Mahesh Babu’s last release was Bharath Ane Nenu, which did well at the box office. Post this, the Prince is working in Maharshi, directed by Vamsi Paidipally. This is the star’s silver jubilee film, where he is paired with Pooja Hegde. For his 26th film which is as yet untitled but goes by the name SSMB 26, Mahesh will be working under the direction of Anil Ravipudi of F2 fame. The producers of this film are said to be Anil Sunkara’s AK Entertainment and Mahesh Babu for his Mahesh Babu Entertainment banner.
Earlier on, Sai Pallavi was said to be in talks to play the lady lead in this project but later she refused the film citing the reason as dissatisfaction pertaining to her role. Following her, we now have information that Kannada superstar Upendra has also refused to do the antagonist's role in this film. However his reasons are not the same as Sai Pallavi’s. Sources say, “Upendra will be contesting in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections and has decided not to take on any film roles until then.”
As of now in SSMB 26, we have Rashmika Mandanna of Geetha Govindam fame in the heroine’s role. Yesteryear star Vijayshanthi was also approached to play a role but she is yet to give her consent. Devi Sri Prasad is likely to be the music composer and this new movie will start rolling from June and is expected to hit the screens in January, 2020. It is said to be a complete commercial entertainer that Mahesh Babu is very good in delivering. Stay tuned for further updates!