On May 9th, an awaited film by Nag Ashwin‚ÄĒMahanati¬† officially hit theatres.¬† The movie has caught everyone‚Äôs eyes because it‚Äôs a biopic of a special kind. Mahanati chronicles the life of Savithri ‚Äď one of the most iconic actresses of earlier times. She was the reigning queen of Tollywood and was known to be a singer, dancer and a producer as well. Mahanati intends to talks about Savithri‚Äôs rise to stardom and the person she was, when the cameras weren‚Äôt rolling. Ever since its release, the movie has been garnering rave reviews! Fans, critics, celebs are calling it the perfect tribute to the sensational actress. What‚Äôs more, Keerthy Suresh as Savithri has outdone herself so much¬† so it almost feels like it‚Äôs the yesteryear actress on screen. Critics are declaring it, Keerthy Suresh‚Äôs best performance till date. This movie will prove to be a game changer for the promising actress. In the midst of all the raving and praising, we unearthed an interesting fact ‚Äď Believe it or not, Mahanati is the first serious biopic on a female actress in Telugu and Tamil cinema!¬†Mahanati movie review: Keerthy Suresh as Savithri has impressed critics big time
While the biopic genre is not a novel concept per say because Tamil and Telugu cinema have had their share of spiritual biopics. the fact it‚Äôs a story about female actress makes it novel and a big deal.¬† In an industry that reeks of male domination, unequal pay, hero glorification, here is a film trying to narrate the tale of a ‚Äėher‚Äôoic actress of her time.
2018 has witnessed a wave of change ‚Äď It began with Anushka Shetty‚Äôs Bhaagamathie where Devasena starred in the lead. Her film, apart form garnering positive reviews, managed to rake in a whopping 1 million dollars at the US box office. Nachiyaar was another instance where Jyothika shined as a cop. And now we have Mahanati sealing the deal. It is a sign of the new wave to come. With Mahanati¬† garnering rave reviews, it could encourage upcoming filmmakers to not only take on daring subjects but also give women a chance.¬†We can‚Äôt wait for the wave to hit us!