Vijay's two big hits - Gilli and the recent
Pokkiri were remakes of Mahesh Babu's Telugu flicks.
Come Friday, October 19, 2007 Mahesh Babu's Athidi
with Bollywod belle Amrita Rao will be released
in five screens across Chennai - proof enough
of his growing popularity. Few young actors from
other languages have been able to emulate Mahesh's
success, in spite of not acting in a straight
Tamil movie, his good looks adding to it. Performance
after all is the bottom line.