Mahanati– the biopic of legendary South Indian actress Savitri, released on 9th May. The Tamil version of Mahanati is titled ‘Nadigaiyar Thilagam’ which arrived at the theaters on 11th May. Mahanati- the Savitri biopic is receiving superb response by the movie lovers.
Nag Ashwin’s directorial venture Mahanati visits Savitri’s childhood, her screen dominance through the 1950s & ’60s, Savitri marriage to the already married Gemini Ganesan, and her death in 1981.
Dr. Kamala Selvaraj, the daughter of Gemini Ganesan who watched the Tamil version of Mahanati- Nadigaiyar Thilagam’ is not happy with the portrayal of Gemini Genesan in Mahanati. Kamala Selvaraj complained, “What has been shown in Mahanati is a one-sided version that glorifies only Savitri and bluntly ignores other aspects of her life.”
Kamala Selvaraj was also angered Mahanati glossed over her mother’s feelings about Gemini Ganesan’s second wife.
If there is a villain in Mahanati¸ it is neither Gemini Ganesan nor series of conscious, if ill-considered, choices made by Savitri. Mahanati blames Savitri’s plight on that vague thing called destiny, fate, naseeb, kismat, karma, bhagya, takdeer. The greatest tragedy in the life of Savitri was that misfortune shadowed her and she lost fame and money.
Keerthy Suresh essayed the role of Savitri whereas Dulquer Salmaan played Gemini Ganesan in Mahanati.
Mahanati- the biopic covers Savitri’s early years as a folk theatre performer, her rise to fame, Gemini Ganesan affair, break-up with Gemini Ganesan, the descent into alcoholism, the income tax raids, poverty, and the sorry end after a year of being in coma.
According to the latest buzz, satellite rights of Mahanati have been acquired by leading TV network for a fancy price of Rs 11 Cr. Bankrolled by Vyjayanthi Movies, the Keerthy Suresh starrer also has the ensemble star cast which includes, Samantha Akkineni, Vijay Devarakonda, Mohan Babu, Prakash Raj, Naresh Rajendra Prasad, Tanikella Bharani, Bhanupriya, Malavika Nair, Shalini Pandey, Divyavani, Akkineni Naga Chaitanya, and Srinivas Avasarala.