Average Critics Rating: 4
Average Critics Rating: 4
Mahanati Full Movie Review And Rating
Cast: Keerthy Suresh, Samantha, Dulquer Salmaan, Vijay Deverakonda, Dr. Mohan Babu, Dr. Rajendra Prasad, Shalini Pandey, Malavika Nair, Prakash Raj and others
Director: Nag Ashwin
Music: Mickey J Meyer
Cinematography: Dani Sa Lo
Producers: Priyanka Dutt
Banner: Swapna Cinemas and Vyjayanthi Movies
Runtime: 176 Min
Madhuravani (Samantha) is a struggling journo who reluctantly accepts to report on Mahanati Savitri who slips into coma. She starts meeting friends and others who knew about the actress.
Vani unleashes chronicles of Savitri’s life starting from childhood. She introduces to the world the off screen persona of Savitri as a great altruist and a strong woman. In the process, Vani reinvents herself and deals with problems in her own life.
Mahanati is about the rise and fall of the illustrious starlet Telugu and Tamil cinema celebrates is showcased. From her baby steps into filmdom to leap to stardom, is revisited in reminiscence of golden era.
Savitri’s romantic relationship with Gemini Ganesan, the incidents that lead to their break up, her trauma in balancing personal and professional life. Screenplay is engaging with intriguingly woven between Savitri’s reel and real life moments. Parallel story of Samantha and Vijay Deverakonda also adds to the recreation.
First half is lively with cute antics of young Savitri. It is fun with lighter vein comedy. Romance between Savitri and Gemini is interestingly very contemporary to today.
Nostalgia filled environment surrounds and absorbs as grand old days recreated with quality production design. It has goose bump moments with legendary actors NTR, ANR and SV Rangarao relive in some of the iconic scenes of classic cinema.
Post interval the melodrama takes drivers seat. The conflict point between lead pair that leads to break up is convincingly dealt. The focus shifts to how Savitri incurred financial loses, how people took advantage of her innocence and how she turned an alcoholic. The climax is heavy on melancholy.
Gemini Ganesan’s grey shaded character may create curiousity among Tamil audience. Nag Ashwin could have added more of NTR and ANR scenes to impress fans.
Keerthy Suresh transcends as an actress, she’s impeccable as Savitri. Her flawless appearance as Mahanati has already left us in awe, her performance too is awe inspiring. Samantha excels as a reporter, she dubs for the first time that too with a stammer.
Dulquer Salmaan is decent as Gemini while Deverakonda is cool. Dr. Mohan Babu surprises in SVR role. Dr. Rajendra Prasad plays significant role in story, he tickles with his comedy timing. Naga Chaitanya is apt in his grandfather’s shoes. NTR appears in digital.
Mahanati is top-notch in all departments. Nag Ashwin succeeds with a honest biopic that is befitting tribute to Savitri, at the same time packaging and presenting it entertainingly to today’s audience.
The retro ambiance is the take away of the film that it shuttles us through glorious past. Cinematography is too good, especially in the emotional scenes in setting the mood. The lengthy shots during clash between Savitri and Gemini, symbolic upside down shot as Savitri begins to booze are few to name.
Background score by Mickey J Meyer enhances the over all flavor of the film. For 1950s BGM sounded vintage while in 1980s it sounds in Ilayaraja style. Nag Ashwin made a magnum opus in the process of making a biopic of iconic actress.
Bottom-line: Mahanati – Epic saga of ideal starlet
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