For any Telugu or Indian Hero, becoming a mass hero is the ultimate goal. Once you attain that status then you can build on it to become a star and then so on.
Like how movies before Khaidi, Manavoori Pandavulu, Kothalarayudu, Mogudu Kavali, Chattaniki Kallu Levu, Alayashikharam and Intlo Ramayya Veedilo Krishnayya made Chiranjeevi a mass entertainer for Khaidi to put him on put on a pedestal, every hero needs such continuous big hits to build on an image.
Natural Star Nani made a firm base until KrishnaArjuna Yuddham and even if he may not become Chiranjeevi, he won't be going down as just a popular hero for a period of time but a star, provided he chooses his films carefully, now.
Nikhil on the other hand, seems to have found the formula for his success with Swamy Ra Ra and until Ekkadikipothav Chinnavada, he made a step by step progress.
But his recent movies ended up as flops and he needs another popular hit to make his case strong for becoming a mass hero and then a star.
Looking at his new movie, Mudra stills one gets an impression that he is embracing his age factor as well, understanding that he is no longer too young to play college guy and even built his body.
Even for Lavanya Tripathi, this film needs to work out well. Let's hope they have made a valiant effort in the able direction of Lakshman.