Pawan Kalyan announced that he wants to be politics and did not announce when he will look back at acting ever. He, at least, in immediate future won't be coming back to films.
So, Mahesh is now, undisputed biggest star hero of TFI even though Mega fans and Nandamuri fans along with Prabhas fans will not agree. But the fact is, Mahesh is seen above all of the other stars and he proved his box office strength time and again.
If a right director, can come up with complete mass commercial film that will adhere to class audience fans of Mahesh too, records could tumble.
Prabhas has grown beyond equation but we haven't seen him in another film or in set of films that will sustain the wave Baahubali created.
Hence, at least for another 3-4 years, Mahesh doesn't have to face huge challenges from his contemporaries, provided he does more hit films.
But for him and Pawan Kalyan, successful films haven't been regular as the expectations from them have skyrocketed long before. Now, they have to find stories that can reach to every audience member.
Producers trust the star power of actors and try to cook scripts accordingly. An interesting race for Mahesh27 is going on between Geetha Arts, Dil Raju and Mythri Movie Makers say TFI sources.
One say that Parasuram is asked to approach Mahesh with a bound script for Geetha Arts. One revealed that Mythri Movie Makers is still looking to set up Mahesh-Sukumar combination. And another said that Dil Raju is looking to be involved in some capacity in future movies of Mahesh Babu.
As they say, All roads lead to Rome, all big production houses aim is to produce a movie with Mahesh, at this point of time.