Mahanati is a Tollywood biopic on the life and times of yesteryears’ actress Savitri. Presented by a young team, the film has caught the attention of Telugu film buffs and has become an instant success. Told very cleverly and keeping in view the modern times, the film had been appreciated for its taut and skillful script that the young director Nag Aswin has developed.

The film starring an ensemble of cast from south India, mostly from Tollywood, Mahanati is said to be true to the book which it is based on. The filmmakers have tried to be neutral in all aspects and have mostly avoided many controversial issues that were surrounding the actress’ life. Savitri’s life is traced from her early years till the bitter end.

After basking in glory for a week, Mahanati seems to be courting controversy now. Gemini Ganesan's daughter Kamala Selvaraj has taken offence to some parts of the film. She claims that her father has been portrayed in poor light.

Commenting on the film, Kamal Selvaraj said, “It is disheartening to come to know that the makers have projected my father in a poor light. My father was also one of the star heroes during those days. The makers showed that my father only introduced drinking habits to Savitri which is hurting. When Savitri was busy with the film Praptham, I accompanied my father to her house where her relatives and watchman did not allow us to go inside. After that I have never been to her house.”