Mahanati casts Keerthy Suresh in the Title Role and Samantha Ruth Prabhu and Vijay Deverakonda in prominent roles. Also Mahanati also casts Shalini Pandey, Malavika Nair, Mohan Babu, Krish Jagarlamudi, Rajendra Prasad, Prakash Raj and others in the supporting cast.
Mahanati is written and directed by Nag Ashwin, music composed for this film by Mickey J. Mayer and produced by Swapna Dutt and Priyanka Dutt under Vyjayanthi Movies.
In Bengaluru Hotel, Savitri(Keerthy Suresh) in the state of coma admitted to the hospital. She treated like a normal woman when admitted to the hospital. However, it is revealed later that she is the 'Mahatani' Savitri. Fans tremendously go to the hospital. She is in a coma and hospitalized for one year. At that time Vani(Samantha) joins as a journalist in one of the famous publications. She is entrusted with the responsibility of writing Savitri's story. She will begin a joint venture with photojournalist Vijay Antony (Vijay Devarakonda) and do research on Savitri Biography. What did Savitri do before going into a coma? Why she came to Bengaluru? What is the life history of Savitri? From Childhood, Career in cinema life, Married life, Ups and down, at last till the death everything is brought in to light by Vani.
Savitri had a long journey with 300 films. That's the adventure of the whole life to be shown on the screen. However, director Nag Ashwin showed the whole life on the screen without leaving any stage, starting from childhood till the death. Keerthy Suresh portrayed Savitri in the title role. In the first half During Childhood Savitri moves with her Widow mother to her Uncle(Rajendra Prasad) and Aunt(Bhanu Priya) and forced to learn dance and Missed her one and only lovely friend Susheela(Shalini Pandey) later goes to Madras at the age of 14 attempts to cine opportunities, the actress growing up, love, and marriage is clearly screened with few fun moments. Savitri married to Gemini Ganeshan(Dulqer Salmaan) secretly. The second half goes with Savitri Married life, How she lighten as a star in the cinema industry, disturbances in married life, how Gemini Ganeshan feels Jealous, Financial crises, alcohol addiction is screened.
Keerthy Suresh not just portrayed Savitri character but she walked away with the award-winning performance. Right from the look to costumes, dressing style resembles Legendary actress Savitri garu. The way of imitating Savitri gave life to film. She totally involved in Savitri character. Dulquer Salman as Gemini Ganeshan given the best performance. Samantha as a Journalist Vani impressed the audience with her emotional words in the climax. Vijay Deverakonda as (Vijay Antony) helps Samantha and secretly loves her is quite entertaining performance. Mohan Babu as S.V Rangarao, Nag Chaitanya as ANR, Jr. NTR as NTR and few cast Bhanu Priya, Rajendra Prasad, Avasarala Srinivas, Prakash Raj, Tanikella Bharani, Shalini Pandey, Naresh, Malavika Nair all done their jobs well in respective roles.
Director Nag Ashwin neatly picturized each and every stage of Mahanati Savitri life story on screen with black and white shades. It will be one of the best films in his directional career he deserves all the credit of Mahanati. Mickey J Meyer Musical tracks are outstanding, Cinematography by Dani Sanchez-Lopez is awesome which moves us to old feel. Dailouges, editing everything is perfect only slow space in second half remains a drawback. On whole Mahanti deserves 100 Out of 100.
"Mahanati" is a great asset to Legendary Actress Savitri