Keerthy Suresh won the Best Actress award at the 66th National Film Awards for her portrayal of legendary actor Savitri in the bilingual biopic Mahanati.
Talking about her experience of playing the yesteryear actor Savitri, Keerthy Suresh had earlier said, “It was a travel, a journey, whatnot. I never realised that I was not myself at the shoot. It took a while to realise that. I don’t know if I am still out of it.”
After the release of Mahanati, Keerthy’s performance found a special mention in movie reviews. Indianexpress.com’s Manoj Kumar R in his review wrote, “The four best things to happen to Nag Ashwin’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. Dulquer and Keerthy make it really look easy to play iconic characters and the costume department has stitched out the best dresses for the film’s lead actors making the fashion of the 50s desirable in 2018.”
Ever since the announcement, congratulations have been pouring in for Keerthy
— rajamouli ss (@ssrajamouli) August 9, 2019
— Sathish (@actorsathish) August 9, 2019
— atlee (@Atlee_dir) August 9, 2019
— Rana Daggubati (@RanaDaggubati) August 9, 2019
Congratulations on winning the #nationalaward2018 for the best actress #Mahanati darling @KeerthyOfficial so so so happy & so very proud of u darling ❤️ wishing u a lot more success ahead sweets 😘 god bless 🙏🏻💃🏻😘 pic.twitter.com/jj8L3OB1GN
— Priya Mohan (@priyaatlee) August 9, 2019
— Ramesh Bala (@rameshlaus) August 9, 2019
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After the success of Mahanati, the 26-year-old actor could not believe what was happening. She told IANS, “Audiences seem to have taken to the film in a very big way. Of course, when I agreed to do Mahanati, I knew we were on to something special. But nothing had prepared us in the ‘Mahanati’ team for this kind of impact. We’re literally flooded with praise and compliments. It is something I’ve not experienced before. Not to this extent.”
Now, Keerthy Suresh is all set to make her Bollywood debut opposite Ajay Devgn in a film on Indian football player and coach Syed Abdul Rahim. The movie will be directed by Badhaai Ho fame Amit Sharma.