|Cast:||Keerthy Suresh, Samantha, Dulquer Salman, Vijay Devarakonda|
|Directed by:||Nag Ashwin|
|Produced by:||Vyjayanthi Movies|
|Music by:||Mickey J Meyer|
|Release Date:||9 May 2018|
Mahanati - Story
The movie begins with Madhuravani (Samantha) and Vijay Antony (Vijay Devarakonda) working for Prajavani to cover the life story of actress Savithri, and the duo set out to collect facts on her. Mahanati then covers Savithri's childhood, her entry to films, the popular films she starred, her love and marriage with Gemini Ganesan, her rise to superstardom, fame and money impacting lifestyle and the alcoholic habit, and ultimately impacting her family life and the conflicts with Gemini, and the fall of the icon, through the eyes of Madhuravani.
Mahanati - Star Performance
Enacting scenes of Savitri garu and her signature characterstics which are familiar to all generations. So, any mistake enacting her on screen or offscreen personality would backfire. Even under that pressure, Keerthy Suresh walked away with award winning performance as Mahanati Savitri. Samantha Akkineni who played a journalist Madhura Vani got into the skin of the character. Her performance while talking to coma ridden Mahanati in climax is outstanding. Vijay Deverakonda as Anthony is good, except diction. Dulquer Salmaan as Gemini Ganeshan is remarkable. Naga Chaitanya enacted his grandfather’s reel life and is super cool as ANR (No off-screen scenes of ANR). Great actor Mohanbabu portrayed SVR’s role, Prakash raj as Chakrapani, Avasarala Srinivas as LV Prasad, Director Krishh as Director KV Reddy so on. Nata Kireeti Rajendra Prasad potrayed the role of Savitri garu’s Pedananna ole. Bhanupriya, Naresh, Tanikella Bharani, Shalini Pandey and Malavika Nair played smaller roles. Makers should thank all these great actors for supporting Savitri garu’s biopic.
Mahanati - Technical Team
With a soothing background score which is a highlight of Mahanati, Mickey J Meyer also impresses with his songs like Sada Nannu, Mooga Manasulu and takes us to the era of Savithri itself. Dani Sanchez Lopez's cinematography is top notch as he brings alive the period of Savithri beautifully capturing the amazing artworks and sets recreating the 60s, and gives life to the imagination of Nag Ashwin. Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao's editing makes sure that the biopic doesn't miss any of the important elements in the life of Savithri while also ensuring the movie never bores. After impressing the audience with the Coming of age flick Yevade Subramanyam 3 years back, it was a surprise decision by Nag Ashwin to opt for a biopic. And that being the biopic of someone of the stature of Savithri meant it was always a huge responsibility for him, and nag Ashwin comes out with flying colors, with his impressive making.
Mahanati - Analysis
Mahanati Savitri took birth as Keerthy Suresh is an understatement because such was the grace with which Keerthy carried herself as Savitri. Re-rendition of iconic scenes from Savitri garu’s hit films are pleasant retro experience. First half of this film is very good. In second half, due to pathos in the legendary actor’s life, the narration slows down but emotions work out. Throughout the movie the director keeps you connected with the proceedings. With huge starcast, stellar performances and honest team work MAHANATI is a must watch and a true tribute to great actress Savitri Garu.
Mahanati - Trailer