Pawan Kalyan and Mahesh Babu, arguably the current two top stars of Telugu cinema, are the strong competitors on professional front. The latest discussion in film circles is that the two star heroes look to be competing in giving losses to buyers of their films.
Of Mahesh babu's last 5 releases, four (Nenokkadine, Aagadu, Brahmotsavam and SPYder) turned out to be epic disasters, each a bigger disaster than the previous one. SPYder reportedly incurred around 70 Cr loss. No star hero of South has delivered as many duds in the last couple of years and thus incurred incurred a cumulative losses over 150 Cr, according to trade reports.
Going by Pawan Kalyan's filmography, he seems to be competing with Mahesh in this 'disaster' aspect. Sardaar was a huge disaster, Katamarayudu also incurred around 25 Cr loss, and its early to say but trade predicts the losses of Agnyaathavaasi to be more or less equal to SPYder's.
With the two top stars delivering dud after dud, incurring unprecedented amount of losses with each film, distributors are baffled.
For now, fans and distributor community is hopeful that Mahesh will bounce back with 'Bharat Ane Nenu', but in the case of Pawan, there is apparently no hope.