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Mahesh Babu

Born     Mahesh Babu Ghattamaneni
9 August 1975
Madras, Tamil Nadu, India
Residence     Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India
Nationality     Indian
Alma mater     Loyola College, Chennai
Occupation     Actor
Years active     1979–1991 (child artist)
1999–2007
2010-present
Spouse(s)     Namrata Shirodkar (m. 2005)
Children     Gautam Krishna Ghattamaneni, Sitara Ghattamaneni
Parents     Krishna Ghattamaneni,Indira Devi

Mahesh Babu (born Mahesh Babu Ghattamaneni on 9 August 1975) is an Indian film actor best known for his work in Telugu cinema. Born to actor Krishna, Mahesh Babu faced the camera at the age of four as a child artist in 1979’s Needa. His first leading role was in the film Rajakumarudu, which was released in August 1999.
After playing the role of a young Kabaddi 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 Seethamma Vakitlo Sirimalle Chettu (2013). These accomplishments, have established him as one of the most sought after actors in Telugu Cinema.[4] In 2012, he 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 date. He has won seven Andhra Pradesh state Nandi Awards, three Filmfare Best Telugu Actor Awards, three CineMAA Awards and one South Indian International Movie Award. In addition to the films, he also endorses several brands in Andhra Pradesh and South India. He is also the national brand ambassador for Thums Up. He was listed #31 in Forbes India top 100 Celebrities for the year 2012.

Brand Endorsements:

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

Popularity

Mahesh Babu is considered as one of the most popular actors in Telugu cinema. He was listed 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 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 INR42.25 crore (US$7.69 million), he was the highest earning South Indian celebrity in 2012.

Filmography:

Year Title Role(s) Notes
1979 Needa Debut film as child artist.
1983 Poratam Child artist
1987 Sankharavam Raja Child artist
1988 Bazaar Rowdy Mahesh Child artist
1988 Mugguru Kodukulu Surendhra Child artist
1989 Gudachari 117 Chinna Child artist
1989 Koduku Diddina Kapuram Vinod / Pramod Child artist / Dual role.
1990 Anna Thammudu Murali Child artist
1990 Bala Chandrudu Chandu Child artist
1999 Raja Kumarudu Raja Nandi Award for Best Male Debut
2000 Yuvaraju Srinivas
2000 Vamsi Vamsi
2001 Murari Murari Nandi Special Jury Award
2002 Takkari Donga Raju Nandi Special Jury Award
2002 Bobby Bobby
2003 Okkadu Ajay Varma Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Telugu
2003 Nijam G. Seetaram Nandi Award for Best Actor
2004 Naani Naani
2004 Arjun Arjun Nandi Special Jury Award
2005 Athadu Nanda Gopal/Parthu Nandi Award for Best Actor
2006 Pokiri Pandu (Krishna Manohar) Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Telugu
2006 Sainikudu Siddhartha
2007 Athidhi Athidhi
2008 Jalsa Narrator Voice Over
2010 Khaleja Seetharama Raju
2011 Dookudu G. Ajay Kumar Nandi Award for Best Actor
Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Telugu
2012 Business Man Surya Bhai
2013 Seethamma Vakitlo Sirimalle Chettu Chinnodu
2013 “Sukumar’s Untitled Project” Filming
2013 Srinu vaitla’s ”’Aagadu”’ Pre-Production

Awards and nominations:

Year Award Category Film Result
1999 Nandi Awards Nandi Award for Best Male Debut Raja Kumarudu Won
2001 Nandi Awards Nandi Special Jury Award Murari Won
2002 Nandi Awards Nandi Special Jury Award Takkari Donga Won
2003 Filmfare Awards South Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Telugu Okkadu Won
2003 CineMAA Awards CineMAA Award for Best Actor – Male Okkadu Won
2003 Santosham Film Awards Santosham Best Young Performers Award Okkadu Won
2003 AP Cinegoer’s Association Awards Best Actor[98] Okkadu Won
2003 Nandi Awards Nandi Award for Best Actor Nijam Won
2004 Nandi Awards Nandi Special Jury Award Arjun Won
2005 Nandi Awards Nandi Award for Best Actor Athadu Won
2005 Vamsee Film Awards Best Actor – N T R Swarna Kankanam[99] Athadu Won
2006 Filmfare Awards South Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Telugu Pokiri Won
2006 CineMAA Awards CineMAA Award for Best Actor – Male Pokiri Won
2006 Santosham Film Awards Santosham Best Actor Award Pokiri Won
2006 Vamsee Film Awards Best Actor – N T R Swarna Kankanam[99] Pokiri Won
2007 CineMAA Awards CineMAA Award for Best Actor – Male Athidi Nominated
2007 Santosham Film Awards Santosham Best Actor Award Athidi Nominated
2007 Vamsee Film Awards Best Actor – N T R Swarna Kankanam[99] Athidi Won
2011 Nandi Awards Nandi Award for Best Actor Dookudu Won
2011 Filmfare Awards South Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Telugu[100] Dookudu Won
2011 CineMAA Awards CineMAA Award for Best Actor – Male Dookudu Won
2011 The Hyderabad Times Film Awards Best Actor – Male[101][102] Dookudu Won
2011 South Indian International Movie Awards Best Actor – Telugu[103] Dookudu Won

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