Director by: Nag Ashwin Producer by: C. Ashwini Dutt,Swapna Dutt,Priyanka Dutt Written by: Sai Madhav Burra (Telugu dialogues),Madhan Karky (Tamil dialogues) Story by: Nag Ashwin Starring: Keerthy Suresh,Dulquer Salmaan,Samantha Akkineni,Vijay Devarakonda Music by: Mickey J. Meyer Cinematography: Dani Sanchez-Lopez Edited by: Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao Production company: Vyjayanthi MoviesSwapna Cinema Release date: 9 May 2018 (Telugu),11 May 2018 (Tamil) Country: India Language: Telugu,Tamil
Mahanati depicts the life and career of one of South Indian cinema's greatest and most iconic starlets, the first Indian female super star, Savitri.
In Bangalore, popular yesteryear actress Savitri (Keerthy Suresh) is discovered unconscious by her young son. After being admitted into a hospital she goes into coma. Many papers report the incident, but the reasons 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(Divyavani) and living with her uncle(Rajendra Prasad) and aunt (Bhanupriya), she is magnanimous in speech, thought and action. There she befriended Susheela (Shalini Pandey) and they become best friends. Savitri's uncle 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 stage plays and claim people'spraise. Later she moves on to theater and proves to be a natural stage actress, with her expressive face and eyes that speak volumes.
Savitri’s uncle 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 home maker to get husband. But when cinema calls for her, she must go.