Prabhas was not in Top 5 race until Baahubali came his way. Pawan Kalyan and Mahesh Babu, delivered huge hits with Okkadu, Pokiri, Kushi, Thammudu, Athadu, Tholiprema to enjoy the stardom they do.
After those two grew massive by 2011-12 with no dependency on success and failures, Allu Arjun, Ram Charan, Jr. NTR and Prabhas were seen as the next best for them.
Jr. NTR did earn more following during Simhadri success in mass belts but Pokiri, Gabbar Singh changed all equations that were favourable to him.
Ram Charan with Magadheera challenged every star but until Dhruva and Rangasthalam, he did not big hits. Now, Jr. NTR and Ram Charan are planning for Pan-India films after RRR with SS Rajamouli.
Prabhas became Pan-India sensation with Baahubali films and Saaho proved that there is a strong market for him in North India and film based market in other South Indian states leaving Telugu states and Karnataka as his strong holds. .
Pawan Kalyan is not interested in Films but if he decides to take up his market to Pan-India level with films, the name he gained as politician will help in that matter, to at least get people to talk about his film.
Mahesh failed with Spyder but has name across Hindi market and Tamil, Kannada markets. He has plans to try again with Prashanth Neel and the actor is looking closely at different scripts.
Allu Arjun has Ala Vaikuntapuramu Lo with Trivikram Srinivas, Icon with Venu Sriram and Sukumar's next in pipeline. He has a good market in Kerala, name in Mass belts of Hindi market and he tried to set up a film in Tamil before.
Now, he is the only actor to be left behind in the Pan-India race. Well, his mass films might have given him name and fame but threw him to the back benches in the star game! What will be his next move?