Here’s Samantha and Vijay Deverakonda from Mahanati
Mahanati, the upcoming biopic on yesteryear actress Savitri, is one of the most awaited movies in Telugu cinema this year. Nag Ashwin is directing the movie which has Keerthy Suresh playing the legendary actress. Dulquer Salmaan, Samantha, ‘Arjun Reddy’ fame Vijay Devarakonda, Naga Chaitanya, Rajendra Prasad, Mohan Babu, Shalini Pandey and Prakash Raj are also part of the cast.
As we had earlier reported, Dulquer, who is making his Telugu debut, is playing Gemini Ganesan while Naga Chaitanya is said to be playing his real-life grand father Akkineni Nageswara Rao (ANR) in the movie. Prakash Raj is essaying the role of popular Telugu cinema producer Chakrapani. Samantha and Vijay Devarakonda will be seen as journalists in the movie.
The character posters of Samantha and Vijay Deverakonda were released recently. While Samantha plays Madhuravani, Deverakonda’s character has been named as Vijay Antony. They both sport retro looks since their portions are set in the 80s. Mahanati’s story evolves as the two set out to piece together the story of Savithri’s life.
The movie will trace the late actress’ life from the 1940s to 1980s and will feature those films she has acted with NT Rama Rao, Akkineni Nageshwara Rao and other legends from the Telugu and Tamil film industry. Savitri was briefly married to Gemini Ganesan and the movie will also show some lesser known details about their relationship.
Since Savitri was hugely popular in all the southern film industries, the makers have planned the movie as a bilingual. The Tamil version is titled as ‘Nadigayar Thilagam’. The movie produced by Vyjayanthi Movies is slated to hit screens worldwide on May 9.