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Taniya CJ reviewed Mahanati
Mahaniti - the Unknown story

Mahaniti was directed by Nag Ashwin to depict the South India's Drama Queen, the Legend Mrs. Savitri. This retelling of the legend's past paved way to many truths. it is never an easy job to take a biopic of someone who was in a lot of controversies, but Nag Ashwin did an excellent job. The casting were accurate and well received.

The story of a tiny girl Savitri (Keerthy Suresh) whose life turns when she gets casted for a huge film is where every negative aspect of her life begins. Falling in love with a married man, Gemini Ganeshan (Dulquer Salman) Savitri's life turns wrong in so many ways. This controversial plot was well executed with the main focus on Savitri as a Legend who's legacy was falsely forbidden.

Mickey J. Meyer's music was a boon to the biopic. The supporting characters, Samantha Ruth prabhu, Vijay Devarakonda and the 70's 80's 90's sets were hugely appreciated. The method of showing famous Savitri movies with Keerthy Suresh was excellent. A big kudos to Keerthy Suresh for exhibiting a Legend's facial expressions perfectly.
The Biopic is very much recommended. Every woman who watched the movie found it very inspiring. The legend’s real truth brightened the hearts of the old fans. Enjoy the emotional, inspiring ride with family and friends.
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A movie that speaks about the life of the legendary actress Savitri, is an emotional and a visual treat to the audience. Be it the visuals, costumes, or the nostalgia, the movie has won everyone’s hearts. It takes back an old school person to the time where cinema was evolving rapidly, the 50s and 60s. The struggle each actor has to go through to earn name and fame in the industry is not depicted but is understood from this movie. The movie begins with Savitri’s poverty-stricken childhood and the discovery of the inborn talent that brings her to the stage and later, to the big screen. Although she faces several backlogs during the course, she climbs back up boldly to establish herself in the industry. The real-life situations when her talent left the crew spellbound were also a part of the movie. But the movie mainly revolves around her love life with the famous actor Gemini Ganesan, who helps her enter the industry with a simple photoshoot. He later leaves his wife to marry Savitri but goes on further to cheat on her and thereby, leaving Savitri in pieces. Things go downhill from there and all her property and fame goes down with it. She is left to suffer but she still holds her values dear and helps the needy despite her condition. Her alcohol addiction soon puts her to deathbed and later, kills her. This movie also involves two reporters who discover her true story and brings her immaculate personality to spotlight. They also fall in love by the end of the movie which is said to be inspired by the love life of the personality they covered the story for. Although the movie has done their best as a biopic, the presence of a few fictional characters and scenes made it purely into a commercial piece. Not sticking to the facts also created tension among the families of the stars. This movie shows the legendary actor Ganesan as a man who spends most of his time around Savitri while a majority of the population are aware of the busy lifestyle of a popular actor. Overall, the movie was a visual treat but with better relevance to reality, it could have been a magnum opus.
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