Superstar Mahesh Babu has a rule - he is against taking off his shirt in films. News is he has refused to do so again for his tentatively titled Telugu movie Srimanthudu despite being requested by the director.
Shruti Haasan is paired with Mahesh in Srimanthudu, directed by Koratala Siva.
"Director Siva wanted Mahesh to sport his worked out abs in the film, but he was certain that he wouldn't go shirtless. Siva felt since Mahesh had exclusively worked on his body for 1: Nenokkadine, he wanted him to flaunt it," said a source from the film's unit.
In Sukumar-directed Telugu action-thriller 1: Nenokkadine, Mahesh did take off his shirt for a shower scene but he didn't flaunt his abs.
Otherwise, Mahesh, in his over decade long career, has never gone shirtless.