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The Great Actress (2018)

Mahanati (original title)
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Biography of Savitri, an actress from South India movie industry, who ruled the industry for two decades during 50s and 60s.

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Nag Ashwin

Writers:

Nag Ashwin (screenplay), Sai Madhav Burra (dialogue)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Keerthi Suresh ... Savitri
Dulquer Salmaan ... Gemini Ganesan
Samantha Ruth Prabhu ... Madhuravani (as Samantha Akkineni)
Vijay Deverakonda ... Vijay Anthony
Rajendraprasad Rajendraprasad ... K.V. Chowdary (as Rajendra Prasad) (as Dr. Rajendra Prasad)
Bhanupriya ... Durgamba (as Bhanu Priya)
Divyavani Divyavani ... Subadrama
Mohan Babu ... S.V. Ranga Rao
Prakash Raj ... Chakrapani
Srinivas Avasarala Srinivas Avasarala ... L.V. Prasad
Naga Chaitanya Akkineni ... ANR (as Naga Chaitanya)
Manobala ... Pulliah
Malavika Nair ... Alimelu
Shalini Pandey ... Susheela
Radha Krishna Jagarlamudi Radha Krishna Jagarlamudi ... K.V. Reddy (as Krish)
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Storyline

Mahanati depicts the personal and professional life of first Indian female superstar, Savitri. After actress Savitri is admitted in a hospital in Bangalore and she goes into coma, a young investigative journalist, Madhuravani, seizes the opportunity to write an article on her life. The young Savitri meets Gemini Ganesan, who works in casting department, after her failed attempts to get a role in cinema. They both start a career in acting and eventually rise to stardom. Savitri falls in love with him despite the fact that he is married. Their marriage results in a rift with her family but Savitri never gives up on her love. Her dreams are shattered when she learns that Gemini Ganesan is a womanizer and has been continuing his illicit relationships even after their marriage. The rest of the story is about how she stood up against all odds and the result of her wrong choices in life. Written by Nagaraju (https://www.telugumovieanalysis.xyz/)

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Country:

India

Language:

Telugu | Tamil

Release Date:

8 May 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$3,650,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Savitri and Gemini Ganesan are shown coming out of a cinema after watching "I'll Cry Tomorrow". That film was also a biopic of a notable actress, Lillian Roth, who also went through a turbulent personal life that also included struggles with alcoholism. For those who are aware, this serves as a foreshadow of sorts of what's to happen with Savitri in the years following her marriage. See more »

Goofs

When Savithri was approached by Chakrapani for convincing her to accept role in Mayabazar, she was shown hearing the song "aduthu paduthu pani chestunte" in radio. That song was from the film Thodikodallu which was signed and filmed much later to Mayabazar, though released two months earlier. See more »

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Excellent story of savithri garu
10 May 2018 | by nitinyadav-18922See all my reviews

Very good movie and great direction of naagi garu. And all the cast done very great job especially keerthy suresh. The story inspires more people..


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