Recently in an interview, Keerthy Suresh opened up about Mahanati and said, “The story will be narrated from Samantha Akkineni’s perspective and she will be seen playing a journalist.” She further said, “ When the director Nag Ashwin narrated the storyline to me, I was shocked because it was too early in my career to play such a fascinating role. There is so much more to Savitri than what the people know. I am very happy as I got the opportunity to essay the role of Savitri on screen. I have about 120 costumes in the film. Average number of costumes for an actress in a film is about 30.”
A leading actor, who worked in all the four south Indian languages, Savitri married Gemini Ganesan. She had two children with him, but died of substance abuse at the age of 47.