Telugu superstar Mahesh Babu, who turns 45 on August 9, spoke about his celebrations with his family amid the quarantine life.
How are you bringing in your birthday?
The entire nation and the world are in quarantine. This time my birthday would be at home only with my wife and kids. And I can’t think of a better way to celebrate.
So what are the quarantined plans for the day?
No plans really but a good family lunch is on the cards and some movie-watching with the kids. I’ve been watching a lot of films with my wife Namrata, son Gautam and daughter Sitara. Most of the time, I end up watching what they want.
What is your message for your fans for your birthday?
My message to all my fans is that I’m forever humbled with all their love and blessings and indebted to them for making me who I am. I truly believe if I’m where I am its due in a large part to their love and I’m extremely blessed and grateful for that.
Your fans will miss coming out on the streets to celebrate the special day!
This is what worries me. I want my fans and fan clubs to know they can’t celebrate my birthday the way they do every year. This year has been truly unique and challenging and I want them to stay home and look after themselves and their loved ones.
Is there anything in particular you want them to do for you?
I want them to say a prayer for me my family and for the entire world. We need to come out of this crisis together. My birthday wish is to see us emerge from the clutches of this vicious virus. I want my fans to know that I will miss their celebrations for my birthday. But this year we have to be aware and careful.
Besides spending time with your wife and children, how have you been spending these four months at home?
I have been doing many things. But what makes me specially happy is that I’ve done the one thing that I wanted to do for the longest time .I’ve learnt swimming during this lockdown with my children Gautam and Sitara.
Have you been eating and sleeping more than usual?
Not really. I am a very self-disciplined kind of guy. No vices, no excesses! I’ve been exercising, eating well and catching up on my sleep but not too much of it. I feel the lockdown has made me more disciplined. It’s back to the basics.
Do you make a birthday wish each year before blowing the candles?
Noooo! I just make sure I’m with my family on this day! Cake, candles, birthday wish used to happen years ago before my children were born. Now, they do all the usual birthday stuff on their birthdays.
Final question, how do you manage to look 22 at 45?
Ha ha. Ask my wife. She feeds me well and looks after me. A disciplined life free of self indulgence and vices. I guess that’s the formula. This doesn’t mean I don’t have fun in life. I do! But I am not telling you how and when.
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