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Mahanti Movie Review: Keerthy Suresh is Impressive as Savitri

Written by Heenal Shah

A biopic on the life of the superstar actress Savitri, Mahanti boasts of a great cast, excellent
production design, applause-worthy performances and a storyline that keeps the audience

Directed by Nag Ashwin, Mahanti is a film that sheds light on and offers an inside look into the life of the legendary actress Savitri. She was an iconic actress of the Indian film industry during the mid twentieth century. With over 300 and more films to her credit, Savitri was once deemed the queen of Telugu and Tamil film industry.

Keerthy Suresh portraying the role of Savitri has done a phenomenal job. Her resemblance to the late actress is uncanny and it comes across pretty clear in a few shots recreated by director, Ashwin Nag. The actress definitely breathed life into the legendary actress by giving a convincingly genuine performance.

Dulquer Salman as Gemini Ganesan has portrayed his role wonderfully. A huge part of the story focuses on the relationship between Savitri and Gemini Ganesan. However, what works the most for the film is that the director hasn’t hesitated in portraying facts about the characters in the film and he does so without demeaning anybody.

Madhuravani played by Samantha Akkineni is the narrator who narrates Savitri’s story to the audience and Vijay Antony (Vijay Deverakonda) as the man who falls in love with Madhuravani. Both actors play their parts with utmost sincerity.  

There are some great performances in the film by other cast members as well. Naga Chaitanya’s cameo speaks more about the late actress’ personal life kept away from the camera. The best thing about the film are Keerthy Suresh, Dulquer Salman and Samantha Akkineni’s applause-worthy performances. The actors are in the best form as they could get. The costumes are on point. The costume designers have created some outfits for the lead actor’s keeping in mind the fashion of the 50s.

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