Biopic of the legendary actress Savitri starts in a last days as she is taken to a hospital, where she slips into a coma with multiple complications. As she struggles over a year in coma , at that time young journalist Madhuravani (Samantha) is given the job of writing the story of the Actress. Rather then writing about the actress , she tries to know her a person and show who she really was. Known as a family breaker, an actress who had a lavish life and ended her career with the drinking problem. Mahanati shows the Savitri’s her innocence, stubbornness, her love to the art of cinema and her true nature of kindness.
Career best performance of Keerthy Suresh as she takes the challenge of acting as the great Savitri. Though initially it takes a little time to the audience to relate her to Savitri, as the film progresses she takes control and dominates the film. Same goes for Samantha who with very little screen time, shows how good she is when given a good role. Other characters where well chosen. Though there will be no one to replace Dulqer Salman for playing Gemini Ganesan, the chemistry between him Keerthy Suresh doesn’t work on screen. Film’s art & production design was top notch as they takes us through 3hrs of nostalgia and keeps us in that era, same goes for costumes and cinematography. The only disturbing factor for me was the to much grains and artefacts where added to the movie to make it look like that of period which was a bit too much. Overall this movie is good watch as it is a tribute to the greatest actress who lived in our lifetime. Kudos to the whole team.I give it 8/10