Nag Ashwin’s period drama – which is the first biopic in Telugu language, Mahanati, has released in theatres on May 9. The film that traces the life journey of Savitri, one of the most loved, celebrated and successful actresses of South Indian cinema, has been receiving good reviews from critics, audience as well as the Tollywood film fraternity. Starring Keerthy Suresh in the titular role, the film had a good amount of buzz around it ever since it was announced. It brought together a stellar star cast of Dulquer Salmaan, Samantha Ruth Prabhu, Vijay Deverakonda, Prakash Raj, Naga Chaitanya among others. The trailer and songs further made the wait for the film difficult. There were high expectations from Mahanati and now, with the initial reviews, it is proved that the film is set to be a blockbuster.

The film has impresses a number of filmmakers from Telugu industry impressed. One of them is Baahubali director SS Rajamouli. The director heaped praises on Keerthy and said, “Keerthy’s potrayal of Savitri garu is one of the finest performances I’ve ever seen. It is not just imitating. She brought the legendary actress back to life. Dulquer is absolutely fantastic. I am his fan now.”

Directer Atlee also gave the film thumbs up and said, “Mahanathi classic, emotional inspirational bio epic of savithri Amma @KeerthyOfficial brought back the legendary actress hats off espl Mayabazar dance @Samanthaprabhu2 Thambi u rocked , congrats to whole team & Spl Thx to @VyjayanthiFilms for this unforgettable classic ….”

Vamsi Kaka of UV Creations took pride in Mahanati for the fact that it comes from the stables of Tollywood. In a tweet, he said, “Mahanati is one of the best examples to say it again that our Telugu Cinema is shining with brilliant filmmakers. Congratulations @KeerthyOfficial @Samanthaprabhu2 @TheDeverakonda @dulQuer @VyjayanthiFilms & the entire team of #Mahanati . It’s a MASTERPIECE!!!!”

Actor Sushanth A called Mahanati a must watch and said, “#Mahanati. What a bold thought by @nagashwin7 @SwapnaCinema @VyjayanthiFilms and then executing it with this stellar star cast 🙏 Must watch. I got to know things that I never knew too. Congratulations Team Mahanati!”

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The film also had premieres in USA on May 8 and it has released in 150 screens there. The first day box office collection of Mahanati is predicted to be around Rs 10 crore from worldwide screenings.