Makers of Mahesh Babu starrer 'Maharshi' organised a grand pre-release event which witnessed a huge fan gathering from all around Telangana. Just a few days ahead of the film's release, the makers are sparing no efforts in promoting the film. Mahesh Babu, like always, struck his fans in awe with his dashing personality. The megastar gave an emotional speech during the event mentioning about the directors he has worked with. He mentioned K Raghavendra Rao, Krishna Vamsi, Gunasekhar, Sreenu Vaitla and Koratala Siva to express his heart felt gratitude.
However, he forgot to mention the most important person who has contributed significantly in his acting career, Puri Jagannath. Having realized his mistake, Mahesh Babu took to social media and wrote a message for director Puri Jagannath, from whom he got his first ever hit of his career with 'Pokri'. He wrote, "missed mentioning an important person in my speech today. In my 25 films journey, it was #Pokiri that made me a superstar. Thank You @PuriJagannath! ! ! Thanks for giving me Pokiri .
'Pokri' managed to win the heart of audience winning four Nandi awards, two Filmfare Awards South, including best popular feature film. Though the film had promising actors like Mahesh Babu, Ileana D'Cruz and Prakash Raj in the lead roles, it was Puru Jagannath's direction that made 'Pokiri' a superhit blockbuster.