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Spyder audio launch: Mahesh Babu stuns fans with impeccable Tamil

Mahesh Babu, who is making his Tamil debut with AR Murugadoss’ Spyder, was welcomed by all. Actors Vishal and SJ Suryah had a special word of appreciation for the ‘Prince’ of Telugu cinema.

regional movies Updated: Sep 10, 2017 09:58 IST
Sandeep Acharya
Sandeep Acharya
Hindustan Times, Chennai
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Mahesh Babu at the Spyder audio launch in Chennai on Saturday.

Fans of superstar Mahesh Babu formed beeline outside of Chennai’s Kalaivanar Arangam on Saturday evening to gain access to the highly anticipated audio launch of their idol’s film Spyder, a Tamil-Telugu bilingual from director AR Murugadoss. It was an august gathering and the who’s who of Tamil filmdom graced with their presence to welcome Mahesh Babu to Kollywood. From Kabali producer Kalaipuli Thanu to actor Vishal, all were extremely happy for Mahesh Babu and his decision to finally enter Tamil market.

Mahesh Babu will receive Rajinikanth-kind reception - SJ Suryah

Speaking on the occasion, actor SJ Suryah said he has known Mahesh for over a decade and nothing has changed about him and that’s what makes him a superstar. He also said he’s a star with a good heart. He went on to add that Tamil audiences will accept Mahesh Babu like how Telugu audiences accepted Rajinikanth.

Was in awe of Mahesh Babu’s charisma - RJ Balaji

Actor RJ Balaji plays a crucial role in Spyder. When he met Mahesh for the first time, he was in awe of his personality despite Rakul Preet Singh being around. He also said that Mahesh is a Tamil boy and watches lot of Tamil films. He further added that Mahesh has immense love for his family (fans) and never says no to a picture with them.

Listen to Spyder’s Tamil songs here

Extending best wishes to Mahesh for his grand Tamil debut, producer Thank said there’s no doubt about the success of Spyder.

Director Vikraman said Mahesh, fondly called Prince by his fans, will earn the moniker ‘King’ post the release of Spyder. He also confidently said that Tamil audiences will celebrate Mahesh Babu.

Will watch first day, first show of Spyder - Vishal

Vishal said he would watch the first day, first show of Spyder.

Vishal said he came to the event just for the sake of wholeheartedly welcoming Mahesh Babu. He said very few actors can emote in close-up shots and Mahesh is one such artist. He also heaped praise on his personality, reminding audiences that he was a very healthy kid and the way he has physically transformed himself is amazing. He said he’ll watch the first day, first show of the film in Telugu because it’ll be a festival and that makes the experience very exciting.

Spyder composer Harris Jayaraj, who had already worked with Mahesh in Sainikudu, said it wasn’t his first association with the star. He had worked on Mahesh’s maiden film Raja Kumarudu as an assistant to composer Mani Sharma. Talking about the film, Harris said the audiences will have a blast in cinemas. He said when he watched Thuppakki even before its release, he was confident of its success. He said he felt the same about Spyder.

Mahesh Babu’s dedication motivated me - Rakul Preet Singh

Rakul Preet Singh said she couldn’t have asked for more than working with AR Murugadoss and Mahesh Babu in the same film.

Rakul said she couldn’t have asked for a better combination, and to work with AR Murugadoss and Mahesh Babu in the same film means a lot. She said she had always wanted to work with Mahesh, and his dedication in Spyder motivated her.

Waited for 10 years to work with Mahesh Babu - AR Murugadoss

AR Murugadoss said they had planned to work in the Telugu remakes of Ghajini and Thuppakki in the past.

Filmmaker Murugadoss said he had been wanting to work with Mahesh ever since he saw Pokkiri. They had planned to work earlier but things somehow didn’t fall in place. He said that he had even planned to remake Ghajini in Telugu with Mahesh, and even wanted to do Thuppakki in Telugu with him. He glad they joined hands finally for Spyder. He said that Mahesh was very supportive through the course of the entire shoot. “We had 80 days of night shoot. Never did he complain about anything. He was even ready to set aside more dates if needed. This film couldn’t have been made as a bilingual if not for the support of Mahesh.”

When it was Mahesh’s turn to speak, his fans chanted - Jai babu. Jai Jai Babu. Mahesh Babu. Though he started his speech in Telugu, he quickly switched to Tamil and his command over the language left everybody in shock. He even cracked jokes in Tamil.

Spyder is a film very close to heart - Mahesh Babu

Not only did Mahesh Babu speak in Tamil, he even cracked jokes in the language.

Mahesh said he was honoured to have joined hands with AR Murugadoss for Spyder. Despite being an actor for 18 years, he said he felt like a debutant talking at the audio launch of his maiden Tamil film. Spyder as a film is very close to heart. It was a new experience. Mahesh thanked his producers for investing over Rs 120 crore on the film.

It was also confirmed at the event that the trailer of Spyder will be released on September at the film’s pre-release event in Hyderabad.

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First Published: Sep 10, 2017 09:48 IST