Star Cast :Keerthy Suresh, Dulquer Salmaan, Vijay Deverakonda, Naga Chaitanya Akkineni, Samantha Ruth Prabhu, prakash raj, Anushka Sethi and Shalini Pandey
Director: Ashwin Nag
Music : Mickey J Meyer
Languages: Telugu, Tamil
Producers: Priyanka Dutt, Swapna Dutt, Aswani Dutt
Release Date: 8 May 2018 (USA) 9th May 2018 (India)
The wait is finally over as the much-awaited biopic of Savitri, Mahanati has finally hit the screens today. Let’s see whether the film lives up to all its expectations or not.
Savitri (Keerthi Suresh) is born in Vijayawada and she is brought up by his father’s brother (Rajendra Prasad) whom she calls Nana, so dearly. She learns dance by seeing other kids without any tutor to prove that she can do when poked by his uncle. With this, her uncle start sending her to dramas and finally she ends up being an actress. What happened to her life after she became an actress and how has her life changed?
Keerthi Suresh has proved that she is the apt choice for the role of Mahanati Savithri and she has put her heart to live in the role. This movie stays forever as a milestone in her life. Dulquer Salman as Gemini Ganeshan is fantastic. Samantha Akkineni as Madhuravani, a journalist who writes a story on Mahanati is superb and her performance in climax stands out. Vijay Deverakonda as Anthony is perfect. Rajendra Prasad as KV Chowdary, uncle of Savithri is nice. Prakash Raj as Aluri Chakrapani, Krish as KV Reddy, Mohan Babu as SV Ranga Rao are perfect. All other actors did a pretty nice job in their roles.
Songs composed by Mickey J Meyer are superb and fantastic lyrics by Sirivennela and Ramajogaiah Sastry made them sound even better. Mickey has done fantastic work in creating background score. Cinematography by Dani Sanchez-lopez is a delight. He has created the looks of various times that happen in the movie so authentically with the color palettes he chose. His visual structure is supported very well by art department who created even a small minute detail with so much perfection. Production values of Swapna Cinema is superb.
Keerthi Suresh as Savithri
Samantha Akkineni as Madhuravani
Music by Mickey J Meyer
Cinematography by Dani Sanchez-lopez
Direction by Naga Ashwin
Production values of the film are top notch as the bygone era has been re-created in a spectacular manner. Be it the studios of Madras or the costumes in which Savitri is showcased, everything looks superb. Cameraman Dani Sanchez-Lopez should be given full credit for his camerawork as he has shot the different time zones in a realistic manner. Especially, Samantha and Vijay Devarakonda’s 80’s set up looks quite good. Dialogues are neat and quite emotional in many areas. Editing is decent but certain bits in the childhood episode of Savitri could have been edited out. Special credit should to the costumes and make up as the department has done a stunning job in making look Keerthy exactly like Savitri.
Coming to the director Nag Ashwin, he has done an amazing job with the biopic. He stays true to the genre and does not add any unnecessary elements to the film. Nag Ashwin manages to neatly showcase the dark side of Savitri without hesitating a bit. This is where the film clicks and the biopic becomes interesting. The young director scores heavily as he showcases every aspect of Savitri’s life in an interesting manner without making it look like an art film.
On the whole, Mahanati is a fitting tribute to the legendary actress Savitri. The rise and downfall of Telugu cinema’s most famous actress have been shown in a very effective manner. Keerty Suresh leads from the front and pours life into the character of Savitri making things quite interesting. As the film is a biopic genre, there is a lot of drama and things get narrated in a slow pace and this might not go well with every section of the audience who do not know much about Savitri. If you ignore this aspect, Mahanati moves you emotionally in many areas and is a film which should not be missed as biopics like these are rarely made in Telugu cinema.