Mahesh Babu had many hits before Pokiri, but it transformed his image completely by bringing him closer to the masses. Today marks 15 years of Pokiri. Directed by Puri Jagannadh, the movie became a huge blockbuster and created industry records in collections at that time. Mahesh Babu got many accolades for his outstanding performance and also for his transformation in look by changing his hairstyle.
Puri Jagannadh’s punchline ‘Evvadu Kodithe Dimmathirigi Mind Block avuthado vaade Pandu’ is still as famous as it was. Puri and Manjula Ghattamaneni jointly produced it under their respective banners Vaishno Academy and Indira Productions.
Ileana D’Cruz played the female lead. Pokiri also features Nassar, Prakash Raj, Sayaji Shinde, and Ashish Vidyarthi in key characters. Music by Mani Sharma was euphoric and the songs kept topping the chartbusters for years.
Pokiri was remade in several languages as well. It was remade as ‘Pokkiri’ in Tamil, ‘Wanted’ in Hindi, ‘Porki’ in Kannada, and ‘Monar Jala’ in Bengali. Mahesh Babu’s wife Namrata Shirodkar celebrated the occasion by sharing a poster from the film.
Sharing the intense-looking Mahesh’ poster, she wrote ‘#15 Years of Pokiri. A pathbreaking film of its time.. a cult classic, perfect mix of mass and class! @urstrulymahesh as Pandu was just terrific! Memories of a lifetime ♥️♥️♥️♥️’
The Superstar fans are celebrating the moment as well as fondly remembering the good old days. Pokiri is now available on Amazon Prime Video.