • Guntur Kaaram (2024) features Mahesh Babu and Sreeleela for the first time on the silver screen.
  • Guntur Kaaram (2023) marks the third collaboration between Mahesh Babu and Trivikram, after Athadu (2005) and Khaleja (2010).
  • Mahesh Babu was just 4 when he made his acting debut in the 1979 film Needa.
  • Though his mother tongue is Telugu and he has ruled the roost in Telugu cinema for around two decades now, Mahesh Babu doesn't know how to read Telugu!
  • In the year 2010, Mahesh was ranked #12 on the Times' 50 Most Desirable Men in India.
  • Spyder marks Mahesh Babu's debut in the Tamil film industry.
  • Kollywood star Karthi Sivakumar and Mahesh Babu were schoolmates at St. Bede's Anglo Indian Higher Secondary School in Chennai.
  • In the year 2012, Mahesh was ranked #31 on the Forbes India celebrity 100 list.
  • Mahesh Babu made his lead debut in 1999 with the movie Raja Kumarudu alongside Bollywood actress Preity Zinta.
  • Personal Quotes (20)

  • ""I`ve no friends. Honestly I don`t miss having friends. I am quite happy with my own company and my family`s. Either I`m working or I`m at home; life`s blissful this way.""
  • ""The best gift that parents can give their children is grounding. I hope I can demonstrate to my son what my father did for me. I can't thank him enough. You know my being here today in films is entirely due to him. He was a huge star when I was growing up. But at home, he was just my father. No star treatment, no starry airs.""
  • "In fitness, there are no short cuts. It involves immense discipline and hard work."
  • "I'm very thankful to all my fans for their constant love and support. I am what I am because of their unconditional love."
  • "My father is my idol, and I have grown up watching his films. He is my biggest influence and inspiration. I have learnt a lot from him, and I am who I am because of him. I'm extremely grateful to him for that."
  • "No good actor ever stops learning. He is constantly evolving."
  • "I like to tread uncharted territory and push myself in terms of performance."
  • "As long as I am acting, I will do only Telugu films. I want to take Telugu films to the world. Everyone should talk about our films."
  • "I believe in content, and I go accordingly."
  • "Emotions should be real; one shouldn't come across as acting."
  • "My father usually does not talk to me about my films, and it was a pleasant moment when he appreciated me the first time."
  • "In modern life, we tend to forget family values because of the hectic schedule."
  • "When my film flops, I believe it is my mistake. There have been times when I didn't come out of my house because my films didn't do well. I lock myself in for months. I don't talk to people. I feel bad for producer, director, for those who lost money. It's never about myself or my career alone."
  • "Being a father is the most important thing, if you ask me. It changed me as a person and gave me an all new life."
  • "Stress and looks are directly connected as far as I am concerned. If you are happy, you look good."
  • "I always believe that one can't interfere in another's work. Once I start work on any film, I surrender myself completely and blindly follow the director."
  • "The only thing I have learnt over the years is that if you enjoy your work and put in the best efforts, it will show. If you follow this process, things work out. But if you go chasing a formula, success will elude you."
  • "I struggled to kick the habit - I would make a decision to give up smoking, but it was hard. I couldn't resist the urge to steal a smoke. It was at that time that I was gifted Allen Carr's book 'The Easy Way to Stop Smoking.' After I read that book, I didn't touch a fag again."
  • "Getting in and out of a character takes its own time for me."
  • "I am a shy person, basically. I don't think I can take my shirt off in front of so many people. I never thought about it. No one asked me to. But I don't even know if people like it if they see me without a shirt all of a sudden. But let's see, if a film demands it, I might just do it."
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