Mahanati is perhaps one of the most anticipated films of 2018. The film has Keerthy Suresh essay the role of the beautiful Savitri while Dulquer Salmaan is playing the role of her husband, Gemini Ganesan. So far the film’s teaser and two songs have been unveiled and we are already excitedly awaiting the release of the film. Fans just can’t get over the uncanny resemblance that Keerthy shares with the yesteryear’s actress. Yesterday, the music launch of the film took place and we finally got to see the music videos of the much loved songs Sada Nannu and Mooga Manasulu. While the lyrical videos were released earlier, we only got a glimpse of the chemistry that Dulquer Salmaan as Gemini Ganesan – Keerthy Suresh as Savitri and Samantha Ruth Prabhu (Akkineni) as Madhuravani – Vijay Deverakonda as Vijay Anthony share in the film. Now that all the looks and characters of the film have been revealed, fans are waiting to know what is the role of Shalini Pandey of Arjun Reddy fame, in the film.
Through a video released on social media yesterday, that takes one through the making of the film, most fans got their answer. According to it, Shalini plays an elderly woman sporting a traditional look. Wearing a huge bindi on her forehead and a large nose pin and a sari, she instantly takes one back in time as most women in the 60’s wore this outfit on a daily basis. So does this mean she is essaying the role of a family member of one of the most prominent characters in the film. Well, perhaps we shall get to know the answer to that in time.
We also got to see the arduous efforts taken by each and every department associated with the film, particularly those in the design and costumes teams. It is not easy to replicate an era from the past and that is exactly what the team has done, that too in such an impeccable way. The team went through over 1000 auditions as there are over 150 speaking roles. Check out the video below :
We also get to see some fun moments take place between Vijay Devarakonda and Samantha Akkineni, whilst riding horses whereas Keerthy Suresh and Dulquer are seen making faces. It is a bilingual biopic, given that the actress worked in the Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam and Hindi film industries for over 30 years. Bankrolled by Vyjayanthi Movies and also stars Shalini Pandey, Vijay Deverakonda, Prakash Raj and others in pivotal roles. Mahanati is titled Nadigaiyar Thilagam in Tamil and the film will release in Malayalam as well. Written and directed by Nag Ashwin, Mahanati is expected to release on 9 May