Telugu Superstar Mahesh Babu made his silver screen debut as a child artist in 1979 and subsequently played pivotal roles alongside his father Krishna Ghattamaneni and brother Ramesh Babu. After turning into a protagonist at the age of 15 for ‘Balachandrudu’, Mahesh called it quits to acting to focus on studies. After nine long years, the Prince returned to the film arena and played the male lead in ‘Raja Kumarudu’. Starring Bollywood beauty Preity Zinta as his romantic interest, the K Raghavendra Rao directorial worked well at the ticket counters and established Mahesh as a good-looking hero with solid acting chops.
Fondly known as the Greek God of Tollywood, the handsome hunk has seen all the crests and troughs in his two-decade-long journey as a protagonist. Despite having only 25 films in his kitty, Mahesh Babu is a force to reckon with when it comes to box-office numbers both in India and abroad. In fact, he is one of the first Telugu actors to be highly regarded and widely mentioned among Bollywood circles. Mahesh is celebrating his 45th birthday on Sunday (August 9) and on the special occasion, check out his 5 underrated performances which pushed him out of his comfort zone and expanded his boundaries as a performer.