Mahanati Review: A perfect homage to Mahanati Savitri (Rating: 4.0)

Film: Mahanati

Language: Telugu

Cast: Keerthy Suresh, Dulquer Salmaan, Samantha Akkineni, Vijay Devarakonda, Rajendra Prasad, Tanikella Bharani, Bhanupriya, Malavika Nair, Shalini Pandey, Tulasi, Divya Vani, Akkineni Naga Chaitanya, Mohan Babu, Prakash Raj, Krish, Srinivas Avasarala, Senior Naresh

Director: Nag Aswin

Rating: 4.0


Story: The rise and fall of one of the greatest actress (Savitri) ever lived. How did a middle-class village girl rose to the top of the film industry and her fall from the grace should be watched on the big screen?

Acting: Keerthy Suresh as Savitri is as perfect as anyone can be. To say she lived in the role is a small word. Throughout the movie, one will see only Savitri on the screen.  No one could have done more justice to the role. Her comedy timing is as good as her acting in emotional scenes.  Dulquer Salmaan as Gemini Ganesan is good. He did an excellent job in love episodes and even in emotional episodes. Samantha Akkineni as Madhuravani an upcoming reporter who tells the story of the Savitri did justice to the role. Her acting with a stammer is too good. Her emotional performance at the tail end of the movie is perfect. Vijay Devarakonda as Vijay Anthony is good. Rajendra Prasad as K.V.Chowdary (Savitri's Maternal Uncle) gets a good role and did a complete justice to the role. His comedy timing with the scenes involving Savitri and his emotional outburst, when he finds out about Savitri's love with Gemini Ganesan is too good. Naga Chaitanya as ANR is good. Tanikella Bharani, Bhanupriya, Malavika Nair, Shalini Pandey, Tulasi, Divya Vani, Mohan Babu, Prakash Raj, Krish, Srinivas Avasaralaa and Senior Naresh played their parts very well.

Technical: Direction by Nag Aswin is flawless. He got everything right. The way he handled the screenplay by mixing humor and emotion is perfect. No one can do this better than what he accomplished. He made every actor live their roles. You don't see the actors but just the characters.  Dialogues by Sai Madhav Burra are good.   Music by Mickey J. Meyer is good in the songs and the background score elevated the mood of the film and took it to a different level. Cinematography by Dani Sanchez-Lopez is excellent. The way he used colors to differentiate the timeline is very good. Editing by Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao is perfect. Kolla Avinash's art is so perfect it will be talked for years. Recreating the sets of yesteryear classics is not a simple task which he handled very well. The production by Vyjayanthi Movies and Swapna Cinema is Very rich and can be seen in every frame of the movie.  The producers Swapna Dutt & Priyanka Dutt should be commended for believing in this movie and spending so lavishly to bring Mahanati back on silver screen one more time.

Analysis: Biopics are always tough, but this movie is a perfect example of how a biopic should be made. It is a perfect homage to the greatest actress ever lived. The roller coaster emotional journey of Mahanati Savitri couldn't have been told any better than this. The way the movie mixes the humor and emotions won't let us feel any dull movement in the movie.

Keerthy Suresh
Acting by all actors

Slow Pace

Box office: The movie will do well in A centers at domestic Market and will be a Super hit at overseas market.

Verdict: Don't miss it.

Bottom Line: A perfect homage to Mahanati Savitri

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