Superstar Mahesh Babu is over the moon, thanks to the phenomenal success of his new film Srimanthudu. Not just that his performance too has come in much praise. But the appreciation the actor got from his father, veteran actor G Krishna, made him emotional, he has said. Incidentally, Koratala Siva-directed Srimanthudu has become the second-highest grossing Telugu film of 2015.
"The last one week has been very special. Everybody has been saying Srimanthudu is the best film of my career. After watching the film, dad told me that he's never seen me perform like this. I just couldn't stop myself from crying," said Mahesh. The film opened to good numbers, raking in over Rs 100 crore in its first week worldwide.
Mahesh is tasting success after two back-to-back failures. How does he feel about it? "It hasn't sunk in yet. I think it will take time for me to even cherish this success. More than the monetary success, I was satisfied as an actor. It is funny there's a dialogue in the film that goes, 'Let me also earn my respect'. It feels nice to have earned that," he said.
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On the film's success, he commented: "Telugu audience love cinema. They won't let a good film down and they've proved this with the way they accepted Srimanthudu." Mahesh also said he is indebted to director Siva for this success. Srimanthudu is the first film Mahesh has showed his children.
"My son Gautham usually doesn't watch my films. But he watched Srimanthudu in the theatre. My daughter Sitara, who is too young to watch films, managed to watch it. She can sing all the songs from the film," he added.