That ‘Srimanthudu’ Mahesh Babu has won the 2015 Nandi Award for Best Actor is known to all. Reports are coming in, however, that this was not a straight-forward decision. 2015 also saw the release of Bahubali, one of the best films made in the Telugu film industry. The lead actor of the film, Prabhas, impressed everyone with his acting prowess. The jury had no doubt that Prabhas deserved an award, but did not want to upset the closest contender, Mahesh Babu.
It is said that this fix was resolved by powerful people in Amaravati, taking caste and political affiliations into account. Thus, Mahesh Babu was declared the Best Actor. On the other hand, Prabhas fans are alleging foul play and injustice. While the awards list for 2014 and 2016 are printed documents, the 2015 list is hand-written with very prominent striking-out and rewriting, leading to further accusations of irregularities.