The film ‘Mahanati’ unveils the 45 year long controversial life of the first lady superstar of the South, the legendary actress, Savitri.
The film breaks all the convention of a routine biopic by presenting a unique experience of a plot and suspense in it. The film, directed by Nag Ashwin, can be relished by anyone who would look at cinema beyond its boom.
It would be good to know a little about the legendary actress, Savitri, before watching the film. Savitri had gradually turned an alcoholic and her final days were full of trauma and sufferings. She succumbed to death after remaining in coma for long nineteen days.
Savitri married Gemini Ganesan at the age of sixteen, thereby becoming Savitri Ganesan. All her transformations from an ordinary heroine to the superstar pedestal were after her marriage. Her husband, Gemini Ganesan, cast a huge influence on her life. It can be told that it was Gemini Ganesan, who brought fortunes and misfortunes to her life.
There was a time when super actors like MGR and NTR had to await long for the date of Savitri, who had risen to the pedestal of a superstar by rendering continuous hits in both Tamil and Telugu.
Though Savitri had mainly acted in Tamil and Telugu films, she had also acted in three Malayalam movies. One of the prominent ones being ‘Aswatthamavu’,’ released in 1978, by the acclaimed film maker K. R. Mohanan.
More than just being a biopic, ‘Mahanati’ marvels us through its varied presentation backed by a strong script. The film also illustrates how Savitri, during her last days, becomes an inspiration for a young girl.
Keerthy Suresh has immortalised the character of Savitri in the film. She steals the show all through the film. Dulquer Salman has also rendered an excellent performance as the kadhal mannan, Gemini Ganesan. Samantha Akkineni as the journalist Madhuravani has also excelled in her role.
The film has a huge star cast with actors like Prakash Raj, Akkineni Naga Chaitanya , Vijay Devarakonda, Bhanupriya and so on. The cinematography, music, editing and sound are all par above excellent.
The cinematography in the film is handled by Dani Sanchez-Lopez. The music is done by Mickey J. Meyer and the editing is handled by Kotagiri Venkateshwara Rao.
The Tamil version of the movie is what is released in Kerala as well. The title is Nadigaiyar Thilagam.
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