Nadigaiyar Thilagam casts Keerthy Suresh in the Title Role and Dulquer Salmaan, Samantha Ruth Prabhu and Vijay Deverakonda in prominent roles. Also, Nadigaiyar Thilagam also casts Shalini Pandey, Malavika Nair, Mohan Babu, Krish Jagarlamudi, Rajendra Prasad, Prakash Raj and others in the supporting cast.
Nadigaiyar Thilagam 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 Nadigaiyar Thilagam 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 is the life history of Savitri why she left in a coma? Savitri's every stage of life from 14 years ago to 45 years everything brought into the screen.
Savitri had a long journey in the film industry, 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 she attempts cine opportunities, the actress growing up, love, and marriage is clearly screened with few fun moments. Savitri married to Gemini Ganeshan(Dulqer Salmaan) secretly. She left her uncle started life with Gemini Ganeshan. 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 lived the role. Right from the look to costumes, makeup style resembles Legendary actress Savitri garu. Sometimes we just feel are we watching Savitri or Keerthy Suresh on screen. She totally involved in Savitri character from childhood to 45 years of age she has shown different variations as her life moves to a different stage. Dulquer Salman as Gemini Ganeshan given the best performance expressing love towards Savitri Garu falls us in love with Dulquer. In few scenes, he has been shown in negative shades but he completely lived in the role of Gemini Ganeshan. Samantha as a Journalist impressed the audience with her emotional words in the climax. Vijay Deverakonda as (Vijay Antony) helps Samantha and secretly loves her is quite entertaining. 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/ Nadigaiyar Thilagam 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 Nadigaiyar Thilagam. 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.
This "Nadigaiyar Thilagam" is a tribute to Great actress Savitri