Making a movie is not an easy task and when it comes to a biopic it requires a lot of effort and research to get that authentic information. So one can imagine how much of hard work and teamwork went into making a biopic on the first lady superstar of South cinema. One year of research and pre-production work and one year of shooting; it almost took more than two years for Nag Ashwin to complete the project. He went door to door, met many people and curated everything in two and half hours film.
Savitri who commenced her acting journey at the age of just thirteen, got married to her love in her sixteens and attained superstardom in her 20s. Late in her mid-40s she left us leaving everyone perplexed.
Nag Ashwin chose a story that needs to be told and on May 9th, we all can witness the story of a legendary actress with style, grace and humanity personified.
Here we are with the star cast and the exceptional crew who worked day and night to bring us this magnum opus. Without wasting any time, get into the write-up who are in the movie and which role they are enacting.
Samantha Akkineni as Madhuravani
We will watch the whole movie in Madhuravani’s perspective, a journalist who is an ardent fan of Savitri.
Vijay Deverakonda as Vijay Anthony
Arjun Reddy has transformed into a photojournalist to help Madhuravani. (Madhuravani and Vijay Anthony are fictional characters)
Keerthy Suresh as ‘Mahanati’ Savitri
After seeing the innumerable looks of Keerthy as Savitri, we feel as if the legendary actress has come to life again. We are in awe of the uncanny resemblance of Keerthy as Savitri. Don’t you? The actress portrayed almost 120 looks and nearly 15-20 amongst them have been unveiled of late.
Dulquer Salmaan as Gemini Ganesan
Dulquer is making his Telugu debut with this movie where he is enacting the role of Savitri’s husband, Gemini.
Malavika Nair as Alamelu (Gemini’s first wife)
Shalini Pandey as Susheela (Savitri’s best friend)
Rajendra Prasad as Savitri’s Uncle KV Chowdary
KV Chowdary played a major role in bringing Savitri into the film industry.
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Naga Chaitanya as Akkineni Nageswara Rao
Is there any thing to talk about the late ANR or his grandson who is playing him.
Mohan Babu as SV Ranga Rao
We can’t imagine any other person in the role of SVR after having a look at Mohan Babu in the Gatotkacha avatar. He looks unbelievably real.
Prakash Raj as Aluri Chakrapani
Chakrapani produced movies like Missamma, Gundamma Katha, Mayabazar, etc where Savitri played lead roles.
Director Krish as Kadiri Venkata Reddy
KV Reddy directed Pathala Bhairavi, Donaga Ramudu, Mayabazar are a few to name.
Srinivas Avasarala as LV Prasad
Avasarala is playing the multifaceted LV Prasad, the man who directed Missamma, Shavukar, Pelli Chesi Choodu, Appu Chesi Pappu Koodu movies. LV Prasad, the Dadasaheb Phalke awardee is one of the pioneers in Indian cinema and he has brought fame to South cinema. He is the man behind Prasad Film Labs, Prasads IMAX, LV Prasad Film and Television, etc.
Director Tharun Bhascker as Singeetham Srinivas Rao
Mayuri, Pushpaka Vimanam, Aditya 369, Bhairava Dweepam are some of the films directed by Singeetham Srinivas Rao. He also worked as an assistant director to KV Reddy while filming Mayabazar.
Nissankara and Shivi
Nissankara, the grand daughter of Rajendra Prasad and Shivi, the daughter of singer Smita will be seen as junior Savitri and junior Vijaya Chamundeshwai (Savitri’s daughter).
Apart from these characters, we also have Naresh, Tanikella Bharani, Manobala (probably as Ramana Reddy), Bhanu Priya, Tulasi, Divya Vani, etc in vital roles.
And Here Comes The Crew, The Biggest Asset Of Mahanati
Nag Ashwin - Director
Nag Ashwin won plaudits for Yevade Subrahmanyam for telling a sensitive story in the most sensible way. Now the director in his second attempt, chose to tell the story of a great actress.
Swapna Dutt and Priyanka Dutt - Producers
Daughters of Ashwini Dutt are proud to produce this prestigious project
Mickey J Meyer - Music Director
Mickey J Meyer known for composing melodious tracks has done his part well. The recently released album has five beautiful songs which can be listened on the loop.
Sirivennela Seetharama Sastry and Ramajogayya Sastry - Lyrics
Are we eligible to talk about the work of this lyricists?
Dani Sanchez Lopez - Cinematographer
The Spanish cinematographer made his Telugu debut with this movie. After the teaser release, many have compared him to Anglo-Indian Marcus Bartley, the cinematographer of Mayabazar. Dani indeed played a small role in Mahanati.
Indrakshi Pattanaik, Gaurang Shah and Archana Rao - Costume Designer
The looks of the stars released so far speak volumes of their work.
A Hyderabad based jewellery designer Naveen Sangli of L Bajrang Pershad Jewellers designed the accessories for the movie and we can’t take our eyes off his jewellery pieces.
The rest of the crew include Kotagiri Venkateswara Roa for editing and Sai Madhav Burra for dialogues.
A huge shout out to the whole team of Mahanati. They are taking us back to the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s which we haven’t ever witnessed. We will witness the magic of golden era on the big screens on May 9. Don’t miss the movie in theatres.
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