Great acting skills and impeccable style are what make Mahesh Babu a superstar of Telugu film industry. The actor, who started his career as a child artist, has some blockbuster movies to his credit. The superstar was born on 9 August 1975 in Madras, Tamil Nadu. The actor did his schooling at St. Bede's Anglo Indian Higher Secondary School in Chennai. He earned his bachelor's degree in the field of commerce from Loyola College, Chennai. Mahesh Babu is married to Bollywood actress and 1993 Miss India Namrata Shirodkar. Mahesh Babu debuted on screen at the age of four as a child artist in film Needa in 1979. He also appeared as a child artist in the films Pooratam, Shankharavam, Mugguru Kodukulu and Gudachari 117 . In the movie Koduku Diddina Kapuram, Mahesh essayed a dual role. He also appeared in the films Bala Chandrudu and Anna Thammudu.
Mahesh made his screen debut as the protagonist in 1999 with the film Raja Kummarudu. The movie was a commercial hit and Mahesh generated a lot of attention for his looks and was given the title Prince by female fans. The actor also received the Nandi award for his debut. His film Murari turned out to be a career altering flick. The film was well appreciated by critics and commercial audience alike. The film earned Nandi special jury award. He earned a Nandi award for his role in the film Bobby. Okkadu directed by Gunashekar turned out to be a huge hit. The film with Bhumika Chawla as the female lead, became the highest grossing Telugu film that year. Mahesh received a lot of acclaim for the film and he also won the Filmfare Best Actor award for his performance in the movie. His career followed some other supper hit films like Arjun, Athadu, Pokiri , Athithi and Khaleja . The film Dookudu became one of the biggest hits in his career. The film won him a Nandi award in the Best Actor category in 2012.
After the release of the film Businessman in 2012, Mahesh became the second highest paid South Indian actor after Rajinikanth. His other films include Nenokkadine , Aagadu , Srimanthudu, Brahmotsavam , Spyder , Bharat Ane Nenu, Maharshi and Sarileru. Mahesh was praised for his performance in Nijam. He also won his first Nandi award as the best actor for his film. He won Filmfare award for the films Seethamma Vakitlo Sirimalle Chettu, Dookudu, Pokiri and Okkadu. On the whole, Mahesh Babu received 8 Nandi Awards, 3 CineMAA Awards, 5 Filmfare Awards, 3 South Indian International Movie Awards, and also an International Indian Film Academy Award. Mahesh Babu’s wax statue was unveiled in Madame Tussauds Singapore in 2019.
Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan has lauded his performance in the film Pokiri. Mahesh enjoys over 9.5 million followers on Twitter. Bollywood star Deepika Padukone once said that Mahesh Babu is amongst her favourite actors and expressed interest in working with him. Late actress Sridevi and Trisha Krishnan are his favourite actresses.
In an interview, Mahesh revealed that Mani Ratnam is his favourite director. Mahesh likes to have Biryani and Coffee .
Talking about his most memorable moment in an interview, Mahesh said that his fondest memory was when his father put a hand on his shoulder after watching the film Murari. He loves the web-series Game of Thrones. Hollywood films Scarface and Heat are his top favourite Hollywood movies. Spyder was the most expensive film in his career. In an interview with Anupama Chopra, Mahesh Babu said that Telugu cinema has always been his priority.
He also said that he is very proud of the film Bahubali. His brand endorsements include Thums up, UniverCell Mobile Store, Navratna Oil, Rainbow Hospitals, Jos Alukkas, Santoor Soap, South India Shopping Mall and Close Up. Mahesh Babu is not just a film personality, he is also a well-known philanthropist. He is the owner of a charitable trust and NGO Heal-a-Child. He served as the goodwill ambassador for Rainbow Hospitals.
He partnered with Narayandas Narang of Asian Group and launched Gachibowli AMB Cinemas. He owns a production house G. Mahesh Babu Entertainment.
Babu donates 30% of his yearly income to charities. In 2013, the star joined Men Against Rape and Discrimination MARD campaign founded by Farhan Akhtar.
In October 2014, Mahesh donated 2.5 million rupees to Andhra Pradesh CM as relief fund during cyclone Hudhud. Mahesh Babu has adopted Krishna's native village Burripalem and the community. He had also adopted a village in Mahbubnagar district and worked along with K. T. Rama Rao. Mahesh Babu donated Rs. 25 lakhs for TFI workers during corona virus pandemic.