Mahesh Babu (born Mahesh Babu Ghattamaneni on 9 August 1975) is an Indian film actor best known for his work in Telugu cinema. Born to actor Krishna, Mahesh Babu faced the camera at the age of four as a child artist in 1979's Needa. His first leading role was in the  film Rajakumarudu, which was released in August 1999. After playing the role of a young Kabaddi player in the 2003 blockbuster film Okkadu, Mahesh continued in this vein, gaining mass appeal and appearing in many successful films such as Murari (2001), Athadu (2005), Pokiri (2006), Dookudu (2011) and Business  Man (2012). These accomplishments, have established him as one of the most sought after  actors in Telugu Cinema. He was listed at 5th position among Times 50 Most Desirable Men for  the year 2011 and at 12th place the year before. Mahesh Babu has worked in nine films as a child artist and in seventeen films as a lead actor till date. He has won six Andhra Pradesh state Nandi Awards, three Filmfare Best Telugu Actor Awards, three CineMAA Awards and one South Indian International Movie Award. In addition to the films, he also endorses several brands such as Thums Up,Navratna Oil,    Univercell, Amrutanjan, Provogue, Idea, Vivel, Jos Alukkas and Santoor Soap in Andhra  Pradesh.