Mahanati in Telugu, titled Nadigaiyar Thilagam in Tamil, is an upcoming 2018 Telugu-Tamil biographical period film based on the life of South Indian actress Savitri. The film is directed by Nag Aswin and produced by C. Ashwini Dutt’s Vyjayanthi Movies Banner. During the pre-production phase, Ashwin spent six months in research by reading articles and books, while meeting old journalists and actors who had been associated with the actress. The soundtrack for the film comprises five songs, each of which corresponds to a phase in the actress’s tumultuous life. Composed by Mickey J Meyer, who has mostly worked in Telugu cinema, the album stands out for its ability to be diverse as well as soulful. All the songs, in fact, are identically composed in both languages, with the Telugu soundtrack gaining an edge over the Tamil one.
Mahanati is a film that took more than 2 years in making, 2000 auditions, 100’s of costumes, 32 Sets, and an extraordinary crew . It is not often that we see movies like Mahanati being made and we are confident that this movie will be remembered as a classic in Telugu Cinema. Mahanati stars Keerthy Suresh in the titular role as Savitri, Dulquer Salmaan as Gemini Ganesan, Samantha Akkineni as Madhuravani (a journalist), Vijay Devarakonda as Vijay Anthony, Rajendra Prasad as Venkata Ramayya (Savitri’s Maternal Uncle), Akkineni Naga Chaitanya as Akkineni Nageswara Rao, Mohan Babu as S.V.Ranga Rao , Bhanupriya as Durgamamba (Savitri’s Maternal Aunt) and Prakash Raj as Aluri Chakrapani in other pivotal roles.
Mahanati traces Savitri’s life from the 1940s to 1980s and features those films she acted with NT Rama Rao, Akkineni Nageshwara Rao and other legends from the Telugu and Tamil film industry. Though the movie mostly revolves around Savitri’s life, Dulquer as Gemini Ganesan is one of the principal characters in the movie. Savitri was briefly married to Gemini Ganesan and the movie will also show some lesser known details about their relationship.
Mahanati is all set to hit the screens on May 8 in USA. Content has been dispatched to all theaters and premieres will happen as per the schedule. Movie is being screened in more than 150+ Locations in USA on May 8 and online ticketing for some locations is open now.
It will hit the screens worldwide on May 9. The Tamil (Nadigayar Thilagam) and Malayalam (Mahanadi) versions of the movie will be releasing two days later on May 11.
Mahanati is expected to have a good opening in Kerala thanks to Dulquer Salmaan. His latency assures a fair run for the movie in the state. The actor has not had a release for nearly seven months now and typically his fans are vigorously waiting for Mahanati.