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9 May, 2018
2 hrs 56 mins
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'Mahanati' is the first ever South Indian Biopic that celebrates veteran actress Savitri both as a superstar and as a person. It is a pure period film set in four decades from 50's to 80's and the first of it's kind on Indian screens.
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Verdict: A magnificent re-telling of the golden era of cinema. Mahanati is a bilingual movie, which is titled Nadigaiyar Thilagam in Tamil. The movie is based on the biopic of legendary actress Savitri, portrayed by Keerthy Suresh. Directed by Nag Ashwin of the Yevade Subramanyam fame, the movie has an ensemble of cast comprising Samantha Akkineni, Dulquer Salmaan, Vi... ...Read full review
Underdog reporter Madhuravani (Samantha) and photographer Anthony (Vijay Deverakonda) are handed the job of writing a report on Savitri (Keerthy Suresh) remaining in coma since a year. But after a press conference with Gemini Ganeshan (Dulquer Salmaan), the duo believes theres more to Savitris story than anyone knows. ...Read full review
When attempting a biopic of most acclaimed actress Savitri garu- not only willingness but also honesty, guts to stick to the theme are important. And this is what the team of Mahanati delivers to the audience. ...Read full review
Madhuravani(Samantha) is a journalist in Madras who is assigned the duty of covering Savitris case after the actress ends up in a coma. Madhuravani decides to go neck deep into Savitris life and starts penning her life story from all the sources she meets. Rest of the story is showcased in a flashback mode from where Savitri played by Keerty Suresh becomes this great actress and how her life ends up in all kinds of problems after she falls in love with Gemini Ganesan(Dulquer Salman). ...Read full review
Director Nag Ashwin choose to tell the story of Savitri - the person. He has relied mostly on the life story available in books. However, he focused more on the drama between Savitri and Gemini Ganeshan, the marital life, less focused on her films. Since everybody knows what a great performer she is, he unveiled the drama of her life, what a genuine person she was. ...Read full review
Nag Ashwins latest film Mahanati, a biopic on Savitri, too sets out to find the truth about the legendary actress life, but what we get in the end is a film that is dense in its storytelling, but also leaves you craving for more drama. In an attempt to explore the persona behind the moniker Mahanati, the film merely reiterates the legend which has been passed on for generations altogether, without adding anything to make for a rousing cinematic experience. ...Read full review
Savitri (Keerthy Suresh), a 14-year-old girl is persuaded by her `Pedananna` (Rajendra Prasad in a largely humorous role) to move from theatre to cinema. When they reach Madras, the citadel of South Indian film industry, Srinivasan Ganesan (Dulquer Salman as Gemini Ganesh), a budding talent at a studio, spots a future star in the young girl. ...Read full review
Mahanati is the biopic of legendary actress Savitri, and that is precisely what we get. The movie depicts her professional rise along with personal attachments. Like many biopics, it is the rise and fall graph that is the main plot. ...Read full review
Set in 1980`s, a journalist Madhura Vani (Samantha) and a photographer Vijay Anthony (Vijay Devarakonda) are assigned to cover a story on Mahanati Savitri. They start collecting information on Savitri from different sources. The life of Savitri is depicted on the screen from her birth to the tragic death. ...Read full review
There is really nothing much to discuss about the storyline as it`s a transparent and faithful biopic on the yesteryear legendary actress and the plot is known to the audiences beforehand. Mahanati starts with a suicide attempt by Savitri (Keerthi Suresh) who slips into a coma. Madhuravani (Samantha) and Vijay Anthony (Vijay Deverkonda), journalists at Prajavani daily, gets on to the job of covering the life story of Savitri. ...Read full review
The very idea of Savitris biopic is exciting for two reasons - she was such a legend and never before has the story of a famed actor been told onscreen in southern cinema. For any biopic, it`s important for the director to find actors who resemble the characters they play on screen. Director Nag Ashwin has pulled off a casting coup of sorts and given us a case study of the prolific actor. ...Read full review
It is not easy to bring a legends story to life on screen, but director Nag Ashwin has managed to do it in Mahanati. The biopic based on the life of legendary actress Savitri has been one of the most eagerly awaited movies of the year, and the director and the cast have done it justice. ...Read full review
The four best things to happen to Nag`s film are Dulquer Salmaan, Keerthy Suresh, Samantha Akkineni and the costume designers. These three actors are in top form and equally shoulder this film. ...Read full review
Watching legendary actress Savitri`s personal and professional life unfold on screen is the most surreal experience. And director Nag Ashwin`s effective portrayal of the actress`s life is just the perfect ode to her achievements. ...Read full review