Mahanati Story: Underdog reporter Madhuravani (Samantha) and photographer Anthony (Vijay Deverakonda) are handed the job of writing a report on Savitri (Keerthy Suresh) remaining in coma since a year. But after a press conference with Gemini Ganeshan (Dulquer Salmaan), the duo believes there’s more to Savitri’s story than anyone knows.
Mahanati Review: To call ‘Mahanati’ a celebration of Savitri’s life would be an understatement, because the film breathes her life in a span of almost 3 hours. There are few films in the Telugu film industry that make you feel the way this one does – empathise and fall head over heels in love with the protagonist even in her lowest of lows. When Madhuravani, a journalist in the 80s, approaches an acquaintance of the Mahanati and tells him her generation knows nothing of Savitri other than the fact that she was once a great star, the same holds true for this generation too. And that is how the tale of ‘Mahanati’ begins.
More than a retelling, this film is a character study on the kind of person Savitri was. Few know how innocent and young she was when she married an already wedded Ganeshan out of love, despite many calling her a home-breaker. Few also know how kind she was even to strangers, free to give away her earnings to those in need. When she was alive, Savitri was branded as a home-breaker and an alcoholic who ruined her life and this film tries to explain why her life could’ve come to be that way.
Innocent and childish, a stubborn but kind hearted Savitri (Keerthy) moves in as a child with her widowed mother to her uncle and aunt’s (Rajendra Prasad and Bhanupriya) home. Pushed to learn dance and later theatre by her uncle who finds there’s money in it, Savitri’s only solace is her friend Susheela (Shalini Pandey) and a stone idol she turns to when she misses her father. Acting upon a suggestion given, her uncle soon takes her to Madras when she’s only 14 to get her a role in films. The story thereafter filled with beauty, love, greed, jealousy and backstabbing is one that retro films are made of. Unfortunately for Savitri, this is what her life was like.
Released:8 May 2018 (USA)
Category:Featured, Featured 2, Featured Malamyalam, Malayalam Movies, Malayalam Movies 2018
Genres:Biography, Drama, History
Stars:Dulquer Salmaan, Keerthi Suresh, Krish, Mahesh Achanta, Mohan Babu, Prakash Raj, Samantha Akkineni, Shalini Pandey, Tharun Bhascker Dhaassyam, Vijay Devarakonda
Actors:Dulquer Salmaan, Keerthi Suresh, Krish, Mahesh Achanta, Mohan babu, Prakash Raj, Samantha Akkineni, Shalini Pandey, Tharun Bhascker Dhaassyam, Vijay Devarakonda