Mahesh Babu and Pokiri are the two biggest reasons why Ileana is what she is today. The Goa beauty became an overnight star after romancing the Prince in an evergreen blockbuster like Pokiri. Ever since, she barely faced a slow down in career and on most part, she has been a successful actress down south and also in Bollywood.
Although Ileana was about to leave film industry right after her first film, the chance to act along with Mahesh Babu stopped her from quitting the industry. Ileana herself has stated the above information in few to several interviews earlier. But contrary to what she said in her initial days, Ileana now stated that she didn’t know who Mahesh Babu is until she signed Pokiri. What?
The debate is not about being aware of who Mahesh Babu is, the debate is about changing the statements. We clearly remember Ileana feeling sky high on being paired up with a star hero like Mahesh Babu at that point of time. And now, she didn’t know who Mahesh Babu was. How Telugu audience should take it? As arrogance of a Bollywood lady or hypocrisy?