Mahesh Babu 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.
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. In 2006 he starred in Pokiri, premiered at the 7th IIFA Awards held in Dubai. 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. In the rest of north, east and west India, it opened up in 21 cities.