Telugu film superstar Mahesh Babu feels it’s safer for stars like him to do commercial films as a lot of livelihoods depend on big-budget projects such as his. Mahesh has had his share of flops in his career, but he treats success and failure on par with each other.
“A hit film is what we work for as actors, as that goes to show that we have managed to entertain our audiences who shower us with their love and affection throughout the years,” said Mahesh. “It’s better to do a film that works. I try to work on a film that my audiences would appreciate and enjoy during their time in a theatre. Also, a lot of lives are dependent on one film that we make, so a successful film only makes those families happier,” he said, adding that it’s tough to judge the fate of any film.
Not an exception when it comes to pressure, he feels acting is the only profession in which hard work is usually judged by a single show. “Pressure is part and parcel of our career. I’m under pressure with all my films. And the reason we are always under pressure is because it’s only in our profession that months and even years of hard work is judged by the first show on Friday,” said Mahesh.
Despite being around in the industry for over a decade with hits such as Okkadu, Athadu, Pokkiri and Dookudu to his credit, Mahesh feels he still has so much to learn as an actor. “No good actor ever stops learning. He is constantly evolving. From my first film until now has been a very interesting journey. Over the years, I’ve learnt from co-stars, directors, technicians and even junior artists. Even today, I enter the sets like it’s my first day of shooting,” he revealed.
After two straight debacles in 1: Nenokkadine and Aagadu, Mahesh has his hopes pinned on Srimanthudu, which hits screens on August 7. The film is about giving back to society. “It’s an interesting concept treated commercially. When director Koratala Siva pitched the idea a year ago, I quite liked it. It has something for everybody. My character Harsha is quite different from all the roles I’ve done so far in my career.”
As the theme of the film suggests, he says the film will give back to the audience something beyond entertainment. With Srimanthudu, Mahesh has turned co-producer with Mythri Movie Makers. He says it was done for creative purpose and not for monetary reasons. “Starting a production house was mainly to give my producers (the actual producers of our film) a free hand in terms of the scale of the film and not to compromise on quality during the making,” he said. Srimanthudu will be dubbed in Tamil and simultaneously released along with its Telugu version. – IANS