Is Telugu cinema’s primary superstar Mahesh Babu being persecuted and hounded by political forces for being a supporter of the Andhra’s Telugu Desam Party(TDP)?
The rumours of Mahesh Babu actively supporting the TDP arose since the superstar's uncle and brother-in-law are part of the TDP. However, as Mahesh Babu ’s wife Namrata Shirodkar points out, “This is neither nor there. My husband respects what Chandrababu has done for the State. For Mahesh, the progress of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana is a matter of great pride. However, that doesn’t make Mahesh a political figure. Not at all!”
Rumours that Mahesh Babu would be campaigning for the TDP and Chandrababu Naidu and that the Superstar may contest elections have been gathering momentum in Andhra Pradesh.
Namrata laughs mirthlessly, “Not at all. Mahesh is not for campaigning for any political party. Nor does he intend to contest any elections or pursue any kind of political ambitions. He barely says a few words to me, where he will make big speeches on public platforms? Seriously, Mahesh has no time to do anything apart from shooting for his films. Any free time he has is family time. Beyond that, he doesn’t even step out to meet any friends.”
This clarification comes at a time when here have been what look like retaliatory moves from the Centre including the freezing of Mahesh Babu’s bank accounts allegedly for the non-payment of GST. There are hushed rumours of further targeting against Mahesh Babu doing the rounds in Andhra.
Namrata says her husband and she isn’t worried. “When you know the truth is on your side when you have dutifully paid all your taxes and then if you are still targeted for non-payment of dues, then what do you do? You grin and bear the harassment because you have nothing to hide.”
Taking a deep breath Namrata clarifies once and for all that, her husband doesn’t intend to be associated with any political party. “Mahesh has the highest respect for the party and politicians who run the country and the states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. But he has no inclination or interest in politics or in actively campaigning for any political party. Mahesh is happy to be loved as an actor and the closest he will come to politics is playing a politician on screen. Beyond that, he has no political ambitions or affiliations at all. He is the most apolitical person I know".