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‘Arjun Reddy’ star in much awaited biopic

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If the latest grapevine in the industry circles is to be believed, young starlet Shalini Pandey who became an overnight sensation with Tollywood’s latest runaway hit, Arjun Reddy has bagged a plump offer.

As per the reports, Shalini Pandey has been roped in to play a crucial role in Nag Ashwin’s Mahanati, a biopic which retells about legendary yesteryear actress Savitri. Sources say that the young girl’s impressive performance in Arjun Reddy became a clincher for this offer. The makers of Mahanati approached Shalini who liked the character and jumped on board immediately. However, we have to wait for an official announcement in this regard.

Mahanati also stars Keerthy Suresh, Samantha , Dulqueer Salman and few others in important roles.

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Mahanati overseas rights fetches a handsome price

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Young filmmaker Nag Ashwin announced a biopic on legendary actor Savitri. Titled as Mahanati, the film stars young actress Keerthy Suresh in the lead role and also features an ensemble cast in the form of Samantha, Dulquer Salmaan, Vijay Devarakonda and Prakash Raj in crucial roles. Even before the film’s shoot is half done, the makers have struck a lucrative deal.

According to the latest buzz in the industry circles, the overseas rights of Mahanati have been bought by Nirvana Cinemas for a whopping 4.5 Crores. This is a huge price for the movie we should say as it is a lady oriented film. Nirvana Cinemas, which has been on success streak with back to back blockbusters with Anando Brahma and Arjun Reddy is making big bet on Mahanati. Let’s wait and watch if their success streak continues with this movie.

Mahanti is aiming for an early next year release.

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Jr NTR not part of Savitri biopic

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Actor Junior NTR has not been roped in to play a pivotal role in upcoming multilingual biopic “Mahanati”, a film on the life of late legendary southern actress Savitri.

“NTR is not part of the project. Whatever you’re reading about him playing a crucial role is nothing but plain rumour,” a source close to the actor told IANS.

Actress Keerthy Suresh plays Savitri in the film, being directed by Nag Ashwin.

The film will be made in Tamil and Telugu, and will also feature Samantha Ruth Prabhu, Dulquer Salmaan and Vijay Deverakonda in crucial roles.

Asked why a biopic on Savitri was being made and not on any other popular actress, Ashwin had told IANS: “There have been countless actresses over the last 80 years in Telugu cinema but none have earned the title of Mahanati. And even today it has solely been reserved for Savitri.”

The film went on floors earlier this month.

It will be a magnum opus set in the golden era and will feature extensive art work.

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Keerthy Suresh to gain weight for Savitri biopic

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Actress Keerthy Suresh, who plays legendary actress Savitri in upcoming multilingual biopic “Mahanati”, will have to gain weight to shoot some important portions of the film which went on the floors last week.

“Keerthy has already started shooting. She is currently shooting the portion where Savitri was a youngster. She is required to gain weight to play Savitri in her prime when she had serious weight issues but was still loved by audiences,” a source from the film’s unit told IANS.

Being directed by Nag Ashwin, the film – to be made in Telugu, Tamil and Malayalam – also stars Samantha Ruth Prabhu and Dulquer Salmaan.

While Samantha plays a key role, Dulquer will reprise veteran actor Gemini Ganesan, who was married to Savitri.

“It’ll be a magnum opus period film set in the golden era. With massive set pieces, the film will be unlike anything we’ve explored in Indian cinema,” Ashwin had told IANS.

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”.

Meanwhile, on Saturday, Keerthy made her debut on Instagram.

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Mahanati starts Rolling

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Mahanati has been the most discussed biopics in the recent times. It is the life story of the legendary actress Savitri. Young director Nag Ashwin spent years on the biopic and the film finally started rolling today in Hyderabad. The pooja ceremony has been held and the makers revealed the first pictures. Keerthy Suresh is the lead actress in the film and she will reprise the role of Savitri in the movie.

Made on a massive budget, massive sets are erected to reprise the films during her reign. Samantha will play a journalist and she will narrate the story. Prakashraj, Anushka and Dulquer Salman will be seen in other crucial roles. Vyjayanthi Movies and Three Angel Studios will be bankrolling the movie which will release next year. Keerthy Suresh underwent huge transformation for her role. Senior filmmaker Ashwini Dutt is monitoring the production work.

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Savitri Biopic : Two star artists approached

Biopics are all the rage in Bollywood and South cinema at present. Legendary Telugu actress Savitri’s life will soon be made into a feature film as a bilingual in Telugu and Tamil. Young and talented director Nag Ashwin will wield the megaphone for this highly anticipated biopic which stars happening beauty Keerthy Suresh reprising Savitri character. Samantha has also been roped in to play an important role in the film.

According to the latest update, the makers of the film have approached Prakash Raj and Anushka Shetty for two crucial roles in the film. However, it is yet to be known whether they have officially signed the dotted line or not. A source in the known revealed that both Prakash Raj and Anushka are impressed with the script and will take a call soon.

In the meantime, the pre production activities are in full swing and the regular shooting will commence in May. Mickey J Meyer is scoring the soundtrack. Vyjayanthi Movies banner will produce the film.

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Samantha to star in Savitri biopic

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Samantha next movie, Savitri Biopic

Mahanati Savitri made an indelible impact on South Indian film industry with her charismatic career that serves as a reference book for many film stars. Bringing various unknown facts and stages of her life to audience in the form of a cinema is going to be an uphill task. But, young filmmaker Nag Ashwin, who impressed the audience and critics alike with his directional skills in Yevade Subramanyam, is desperate to revisit the life of the legendary actress and did a lot of research in the last few months to make a biopic on her. Finding the right actress to play Savitri is one of the toughest jobs for Ashwin. After considering a lot of names, Ashwin has finally zeroed in on Samantha to play the lead in Savitri.

A source in the known reveals that Ashwin met Samantha a few weeks ago and narrated the complete draft. Reportedly, Samantha is very impressed with the script and decided to grab the opportunity. Though Samantha is one of the top league actress in South at present, she is very disappointed with the inconsequential roles she has been offered in recent times. She has decided to put an end to the glamorous roles and rejected a bunch of big ticket offers. And, the Savitri biopic is a timely offer which she couldn’t afford to loose though she is not fully confident of Ashwin’s craft.

Remember Samantha taking to her social blog and expressing disappointment on not getting meaningful roles for actresses down South. It reflected Samantha’s appetite for character-driven scripts to unleash the actress in her. So, time has finally arrived for Samantha to further her star image by doing weighty roles. We have to wait and see if she can fit the bill perfectly.

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