In a recent interview, Telugu superstar Mahesh Babu opened up about his decision to stay true to his roots and exclusively focus on Telugu films, brushing off numerous offers from Bollywood. The actor’s statement, “Bollywood can’t afford me,” has gone viral on social media, sparking both debates and controversies in the film industry.
Known for his dashing looks, unmatched acting prowess, and an ever-growing global fan following, Mahesh Babu remains one of the biggest superstars in the South Indian film industry. However, despite several opportunities knocking at his door from Hindi cinema, the actor has remained steadfast in his commitment to Telugu movies.
“I did get a lot of offers in Hindi, but I don’t think they can afford me. I don’t want to waste my time working in an industry which can’t afford me. The stardom and the respect I get here (in South) is huge, so I never really thought of leaving my industry and going to some other industry. I have always thought of doing films and becoming bigger. My dream is coming true now, and I can’t be happier,” Mahesh Babu candidly expressed.
While his statement caused quite a stir among actors, filmmakers, and fans, Mahesh Babu was quick to clarify his stance. The actor emphasized that his love for cinema extends to all languages and that he respects every film industry. His decision to focus on Telugu films is rooted in his deep passion for the industry where he has honed his craft and achieved immense success.
“I have always wanted to do Telugu films. And I have always wished for Telugu movies to do well across the country. I strongly feel, why should we go to another industry by leaving ours behind? I am very happy that our films are reaching there (in North India). Our movies are doing well at the pan-India level, and my dream is coming true,” Mahesh Babu reiterated.
His team further clarified that the actor’s comment was taken out of context and blown out of proportion. It was never his intention to undermine other languages or industries. Mahesh Babu’s focus remains on elevating Telugu cinema to greater heights and making it a force to be reckoned with on a pan-Indian scale.
The actor’s commitment to Telugu films has paid off, as his recent releases have been received with overwhelming appreciation both within and beyond the Telugu-speaking states. With projects that resonate with diverse audiences, Mahesh Babu’s movies have found admirers in various corners of the country.
As the debate surrounding his statement continues, one thing is clear: Mahesh Babu’s dedication to his craft and vision for Telugu cinema is unwavering. While Bollywood may have its allure, the superstar chooses to tread his own path and carve a niche for himself, proving that a regional star can have a global impact without compromising on his identity.
With every success and every film that transcends linguistic boundaries, Mahesh Babu is truly living up to his dream of witnessing Telugu cinema reaching a pan-Indian audience. As the world eagerly awaits his next venture, the actor’s vision remains a source of inspiration for the entire industry, as he proves that greatness lies not just in being a global star but in staying true to one’s roots and making them shine on a grand stage.