• Birth Name Mahesh Babu Ghattamaneni
  • Date of birth 1975-08-09
  • birth place Chennai
  • spouse(s) Namratha
  • children Goutham, Sitara
  • debut year 1979
  • debut movie Needa

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Mahesh Babu, the handsome hunk of Telugu Cinema needs no introduction. His handsome looks enchant the audience and make the screen a delight to watch. His dialogues hook the viewers and make them repeat the same even after many years of the movie release. His action turns theaters in to money spinners.

  • Personal Life

    Mahesh Babu Ghattamaneni was born on 9th August 1975 in Chennai to Superstar Krishna Ghattamaneni and Smt. Indira Devi. 

    Mahesh Babu has a brother, Ramesh Babu and two elder sisters, Manjula and Padmavathi. 

    He married Bollywood actress and former Miss India, Namrata Shirodhkar in 2005. They are blessed with two lovely children Gautam and Sitara. 

    Mahesh did his schooling in St. Bede’s School in Chennai. He is a commerce graduate from Loyola College, Chennai.

  • Career

    Mahesh Babu started his acting career at the age of 4 in 1979 film Needa, his brother Ramesh Babu‘s debut, directed by Dasari Narayana Rao. He later acted in many films like Gudachari 117, Bazaar Rowdy etc. as a child artist and performed in Anna Thammudu, Balachandrudu etc. as a teenager. 

    Mahesh made his re-entry as a commercial hero by K Raghavendra Rao’s Raja Kumarudu opposite Priety Zinta. He won Nandi Award for Best Male Debutant. 

    Yuvaraju is Mahesh’s second venture directed by Y.V.S Chowdary, the movie did moderately well at the box office. 

    Later Mahesh did B. Gopal’s Vamsi with Namrata Shirodkar. The chemistry between them has worked out well not just on screen but off screen too. The pair dated for few years and later got married in 2005. 

    Krishna Vamsi’s Murari is a major breakthrough for Mahesh. The sensuous romantic episodes between Mahesh and Sonali Bendre, the family drama told in a new light, the musical masterpieces and moreover Mahesh’s acting made Murari a hit and got him Nandi Special Jury Award. 

    People want to see Mahesh in his father’s remarkable role, the cowboy. He essayed the same in Takkari Donga and scored another Nandi Special Jury Award. 

    Okkadu directed by Gunasekhar opposite Bhumika Chawla was a path-breaking blockbuster for Mahesh. 

    Mahesh‘s performance in Teja’s Nijam got him Nandi Award for Best Actor.

    Later he did SJ Surya’s Nani and Gunashekar’s Arjun which didn’t run well at the box-office. 

    Trivikram’s Athadu made Mahesh expand his fan-base exponentially. He garnered the attention of whole Telugu audience with his dialogue delivery and action sequences. Also the chemistry with the heroine Trisha and his master performance made it a hit. Even now every time the movie is broadcast in Television, the channel’s TRP ratings spike up to high numbers. 

    Puri Jagannath’s Pokiri is a milestone in Mahesh’s career. The protagonist ‘Pandu’ played by Mahesh made it a money spinner. It was a huge blockbuster hit and broke all the previous records of Telugu cinema in collections. It ran 100 days in whopping 200 centers across Andhra Pradesh. The film was so successful that it was remade in Tamil with Vijay (Pokkiri) and in Hindi with Salman Khan (Wanted) as well. 

    Later Mahesh did few films (Athidi, Khaleja) but could not reach to the success of Pokiri. 

    Mahesh and Puri paired once again with the movie Businessman opposite Kajal Agarwal. It was a hit. It portrayed Mahesh in an angry young man role. His performance got accolades and appreciation. 

    It was Srinu Vaitla’s Dookudu opposite Samantha that made the cash registers roll non-stop. Mahesh’s magic hit the bull’s eye with this movie. He tapped his comedy potential in this movie and surprised all with comic sense and timing. 

    Mahesh Babu's career has taken an interesting turn after Seethamma Vaakitlo Sirimalle Chettu. The actor who almost looked invincible and unstoppable till then suddenly bumped in to bitter failure.1-Nenokkadine, a film in which Mahesh tried an out of box subject and Aagadu, a routine mass masala both ended up disasters putting the actor in two minds.

  • Trivia

    • Mahesh Babu acted in a dual role even in his childhood in the movie Koduku Diddina Kapuram. 
    • Mahesh and Namrata starred together first time in the movie Vamsi. Later he dated her for few years and both married in 2005 in a simple ceremony with very few select guests.

  • Upcoming Movies

    An Untitled film directed by Koratala Siva


No.of Movies



1999: Nandi Awards - Best Male Debut for Raja Kumarudu

2001: Nandi Awards - Nandi Special Jury Award for Murari

2002: Nandi Awards - Nandi Special Jury Award for Takkari Donga

2003: Filmfare Awards South - Best Actor Telugu for Okkadu

2003: CineMAA Awards - Best Actor for Okkadu

2003: Santosham Film Awards - Young Performers Award for Okkadu

2003: AP Cinegoer's Association Awards - Best Actor for Okkadu

2003: Nandi Awards - Best Actor for Nijam

2004: Nandi Awards - Special Jury Award for Nijam

2005: Nandi Awards - Best Actor for Athadu

2005: Vamsee Film Awards - Best Actor NTR Swarna kankanam for Athadu

2006: Filmfare Awards - Best Actor for Pokiri

2006: CineMAA Awards - Best Actor for Pokiri

2011: Nandi Awards - Best Actor for Dookudu

2011: Filmfare Awards - Best Actor for Dookudu

2011: The Hyderbad Times Film Awards - Best Actor for Dookudu

2012: 1st South Indian International Movie Awards - Best Actor for Dookudu

2012: Nandi Award - Best Actor for Dookudu

2013: 2nd South Indian International Movie Awards - Best Actor for Business Man

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