Even though Keerthi Suresh Is playing the titular role in Savitri’s biopic “Mahanati”, it is Samantha who would be driving the story. Samantha will be seen as a Journalist, who strenuously keeps researching about Savitri and even irritates her with lot of stupid questions and also the whole movie would be presented from the Samantha’s point of view.
Earlier the makers had approached Samantha to cast for Savitri’s role, but she rejected the offer, as the lead role require gaining weight. Later, she had agreed to do the role of journalist as that character had lot of acting scope and importance in the story.
"Yevade Subramanyam" fame Nag Ashwin is directing the film. According to him, there have been countless actresses in the last 80 years in the Telugu cinema, but none has won the Mahanati title, and even today it has been booked only for Savitri. Hence, he wants to showcase to the world why Savitri is the only Mahanati.