Maharshi is a 2019 Indian Telugu language action drama film directed by Vamshi Paidipally and jointly produced by Dil Raju, C. Ashwini Dutt, Prasad V. Potluri and Param V. Potluri through their Sri Venkateswara Creations production companies, Vyjayanthi Movies and Cine PVP. The film stars Mahesh Babu, Pooja Hegde, and Allari Naresh, while Jagapathi Babu, Prakash Raj, Jayasudha, Meenakshi Dixit, and Ananya play supporting roles. The music was composed by Devi Sri Prasad.
The plot follows Rishi (Babu), who becomes the CEO of a US-based software company. When his friend Ravi (Naresh) draws his attention to the plight of oppressed farmers, he sets out to help them.
Maharshi received mixed reviews from critics. Although Babu’s performance was praised, the film was criticized for its predictable, slow, and long storytelling. The film is among the highest grossing Telugu films. Maharshi received two national film awards, including best popular film featuring wholesome entertainment and best choreography. The film also won two awards at the Zee Cine Awards Telugu.
K. Rishi Kumar, an Indian, becomes CEO of a US-based software company, Origin, and meets his friends and university professors at a party in New York. Seven years ago, coming from a middle-class family in Hyderabad, he dreamed of succeeding in the software industry and has a strained relationship with his father, K. Satyanarayana, an employee of a private company who is constantly pressured by lenders. Rishi moved to Vizag for his IIET graduate degree and befriends Pooja and Ravi Shankar. Ajay, one of the best in the class, gets jealous after seeing Rishi pass him in all the exams. The MP Bhanu Prasad, who is Ajay’s father, a politician and a minister, offers money to Rishi in exchange for leaving the position of leader, but Rishi refuses and also beats his henchmen.
- Mahesh Babu as K. Rishi Kumar, CEO of Origin, Inc.
- Pooja Hegde as Pooja, Rishi’s love interest
- Allari Naresh as Ravi Shankar, Rishi’s best friend
- Jagapathi Babu as Vivek Mittal, a billionaire businessman
- Kaikala Satyanarayana as Pooja’s paternal grandfather
- Kota Srinivasa Rao as Pooja’s maternal grandfather
- Prakash Raj as K. Satyanarayana, Rishi’s father
- Jayasudha as Rishi’s mother
- Meenakshi Dixit as Nidhi
- Ananya as Pallavi, Ravi’s love interest
- Nassar as Chief Minister
- Sai Kumar as Pallavi’s father
- Rao Ramesh as Chandrasekhar, Rishi’s professor
- Mukesh Rishi as MP Bhanu Prasad, Ajay’s father
- Tanikella Bharani as Ravi’s father
- Posani Krishna Murali as Murali Krishna, Vivek’s supporter
- Srinivasa Reddy as Ramakrishna, Rishi’s personal assistant
- Vennela Kishore as Kanna, Rishi’s childhood friend
- Kamal Kamaraju as Ajay, Rishi’s college mate
- Brahmaji as Pooja’s manager