Telegu actor Mahesh Babu, who has bagged state awards for five out of his seven films, is on the lookout for "meaty roles".
"I think awards rejuvenate one's spirits and bestow responsibility. I strive hard to live up to it every time," Mahesh told IANS.
Close on the heels of his film Pokiri becoming a hit, he bagged the Andhra Pradesh award for his intense performance in Athadu.
"I am truly excited (about the award). I heard this news while dubbing for my next film - Sainikudu - and immediately sought the blessings of my father," said Mahesh, who is veteran actor Krishna's son.
The actor added: "Without sounding pompous, I can say I knew that Athadu would be a hit as soon as I heard the story and my confidence stands vindicated. I should also thank director Trivikram for giving me such a good role.
"I bagged special jury awards for three films and the best actor award for two out of the seven films I have acted in. My father told me that it is a rare achievement to bag so many awards in such a short span and urged me to do more good films. I have resolved to follow his advice by picking meaty roles."
This year went well for Mahesh. "2006 has given me lot of happiness. My film Pokiri was a hit, my sister got married and I became a father. It has given me both professional and personal happiness. I am also looking forward to another interesting film - Sainikudu - this year."
He promises that Sainikudu will be a full-blown entertainer "with slick action and well-mounted songs".