He preferred Thaman over Mani for Dookudu and then, he went for Mickey J Mayer with Seethamma Vakitlo Srimalle Chettu. When everyone thought he will go for Pokiri combination for Businesman, he encouraged Thaman.
Devi Sri Prasad got his first chance to compose for Mahesh with Sukumar's film, 1Nenokkadine. Even though film failed, as Aagadu with Thaman also failed, DSP got second chance with Srimanthudu.
Movie became a huge hit and Mahesh continued to work with DSP for Bharat Ane Nenu, Maharshi and Sarileru Neekevvaru. He tried Mickey J Mayer and Harris Jayraj again for Brahmostavam & Spyder, respectively.
As they failed at box office and BAN, became a hit, for next two films, DSP continued. But his music for Maharshi, SLN did not become as massive success as other two albums.
It did affect the business of his film as AVPL scored huge over SLN due to record smashing audio. Seems like that made Vamshi Paidipally and Mahesh go for Thaman this time around.
With the kind of form, Thaman is in, we believe he might give one of his bests for Mahesh too, as he is going to work with him after a long gap and the movie is highly commercial entertainer.