70 Facts About Mahesh Babu


Ghattamaneni Mahesh Babu was born on 9 August 1975 and is an Indian actor, producer, media personality, and philanthropist who works mainly in Telugu cinema.

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Mahesh Babu has appeared in more than 25 films, and won several accolades including, eight Nandi Awards, five Filmfare South Awards, four South Indian International Movie Awards, three CineMAA Awards, and one IIFA Utsavam Award.

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Younger son of veteran Telugu actor Krishna, Babu made his debut as a child artist in a cameo role in Needa, at the age of four, and acted in eight other films as a child artist.

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Mahesh Babu made his debut as a lead actor with Rajakumarudu which won him Nandi Award for Best Male Debut.

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Mahesh Babu achieved his breakthrough with the supernatural drama Murari, and the action film Okkadu.

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Mahesh Babu went on to act in other commercially successful films such as Athadu, Pokiri, Dookudu, Businessman, Seethamma Vakitlo Sirimalle Chettu, 1: Nenokkadine, Srimanthudu, Bharat Ane Nenu, Maharshi, Sarileru Neekevvaru and Sarkaru Vaari Paata.

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Mahesh Babu is associated with Rainbow Hospitals as their goodwill ambassador.

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Mahesh Babu plunged into the film exhibition business along with Narayandas Narang of Asian Group with the inauguration of the seven-screen superplex at Gachibowli AMB Cinemas.

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Ghattamaneni Mahesh Babu was born on 9 August 1975 in a Telugu family in Madras, Tamil Nadu, India.

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Mahesh Babu is the fourth of the five children of Telugu actor Krishna and Indira, after Ramesh Babu, Padmavathi, and Manjula and before Priyadarshini.

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Mahesh Babu spent his childhood mostly in Madras under the care of his maternal grandmother Durgamma and the rest of his family.

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Mahesh Babu was educated at St Bede's Anglo Indian Higher Secondary School, Chennai where actor Karthi was his schoolmate.

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Mahesh Babu obtained a bachelor's degree in commerce from the Loyola College, Chennai.

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At the age of four, Mahesh Babu visited the sets of the Telugu film Needa where its director Dasari Narayana Rao shot a few sequences of his as a part of the narrative in the presence of the former's brother Ramesh.

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Mahesh Babu went on to act as a child artist in the films Sankharavam, Bazaar Rowdy, Mugguru Kodukulu and Gudachari 117.

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Mahesh Babu played a dual role in the film Koduku Diddina Kapuram.

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In 1999, Babu made his debut as a lead actor with the film Raja Kumarudu, directed by K Raghavendra Rao and co-starring Priety Zinta.

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Mahesh Babu called Murari an important film in his career and the role he played in it one of his favourites.

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Mahesh Babu had two film releases in 2003, the first one being Gunasekhar Okkadu co-starring Bhumika Chawla, which went on to become the highest grossing Telugu film of the year collecting 23 crores at the box office.

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Mahesh Babu won his first Nandi Best Actor Award for his performance in the film.

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Mahesh Babu received the Nandi Special Jury Award for his performance in his next film, Arjun, directed by Gunasekhar and produced by Ramesh.

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Mahesh Babu chose to act in Trivikram Srinivas Athadu, co-starring Trisha Krishnan, whose script had been approved back in 2002 before the production of Naani and Arjun had begun.

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Mahesh Babu collaborated with Puri Jagannadh in 2006 for the film Pokiri, which was jointly produced by Jagannadh and Manjula.

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Mahesh Babu won the Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Telugu for the second time.

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In 2008, Mahesh Babu provided voice-over for the film Jalsa directed by Trivikram Srinivas.

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Mahesh Babu is the soul of the movie, be it his dialogue delivery, his action, his dances or emotions, he is effortless.

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Mahesh Babu won the Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Telugu at the 59th Filmfare Awards South and 1st South Indian International Movie Awards ceremonies.

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Mahesh Babu's narrative manages to keep the audience engaged until the end of the movie.

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Mahesh Babu later played the role of a mafia kingpin with a hidden personal agenda in the film Businessman, co-starring Kajal Aggarwal and directed by Puri Jagannadh.

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Mahesh Babu received a nomination for Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Telugu at both the 60th Filmfare Awards South and the 2nd South Indian International Movie Awards ceremonies.

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Mahesh Babu then began filming for Srikanth Addala Seethamma Vakitlo Sirimalle Chettu, whose script Mahesh Babu had approved during the pre-production phase of Dookudu.

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Mahesh Babu won the Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Telugu at the 61st Filmfare Awards South ceremony and the 3rd South Indian International Movie Awards ceremony.

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Mahesh Babu provided voice-over for Srinu Vaitla's Baadshah the same year.

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Mahesh Babu had two releases in 2014, the first one being Sukumar 1: Nenokkadine, an action thriller focusing on a celebrity suffering from hallucinations related to the murder of his parents and the discovery of a special variety of rice.

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However, Mahesh Babu's performance received praise, with critics calling it one of his best performances.

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Mahesh Babu earned a nomination for the Best Actor – Telugu at the 4th South Indian International Movie Awards.

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Mahesh Babu collaborated with Koratala Siva for the action drama film Srimanthudu co-starring Shruti Haasan.

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Mahesh Babu co-produced the film under his newly formed banner G Mahesh Babu Entertainment Pvt.

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Mahesh Babu opted to do so in order to control the film's budget, accepting a share in profits in lieu of remuneration.

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Mahesh Babu acted in Srikanth Addala's film Brahmotsavam co-starring Kajal Aggarwal, Samantha Ruth Prabhu and Pranitha Subhash.

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Mahesh Babu stated that this was an error of judgement, where he had picked the wrong director.

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Mahesh Babu's next film was a political action drama Bharat Ane Nenu, directed by Koratala Siva and co-starring Kiara Advani.

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The film was awarded the Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment at the 68th National Film Awards and Mahesh Babu won his fourth SIIMA Award for Best Actor – Telugu.

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Mahesh Babu next began filming for Sarkaru Vaari Paata, marking his maiden collaboration with director Parasuram in January 2021.

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Mahesh Babu is set to re-unite with Trivikram Srinivas for their third collaboration from April 2022.

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Mahesh Babu is considered one of the most popular actors in Telugu cinema.

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Mahesh Babu is widely referred in the media as "Superstar of Tollywood" and "Prince Mahesh Babu".

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Mahesh Babu's popularity has been documented in several Telugu films such as Ashta Chamma, Kiraak, and Superstar Kidnap.

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Mahesh Babu was ranked twelfth on the Times' 50 Most Desirable Men in India for the year 2010, fifth in 2011, and second in 2012.

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Mahesh Babu climbed to the first position of the same list for the year 2013, beating the likes of Hrithik Roshan, Salman Khan, and Shah Rukh Khan.

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Mahesh Babu stood at sixth place on the same list for the year 2014, sixth in 2015, seventh in 2016, and sixth in 2017.

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Mahesh Babu was then added to the Forever Desirable list along with Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan, Akshay Kumar, and Hrithik Roshan.

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Mahesh Babu is an ambassador for about three dozen Indian brands.

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Mahesh Babu endorsed brands such as UniverCell Mobile Store, Navratna Oil, Amrutanjan, Provogue, ITC Vivel, Jos Alukkas, Idea Cellular, Santoor Soap, South India Shopping Mall, Royal Stag, Rainbow Hospitals, TVS Motor Company, Mahindra Tractors, Paragon footwear, and Tata Sky in South India.

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Mahesh Babu was signed as the brand ambassador of Intex Mobiles in August 2015 for one year.

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Mahesh Babu has shot a unique concept video for Zee Telugu to promote their upcoming TV shows.

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Mahesh Babu has supported AIG Hospitals' "End Corona Campaign", which was aimed at creating awareness about the COVID-19 vaccine.

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Mahesh Babu stood in 31st place on Forbes Indias Celebrity 100 list for the year 2012, with annual earnings of 42.

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Mahesh Babu slipped to 54th place on the same list for the year 2013, with his annual earnings dropping to 28.

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Mahesh Babu was placed 37th, 33rd and 54th consecutively in the years leading up to 2019 with an annual earning of 35 crore.

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Mahesh Babu was once criticized for his limited and predictable wardrobe when attending events.

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Hindustan Times reported that Mahesh Babu was the first Telugu actor to get a wax statue at Madame Tussauds, while Baahubali was the first Telugu film character.

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Mahesh Babu was the first Indian actor whose wax statue was flown back for a day for unveiling at his hometown.

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Mahesh Babu's condition turned stable after the doctors treated him in time.

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Mahesh Babu's elder brother Ramesh Babu was a film producer and was an actor.

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Mahesh Babu's elder sister Manjula is a film producer, director, and an actress.

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Mahesh Babu was signed in 2013 as the goodwill ambassador of Heal-a-child Foundation, a non-profit organisation that offers financial support to the parents of terminally ill children to help with the cost of medical treatment.

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Jayadev announced in February 2015 that Mahesh Babu would adopt Krishna's native village Burripalem, a minor panchayat in Tenali, and would address basic needs of the community such as potable drinking water and better roads and drainage systems.

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Mahesh Babu surrendered in the district court in September 2004 and appeared before the court again in April 2006.

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Mahesh Babu is a recipient of eight Nandi Awards, five Filmfare South Awards, three CineMAA Awards, three Santosham Film Awards, four SIIMA Awards and one IIFA Utsavam Award.

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