Read to know about the prince of tollywood Mahesh Babu
EARLY LIFE :
Mahesh Babu was born on 9 August 1975 in Telugu Family in Madras, Tamilnadu. He is the fourth of the five children of Telugu actor Krishna and Indira, after Ramesh Babu, Padmavathi, and Manjula, and before Priyadarshini. Their family hails from Burripalem in the Guntur district, Andhra Pradesh. Babu spent his childhood mostly in Madras under the care of his maternal grandmother Durgamma and the rest of his family. Since Krishna was busy with his film commitments, Ramesh Babu used to look after Mahesh Babu’s academic performance. Babu played cricket regularly at the VGP Golden beach in Madras along with his siblings. To spend time with him, Krishna used to make sure that Babu would conduct his film shoots at the VGP Universal Kingdom during the weekends.
Mahesh Babu was an above-average student. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in commerce from Loyola College, Chennai. After graduating, he met with director L. Satyanand in Vishakhapatnam for further training in acting, which went on for three to four months. Being unable to read and write Telugu, he used to memorize the dialogues given by his directors during the dubbing phase of his films.
At the age of four, Babu visited the sets of the Telugu film Needa 1979, 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. Needa marked his debut as a child actor. During the shoot of Poratam 1983 at Vauhini Studios, after watching Babu on the sets, director Kodi Ramakrishna suggested to Krishna that he cast Babu in the role of the protagonist’s brother. Initially terrified, Babu agreed to act in the film after being persuaded by the film’s crew. He went on to work as a child artist in the movie Sankharavam 1987, Bazaar Rowdy 1988, Mugguru Kodukulu 1988, and Gudachari 117 1989. He played a dual role in the film Koduku Diddina Kapuram 1989. Babu then appeared in Bala Chandrudu 1990, and Anna Thammudu 1990. Later, he continued his college studies.
In 1999, Babu made his debut as a lead actor in the film Raja Kumarudu, directed by K. Raghavendra Rao and co-starring Priety Zinta. The film was commercially successful, and people began referring to him as Prince. The film had a 50-day run in 80 centers and a 100-day run in 44 centers. Raja Kumarudu collected a share of ₹10.51 Crores from Andhra Pradesh. It was dubbed in Hindi as Prince No. 1 and in Tamil as Kaadhal Vennila. The film was again dubbed and released in Tamil in January 2017 as Ivan Oru Thunichalkaran. He received the Nandi Award for Best Male Debut. He starred in two films the following year – Yuvaraju and Vamsi. Following their poor performance at the box office, Babu starred in Krishna Vamsi’s Murari the following year. He called Murari an essential film in his career, and his role in it was one of his favorites. Murari was a commercial success and earned him the Nandi Special Jury Award.
Though his 2002 releases Takkari Donga and Bobby performed poorly at the box office, Babu received his second Nandi Special Jury Award for his performance in the former.
Mahesh Babu has two upcoming films in various stages of production. Mahesh Babu is set to reunite with Trivikram Srinivas for their third collaboration in April 2022. He is also committed to starring in S. S. Rajamouli’s untitled film, which is expected to begin production in 2023. The film is touted to be a jungle adventure set in Africa
PERSONAL LIFE :
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.
As actor Mahesh Babu, he is fondly called the ‘Prince of Tollywood,’ Mahesh and actor-wife Namrata Shirodkar’ s had a love marriage. The couple got married in 2005 and have two children – a son Gautam and a daughter Sitara.