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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Raj Kapoor Biography

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Raj Kapoor or Ranbirraj Kapoor (Hindi: राज कपूर, Pashto: راج کپُور Rāj Kapūr, December 14, 1924 - June 2, 1988), also known as 'the show-man', was a legendary Indian film actor, producer and director of Hindi films. He was the winner of seven Filmfare Awards and a nominee for the Grand Prize of the 1953 Cannes Film Festival.

Early life and background
Raj Kapoor was born in Peshawar in the North West Frontier Province in British India to Bollywood actor, Prithviraj Kapoor, and Ramsarni (Rama) Devi née Mehra. He was the eldest of the four children in the Hindu Pathan family. He is grandson of Dewan Basheswarnath Kapoor and great-grandson of Dewan Keshavmal Kapoor, part of the famous Kapoor family.

His younger brothers are the actors Shammi Kapoor and Shashi Kapoor. He also had a sister by name Urmila Sial.

Career
Raj Kapoor began his career as a clapper boy assisting Kidar Sharma at a film studio. At age eleven, he appeared in films for the first time, in the 1935 film Inquilab. After acting in several other films the next 12 years, Raj Kapoor's big break came with the lead role in Neel Kamal (1947) opposite Madhubala in her first role as a leading lady. In 1948, at the age of twenty-four, he established his own studio, R. K. Films, and became the youngest film director of his time. His first movie as a producer, director and star was the 1948 film Aag which was also the first of his many films with actress Nargis. However the film failed to do well at the box office. In 1949 he once again starred alongside Nargis and Dilip kumar in Mehboob Khan's classic blockbuster Andaz which was his first major success as an actor.

He went on to produce, direct and star in many box office hits such as Barsaat (1949), Awaara (1951), Shree 420 (1955), Chori Chori (1956) and Jis Desh Men Ganga Behti Hai (1960). These films established his screen image as The Tramp modeled on Charlie Chaplin's most famous screen persona. In 1964 he produced, directed and starred in Sangam which was his first film in colour. This was his last major success as a leading actor. He moved onto directing and starring in his ambitious 1970 film, Mera Naam Joker (My name is Joker), which took more than six years to complete. The film was said to be loosely based on his own life. When released in 1970, it was however a box office disaster putting him into a financial crisis. Despite this setback, the film was much later acknowledged as a misunderstood classic and Raj himself regarded this film as his favourite.

He bounced back in 1971 when he co-starred with his eldest son Randhir Kapoor in Randhir's acting and directorial debut Kal Aaj Aur Kal (1971) which also starred Raj's father Prithviraj Kapoor as well as Randhir's wife to be Babita. From then on he acted in films as a character actor and focused on producing and directing films. He launched his second eldest son Rishi Kapoor's career when he produced and directed Bobby (1973) which was not only a huge box office success but also introduced actress Dimple Kapadia, later a very popular actress, and was the first of a new generation of teen romances. Dimple wore bikinis in the film which was quite unique for Indian films then.

In the latter half of the 1970s and early 1980s he produced and directed films which focused on the female protagonists: Satyam Shivam Sundaram (1978) with Zeenat Aman, Prem Rog (1982) with Padmini Kolhapure and Ram Teri Ganga Maili (1985) which introduced Mandakini.

Raj Kapoor's last major film appearance was in Vakil Babu (1982). His last acting role was a cameo appearance in a 1984 released British made-for-television film titled Kim.

Death
Raj Kapoor suffered from asthma in his later years; he died of complications related to asthma in 1988 at sixty-three years of age. At the time of his death he was working on the movie Henna (an Indo-Pakistani love story). The film was later completed by his son Randhir Kapoor and released in 1991 going onto become a huge success.

Legacy
Raj Kapoor is appreciated both by film critics and ordinary film fans. Film historians and movie buffs speak of him as the "Charlie Chaplin of Indian cinema," since he often portrayed a tramp-like figure, who, despite adversity, was still cheerful and honest. His fame spread worldwide. He was adored by audiences in large parts of Africa, the Middle East, the former Soviet Union, China, and Southeast Asia; his movies were global commercial successes.

Many of Raj Kapoor's movies had a patriotic theme. His films Aag, Shree 420 and Jis Desh Men Ganga Behti Hai (In the Country Where the Ganges Flows) celebrated the newly independent India, and encouraged film-goers to be patriots. Raj Kapoor commissioned these famous lyrics for "Mera Joota Hai Japani," a song from the movie Shree 420:

    Mera joota hai Japani
    Ye pataloon Inglistani
    Sar pe lal topi Roosi
    Phir bhi dil hai Hindustani

    My shoes are Japanese
    These trousers are English
    The red cap on my head is Russian
    However my heart is Indian

The song is still extremely popular and has been featured in a number of movies since Shree 420. Indian author Mahasweta Devi stopped the show with her inaugural speech at the 2006 Frankfurt Book Fair when she used these lyrics to express her own heartfelt patriotism and debt to her country.

Raj Kapoor was a canny judge of filmi music and lyrics. Many of the songs he commissioned are evergreen hits. He introduced the music directors Shankar Jaikishan and the lyricist Hasrat Jaipuri. He is also remembered for his strong sense of visual style. He used striking visual compositions, elaborate sets, and dramatic lighting to complete the mood set by the music. He introduced the actors Nimmi, Dimple Kapadia, and Mandakini, as well as launching and reviving the careers of his sons Rishi and Rajiv. Raj Kapoor was a great actor in the bollywood.

Personal life
The Kapoor family hailed from what is now Faisalabad (then called Lyallpur) in the Punjab province of present-day Pakistan.

In 1946, at 22, Raj Kapoor married Krishna Malhotra belonging to Jabalpur, in a traditional family-arranged wedding. Krishna was a distant relative, his father's maternal uncle's daughter. Her brothers Prem Nath as well as Rajindernath were also actors. Raj Kapoor and Krishna's eldest son Randhir Kapoor was born in 1947, followed by their elder daughter Ritu the year after, in 1948. The second son actor, Rishi Kapoor was born in 1952, and second daughter Reema in 1956. Their youngest son, Rajiv Kapoor was born in 1962. Randhir Kapoor, Rishi Kapoor and Rajiv Kapoor have all been associated with Bollywood as actors, directors or producers.

Kapoor is also known to have had a longtime romantic relationship with the renowned actress Nargis during the 1950s. The couple starred in several films together, including Awaara and Shree 420. He is also alleged to have had an affair with Vyjayanthimala, his co-star in Sangam.

His grand daughters are Bollywood actress, Karishma Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor, the daughters of his eldest son Randhir Kapoor by his wife Babita. Ranbir Kapoor, the son of Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh, his family has found another Kapoor scion to join the ranks of the Hindi Film Industry in 2007.


Raj Kapoor was the son of well-known Indian actor Prithviraj Kapoor, who acted both in film and on stage. After apprenticing in the Bollywood production studios of the 1940's, at 24 years of age Raj Kapoor produced, directed and acted in Aag (1948), with his new company, RK Films. His next production, Barsaat (1949), was a smash hit. In 1951, he also produced, directed and starred in Awaara (1951), which was another megahit, and costarred Nargis, who had appeared in Aag and Barsaat. Awaara also gained popular acclaim in Russia, where the movie and songs were dubbed into Russian. The theme song, Awaara Hoon, was popular in the East for many years. Kapoor has been dubbed "a great showman," and a filmmaker in the purest Romantic tradition, as he strove to entertain as well as address social themes close to his heart. Awaara dealt with the question of what forms an individual's moral grounding, ("nurture or nature") while incorporating comedy and stirring love scenes; in Shree 420 (1955) he addressed issues of poverty, unemployment and national pride in the new Indian state at the same time maintaining the audience's interest in the romantic plot. While never revolutionary in tone, many of his films explore the ability of the individual to overcome economic and environmental injustice while maintaining his/her innocence and integrity. He is quoted as believing that the individual's struggles ultimately lead to the desire for love, to care and be cared for. This is consistent with his admiration of Charles Chaplin, and Kapoor's own "tramp" (Awaara, Shree 420, Mera Naam Joker (1970) is modeled somewhat on his mentor, though with a definite individual flair.

His films demonstrate an understanding of music and direction that continue to influence Bollywood filmmaking today. Also a musician, his understanding of the musical feel of his movies gives them a storytelling fluidity equal to that of the best American movie musicals. He surrounded himself with the foremost talents in filmmaking, acting, writing (Kwaja Ahmad Abbas'), music composition (Jaikishan Dayabhai Panchal, 'Shankarsinh Raguwanshi'), and playback singers, including Mukesh, 'Mohamed Rafi', and Lata Mangeshkar. Kapoor continued to make films of varying critical and popular success up until his death in 1988, and apparently considered Mera Naam Joker his personal favorite. He is still a well-known name not only in India, but in the Middle East, SE Asia, and Eastern Europe. His descendants have attempted to continue the RK Films banner.

 Son of Prithviraj Kapoor, brother of Shammi Kapoor and Shashi Kapoor.
Hindi megastar.
Father of Randhir Kapoor, Rishi Kapoor and Rajiv Kapoor. Also daughters: Reetu Nanda and Reema.
Grandfather of Karisma Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor. His daughter's son, Nikhil Nanda, is married to Shweta Bachchan, daughter of fellow Indian film legend Amitabh Bachchan.
Most important Indian film star of the 20th century together with Amitabh Bachchan
Formed one of the most popular Hindi screen couples of the 50s with Nargis.
Raj Kapoor was the highest paid actor with Dilip Kumar in Hindi Cinema from 1950-56 and the 2nd highest paid Hindi actor along-with Dev Anand from 1957-63.
Uncle to Bollywood actors Karan Kapoor, Kunal Kapoor, Sanjana Kapoor.
Cousin to Bollywood director Vijay Kapoor and Bollywood actor Vicky Kapoor ( Har Har Mahadev- 1950).
Nephew of actor Trilok Kumar. (Prithviraj' s brother).
Uncle to actors Prem Kishen and Monty Nath.
Brother in law of Prem Nath ( wife's brother).
Nephew of actor Kamal Kapoor ( Prithviraj's cousin).
Grand uncle to Director Siddharth Malhotra and actress Akanksha Malhotra ( Prem Kishen 's children).
Uncle to actor / director Aditya Raj Kapoor.
Prem Chopra and Raj Kapoor married sisters.
Raj Kapoor's maternal uncle ( Mother's brother) actor Jugal Kishore Mehra , converted to Islam and married actress/ singer Anwari Begum. Their daughter was actress Nasreen Agha. Nasreen's daughter is Actress/ singer Salma Agha .This made Raj Kapoor a cousin of Nasreen. There for Salma Agha is the niece of Raj Kapoor.
Raj Kapoor's maternal uncle Jugal Kishore Mehra was not the biological father of wife'Anwari Begum's daughter actress Zarina ( Nasreen), He married Anwari Begum when Zarina was 5 years old. He adopted Zarina ( Nasreen ) and accepted her as his own.
Cousin of actor Subbiraj.
Cousin of actor Vijay Kapoor.
Uncle to actor Jatin Sial ( Sister Urmila 's son).
Grand niece is actress Akanksha Malhotra ( Nephew Prem Kishen daughter).
Grand nephew is director Siddharth Malhotra ( Nephew Prem Kishen son).

Friday, December 12, 2014

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 After a bruising election campaign that took a good part of two years, America deserved a rest. The country didn't get one, unless you count the government shutdown — which almost made the year's ranking of the most-searched news stories on Yahoo.

What did make our annual list reminds us what a raucous, exhausting 2013 we had: not one but two notorious court trials, a national health care plan, conflicts both domestic and international, scandals in the entertainment and celebrity worlds, plus a couple of welcome newcomers. And you should see what didn't make the list. (Well, actually, you can here.)

Take a look at what the year has wrought — and explore more at our Year in Review special edition.

[Related: Scroll through our Top 10 News stories slideshow]

America's Trials
If anyone renewed those idyllic 2008 claims that a black president proved that America's race problems were behind us, one only had to look at raging commentary over interracial crime statistics or racial profiling that the George Zimmerman trial (No. 5) provoked.

Demonstrators march in Beverly Hills on July 17, 2013 to protest the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the killing …

Supporters cast Zimmerman as a citizen who put down a thug, but antagonists saw a trigger-happy racist. After his acquittal, Zimmerman stayed in the headlines when his wife of seven years filed for divorce from her "selfish" husband and when he was arrested on domestic violence charges involving his new girlfriend.

As for the president himself, Barack Obama gave a rare and candid insight into his experience as an African-American male. He also said the justice system had done its job: Divided the nation might be about the acquittal, the initial injustice of Sanford police failing to file charges over the death of Trayvon Martin had been remedied -- albeit spurred by an online petition. A petition, at least in this day and age, does not render a verdict, but it can ask for justice.

[Related: A slideshow of the year's biggest trials]

It was more classic courtroom drama that made the Jodi Arias trial (No. 1) the most-searched news story on Yahoo (and the defendant herself among the top 10 most searched terms of 2013). The live-streamed, five-month media circus, which cost Arizona taxpayers nearly $1.7 million, didn't end with the May 7 guilty verdict in the murder of Arias' boyfriend Travis Alexander. The jury was deadlocked — 8-4 — on a death sentence. Despite having to wade through lies, the jurors did lay some credence in her abuse claims. As the foreman explained, "You don’t put people to death for being stupid. You don’t put people to death for lying." There's no date set yet for sentencing but this time, no cameras will stream the penalty phase.

Downfalls
Searchers also gravitated to a case that never made it to court. Beloved for her Southern blunt charms and caloric bombs, celebrity chef Paula Deen made some remarkable missteps when a deposition from discrimination and sexual harassment lawsuit (No. 10) surfaced.

Cooking show host Paula Deen pictured at Fox Studios in New York on December 6, 2012. Walmart has distanced itself …

Hesitation in downplaying her casual defense of racial epithets, brother Bubba's use of them as well as porn consumption at work, and her nostalgia for an antebellum plantation theme cost Deen her sponsors and ultimately her Food Network show. Ultimately the lawsuit, filed by a white female who used to manage the Uncle Bubba's Seafood and Oyster House, was dismissed, although there may have been a settlement. Deen has had her defenders, but fleeing sponsors might have resulted in a loss of more than $10 million.

[Related: Scroll through 2013 Top 10 Searches on Yahoo]

Not Getting Involved
After years of judicial, political and budget challenges, the Affordable Care Act, more often referred to as Obamacare (No. 2), was due to launch, but not before opponents sunk their teeth two more times: first by tying the debt ceiling vote to defunding the Affordable Care Act, then investigating the beleaguered launch of the national site, HealthCare.gov.

Technical glitches and reports of insurance companies canceling plans led to a House hearing with curious comparisons to the "Wizard of Oz," which might or might not have been inspired by Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius' birthplace of Kansas. Amid grilling that could have been scripted by news parody shows, people soldiered online to look for state exchanges and get a straight quote, once and for all. Nearly 48 million Americans under 65 are not insured.

Barack Obama speaks about his healthcare reform laws, known as Obamacare, at an Organizing for Action event in …

A different kind of debate about government involvement raged around Syria. Despite reports of chemical weapons, polls showed Americans shied away from military involvement and offered skeptical support for diplomacy in Syria. With more than 100,000 dead and nearly 9 million refuges, peace talks might at last begin in Jan. 22.

That North Korea ranked so highly in news story searches on Yahoo might be surprising. Then again, that there was any teeth to that autocratic regime's threats surprised many. Nearly half of its population — 24 million — live in poverty and its last supreme leader, the late Kim Jong-Il, didn't intimidate what with his pompadour, platform shoes and those periodic missile launches that fell miles off-target.

Until this year, when the country — under his son and leader Kim Jong Un — performed successful nuclear tests, called the U.S. a "sworn enemy" and declared war with its southern neighbor. North Korea even disregarded requests from long-time supporter China. Analysts now believe that North Korean missiles exist and pose a threat.

Papacy, royalty
It's a boy. Make that two of them.

Two institutions — and searchers — welcomed newcomers, one expected for at least nine months, the other a shocker.

On Feb. 11, Pope Benedict XVI decided to call it quits – in Latin, of course. The announcement sent the Vatican scrambling to find a replacements and armchair historians in a tizzy. (First time in 598 years! What do you call a retired pope! Can he even do this!).

Papal watchers expected plenty of time to read signs like the seagull perched atop the Sistine Chapel, but the elderly cardinals pumped out the white smoke declaring "Habemus Papam" in a little more than 24 hours — the kind of speedy decision-making that Americans could envy (but shouldn't, since envy's a sin). Out emerged Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Latin America, the offspring of Italian immigrants. Whispers circulated about his connections to the Argentinian church's failures during the Dirty War, but his famously low-key lifestyle, his homage to St. Francis of Assisi and acts of humility soon endeared him to millions. Pope Francis even won liberal spectators when he urged a shift to relieving poverty instead of decrying homosexuality, premarital sex and abortion. Time magazine named him its person of the year.

Prince William and his wife Catherine present their new son outside St Mary's Hospital in London on July 23, 2013. …

For those who feast on fairy tales, the royal baby was that "happily ever after" for the Duchess and Duke of Cambridge. George Alexander Louis, third to the throne, arrived to a great global frenzy. His coming was well-timed, even if baby watchers became a bit restless when the rumored birth date came and went: George emerged in the heat of summer, the same year as the Diamond Jubilee, and at a time when the British economy needed another boost. Those befuddled or downright outraged by royalist worship once again stirred up the issues about class (and Duchess Kate's "commoner" status), feminism, motherhood and that whole throne thing. Online, George's coming invited a look back at his namesake forebears as well as interest in the grandmother he would never see, Princess Diana.

Farewell to kings
The global struggle for civil rights, while never ending, had a few milestones to celebrate this year. Americans observed the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech and the gathering for workers' rights at the Mall. The other was the 95th birthday of Nelson Mandela (No. 9), the South African freedom fighter who became that country's first black president.

Mandela's health had been frail before his July birthday, but he lived long enough to see the global outpouring of heartfelt wishes, as well as a Hollywood movie based on his life. On Dec. 5, he joined the list of key leaders who passed this year, among them Hugo Chavez (March 5) and Margaret Thatcher (April 8). Mandela had never pretended to sainthood, although he took political advantage of his stature. Yet his eye was always for the greater good, the good that would always be bigger than just one man.

[Related: Video: Remembering those we lost]

Boston Strong, America united
As split as we were in our Capitol and our courtrooms, a horrific bombing united Americans.

On Patriot's Day, more than 23,000 Boston Marathon runners wended through the historic city. Two brothers, whose family immigrated to Massachusetts in 2002, allegedly set down a backpack near the finish line. Homemade bombs created from pressure cookers exploded, ultimately killing three and injuring 264.

An emergency responder and volunteers, including Carlos Arredondo in the cowboy hat, push Jeff Bauman in a wheel …

The bombers picked the wrong city. Boston is America's historic backbone, a mix of Yankee pragmatism, working-class toughness and intellectual know-how. It might be ideal symbol in a terror plot, but in reality its pugilistic spirit can't be cowed. Victims were rushed within minutes to America's most prestigious hospitals. Within days, police tracked down the brothers in a manhunt that left MIT officer Sean collier and elder brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev dead.

Liberty watchers protested the city shutdown, and social news service Reddit had to apologize when its citizen policing bled into vigilantism. The White House launched an investigation about what happened to Russia's earlier warnings about Tamerlan Tsarnaev. Families grieved.

But Boston rallied behind its motto, Boston Strong. And in a city wild about its sports, the Red Sox vowed to dedicate its season to its city and won the World Series on its home turf — and broke the curse of the Bambino.

Top 10 News stories (click here for the slideshow)

1. Jodi Arias trial
2. Obamacare (Affordable Care Act)
3. Boston Marathon bombing
4. Royal baby birth
5. George Zimmerman trial
6. Syria civil war
7. North Korea missile threats
8. Papal transition
9. Death of Nelson Mandela
10. Paula Deen lawsuit

The story has been updated to reflect the search surge that pushed the death of world leader Nelson Mandela to No. 9, displacing the Paula Deen lawsuit. Read about the Aaron Hernandez arrest, originally at No. 10, and other major news stories in Not the top 10 news stories of 2013.

Nandi Award for Best Actor

2011     Mahesh Babu     Dookudu   
2010     Balakrishna     Simha   
2009     Dasari Narayana Rao     Mesthri     [2]
2008     Ravi Teja     Neninthe     [3]
2007     Venkatesh     Aadavari Matalaku Ardhalu Verule   
2006     Nagarjuna     Sri Ramadasu   
2005     Mahesh Babu     Athadu   
2004     Rajendra Prasad     Aa Naluguru   
2003     Mahesh Babu     Nijam   
2002     Chiranjeevi
Nagarjuna     Indra
Santosham   
2001     Balakrishna     Narasimha Naidu   
2000     Jagapati Babu     Manoharam   
1999     Venkatesh     Kalisundam Raa   
1998     Venkatesh     Ganesh   
1997     Nagarjuna     Annamayya   
1996     Jagapati Babu and Venkatesh     Maavichiguru and Dharma Chakram   
1995     Vijaya Naresh     Sogasu Chuda Taramaa?   
1994     Nageswara Rao     Bangaru Kutumbam   
1993     Suman
Jagapati Babu     Bava Bavamaridi
Gaayam   
1992     Chiranjeevi     Aapathbandhavudu   
1991     Dasari Narayana Rao     Mamagaaru   
1990     Rajendra Prasad     Erra Mandaram   
1989     Kamal Haasan     Indrudu Chandrudu   
1988     Venkatesh     Prema   
1987     Chiranjeevi     Swayam Krushi   
1986     Kamal Haasan     Swathi Muthyam   
1985     Murali Mohan     O Thandri Theerpu   
1984     Krishnam Raju     Bobbili Brahmanna   
1983     Kamal Haasan     Saagara Sangamam   
1982     Nageswara Rao     Meghasandesam   
1981     M. Prabhakar Reddy     Palle Pilichindi   
1980     M. Prabhakar Reddy     Yuvatharam Kadilindi   
1979     Gokina Ramarao     Punadhirallu   
1978     Hemasundar     Naalaga Endaro   
1977     Krishnam Raju     Amaradeepam   
1976           
1975     Sobhan Babu     Jeevana Jyothi   
1974     Krishna     Alluri Seetarama Raju   
1973     Sobhan Babu     Sharada   
1972     Sobhan Babu     Kaalam Marindi    

Mahesh Babu

Mahesh Babu
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For the Malayalam film actor, see Mahesh (actor).
Mahesh Babu
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Mahesh Babu at the Univercell store in 2010
Born     Mahesh Ghattamaneni
9 August 1975 (age 39)[1]
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Residence     Film Nagar, Hyderabad, Telangana, India
Nationality     Indian
Other names     Prince
Alma mater     Loyola College, Chennai
Occupation     Actor
Years active     1979–1990 (child artist)
1999–present
Height     6 feet 1.5 inches (1.867 m)[1]
Spouse(s)    

    Namrata Shirodkar
    (m.2005-present (2 children))

Children     Gautham Krishna Ghattamaneni
Sitara Ghattamaneni
Parents     Krishna Ghattamaneni
Indira Devi
Relatives    

    Vijaya Nirmala (step-mother)
    Ramesh Babu (brother)
    Padmalaya (sister)
    Manjula Swaroop (sister)
    Padmini Priyadarshini (sister)
    Jay Galla (brother-in-law, Padmalaya's husband)
    Sanjay Swaroop (brother-in-law, Manjula's husband)
    Sudheer Babu (brother-in-law, Priya's husband)
    Naresh (step-brother)

Mahesh Babu (born Mahesh Ghattamaneni on 9 August 1975) is an Indian film actor known for his work exclusively in Telugu cinema. Born to actor Krishna in the Ghattamaneni family, Mahesh Babu faced the camera at the age of four as a child artist in 1979's Needa. His first leading role was in the film Rajakumarudu, which was released in August 1999.[2]

He played a young Kabaddi player in the 2003 blockbuster film Okkadu, one of the biggest Telugu grossers of the time. The film was subsequently remade into various Indian languages. He received international recognition with the 2005 film Athadu, another high grosser in Telugu cinema. The film was dubbed into Polish for a release in Poland as Poszukiwany, becoming the first Telugu film released in Poland, and became a boxoffice hit.[3][4] In 2006 he starred in Pokiri, premiered at the 7th IIFA Awards held in Dubai.[5][6] The blockbuster film was subsequently remade into Tamil, Hindi and Kannada.

In 2011, he starred in Dookudu, which had the largest worldwide opening for a Telugu film.The film was released among seventy nine screens in the United States.[7][8] In the rest of north, east and west India, it opened up in 21 cities.[9] It became the first Telugu film to reach a gross of more than INR 1 billion at the time, excluding the dubbed versions. Subsequently, the Los Angeles Times quoted it as "The biggest hit you've never heard of".[10]

In 2014, he starred in the psychological thriller, 1: Nenokkadine which reached $1.225 million in its first weekend, and remained one of the best openings ever for an Indian film in the United States.[11][12] He was then starred in Aagadu, which became the highest opening weekend Indian film in U.S. box office beating Bollywood films like Krrish 3 and Kick.[13][14] Other box office hits include the spiritual thriller, Murari (2001), the family thriller Arjun (2004), the action thrillers viz., Sainikudu (2006), Athidhi (2007), Khaleja (2010), the crime thriller, Businessman (2012), and the family drama SVSC (2013).

He has won seven state Nandi Awards, four Filmfare Best Telugu Actor Awards, two CineMAA Awards and two South Indian International Movie Awards. In addition to the films, he also endorses several brands in Andhra Pradesh and South India. He was also the national brand ambassador for Thums Up.[15] He was voted as the most desirable man in the Times Most Desirable Men 2013 online polls conducted by the Indiatimes Group.[16] In January 2013, he was ranked 31st on business magazine Forbes India's Celebrity 100 list.[17]

Contents

    1 Early life
    2 Personal life
    3 Career
        3.1 Early career (1979–1990)
        3.2 1999–2004
        3.3 2005–2010
        3.4 2011–2014
    4 In the media
        4.1 Brand endorsements
    5 Filmography
    6 Awards and nominations
    7 References
    8 External links

Early life

Mahesh Babu was born in Chennai, to Telugu Cinema actor Ghatamaneni Siva Rama Krishna and Smt. Indira Devi on 9 August 1975.[18] He is the younger brother of actor turned producer Ramesh Babu Ghattamaneni.[19] He also has two elder sisters, Padmavathi and actress-producer Manjula Ghattamaneni and one younger sister Priyadarshini.[20] All siblings have acted in films as child artistes. Mahesh's childhood was spent mostly in Madras under the care of his maternal grandmother, Smt. Durgamma, and the rest of his family.[21][22]

His father made sure all the children spent sufficient time with him on location and on his film sets, especially during holidays. Many times, Mahesh has said that this was where his interest for acting began.[23] The film sets were a second playground and he did not hesitate to face the camera when asked to do a small role in his brother Ramesh Babu's debut film, Needa, at the age of four.[23] He acted in seven of his father's films as a child actor.

Mahesh studied at St. Bede's School in Chennai while continuing to attend his dad's filming during holidays. Tamil film actor Surya was one of his schoolmates.[24] Mahesh obtained an Honours Degree in Commerce from Loyola College, Chennai.[25]
Personal life

Mahesh dated Bollywood actress and former Femina Miss India Namrata Shirodkar for five years.[26] She was his co-star in the movie Vamsi. They got married on 10 February 2005 in Mumbai.[27] They have two children, son Gautam Krishna (born 31 August 2006) and daughter Sitara (born 20 July 2012).[28][29]
Career
Early career (1979–1990)

He started his acting career by playing a small role in his brother Ramesh Babu's debut film, Needa under Dr. Dasari Narayana Rao's direction in 1979, at the age of 4.[30] In 1983, at the age of 8, director Kodi Ramakrishna requested him to play a role in the film Poratam since they were having difficulty casting for the role of Krishna's sibling. This was his first full length feature film.[31] Producer and director Dhoondy, one of the early backers of Krishna in his struggling days, watched a preview of the movie and was stunned to find out he was Krishna's own son and remarked that there was a spark in him and he would become an excellent artist.[32] True to that prognostication, Mahesh became successful as a child artist through varied roles. In Sankharavam (1987) he faced the cameras with his father directing him for the first time.[33] Veteran director A. Kodandarami Reddy directed him and his brother Ramesh for Bazaar Rowdy (1988), where he won accolades for his acting.[34] Mugguru Kodukulu (1988) saw him again team up with his brother and father, the father directing them all this time.[35] Gudachari 117 (1989) reunited Mahesh with his first film director Kodi Ramakrishna in a James Bond type of flick for which his dad, the lead in the movie, was famous.[36] Koduku Diddina Kapuram (1989), directed by Krishna again, had Mahesh in a dual role.[37] Balachandrudu and Anna Tammudu (1990) saw the teenaged Mahesh Babu completing his first innings on celluloid after which he concentrated on his studies and went out of the public eye while letting nature take its course through the awkward adolescent years.[38]
1999–2004

In 1999, Mahesh was re-introduced as a full-fledged hero with the movie Raja Kumarudu.[39] Directed by K. Raghavendra Rao and co-starring Priety Zinta, this movie was a debonair start for his career earning him Nandi Award for Best Male Debutant.[40] After the movie was released, both fans and the media started fondly calling him "Prince Mahesh".[41] His next release Yuvaraju followed in the year 2000.[42] Directed by Y.V.S Chowdary, the movie did moderately well at the box office completing 100 days in 19 centres all over AP.[43] In the same year, another movie Vamsi under the direction of B. Gopal was released and this movie had Namrata Shirodkar co-starring for the first time with Mahesh.[44] During the movie, the on screen couple Mahesh and Namrata started seeing each other in real life and this relationship later resulted in their marriage.[45]

In 2001, his successful movie Murari, directed by Krishna Vamsi and co-starring Sonali Bendre, was released[46] and earned Mahesh plaudits from all sections of audience and from critics.[47] He bagged a Nandi Special Jury Award for his performance in the film.[48] Takkari Donga, produced and directed by Jayanth C. Paranjee was released in 2002, where Mahesh essayed the role of a cowboy.[49] The role and the movie were meant to honour the legacy of Krishna as the first ever Indian cowboy and also the first Indian cowboy movie Mosagallaku Mosagadu.[50] His untiring effort in the movie led to another Nandi Special Jury Award.[51] His next film Bobby was released in the same year. Mahesh was paired along Aarthi Agarwal in this movie which was directed by Sobhan.[52]

Mahesh was next seen in Okkadu directed by Gunasekhar and co-starring Bhumika Chawla, the movie was produced by M.S. Raju.[53] This movie was released in 2003 and it remains as a landmark film in Mahesh Babu's career. He won his first Filmfare Best Actor Award (Telugu) for this movie.[54] His next movie Nijam co-starring Rakshita was directed by Teja.[55] Mahesh's performance acquired him the prestigious Nandi Award for Best Actor.[56] In 2004, he worked with director S. J. Suryaah and had paired with Amisha Patel for the movie Naani.[57] This movie was produced by his sister Manjula Ghattamaneni.[58] The same year also had Mahesh again collaborating with Gunasekhar for his next movie Arjun which was produced by his brother G. Ramesh Babu.[59] He received a Nandi Special Jury Award for his emotional performance in the film.[60]
2005–2010

In 2005, Mahesh married Namrata Shirodkar after being in a relationship with her for almost 5 years. The year also saw the first release after his marriage and Trivikram Srinivas's second directorial venture, Athadu.[61] He was paired alongside with Trisha Krishnan. Mahesh once again achieved critical acclaim for his performance in the movie and also earned himself the Nandi Award for Best Actor for the second time.[62] Pokiri, produced jointly by his sister Manjula Ghattamaneni and Vaishno Academy and directed by Puri Jagannadh was the highest-grossing Telugu film of ever and broke all previous records across the state.[63] The movie saw him paired alongside with Ileana D'Cruz. Pokiri was a success in AP as well as other states and overseas. The film completed 100 days in as many as 200 centres in Andhra Pradesh and completed silver jubilee in a record 63 centres.[64] Mahesh earned his second Filmfare Best Actor Award (Telugu) for this movie.[65]

The year also saw Mahesh working again with Director Gunasekhar and actress Trisha Krishnan for the movie Sainikudu.[66] In 2007, for his next venture Mahesh embraced corporate film making in Telugu Film Industry.[67] He collaborated with UTV and with young director Surender Reddy for Athidi which made him the first corporate hero in Telugu Film Industry.[68] He was paired alongside Amrita Rao.[69] After Athidi, Mahesh devoted more time to family matters with a new toddler to spend time with, supporting and helping Namrata cope with her father's illness and then his death, followed by Namrata's mother's bout with cancer and her death.[70] In 2008, Mahesh lent his voice for the film Jalsa, directed by his friend Trivikram Srinivas.[71]

In 2010, after a 3-year long hiatus Mahesh returned to the silver screen with the movie Khaleja.[72] Directed by Trivikram Srinivas, the movie languished in development hell due to production problems[73] and the telangana agitations.[74] Upon release, the movie received mixed reviews but also became one of the highest grossing Telugu films overseas.[75] The year also saw Mahesh embracing social networking site Twitter to interact with his fans.[76]
2011–2014
Mahesh Babu with K. Viswanath, Namrata Shirodkar and Manjula Ghattamaneni at the Biography Launch of Adurthi Subba Rao in 2014

After the unsatisfying box office run of Khaleja, Mahesh starred in Srinu Vaitla's Dookudu which was a blockbuster.[77] He played the role of an honest cop and his performance was well appreciated by critics. Sify.com wrote "Mahesh Babu`s role, particularly in the action episodes, rocks. Even in emotional scenes too, the hero looks superb, drawing applause from the audience. Coupled with this, Mahesh thrills with his comedy timing. Going by the story, Mahesh Babu donned two different attires, impressive in both and playing them to perfection."[78] Dookudu completed a successful run in 152 centres after 50 days and is supposedly the second highest grossing Telugu film after Maghadheera (With 660 million Share world wide).[79] CNN-IBN for the year 2011, declared him as the Actor of the Year and Dookudu as the Hit of the Year in a survey conducted for Telugu films.[80] He also won his third Filmfare Best Actor Award (Telugu) for his performance in the movie.[81]

He then co–starred with Kajal Aggarwal in the movie Businessman. The film, directed by Puri Jagannadh and produced by RR Movie Makers, released worldwide on 13 January 2012.[82] He played a complete Negative role similar to an anti hero and he received huge critical acclaim for his performance. The Hindu wrote "The film has no frills, no vulgar wastage and the hero is practically in every frame; you hear only his voice, he looks good, sounds good, he also steals the comedian's job." It added "The thrills for the audience, amoral enjoyment arrives with every step that Surya (Mahesh) climbs, he has the uncanny ability to deceive, to lie convincingly on all scales, as though this was second nature. Yet he is compelling when he speaks the truth. Mahesh plays it straight."[83] Similar to his previous release, it took the largest worldwide opening[84] by collecting INR187.3 million on the first day[85] and INR 629.4 million worldwide in the first week.[86] For the first time in his career, Mahesh along with the director Puri Jagannadh lent his vocals for a song in the project.[87] According to certain reports, Mahesh emerged as the highest paid actor in South India after Rajnikanth.[88]

His next venture was a multi–starrer film Seethamma Vakitlo Sirimalle Chettu under the direction of Srikanth Addala.[89] Being produced by Dil Raju, the film also starred Daggubati Venkatesh. The film was officially launched on 6 October 2011 and the filming began on 18 January 2012.[90] Samantha was cast opposite him, for the second time. The movie released on 11 January 2013 and was a blockbuster at the box office, his performance was widely praised by critics and he won fourth time Filmfare Best Actor Award (Telugu) for his performance in the movie, (the fourth time he had won this award). idlebrain.com wrote "Mahesh Babu is planning his career in a beautiful way. After doing an all-round entertaining character in Dookudu and terrific character of a ruthless angry young man in Businessman, Mahesh has selected a nice family guy role in this movie. The character is playful most of the times and highly intense in a few conflict scenes. It's a right career move for Mahesh Babu.".[91][92]

Almost after a year's gap, his next project 1: Nenokkadine under the direction of Sukumar released on 10 January 2014. The film, produced by 14 Reels Entertainment has debutante Kriti Sanon acting opposite him and the film was launched on 12 February 2012.[93][94] He also hired Hollywood trainer Kris Gethin as his personal trainer.[95] The film opened to mixed reviews but Mahesh received huge acclaim for his performance as a Revenge seeking Rock star suffering from Integration Disorder. Sify.com wrote "Mahesh Babu is the sole reason as to why you should watch the film. He gives one of his best performances. His presence and performance drives the movie despite hollow proceedings. He has built up his body and transformed it to look fit. Through out the film he maintains consistency. Watch out for his acting in pre-interval sequences."[96] After 1: Nenokkadine his other movie Aagadu has also got released in the same year on 19 September 2014 [97] directed by Srinu Vaitla in which Tamannaah shared screen with him.He has been awarded Times desirable man of the year 2013-14.

After the completion of the project with Koratala Siva, Mahesh is going to share the screen with Rajinikanth, confirmed the Veteran producer U.Suryanarayana Babu.[98][99]
In the media

Mahesh Babu is considered as one of the most popular actors in Telugu cinema.[100] He was listed 5th in the Times 50 Most Desirable Men in India for the year 2011, becoming the only South Indian to have been so.[101][102] He climbed to the 2nd position of the same list the following year, beating the likes of Hrithik Roshan, Salman Khan and Shahrukh Khan.[16] In January 2013, Mahesh was ranked 31st on business magazine Forbes India's Celebrity 100 list.[17] Based on recorded earnings between September 2011 and October 2012, Forbes listed Mahesh 15th among India's highest earning celebrities.[103] With earnings of over INR422.5 million (US$6.8 million), he was the highest earning South Indian celebrity in 2012.
Brand endorsements

In 2007, Mahesh Babu signed a five-year endorsement deal with the cola company, Thums Up to replace Chiranjeevi as its brand ambassador in Andhra Pradesh.[104] He endorses brands such as Navratna Oil, Royal Stag, Amrutanjan,[105] Provogue[106] in Andhra Pradesh and Univercell,[107] Idea Cellular, Jos Alukkas, TVS, Vivel,[108] Mahindra Tractors,[109] Santoor Soap and South India Shopping Mall[110] in South India. In 2012, he replaced Akshay Kumar as the national brand ambassador for Thums Up.[111] , Mahesh had signed for another endorsement TVS Motor Company in 2013.[112] He was topped in the list of Times 50 Most Desirable Men in India for the year 2013.[113] He is the new brand ambassador for Paragon footwear and Tata Sky-Telugu.
Filmography
Main article: Mahesh Babu filmography

Below are the selected filmography of Mahesh Babu.

    1979: Needa
    1989: Koduku Diddina Kapuram as Vinod/Pramod
    1999: Raja Kumarudu as Raj Kumar
    2001: Murari as Murari
    2002: Takkari Donga as Raja
    2003: Okkadu as Ajay Varma
    2005: Athadu as Nanda Gopal/Partha Saradhi
    2006: Pokiri as Pandu/Krishna Manohar
    2011: Dookudu as Ajay
    2012: Businessman as Surya
    2013: Seethamma Vakitlo Sirimalle Chettu as Chinnodu
    2014: 1: Nenokkadine as Gowtham
    2014: Aagadu as Encounter Shankar

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Pawan Kalyan-Venkatesh's 'Gopala Gopala' Audio Launch on 28 December?

The audio launch of Pawan Kalyan-Venkatesh's "Gopala Gopala" is expected to happen on 28 December.
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According to latest reports, the makers of "Gopala Gopala" are planning a unique audio function, different from routine music release events.
Unlike regular commercial films, "Gopala Gopala" will have only three tracks composed by Anup Rubens. Pawan Kalyan will reportedly be appearing in two of the songs. The audio is expected to be released on 28 December, though an official confirmation on the release date is awaited.
The first look motion poster of the film, which was released last month, has created huge buzz surrounding the project. Fans are waiting for the film's audio and the teaser to be released soon.
Directed by Kishore Kumar Pardasani, "Gopala Gopala" is said to be a satirical drama with Pawan and Venky in the lead roles. The film is an official remake of the Hindi film "Oh My God," starring Akshay Kumar and Paresh Rawal. Pawan will be seen in the role of lord Krishna, while Venky will be reprising Rawals role as a shop owner.
Shreya Saran, Mithun Chakraborty, Madhu Shalini, Posani Krisha Murali, Diksha Panth, Raghu Babu, Prudhviraj and Vennela Kishore are also part of the film's cast. Jayanan Vincent is handling cinematography, while Gautham Raju is doing the editing work.
Suresh Babu and Sharrath Marar are co-producing the film under their banners Suresh Productions and North Star Entertainments Pvt. Ltd.
The shooting of "Gopala Gopala" is taking place in Varanasi and is expected to be completed soon. The film is gearing up for Sankranti release in January 2015. It is likely to hit the screens on 14 January on Bhogi day. The multi starrer will be clashing with Jr NTR's "Temper" and Vikram's "I," which are also scheduled for a Sankranti release.
"Gopala Gopala" will be Pawan's first release in more than a year. He was last seen in 2013-blockbuster flick "Attarintiki Daaredi." The actor was expected to begin shooting of "Gopala Gopala" in early 2014, but the film was delayed due to his prior commitments in politics.
The film's shooting of "Gopala Gopala" commenced only after 2014 Lok sabha polls. Once Pawan completes the film, he will shift his focus to the next project – "Gabbar Singh 2" – that is expected to go on floors in December 2014.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

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