Mumbai: Keerthy Suresh , whom plays Savitri in biopic titled Mahanati, took to Twitter to post an emotional message with a pic in which she can be seen paying a tribute to the legendary actress.
She tweeted: "An incredible journey of over an year, gets completed today. I feel emotionally taken aback. Big thanks to @nagashwin7 & @VyjayanthiFilms for their trust in me. We all have something proud to look back. Can’t wait to get her at the theatres #MahanatiOnMay9th @nadigaiyar_offl (sic)."
An incredible journey of over an year, gets completed today. I feel emotionally taken aback. Big thanks to @nagashwin7 & @VyjayanthiFilms for their trust in me. We all have something proud to look back. Can’t wait to get her at the theatres #MahanatiOnMay9th @nadigaiyar_offl pic.twitter.com/YtJueraq6s
— Keerthy Suresh (@KeerthyOfficial) 22 March 2018
The multilingual film directed by Nag Ashwin will also star Dulquer Salmaan (as Gemini Ganesan), Samantha Ruth Prabhu (as Jamuna), Anushka Shetty (as Bhanumati) and Naga Chaitanya (Akkineni Nageshwara Rao).
Mahanati which is being made in Telugu, Tamil and Malayalam languages is one of the most awaited films.
Dulquer, son of Malayalam superstar Mammooty, is excited to be a part of Mahanati. Talking about it during an interview in September last year, he said, “Amazing period is being captured in films and even in TV series in the West. For long, I have desired to be part of a period drama. Unfortunately, in the Malayalam film industry, we don't have huge budgets to make such films. 'Mahanati' is being made on a massive scale and I'm lucky to be part of this project.”
On playing Tamil actor Gemini Ganesan in the film, Dulquer said: "I'm not going to look like him. I can't, honestly, and I don't want to wear prosthetic. My approach is simple. I would like to be me in the 1950s if I was a big movie star."
"I don't think I should attempt to play Gemini Ganesan. You don't really have any off-screen footage of him. You don't know what kind of person he was off-screen. We only know his persona on screen and I can't use that to play him off-screen," he added.
Keerthy had to gain weight to shoot some important portions of the film which went on the floors in May last year.
Born on January 4, 1936, Savitri made her acting debut in 1950 Telugu-Tamil drama Samsaram, and went on to star in several classics such as Devadasu, Missamma, Penin Perumai, Pasa Malar, Bhale Ramudu, Thodi Kodallu, Mayabazaar and Gundamma Katha.
The film is scheduled to release on May 9.
(With IANS inputs)