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Mahanati is available to stream on Amazon Prime. It was released in 2018 and has a runtime of 176 minutes. Mahanati () is a 2018 Indian biographical film based around the life of actress Savitri. The film is directed by Nag Ashwin, produced by C. Ashwini Dutt, Swapna Dutt and Priyanka Dutt under Vyjayanthi Movies and Swapna Cinema banners and stars Keerthy Suresh in the titular role while Dulquer Salmaan, Samantha Akkineni, Vijay Devarakonda, Rajendra Prasad, Bhanupriya, and Prakash Raj appear in other supporting roles. Music for the film is composed by Mickey J. Meyer.

Production began in May 2017 with filming taking place in Telugu language and simultaneously dubbed in Tamil language, the latter titled Nadigaiyar Thilagam (). Mahanati was released on 9 May 2018, and Nadigaiyar Thilagam on 11 May 2018. The film was also dubbed in Malayalam.

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Certificate U (INDIA)
Release Date 08 MAY 2018
Run Time 176 MINUTES
Budget ₹ 50 CRORES
Language

Telugu, Tamil

Genre

Biography , Drama

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MOVIE PLOT

Mahanati depicts the life and career of one of South Indian cinema's greatest and most iconic starlets, the first Indian female superstar, Savitri.


The film begins in Bangalore, popular yesteryear actress Savitri (Keerthy Suresh) is discovered unconscious by her younger son. After being admitted into a hospital she goes into a coma. Many papers report the incident, but the reason and the story of her life remain a mystery, until a young investigative journalist, Madhuravani (Samantha Akkineni) seizes the opportunity to dig into the life of Savitri. Accompanied by smitten photographer Anthony (Vijay Devarakonda), she pieces together the life of Savitri, from her meager beginnings to the dazzling heights she attained, before losing it all to poor health, bad decisions, bad luck and failed relationships.


Even as a child, Savitri’s jubilant personality is on display right from the start. Despite being the daughter of a widow Subhadramma (Divyavani) and living with her uncle K. V. Chowdary (Rajendra Prasad) and aunt Durgamamba (Bhanupriya), she is magnanimous in speech, thought and action. There she befriended Susheela (Shalini Pandey) and they become best friends. Chowdary decides to teach her to dance by enrolling her in a dance school, to make a profit off her, but Savitri isn't interested. Yet when the dance teacher dismisses her as incapable of learning dance, she makes up her mind to prove him wrong. She and her friend act in many stages of play and claim peoples praise. Later she moves on to the theatre and proves to be a natural stage actress, with her expressive face and eyes that speak volumes.


Chowdary gets her to enter the world of cinema. Despite  many attempts, Savitri's young age and her inability to speak the Tamil language hinder her prospects. In a chance encounter, she meets Tamil actor Gemini Ganesan (Dulquer Salmaan) who works in the casting department. They are mutually attracted to each other and  he helps her catch a break. The two stars rise together and Savitri, despite knowing that Gemini Ganesan is a married man, cannot help falling in love with him, and they eventually get married. Their marriage causes a fallout between her and her family but she holds on to her dream of withdrawing from the limelight and being a homemaker to get the husband. But when cinema calls for her, she must go. Savitri acts in many films, which turn out to be successful. But Gemini starts to get depressed, follows with professional jealousy, because she is much more popular than him, and that encourages him to drink. Savitri tries to stop him many times, but Gemini then asks her to start drinking with him. She does, and gets involved with alcohol and also starts gaining weight.


The media starts talking about her gaining weight. But things are looking up again, a few ladies tell Savitri that the cinema is only obsessing over the male superstars. The group of ladies convinces Savitri to direct a film with only female leads. Savitri happily agrees, and she acts and directs the film. Savitri also starts giving philanthropic gestures to the community, causing people to adore her. On the day of the theater release of the movie, Savitri realizes that Gemini was nowhere to be seen. She goes looking for him before joining the ladies for the movie. Then she finds him in their guesthouse with another girl. Being cheated, she angrily refuses to talk to him and shuts him out of their house. This is when Savitri starts heavily drinking and gaining a lot of weight.



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  • Nag Ashwin
    ( Director )

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