Has Mahesh Babu lost it?

Monday, April 30th, 2018, 10:36:48 AM IST

Mahesh Babu is undoubtedly the most followed Tollywood hero in the overseas. Even his disasters like Spyder and Bramhotsavam set the ticket counters on fire and eased past the $1 million mark without any real effort. This proved that Mahesh is the undisputed king of the overseas market.

Everyone expected Mahesh’s latest blockbuster Bharath Ane Nenu to shatter the records of Rangasthalam($3.5 million). The makers planned a huge release for the movie with over 10,000 shows in the first week itself. With such a wide release, it was a mere formality for BAN to walk past the $3.5 million mark in the first weekend. To everyone’s surprise, the movie took over a week to touch the $3 million mark.

A few doubts are being raised on Mahesh’s crowd-pulling capabilities in the overseas. Why did Bharath Ane Nenu fail to do the desired level of business even after attaining a unanimous positive talk? Has Mahesh lost his charisma? These questions will be running down the minds of trade pundits.