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Monday, 18 February 2013

Mahesh encyclopedia

Mahesh Babu Ghattamaneni was born on 9th August 1975.He is an Indian film actor who was best known for his work in Telugu Films.He was born to actor Krishna.Mahesh Babu faced the camera at the age of four as a child artist in 1979 with the film "NEEDA".His first leading role was in the film "Rajakumarudu" which was released in the year 1999 and in the month of August.

After playing the role of a young Kabbadi player in the 2003 blockbuster film "Okkadu",Mahesh continued in this vein, gaining mass appeal and appearing in many successful films such as Rajakumarudu(1999), Murari(2001), Okkadu(2003), Athadu(2005), Pokiri(2006),Dookudu(2011), Business Man(2012) and Seethama Vakitlo Sirimalle Chettu(2013).These accomplishments,have established him as one of the most sought after actors in Telugu Film.In the year 2012,Mahesh has won the CNN-IBN actor of the Year Award.

Mahesh Babu has worked in nine films as a child artist and in seventeen films as a lead actor till today.He has won seven Andhra Pradesh state Nandi Awards,three Filmfare Best Telugu Actor Awards,three CineMAA Awards and one South Indian International Award.In addition to the films,Mahesh also endroses several brands in Andhra Pradesh and South India.He is also the national brand ambassador for Thums Up.He was listed as #31 in Forbes India top 100 Celebrities for the year 2012.

Mahesh Babu's Early Life:

Mahesh Babu was born in Chennai,Tamilnadu,to prominent Telugu Film actor Ghattamaneni Siva Rama Krishna and Smt.Indira Devi on 9th August 1975.He is the younger brother of Ramesh Babu Ghattamaneni who turned as a producer.He also has two elder sisters,padmavathi and actress-producer Manjula Ghattamaneni and one younger sister Priyadarshini.All sibilings have the rare honour of having acted in films as child artistes.

Mahesh's chidhood was spent mostly in Madras under the care of his paternal grandmother Smt.Durgamma and the rest of his family.As his father had to spend considerable amount of time away from home working,his elder brother Ramesh Babu had a significant role in his upbringing and he enjoys a great relationship with him.Growing up in a big family, Mahesh shares an equally warm relationship with all his sisters and his grandmother.All of them in the family fondly call him "Naani".

His father made sure all the children spent sufficient time with him on location and on his sets, especially during holidays .Mahesh many times said that this was where his interest for acting began.The film sets were a second playground and Mahesh didn't hesitate to face the camera when asked to do a small role in his brother Ramesh Babu's debut film,Needa at the age of four.Mahesh studied at St. Bede's School in Chennai while continuing to attend his dad's filiming during holidays.Few of his schoolmates at St. Bede's were Surya(Tamil film actor), Vishnuvardhan(Tamil film director).Mahesh obtained an Honours Degree in Commerce from Loyola College Chennai. Mahesh Babu acted in seven of his father's films as a child actor.

Personal Life:

Mahesh dated with Bollywood actress and former Femina Miss India Namrata Shirodkar for five years.She was his co-star in the movie Vamsi .They got married on 10th February 2005 in Mumbai.They have two children ,son Gautham Krishna born on 31st August 2006 and daughter Sitara born on 20th July 2012.


Early Career(1979-1990):

Mahesh started his acting career by playing a small role in his brother Ramesh Babu's debut film,Needa at the age of four,under the direction of Dr.Dasari Narayana.In 1983,at the age of 8,director Kodi Ramakrishna requested him to play a role in the film Poratam since they were having difficulty casting for the role of Krishna's sibling.This was his first full length feature film.Producer and director Dhoondy,one of the early backers of Krishna in his struggling days,watched a preview of the movie and was stunned to find out he was Krishna's own son and remarked that there was a spark in him and Mahesh would become an excellent artist.True to that prognostication , Mahesh become successful as a child artist through varied roles.In Sankharavam(1987), he faced the cameras with his father directing him for the first time.Veteran director A.Kodandarami Reddy directed him and his brother Ramesh for Bazaar Rowdy (1988), where he won accolades for his acting. Mugguru Kodukulu(1988), saw him again team up with his brother and father ,the father directing them all this time. Gudachari 117(1989) reunited Mahesh with his first film director Kodi RamaKrishna in a James Bond type of flick for which his dad,the lead in the movie,was famous.Koduku Diddina Kapuram(1989), directed by Krishna again,had Mahesh in a dual role. Balachandrudu and Anna Tammudu(1990) saw the tennaged Mahesh Babu completing his first innings on celluloid after which he concentrated on his studies and went out of the public eye while letting nature take it's course through the awkward adolescent years.


In 1999, Mahesh was re-introduced as a full-fledged hero with the movie "RajaKumaradu".Directed by K.Raghavendhra Rao and co-starring Priety-Zinta, this movie was a debonair start for his career earning him Nandi Award for Best Male Debutant.After the movie was released,both fans and the media started fondly calling him "Prince Mahesh" . His next release Yuvaraju followed in the year 2000.Directed by Y.V.S Chowdary,the movie did moderately well at the box office completing 100 days in 19 centers all over Andhra Pradesh.In the same year,another movie Vamsi was released under the direction of B.Gopal and this movie had Namrata Shirodkar co-starring for the first time with Mahesh .During the movie,they had been seen on the screen couple. Mahesh and Namrata started seeing each other in real life and this relationship later resulted in their marriage.


In 2005, Mahesh married Namrata Shirodkar after being in a relationship with her for almost 5 years.The year also saw the first release after his marriage and Trivikram Srinivas's second directorial venture, "Athadu" . He was praised alongside with Trisha Krishnan. Mahesh once again achieved critical acclaim for his performance in the movie and also earned himself the Nandi Award for Best Actor for the second time.Pokiri, produced jointly by his sister Manjula Ghattamaneni and Vaishno Academy and was directed by Puri Jagannadh and it was the highest grossing Telugu Film of the year.The movie saw him paired alongside with Illeana D'Cruz. Pokiri was a success in Andhra Pradesh as well as other states and overseas.The film completed 100 days in as many as 200 centers in Andhra Pradesh and completed silver jubilee in a record at 63 centers. Mahesh earned his second Filmfare Best Actor Award (telugu) for this movie.

The year also saw Mahesh working again with the Director Gunasekhar and actress Trisha Krishnan for the movie Sainikudu.In 2007, for his next venture Mahesh embraced corporate film making in Telugu Film industry. He collaborated with UTV and with young director Surender Reddy for Athidi which made him the first corporate hero in Telugu Film Industry. He was paired along side Amrita Rao.After Athidi, Mahesh devoted more time to family matters with a new toddler to spend time with,supporting and helping Namrata cope with her father's illness and then his death, followed by Namrata's mother's bout with cancer and her death.In 2008, Mahesh lent his voice for the film Jalsa, directed by his friend Trivikram Srinivas.In 2009, Mahesh started working on a movie with Trivikram Srinivas as director.

In 2010, after a 3 year long hiatus Mahesh returned to the silver screen with the movie Khaleja, which was directed by his friend Trivikram Srinivas.The movie languished in development hell due to production problems and the telangana agitations.Upon release, the movie received mixed reviews and also became one of the highest grossing Telugu film overseas.The year also saw Mahesh embracing social networking site Twitter to interact with his fans.


Dookudu completed a successful run in 52 centers after 50 days.CNN-IBN for the year 2011,declared him as the Actor of the Year and Dookudu as the hit of the Year in a survey conducted for Telugu Films . He also won his third Filmfare Best Actor Award (Telugu) for his performance in the movie.He then co-starred with Khajal Agarwal in the movie Business Man .The film was produced by RR Movie Makers and was directed by Puri Jagannadh, releasing worldwide on 13th January 2012.Similar to his previous release,it took the largest worldwide opening by collecting 18.73 crores on the first day and 62.94 crores worldwide in the first week.For the first time in his career, Mahesh along with director Puri Jagannadh lent his vocals for a song in this project.According to certain reports, Mahesh emerged as the highest paid actor in SouthIndia after Rajinikanth.

His next venture was a multi-starrer film Seethama Vakitlo Serimalle Chettu under the direction of Srikanth Adala. Being produced by Dil Raju, the film also starred Daggubati Venkatesh in a leading role. The film was officially launced on 6th October, 2011 and the film began on 18th January ,2012. This film casted Samantha opposite him, for the second time. The movie released on January 11th ,2013 and it was a BlockBuster at the Box Office, thus giving Mahesh a Hat-Trick in his career. His performance was widely praised by critics. wrote Mahesh Babu is planning his career in a beautiful way.After doing an all-round entertaining character in Dookudu and teriffic character of a ruthless angry young man in Business Man, Mahesh has selected a nice family guy role in this movie. The character is playful most of the times and highly intense in a few conflict scenes.It's a right career movie for Mahesh.He also has signed up for a role in a film under the direction of Sukumar.The film produced by 14 Reels Entertainment has debutant Kriti Sanon acting opposite him and the film was launched on 12th Febuary 2012. He also hired Hollywood trainer Mike Ryan as his personal trainer.


Debut film as a child artist
Child artist
1987SankharavamRajaChild artist
1988Bazaar RowdyMaheshChild artist
1988Mugguru KodukuluSurendraChild artist
1989Goodachari 117ChinnaChild artist
1989Koduku Diddina KapuramVinod / PramodChild artist / Dual role
1990Anna ThammuduMuraliChild artist
1990BalachandruduChanduChild artist
1999RajaKumaruduRajaNandi Award for Best Male Debut
2001MurariMurariNandi Special Jury Award
2002Takari DongaRajuNandi Special Jury Award
2003OkkaduAjay VarmaFilmfare Award for Best Actor-Telugu
2003NijamG.SeetaramNandi Award for Best Actor
2004ArjunArjunNandi Special Jury Award
2005AthaduNanda Gopal / ParthuNandi Award for Best Actor
2006PokiriPandu(Krishna Manohar)Filmfare Award for Best Actor-Telugu
2008JalsaNarratorVoice Over
2010KhalejaSeetharama Raju
2011DookuduG.Ajay KumarNandi Award for Best Actor
Filmfare Award for Best Actor-Telugu
2012Business ManSurya Bhai
2013Seethama Vakitlo Serimalle ChettuChinnodu
2013"Sukumar's untitled project"


Mahesh Babu is considered as one of the most popular actors in Telugu Cinema. He was listed as 5th in the Times 50 Most Desirable Men in India for the year 2011,becoming the only South Indian to have been done so.In January 2013,Mahesh was ranked as 31st on Business Magazine Forbes India's Celebrity 100 list.Based on recorded earnings between September 2011 to October 2012.Forbes listed Mahesh at 15th among India's highest earning celebrities With earnings of over 42.25 crores, he was the highest earning South Indian Celebrity in 2012.

Brand Endorsements:

In 2007, Mahesh Babu signed a five year endorsement deal with the cola company, Thums Up to replace Chiranjeevi as it's brand ambassador in Andhra Pradesh. He endorses brands such as Navratna Oil, Amrutanjan, Provogue in Andhra Pradesh and for Univercell, Idea Cellular , JosAlukkas, Vivel, Mahindra Tractors, Santoor Soap and South India Shooping Mall in South India. In 2012, he replaced Akshay Kumar as brand ambassador for Thums Up.

Awards and Nominations:

1999Nandi AwardsNandi Award for Best Male DebutRajakumaruduWon
2001Nandi AwardsNandi Special Jury AwardMurariWon
2002Nandi AwardsNandi Special Jury AwardTakkari DongaWon
2003Filmfare Awards SouthFilmfare Award for Best Actor-TeluguOkkaduWon
2003CineMAA AwardsCineMAA Award for Best Actor-MaleOkkaduWon
2003Santhosam Film AwardsSanthosam Best Young Performers AwardOkkaduWon
2003AP Cinegoer's Association AwardsBest ActorOkkaduWon
2003Nandi AwardsNandi Award for Best ActorNijamWon
2004Nandi AwardsNandi Special Jury AwardArjunWon
2005Nandi AwardsNandi Award for Best ActorAthaduWon
2005Vamsee Film AwardsBest Actor-N T R Swarna KankanamAthaduWon
2006Filmfare Awards South Filmfare Award for Best Actor-TeluguPokiriWon
2006CineMAA AwardsCineMAA Award for Best Actor-MalePokiriWon
2006Santhosam Film AwardsSanthosam Best Actor AwardPokiriWon
2006Vamsee Film AwardsBest Actor-N T R Swarna KankanamPokiriWon
2007CineMAA AwardsCineMAA Award for Best Actor-MaleAthidiNominated
2007Santhosam Film AwardsSanthosam Best Actor AwardAthidiNominated
2007Vamsee Film AwardsBest Actor-N T R Swarna KankanamAthidiWon
2011Nandi AwardsNandi Award for Best ActorDookuduWon
2011Filmfare Awards SouthFilmfare Award for Best Actor-TeluguDookuduWon
2011CineMAA AwardsCineMAA Award for Best Actor-MaleDookuduWon
2011The Hyderabad Times Film AwardBest Actor-MaleDookuduWon
2011South Indian International Movie AwardsBest Actor-TeluguDookuduWon

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