Anonymous wrote on Jun 20 2011 4:00PM
Mahesh (born in Madras, India) is an Indian film actor. He is the son of the actorGhattamaneni Siva Rama Krishna. He has worked in a number of critically and commercially successful films and has established himself as one of the lead actors in contemporary Telugu cinema.
He started his film career as a child actor in his father's film Needa. He made his debut as a lead actor in 1999 with Rajakumarudu (1999) and then went on to star in films such as Murari (2001), Okkadu (2003), Athadu (????) (2005) and Pokiri (2006).
Mahesh Babu was born in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, to actor Ghattamaneni Siva Rama Krishna and Smt. Indira Devi. He has four siblings: Ramesh Babu, Padmavathi, Manjula and a younger sister, Priyadarshini. He did his schooling at St Bede's School in Chennai and obtained an Honours Degree in Commerce from Loyola College, Chennai. Mahesh Babu acted in seven of his father's films as a child actor. His first child acting role was in the film Needa. Mahesh dated his co-star in the movie Vamsi, Bollywood actress and former Miss India (Miss Universe India) Namrata Shirodkar for two years. They got married on February 10, 2005, and have a son named Gautham Krishna. Mahesh Babu debuted in 1999 with the K. Raghavendra Rao film Raja Kumarudu for which he earned the Nandi Award for Best Male Debut.
In 2000, Mahesh Babu appeared in Y.V.S Chowdary's Yuvaraju, and in Vamsi.
In 2001, he starred with Sonali Bendre in Krishna Vamsi's Murari. His performance earned him the Nandi Special Jury Award. His next movieTakkari Donga and earned him the Nandi Special Jury Award.]
Later that year, he starred with Arthi Agarwal in Bobby, directed by Sobhan.
His next film Okkadu (2003) opposite Bhoomika Chawla, produced by M.S. Raju and directed by Gunasekhar was critically acclaimed and a biggest box-office success of that year whilst earning his first Filmfare Best Actor Award (Telugu). In the same year, he appeared in Teja's film Nijam. In 2004, he paired up with Amisha Patel in S. J. Suryaah's Naani. This was the Telugu version of the Tamil film, New. Later that year, he again appeared in Gunasekhar movie Arjun.His 2005 film with Trisha Krishnan, titled Athadu directed by Trivikram Srinivas was declared sensational hit in India as well as in USA and became one of the highest grossers of the year in Tollywood and his performance earned him second Nandi Award for Best Actor.He next appeared in the action film Pokiri directed and produced by Puri Jagannadh which grossed 69.5 Crores. The film completed 100 days in as many as 200 centres in the Andhra pradesh and neighbouring States, including 17 centers in Hyderabadalone and silver jubilee in a record 63 centres. In the same year, he starred in Gunasekhar's film Sainikudu
In October 2007, he appeared in Surender Reddy's Athidhi with Bollywood actress Amrita Rao which was a commercial hit.The film opened with a gross collection of 12.5 crores in the first week of its release.
He next signed a film with Trivikram Srinivas titled Khaleja . Mahesh Babu had planned to take a gap of six months after Athidhi. Due to unexpected circumstances, the film was postponed several times and took two years to be completed. Khaleja was released on 7 October 2010.The film received mixed reviews.
His film Dookudu by Sreenu Vaitla's is scheduled to release in August 2011.