Mahanati movie release highlights: Review, audience reaction and more

Want to know what critics, celebrities and fans are saying about Keerthy Suresh starrer Mahanati? Read our blog for all the updates about the Savitri biopic.

By: Express Wed Desk | New Delhi | Updated: May 11, 2018 8:59:23 pm
Mahanati movie The Keerthy Suresh and Dulquer Salmaan starrer hit screens across India today.

Mahanati will see Keerthy Suresh reprise the role of Savitri while Dulquer Salmaan will play the role of Gemini Ganesan. Naga Chaitanya will be seen as his superstar grandfather Akkineni Nageswara Rao. The film has a host of other stars such as Samantha Akkineni, Vijay Deverakonda, Shalini Pandey and Prakash Raj among others. Directed by Nag Ashwin, the film has already earned lots of love from the Telugu audience in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Mahanti releases today across India.

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The biopic of the legendary actor Savitri has been dubbed and released in Tamil as Nadigaiyar Thilagam. The moniker was given to Savitri for her incredible acting prowess, placing her on par with another versatile thespian Shivaji Ganesan.

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Read all the updates about Mahanati, starring Keerthy Suresh, Dulquer Salmaan, Samantha Akkineni, Vijay Devarakonda, Rajendra Prasad, Kajal Agarwal and Shalini Pandey and among others.

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Jr NTR on Mahanati
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Samantha Akkineni thanks fans
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Smita on Mahanati
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Keerthy Suresh thanks fans
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Our verdict

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. 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. Mahanati is a very good drama that south India has produced in a long time.

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Anupama Parameswaran on Mahanati

Anupama Parameswaran wrote on Twitter: "#mahanati what a wonderful movie. really amused and inspired by your performance @KeerthyOfficial. u vr magical onscreen. couldn’t take my eyes off you. @dulQuer u killed it as always. both of u lived the characters. @Samanthaprabhu2 ur performance in the climax was excellent. loved the way u did it. scenes with @TheDeverakonda wr super cute. #mahanati now a special congrats to director Aswin nag and the producers for delivering this classic. I really respect your hard work and determination. wishes to the entire team."

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Keerthy Suresh on her prep to play Savitri

In a Facebook live, Keerthy Suresh said, "I did talk to Vijaya garu (daughter of the legendary actor). She sent me a lot of pointers on the characteristics and mannerisms. Since the film is more about how Savitri was off-screen, I needed to know how she was as a person, a wife and a mother. She (daughter) did share a lot of points. Savitri garu used to play cricket and she loved to swim. So many such points. Many of these points matched with me. I would circle them and send back to Vijaya garu saying, ‘I do the same things.’ So, she would say I am blessed.

"I think they (Savitri’s children) watched the film and they are really happy. She sent me a message that if ‘I would ever need the warmth of my mother, I would come to you’. What more do I need?," she added.

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Nag Ashwin on why he made Mahanati

In a Facebook live, Mahanati director Nag Ashwin said, "Majorly, two reasons. If we think about legends in cinema history, you would think of so many people. Sivaji Ganesan, SV Rangarao, NTR, ANR and so many more. They are the foundation of our industry. Savitri garu is the only one who has worked with all of them in their best films.

"I thought if all these great people have one person in common, what is her story? What did this person do to walk shoulder to shoulder with an entire generation of legends? Also, when you watch her films, you never see her as an actor. She lives her character. That makes her close to the audience and that is something people should not forget or miss out on," he added

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Kajal Aggarwal on Mahanati
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Mohanlal on Mahanati
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Madhan Karky on Mahanati
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Nagarjuna on Mahanati
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Venkat Prabhu on Mahanati

Tamil filmmaker Venkat Prabhu posted on Twitter: "U have made me fall in love with #savitriamma all over again @KeerthyOfficial god bless u! @dulQuer whatta performance! @Samanthaprabhu2 the climax single shot scene! All credits to the director #NagAshwin thank q bro for giving a gem of a film #nadigaiyarthilagam a must watch!"

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Harish Shankar on Mahanati

"Just finished watching mahanati. If I am not genuine to my self then I am not me. For the first time in my life, I am feeling guilty of being a director. “Classic” is a small word to express about the film. no words , only tears of joy for experiencing the true “ Cinema”. Apart from every craft and technical brilliance wanna salute @KeerthyOfficial @dulQuer @TheDeverakonda for their mesmerising contribution to the film #mahanati. I have a special mention @Samanthaprabhu2 for accepting the character being a super star and living it with more conviction. Hats off Sam for proving that marriage will only give more courage to do what you always wanted to do in life and clearing all the myth," tweetedTelugu filmmaker-screenwriter Harish Shankar.

Mahanati is a biopic of late south Indian actress Savitri who ruled the industry for two decades during 50s and 60s. Apart from Keerthy Suresh, Dulquer Salmaan, Samantha Akkineni and Vijay Devarakonda, the film also features cameo appearances by Akkineni Naga Chaitanya, Nani, Mohan Babu, Prakash Raj and Bramhanandam.