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OKKADU

His never-say-die attitude has taught him the art of using obstacles as stepping stones to reach his goal, says P. Sujatha Varma.


YOUNG HEARTS ache and flutter, all for his glimpse. Girls go gaga over his cute smile. His huge fan following, a major chunk of which includes youngsters, goes mad about his talented but unpretentious persona.

Mahesh Babu needs no introduction to film buffs across the State. That the Tollywood star is a dynamic go-getter reflects in the manner in which he has been handling his movies prompting his career graph to move in the upward direction. "Girlssaw a dreamboy in Mahesh Babu so far . But hisportrayal of a doting sibling of Keerthi Reddy in his latest hit, Arjun, has earned him a new section of fans. Many girls now yearn for a brother like him," observed one of hisardent fans at a function organized in the city to celebrate the movie's success. In Muraari, a commercial hit, he was an apple of his granny's eye, ready to make any sacrifice to ensure the victory of good over evil. What followed in Okkadu sent his fans into an ecstatic state while his next movie, Arjun, came as a fresh breeze transforming the audience into a different world - a world of blood relations where emotions reign supreme.

People who thought there was nothing gung-ho about the movie realized they would have missed a visual treat after watching it. The viewers were virtually transformed to the Meenakshi temple of Madurai in Tamil Naidu, thanks to thedirector, Gunasekhar, who created a magic on the big screen. "So authentic the temple image looked that I kept gazing in awe throughout and even went to the extent of picking up an altercation with family members over its genuineness," said senior journalist, Turlapati Kutumba Rao, commenting on the awesome venture of the director. Gunasekhar has also adopted a fresh approach to show an emotional bond between twin siblings in the film.

The storyline revolves around Arjun whose name is not revealed until the last scene. The trick helped to heighten the curiosity of people who grew restive to know more about the enigmatic central character in the film.

Mahesh Babu proved it yet again that unless you are content and happy with yourself, you cannot make others around happy. This inner contentment comes from having some time for yourself. It is as if the cool dude is wary of his duties and responsibilities as an actor. He seems to have charted out his lifestyle well in advance. It is easy to conclude that he must have set time aside for himself- to exercise, relax, reflect, cook a gourmet dinner, eat ice-cream, indulge in gardening, take his pet for a walk or do anything else that catches his fancy. This is evident by the ease with which he moves on in life. Mahesh sure is a person capable of catching a lot of bees with the right kind of honey.

Known to be an introvert, the actor does not believe in releasing his innermost thoughts through words but has set out on a dream mission. Knowing the kind of person he is, one has no choice but to egg him on to go and achieve the best in the world. He deserves it.

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