Keerthy Suresh, who has pinned high hopes on her Tamil, Telugu bi-lingual film Mahanati, which is based on the life of the legendary yesteryear actress Savitri, talks about sharing screen space with Dulquer Salmaan and Samantha in the film in this exclusive chat with BollywoodLife. “I know Dulquer from my childhood. My mom has worked with his father Mammootty sir, and Dulquer has worked in my father’s production. Our families have a good connection, and it was nice working with him,” said Keerthy who is currently gearing up for two high-profile releases for Pongal 2018 including Pawan Kalyan’s Agnyaathavaasi and Suriya’s Thaanaa Serndha Koottam.
Keerthy is also part of Saamy 2, which earlier had Trisha playing a vital role before she opted out of the film stating some creative differences. Keerthy will also share the screen with Samantha in Mahanati. Asked about being part of multi-starrers, Keerthy says, “It depends on what our contribution is. Some stories demand many stars. It would be lovely if Trisha mam does the role because everyone loved the pair and the chemistry and people would like to see what happened to that character. It is an add on for the film. So we have to put aside what others are doing in the movie. What my role is and how it is prioritised is what matters. Samantha as Jamuna plays a significant role in the Mahanati. She has a good character, and through her eyes, the film proceeds.” (ALSO READ – The first glimpse of Mahanati poster reveals an uncanny resemblance between Keerthy Suresh and the late South actor, Savithri)
Mahanati is directed by Nag Ashwin of Pilla Zamindar fame and is produced by Vyjayanthi Movies. Although Nag Ashwin is just one-film old, Keerthy never had any qualms about working with him. “We had the narration session for almost three hours. Until someone else has told, I would have never known or felt that the director has little experience. The very thought of making a biopic on Savitri amma itself is very mature. Not everybody can think like that or pull it off as he did. I never had any apprehensions about his experience because he has done his part well. Be it the way he narrated or the screenplay; it was masterly, and I realised he is completely capable of doing it. The only thing I had in my mind was about what my contribution would be and how am I going to do justice to the story,” explained Keerthy, showering praise on the Nag Ashwin. (ALSO READ – Not so glamourous looking Keerthy Suresh from the sets of Savithri’s biopic has got everyone talking)
Now, Keerthy is also in final talks to play the lead heroine in Thalapathy 62 with Vijay and AR Murugadoss. So stay tuned to BollywoodLife as we get you all the dope on this development and other stories from the South right here.
(Text by Surendhar MK)