The biopic on Savitri, Mahanati, went on to the floors recently with the shooting going on as planned.
The multilingual film is being made in Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam simultaneously, starring Dulquer Salmaan, Keerthy Suresh and Samantha Ruth Prabhu in the lead roles.
While Duqluer will play the role of actor Gemini Ganesan, who was Savitri’s husband, Keerthy Suresh will be seen playing the legendary actor herself.
Samantha will be doing the role of a journalist in whose perspective the story is told. The star cast also includes Vijay Devarakonda in a pivotal role apart from Prakash Raj who plays filmmaker Alur Chakrapani.
While the film is still in the shooting stage, reports suggest that there is a heavy demand for its distribution rights.
Sources say that the overseas rights of Mahanati have been bagged by Nirvana Cinemas for a whopping Rs. 4.5 crore.
Incidentally, this distribution house had tasted immense success recently having distributed Anando Brahma and Arjun Reddy overseas.
Sources say that the film is hot in the trade right now and the filmmakers are on the verge of inking more deals to complete the pre-release business.
Directed by Nag Ashwin, the film is based on the life of one of the most talented actors, Savitri Ganesan who ruled the Tamil and Telugu film industries several decades ago.
The film is produced by C. Ashwini Dutt and Priyanka Dutt under the banner Vyjayanthi Movies and Swapna Cinema.
While the film has been titled Mahanati in Telugu, its Tamil title is Nadigayar Thilagam. Incidentally, these were the titles bestowed on Savitri during her career.
It may be mentioned here that the poster of the film had the caption: “Dedicated to the women who create generations, here is the story of the evergreen legendary actor Savitri”
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