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Anushka Shetty may play Bhanumathi in Savitri biopic Mahanati

Actor Bhanumati, who was Savitri’s contemporary, played a pivotal role in the latter’s life and career.

regional movies Updated: Feb 19, 2018 10:45 IST
Karthik Kumar
Karthik Kumar
Hindustan Times, Chennai
Anushka Shetty,Bhanumathi,Keerthy Suresh
Anushka Shetty is on a roll... after Baahubali, her next release Bhagamathie is also a hit.

The Savitri biopic Mahanati, which features Keerthy Suresh in the titular role, is one of the most anticipated Telugu releases of the year. Featuring an ensemble cast of Dulquer Salmaan, Samantha Ruth Prabhu, Vijay Deverakonda, Shalini Pandey, Rajendra Prasad and Prakash Raj among others, it is rumoured that Anushka Shetty has been roped into play the role of veteran actress Bhanumathi in the bilingual project, slated to hit the screens on March 29.

Bhanumati, who was Savitri’s contemporary, played a pivotal role in the latter’s life and career. Anushka, according to multiples sources, was recently signed for the role and she’ll be seen playing an important role in the film. However, the makers are yet to officially announce that she’s part of the project. The film stars Dulquer Salmaan as Gemini Ganesan, who was married to Savitri. Speaking about casting Dulquer as Gemini Ganesan, director Nag Ashwin had said, “Dulquer’s character of Gemini Ganesan will not merely be on how the legend will be perceived today based on his work and his image. The character goes beyond the physical resemblance, in understanding the veteran on a more emotional level.”

Mahanati, according to reliable sources, will be 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. Produced by Vyjayanthi Movies, the film has been simultaneously made in Telugu and Tamil. The makers are contemplating getting the movie dubbed in Malayalam as well.

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First Published: Feb 19, 2018 10:39 IST