Mahanati has hit the screens worldwide and in Tamil as well as Nadigaiyar Thilagam, and the film has been receiving enormous response. The box office numbers have been ringing and the film has turned out to be a successful one. Mahanati has Keerthy Suresh playing the lead role while Dulquer Salmaan playing Gemini Ganesan in it. Speaking about her feeling post success, Keerthy Suresh says she feels a lot more relieved now. “I’m overwhelmed with the love that’s been pouring in. Many people are texting me that they will now watch Savithri garu’s old classics. Considering the fact that I initially refused the project, and that I was apprehensive about living up to the legend’s image, it’s been an emotional journey; I feel blessed that I got this opportunity. When Vijaya Chamundi, Savithri’s daughter, said ‘if I ever want the warmth of my mother I will come to you’, I was touched. So if I look back, getting into the role wasn’t easy and coming out of it is even more difficult,” Keerthy was quoted as saying by DC.
Speaking about her preparation for Mahanati, Keerthy adds, “It took 8-10 trials to achieve the look of Savithri. I used prosthetics to look chubby; I needed to sit for four hours for the makeup; I had liquids during that time because I couldn’t open my mouth and chew. I did that for around 10 days. I also put cotton in my mouth so that my cheeks look chubby. I had to spit it every 10 minutes because cotton soaks and it was difficult to mouth dialogues.”
Mahanati also stars Samantha Akkineni and Vijay Deverakonda in fictional characters while veteran actors like Rajendra Prasad, Prakash Raj, Tanikella Bharani, Srinivas Avasarala, director Krish played important roles. Mahanati is produced by Vyjanathu movies while the music is composed by Mickey J Meyer.