Telugu matinee idol Mahesh Babu ran into cricketing legend the West Indian fast bowler Andy Roberts in London. According to Mahesh’s wife Namrata, “It was a total fanboy moment for Mahesh. He couldn’t contain his excitement. Mahesh grew up crushing on Sir Andy’s bowling. He’s a huge fan. And then to suddenly run into him … Mahesh thought he was dreaming.”
It happened at the London’s posh departmental store Harrods where Mahesh was accompanying his wife on a shopping spree. “And there he was in front of us. Mahesh recognized him immediately. They spoke for quite a while about cricket. It was a dream come true for Mahesh,” says Namrata. Andy Roberts is from Antigua and used to play cricket for West Indies. He was a massive star back in the 80s and had taken 7 wickets in an innings twice.
Did Andy Roberts know Mahesh Babu, seen in any of his films? Namrata laughed heartily. “No, no I don’t think he knew who Mahesh was. It was a very enjoyable moment for Mahesh. To be the fan for a change.”
Mahesh Babu his wife Namrata Shirodkar and their two children are currently on an extended holiday catching up with old friends and just taking in sights sounds and food that they enjoy. Europe especially France is Mahesh’s favorite holiday spot. He loves to return to Europe with his family whenever he can. Says Namrata, “We are making the best of this holiday. Then Mahesh begins shooting for his next film as soon as we get back home.”