Initially planned for a March 29 release date, there were doubts whether the highly anticipated Savitri biopic being made as Mahanti in Telugu and Nadigaiyar Thilagam in Tamil would hit screens on time as planned.

Keerthy Suresh will be portraying legendary actress Savitri in this biopic being directed by Nag Ashwin under the Vyjayanthi Movies banner with music by Mickey J. Meyer.

There have been reports that actress Samantha Akkineni had been cast as a journalist and she will be one of the biggest highlights in this film which will apparently feature her in only one scene with Keerthy Suresh.

In the meantime, the makers have now announced that Mahanati will be arriving in theatres on May 9 thereby securing a summer release slot ideally targeting audiences of all ages.

Nadigaiyar Thilagam has an ensemble star cast featuring Dulquer Salmaan portraying iconic Tamil acting legend, Gemini Ganesan.

Mahanati will also feature Arjun Reddy star Vijay Deverakonda as he is reportedly playing Samantha’s romantic interest.

Shalini Pandey, who burst on to the scene along with Vijay Deverakonda in Telugu in Arjun Reddy last year too has been cast in Nadigaiyar Thilagam and she will be sharing screen space alongside Keerthy Suresh in the period portions.

Last week also saw Samantha’s husband and Telugu star, Naga Chaitanya join the Mahanati team as he will be portraying his grandfather, Akkineni Nageshwara Rao, in the film.

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