Wednesday is not a typical day for film releases, but this is no ordinary film. A biographical drama on the life of veteran actress Savitri, Mahanati celebrates the superstardom of the actress, while also throwing light on her personal life. The period film set in four decades – from the 1950’s to the 1980’s – exploring her outstanding career as well as the reasons for her downfall. The story itself is compelling enough to drag audiences into theatres, but the multi-star cast is another feather in the movie’s cap.
Boasting of the biggest names in Southern cinema, this biographical drama stars Keerthy Suresh, Dulquer Salmaan, and Samantha Ruth Prabhu in the lead roles. Mahanati will be Dulquer’s Tollywood debut, in which he will be playing the role of Gemini Ganeshan. Meanwhile, Keerthy will be seen essaying the role of Savitri. Directed by Nag Ashwin, the film will be released in Telugu, Tamil, and Malayalam. The life story of Savitri will be narrated by Samantha’s character. Her real-life partner, Naga Chaitanya, will also feature in the film, alongside Anushka Shetty, Prakash Raj, and Vijay Deverakonda.
The pre-look poster of the film was released on International Women's Day and went viral within a few hours. Later, on Dulquer’s birthday, the makers of the film released his character poster, bringing back memories of the golden era of cinema. The film is already touted to break records and a headstart of two days gives the film an edge over the other releases of the week.