REPORTER : Given that you are a constant fixture in the list of desirable men that publications put out every year, do you like what you see in the mirror? Do you experiment a lot with your hair, your styling, etc?
MAHESH BABU: I am assuming that what I see in the mirror is not that bad (laughs)! I used to experiment earlier, but now I like to keep it simple. I have a hairstylist who takes care. On the clothes’ front, I have a designer who sits with the director for each film to chalk out a look for me based on the script.
REPORTER : Your movie ‘Seethamma Vakitlo Sirimalle Chettu’ with Venkatesh in 2013, in a way, started the trend of multi-starrers in Telugu cinema, something that does not quite happen often. Do you think more such multi-starrers should be made?
MAHESH BABU: Of course, multi-starrers should be made. I had a great time on ‘Seethamma Vakitlo Sirimalle Chettu’ and I enjoyed every moment. I have a fabulous off-screen rapport with Venkatesh garu as well.
REPORTER : I return to Rajamouli. Believe you too are doing a movie with Rajamouli soon, after he winds up the second part of ‘Baahubali’ next year. Is the script ready? What kind of a film is that?
MAHESH BABU: Yes, we are scheduled to do a film together. The script is yet to be finalised. I am looking forward to it.
REPORTER : Mahesh Babu plus Rajamouli will equal what?
MAHESH BABU: You tell me (smiles)!
REPORTER : To me and to most fans, it will mean an awesome combination. Tell me, why the decision to stick to Telugu cinema and not dabble in Tamil? You are a Madras boy, aren’t you?
MAHESH BABU: Telugu cinema is the cinema that I know and I am happy working here. Very happy. Having said that, I was born in Chennai and I speak Tamil fluently. For now, we will be releasing Srimanthudu in Tamil (dubbed version) simultaneously for the first time.
REPORTER : Being a political journalist, I must ask you this. Your father has dabbled in politics, your brother-in-law Jaydev Galla is now a Lok Sabha MP from the Telugu Desam. Do we see Mahesh Babu ever entering politics?
MAHESH BABU: Never. I have never known or understood that space at all.