I was hell-bent on having Dulquer Salmaan in ‘Mahanati’, says producer

The producer also revealed that Samantha’s character will be an integral part of the film’s narrative.

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I was hell-bent on having Dulquer Salmaan in ‘Mahanati’, says producer

Dulquer in Mahanati.

There can be no denying that that in just a handful of years the lovely Keerthy Suresh has carved quite a niche for herself in Southern cinema thanks to her good looks and sincere performances. Moreover, she has worked with some immensely popular stars—right from Vijay to Sivakarthikeryan—and proved that she is a force to be reckoned with. At present, she is gearing up for the release of ‘Mahanati’. Arguably the biggest film of her young career, it is based on the life of yesteryear actress Savitri and will arrive in theatres in March 2018. A Nag Ashwin directorial, it has already created a buzz amongst fans courtesy its catchy teaser and could be a winner upon release.

During a recent chat with HT, producer Swapna Dutt opened up about the decision to make a film on the life of Savitri and that it was the dramatic nature of her life that encouraged her to make the biopic. She also said that was also excited by the prospect of revisiting/highlighting the way in songs were filmed in the 1960s.

“She is a household name when it comes to artistes of that era. Her real life story is also dramatic and she has seen such highs and lows that it was an interesting story to tell. Another thing that had me kicked up was the way cinema happened about three decades ago. In that perspective, shooting a song from Maya Bazaar for three days was an emotional experience,” added Swapna.

Revealing more about the type of research she did working on ‘Mahanati’, Swapna said that she collected her pics and interacted with all the directors she had worked with during the course of her illustrious career.

“Savitri garu could give 100 expressions in 10 seconds and we had to understand her character. We spoke with her daughter Vijaya Chamundeswari, the directors she worked with, and went through books that we could access. We even collected her pictures, and now I feel we can have a library dedicated to Savitri garu,” said Swapna.

Interestingly, Keerthy will be seen opposite Dulquer Salmaan in ‘Mahanati’. The Mollywood sensation will be playing a character based on yesteryear star Gemini Ganesan in what is the first Telugu film of his career. Talking about the decision to cast DQ, she said that she was ‘hell bent’ on having him on board.

“We thought what is with this man that many women love and who would be able to play the role of someone like that? Dulquer was a choice that I was hell bent on and he came on board,” she added.

Another interesting aspect of ‘Mahanati’ is that it features the much-loved Samantha Akkineni in a key role. Talking about the decision to cast her, Swapana revealed that Sam was finalised even before Keerthy Suresh herself.

“There is not much I can reveal yet, but Sam is the driver behind the wheels when it comes to the film,” she added.

Well, we wish Swapna good luck and hope that ‘Mahanati’ fares well at the box office upon release.

On a related note, this is a busy time for Keerthy. Besides ‘Mahanati’, she also has ‘Thaanaa Serndha Koottam’ and ‘Agnyaathavaasi’ in her kitty. ‘Thaanaa Serndha Koottam’  is a crime-thriller and has been directed by Vignesh Shivn. As far as ‘Agnyaathavaasi’ is concerned, it is a Trivikram Srinivas directorial and will see Keerthy share screen space with Pawan Kalyan. The film’s first look was released a few days ago and it became the talk of the town in no time. In it, PK was seen in a stylish new avatar and made quite an impact. Sometime ago, Keerthy had told a leading website that PK is a terrific person to work with.

“Pawan Kalyan sir seems very calm but off-screen, he cracks a lot of jokes. Trivikram, Anu and our team used to sit and enjoy his humour. It was like one big family and (the team) was fun to be around. PSPK 25 is a project I really enjoyed working on,” she had said.

So, are you looking forward to Keerthy’s upcoming films? Is she the right choice for ‘Mahanati’? Talk to us in the space below.


    Keerthy is too young for this matured role. The only person i can see doing justice is Nitya menon


      Oh yes Nithya would have been terrific.

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