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Mahesh started out his career in Telugu Cinema with Rajakumarudu in as a hero.The movie co-starred Preity Zinta who played the hero's romantic interest. The movie received good response at the box office.

His second movie was Yuvaraju. Sakshi Sivanand and Simran were cast opposite Mahesh. Mahesh played the role of a father having a 7 year son and surprised all. Although the movie ran for hundred days,it is rated as an average movie.

His third movie was Vamsi co-starring Namrata Shirodkar. The movie also featured his father Krishna in a pivotal role. The movie didn't do well at box office and was declared a flop.

His fourth movie Murari directed by Krishna Vamsi and co-starring Sonali Bendre provided him the much needed breakthrough. The movie was declared as hit and the music was an instant hit and it proved Mahesh's ability as an actor.

His fifth and the first cowboy movie in his generation was Takkari Donga . His co-stars in this movie were Bipasha Basu and Lisa Ray. Despite heavy expectations the movie only got average collections at the box office.

His sixth movie was Bobby with Aarti Agarwal as a heroine and directed by Sobhan.

His seventh movie was what all his fans were looking for, Okkadu . His costar was Bhoomika Chawla. This movie directed by Guna Sekhar was a blockbuster. With this movie, Mahesh became one among the young top heroes of the Telugu industry.

His eighth movie was Nijam which costarred Rakshita . Though the movie,directed by Teja, didn't do well at the box office and was declared a flop, it was applauded by the movie critics for Mahesh's performance. Mahesh went on to win the Nandi Award for Best Actor for this film.

His ninth movie was Naani directed By S. J. Suryaah and co-starring Amisha Patel. Mahesh always tried novelty in his films and this time he did a experiment with a science fiction movie. The movie did not do well at the box office but the audio, by A.R. Rehman, was a big hit.

His tenth movie was Arjun costarring Shriya Saran. Directed By Gunasekhar, this is a family movie which was average flick.

His eleventh movie was Athadu directed By Trivikram Srinivas this was a super hit in South India and overseas. The music added to the success of the movie. The movie's screenplay was critically acclaimed. Mahesh won the Nandi Award for Best Actor once again for this film. This movie was also dubbed into Tamil as Nandu. Trisha Krishnan plays his romantic interest in this film.

His twelfth movie Pokiri directed by Puri Jagannadh was a blockbuster. It was the highest grosser in the history of Telugu cinema. His costar was Ileana D'Cruz. Pokiri is also being made in Bollywood under the name Wanted Dead or Alive starring Salman Khan.

His thirteenth movie Sainikudu directed by Guna Sekhar had a tremendous opening but failed to live up to expectations and became a flop at the box office. Trisha starred against him.

His fourteenth movie was Athidhi directed by Surender Reddy in which he paired with Amrita Rao. This was a commercially successful movie but didn't go on a long run and ended with average collections.

His next film is in the direction of Trivikram Srinivas who previously directed the blockbuster Athadu in the year 2005. This movie is being produced by Singamala Ramesh and will start shooting on 3rd November 2008.

His future Projects include one in the direction of Puri Jagannadh produced by Warner Bros - Soundarya Rajinikanth and another movie in the direction of Gautham Menon. 

  SMASHING RECORADS: Mahesh Babu in Pokiri


SMASHING RECORDS: Mahesh Babu in `Pokiri'.

HYDERABAD: The `Pokiri' storm is yet to abate. The runaway hit of 2006 and the biggest grosser ever in Telugu cinema history has added yet another jewel in its crown, reaching the 365-day run mark!

And yes, flush with success, the director is planning a sequel too!

"Yes, there are plans to make a sequel. The idea is to come out with it, perhaps in a year," Puri Jagannadh, the film's director said.

The film, which was released on April 28 last, has completed a year's run at a Kurnool theatre this week and is still going strong.

The Mahesh Babu-starrer raked in a staggering Rs. 40 crores, a task not even Telugu cinema's biggest star Chiranjeevi could accomplish in his illustrious career, and in the process toppled several existing records.

Screened for four shows a day, the film completed 100 days in as many as 200 centres in the State and neighbouring States, including 17 in Hyderabad alone and silver jubilee in a record 63 centres.

In 15 centres, it completed 200 days.

"The entire team is ecstatic. It is a honour that the film has entered the super league of Telugu cinema that touched the golden mark of 365 days," Jagannadh, who is now busy with the maiden venture of Chiranjeevi's son, Ramcharan Teja.

Over 25 years ago

The last time a Telugu film ran for 365 full days all over the State was almost two-and-a-half decades ago when NTR and ANR, despite passing their prime, still lorded over the Telugu box office.

NTR's delightful `Adavi Ramudu' and his emotional volcano `Bobbili Puli', ANR's pathos-laden `Premabhishekam' held the record so far. Several new stars reigned themselves in subsequently, be it Chiranjeevi, Nagarjuna, Balakrishna or Venkatesh and delivered their own big successes, but none could close-in on the magical 365-day mark.

Only Vijayashanti's `Osey Ramulamma' ran for 365 days in the Nizam area mostly covering the Telangana region. Incidentally, Union Minister and filmmaker Dasari Narayana Rao has the distinction of directing `Bobbili Puli' and `Osey Ramulamma', two different genre films in two different times.

Trade pundits say `Pokiri's stupendous run was all the more commendable in the changed scenario of Telugu cinema distribution and much more evolved audiences.

"If films in the earlier days ran for so long, it was mostly due to hero worship which was at its peak. Television too did not make inroads. In the present scenario, the trend is to make the best within a few days of the film's release by going for more number of prints," a senior film journalist pointed out.


This movie was remade in Tamil with Vijay. Prabhu Deva wielded the megaphone. Maverick filmmaker Ramgopal Varma had plans to make the film in Hindi in the Mahesh Babu-Puri Jagannadh combination, but the move was shelved. Producer Boney Kapoor is now making the Hindi version with Salman Khan.

  Pokiri Highest Runs
Pokiri Highest Run:  
Karnool:  561 Days  
Karnool - Sreerama - 176 Days with 4 Shows  
Karnool - Bhageeradha - 385 Days with 4 Shows  
Pokiri Direct 200 Days:  
1.Tirupathi - Jayashyam (202 Days ) with 5 shows  
2.Chilakaluripet - Ramakrishna (201 Days) with 4 shows  
3.Anathapuram - Santhi (200 Days) with 4 shows  
Lifted between 180 to 200 Days  
1. Vijayawada - Alankar ....197 days  
2. Hyderabad - Sudershan35 ....189 days  
3. Kakinada - Devi ...184 days  
4. Narrasaraopet - Vijetha...184 days  
5. Vizag - Sarath ....182 days  
6. Sattenapalli - Surya....180 days  
Kadapa - Murali ...179 days  
Cheerala - Sangam...179 days  
Ponnuru - Subbaraya...177 days  
Karnool - Srirama...176 days  
Tenali - Sangameswara...176 days
  Pokiri Records
Pokiri Direct 175 Centers (Single Theatre without Shift)
  Ceeded 17
1 Tiruapthi Jayasyam
2 Peeleru SV Mahal
3 Karnool Srirama
4 Karnool Bagheeradha
5 Kadapa Murali
6 Anathapuram Santhi
7 Prodhuturu Sudha
8 Nandyala Sangeet
9 Chittore Raghava
10 Madanapalli Ravi
11 Emmiganuru Srinivasa
12 Adhoni Sivam
13 Kadiri Sagar
14 Nandikotkuru Apsara
15 Hindupuram Lakshmi
16 Pulivendula Rajyalakshmi
17 Puthuru VishnuMahal
  Guntur 11
18 Guntur Bhaskar Deluxe
19 Tenali Sangameswara
20 Ongole Satyam
21 Narasaraopeta Vijetha
22 Chilakaluripet Ramakrishna
23 Chirala Sangam
24 Ponnuru Subbaraya
25 Repalle Padmavathi
26 Mangalagiri GopalaKrishna
27 Sattenapalli SuryaMahal
28 Addanki Bhavani
  West 4
29 Eluru Kranthi
30 Bhimavaram VenkatRama
31 Tanuku MiniPratyusha
32 Narsapuram Annapurna
33 Palakollu Annapurna
34 Jangareddygudem TulasiMahal
35 Akiveedu Vijaya
  Area Wise Movies Summery
Area wise Direct 100 Days Summary
Date 30.07.99 14.04.00 17.02.01 12.02.01 15.01.03 18.08.04 10.08.05 28.04.06 30.11.06 18.10.07  
Area Rajakumarudu Yuvaraju Murari Takkari Donga Okkadu Arjun Athadu Pokiri Sainikudu Athidhi Total
Krishna 3 3 3 1 8 2 3 8 - 1 32
Nellore 2 - - - 7 - 1 10 - - 20
Guntur 7 5 6 1 11 2 5 15 - 1 53
East 5 4 6 - 8 1 2 14 - - 40
West 5 2 5 - 9 1 2 9 1 - 34
Vizag 8 3 - - 11 1 2 18 - - 43
Ceeded 3 - 3 1 21 1 1 33 - - 62
Nizam 1 - 3 - 25 - 3 41 1 - 75
Karnataka - - - - - 1 1 4 - - 5
Tamil Nadu - - - - - - - 1 - - 1
  34 17 26 3 100 8 20 153 2 2 365

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