Sharing a pic from Mahanati, Rana Daggubati lauded the team for coming up with the biopic on late veteran actor Savitri. His tweet in this regard was, “You guys are just amazing Keerthy and Dulquer... Nagi my man good luck everything looks amazing. Looking forward Mahanati.”
Mahanati, a bilingual biographical film made in Tamil under the title Nadigayar Thilagam, stars Keerthy Suresh as Savitri, who ruled the south Indian film circuit with her sheer screen presence in the 1950s, 60s and early 70s. The film highlights her rise to stardom and will showcase pieces of her professional and personal life. Married to her co-star in several films, Gemini Ganesan, Savitri eventually died of substance abuse. In the biopic, Dulquer Salmaan plays her husband and noted actor Gemini Ganesan.
Mahanati has an impressive star cast with Samantha Akkineni and Vijay Devarakonda also being a part of it. The others playing pivotal role in his biopic are Naga Chaitanya, Anushka Shetty, Shalini Pandey, Mohan Babu, Prakash Raj, Krish, Rajendra Prasad, Tharun Bhascker Dhaassyam and Malavika Nair. Naga Chaitanya Akkineni will be playing the character of his late grandfather, Akkineni Nageswara Rao (ANR). ANR acted in several films such as Missamma, Engal Veettu Mahalakshmi, Navaratri and so on with Savitri. The two of them also shared a good rapport off screen.
Directed by Nag Ashwin, the film is being bankrolled by C Ashwini Dutt under the banners Vyjayanthi Movies and Swapna Cinema. Based on the life of Savitri, the film’s screenplay has been penned by Nag Ashwin who has also directed it. The film’s dialogues for the Telugu version have been penned by Sai Madhva Burra and for the Tamil version it is Madan Karky. According to sources, the film’s director has done intense research on the life of the actor before taking it on to the floors.
Mickey J Meyer has composed music for this venture while the cinematography has been done by Dani Sanchez-Lopez. Mahanati / Nadigayar Thilagam is currently in the post production mode with plans on to release it on May 9th.
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