Telugu film superstar Mahesh Babu feels it’s safer for stars like him to do commercial films as lot of lives depend on big-budgets projects such as his. Mahesh has had his share of flops in his career. But he treats success and failure on par.
“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,” Mahesh told.
“It’s better to do a film that works. I try to work on a film that my audiences would appreciate and enjoy 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, and added that it’s tough to judge the fate of any film. “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,” Mahesh said.
The upcoming film is about giving back to the 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,” said Mahesh. 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. Asked if he was cashing in on the trend set by S.S. Rajamouli’s “Baahubali”, he said: “We were to explore this idea with my last film but it somehow didn’t work out”. Unlike “Srimanthudu”, his next film “Brahmotsavam” will be made as a Tamil-Telugu bilingual.