Superstar Mahesh Babu has done 26 films so far. Among them, he has had his share of hits and misses. However, when we look back and analyse the movies to see which of them gave a boost to his stardom, here are the four that comes to mind.
Undoubtedly, Okkadu was the film that established Mahesh Babu as an upcoming top star in Telugu. He made a smashing debut with record-breaking Rajakumarudu itself, but it was more due to the near-decade build up as the son of legend Superstar Krishna. Post his entry, Mahesh Babu struggled until Okkadu happened that sealed the deal.
Pokiri took the stardom of Mahesh Babu several notches higher. From Prince Mahesh Babu, he became Superstar Mahesh Babu. The true heir to Superstar Krishna has finally arrived with an Industry Hit. If Okkadu established Mahesh Babu as a star, then Pokiri brought him superstardom. It coming on the back of well-loved Athadu is a crucial piece of chronology that needs to be kept in mind.
Post Pokiri, things didn’t go as planned, and apprehensions were cast on ‘Superstar’-dom of Mahesh Babu. Dookudu ended that debate. Dookudu gave the first-week state records, which were missing until then. He would then follow it up with Businessman and Seethamma Vakitlo Sirimalle Chettu (WW). Mahesh Babu is the only star in his generation to have hat-trick first week worldwide opening records.
The final name on the list is an important one. Until Maharshi, no film of Mahesh Babu, which has opened with negative talk, has survived at the box office. Maharshi not only did that, but it also went on to become the highest-grossing film of Mahesh Babu at that time. It is the biggest proof of the current ‘Superstar’ status enjoyed by Mahesh Babu. Sarileru Neekevvaru added to this newfound level of stardom.