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Overview (4)

Born in Madras, Tamil Nadu, India
Birth NameGhattamaneni Mahesh Babu
Nicknames Prince
Superstar
Naani
Universal Star
Height 6' (1.83 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Ghattamaneni Mahesh Babu was born in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, to prominent Telugu Cinema Actor Krishna Ghattamaneni and Smt. Indira Devi on August 9, 1975. He is the younger brother of actor turned producer Ramesh Babu Ghattamaneni. He also has two elder sisters, Padmavathi and actress-producer Manjula Ghattamaneni and one younger sister Priyadarshini. Mahesh's childhood was spent mostly in Madras under the care of his paternal grandmother Smt. Durgamma and the rest of his family. Mahesh studied at St. Bede's School in Chennai while continuing to attend his dad's filming during holidays. Mahesh obtained an Honours Degree in Commerce from Loyola College, Chennai. He started his acting career by playing a small role in his brother Ramesh Babu's debut film, Needa (1979), at the age of 4. He was later seen in films such as Poratam (1983), Sankharavam (1987), Bazaar Rowdy (1988), Mugguru Kodukulu (1988), Gudachari 117, Koduku Diddina Kapuram (1989), Balachandrudu (1990) and Anna Tammudu (1990). Mahesh Babu acted in seven of his father's films as a child actor.

In 1999, Mahesh made his comeback as a lead actor with the movie Raja Kumarudu (1999) followed by Yuvaraju (2000) and Vamsi (2000). For his acting in Murari (2001), he bagged a Nandi Special Jury Award. Mahesh essayed the role of a cowboy in Takkari Donga (2002), which won him another Nandi Special Jury Award. He was also seen in Bobby (2002). His next film Okkadu (2003) remains as a landmark film in his career. He won his first Filmfare Best Actor Award (Telugu) for this movie and his next movie Nijam (2003) won him the prestigious Nandi Award for Best Actor. He was then seen in Naani (2004) produced by his sister Manjula and Arjun (2004) produced by his brother Ramesh Babu. He received a Nandi Special Jury Award for his emotional performance in Arjun (2004). In 2005, Mahesh married Namrata Shirodkar after being in a relationship with her for almost 5 years. He also was seen in Athadu (2005) which once again won him the Nandi Award for Best Actor. His next movie, Pokiri (2006) was the highest grossing Telugu film in 75 Years and he earned his second Filmfare Best Actor Award (Telugu) for this movie. The movie was followed by Sainikudu (2006), Athidi (2007) and [[Khaleja]] (2010). Mahesh also lent his voice for the film Jalsa (2008). His next release was Dookudu (2011) which broke several records in the Telugu film industry. The film took the largest worldwide opening and had set a box office record for the Telugu cinema by collecting a gross of more than one billion rupees. He was seen next in Business Man (2012) which similar to his previous release, took the largest worldwide opening.

After the big successes of Dookudu and Business Man, Mahesh emerged as the highest paid actor in South India after Rajnikanth. He was listed 5th in the Times survey of the 50 Most Desirable Men in India, becoming the only South Indian to have been done so. He climbed to the 2nd position of the same list the following year, beating the likes of Hrithik Roshan, Salman Khan and Shahrukh Khan.In January 2013, Mahesh was ranked 31st on business magazine Forbes India's Celebrity 100 list. Based on recorded earnings between September 2011 and October 2012, Forbes listed Mahesh 15th among India's highest earning celebrities.With earnings of over INR422.5 million (US$6.8 million), he was the highest earning South Indian celebrity in 2012.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: ZNA

Spouse (1)

Namrata Shirodkar (9 February 2005 - present) ( 2 children)

Trade Mark (5)

Charming Looks
Running Style
Formals
Blue Formal shirts
Dialogue Delievery

Trivia (31)

Son of the Legendary Telugu Movie Actor Krishna Ghattamaneni.
He was voted the 5th Most Desirable Men for the year 2011 by The Times of India.
Met his wife Namrata Shirodkar on the set of his film "Vamsi".
Father of Gautam Krishna (born on 31 August 2006) and Sitara (born on 20 July 2012).
He was voted the 2nd Most Desirable Man for the year 2012 by The Times of India.
Is very close to his family, especially to his brother Ramesh Babu.
Mahesh's childhood was spent mostly in Madras under the care of his maternal grandmother, Smt. Durgamma, and the rest of his family.
Tamil Actors Suriya, Karthi and Vaibhav (Mankatha, Goa Fame) are his childhood School Friends.
One of the few actors in Indian Film Industry who never did a remake in his career.
Has won 3 CineMAA awards for the Best Actor Category, which is the highest of any actor to date.
Has won Seven Nandi Awards in which 3 for the Best Actor, 3 for Best Actor in Special Jury and 1 for Best Male Debut.
He joined Farhan Akhtar's MARD campaign by supporting the cause and has also lent his voice to the poem written in Telugu.
Is a huge fan of his father Superstar Krishna and Senior actor Nandamuri Taraka RamaRao.
Is a huge fan of Sachin Tendulkar.
He was elected the 1st Most Desirable Men Of India for the year 2013 by The Times of India.
Mahesh is an ambassador for about a dozen of South Indian brands. In 2007, he signed a five-year endorsement deal with the cola company Thums Up to replace Chiranjeevi as its brand ambassador in Andhra Pradesh.
In October 2014, he donated 2 Crores to a relief fund run by the chief minister of Andhra Pradesh for reconstruction of areas destroyed during Cyclone Hudhud.
Mahesh has given 30% of his annual income to charities, and most of his philanthropic activities are not in public because he prefers them to be so.Mahesh joined Farhan Akhtar's Men Against Rape and Discrimination (MARD) campaign in August 2013 and lent his voice to the Telugu version of a poem written by Javed Akhtar.He was signed in 2013 as the goodwill ambassador of Heal-a-child Foundation.
He was ranked twelfth on the Times' 50 Most Desirable Men in India for the year 2010. He climbed to the first position of the same list for the year 2013, beating the likes of Hrithik Roshan, Salman Khan and Shahrukh Khan.He stood at sixth place on the same list for the year 2014.
To date, he has won seven Nandi Awards, five Filmfare Awards, three CineMAA Awards, three South Indian International Movie Awards and one International Indian Film Academy Award.
Mahesh Babu is the 2nd Highest Paid actor after Rajinikanth at one point.
Mahesh Babu is the most popular actor in Tollywood.
Mahesh Babu owns a production house.
Mahesh Babu is known for his trademark dialogue delivery and running.
Mahesh Babu is the Highest earning celebrity in the year 2015 In south India according to Forbes India.
Mahesh Babu can speak Telugu and Tamil fluently as he was raised in Chennai and his mother tongue is Telugu, although he cannot read and write Telugu and Tamil. As the second language which he studied while schooling other than English is Hindi.
Mahesh Babu has never gone shirtless on screen.
He is the only actor in Telugu Cinema to have 5 Filmfare Best Actor awards in 17 years of film career (with a 3 year break).
He Adopted 2 Villages 1 in Andhra Pradesh and 1 in Telangana, and changing them into model villages.
Mahesh Babu Donates For 99 poor children Heart Operations through Andhra Hospitals.

Personal Quotes (11)

Who cares and remembers if my last film was a success? I need to work harder.
When my film flops, I believe it is my mistake. There have been times when I didn't come out of my house because my films didn't do well. I lock myself in for months. I don't talk to people. I feel bad for producer, director, for those who lost money. It's never about myself or my career alone.
Being a father is the most important thing, if you ask me. It changed me as a person and gave me an all new life.
As long as I am acting, I will do only Telugu films. I want to take Telugu films to the world. Everyone should talk about our films.
I don't have any dream role. I give my 100% to every character I play, and when the film clicks, it automatically becomes a dream role.
I don't want to smoke on screen, as I will be sending a wrong message to my fans, and I appeal to my costars too, to avoid smoking scenes if possible. When people say they take hits and flops in their stride, I personally feel that they are just lying. Of course, I'm upset when my movies flop. I take it very personally.
I struggled to kick the habit - I would make a decision to give up smoking, but it was hard. I couldn't resist the urge to steal a smoke. It was at that time that I was gifted Allen Carr's book 'The Easy Way to Stop Smoking.' After I read that book, I didn't touch a fag again.
The only thing I have learn over the years is that if you enjoy your work and put in the best efforts, it will show. If you follow this process, things work out. But if you go chasing a formula, success will elude you.
When I work on a movie, I never aim for records, collections or the number one position. I always concentrate on my work and look for ways to improve my acting abilities. I also advise my co-stars not to concentrate on these pretty issues and just focus on acting.
Over the years, with all the experience, I've become more mature about the subjects I pick. I have a better understanding of what works at the box office. Once the story is finalized, I surrender to the director and follow him. After that, my performances speak for themselves.
I always believe that one can't interfere in another's work. Once I start work on any film, I surrender myself completely and blindly follow the director.

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