After making a controversy over his statement ‘Bollywood cannot afford me’ Mahesh Babu is indulged in another debate. Now, the Telugu actor is receiving backlash on social media for promoting a tobacco brand, with netizens mocking his Bollywood remark as well. Last year, Mahesh Babu appeared in a pan masala advertisement. While Tiger Shroff was also featured in the campaign, Mahesh Babu has now been targeted by netizens.
Several Twitter users questioned the megastar’s endorsement of a tobacco brand. “Bollywood can’t afford Mahesh Babu but pan masala can,” one of he tweets read. Another person wrote, “I assume only TFI stars like #MaheshBabu are allowed to sell Pan Masala products, while the rest are abused for doing the same. Nice double standards”
I assume only TFI stars like #MaheshBabu are allowed to sell Pan Masala products, while the rest are abused for doing the same. Nice double standards😒 @Its_CineHub
#SarkaruVaariPaata #SVP #PrithvirajChauhan pic.twitter.com/ymuv2Vw1oi
— J.P.S (@TheJ_P_S) May 12, 2022
— SAMBIT ASH 🇮🇳 (@SAMBITASH2) May 11, 2022
It's funny how #MaheshBabu said that #Bollywood can't afford him. But a pan masala brand can ( he endorses Pan Bahar and having a Bollywood equivalent in Tiger shroff). Nothing wrong with it. But next time onwards, bring a better arguement to act that Elite. pic.twitter.com/JkDGDBmpUC
— Shikhar Sinha (@pairgame) May 15, 2022
For the unversed, during a recent interview, when Mahesh Babu was asked about his upcoming Hindi debut, to which he replied that Bollywood cannot afford him. “I did get a lot of offers in Hindi, but I don’t think they can afford me. I don’t want to waste my time working in an industry which can’t afford me. The stardom and the respect I get here (in South) is huge, so I never really thought of leaving my industry and going to some other industry. I have always thought of doing films and becoming bigger. My dream is coming true now and I can’t be happier,” Mahesh Babu said.
However, the actor later issued a clarification, stating that his statement had been blown out of proportion. “Mahesh has clarified that he loves cinema and respects all languages. He said he is comfortable doing the film where he has been working. Mahesh said he is happy to see his dream coming true as Telugu cinema is going places,” the statement read.